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OMB orders governmentwide review of conference spending

Agencies must complete their analysis by Nov. 1 and be prepared to present their findings during the December cabinet meeting with the Vice President. OMB's edict comes after the Justice Department inspector general found excessive spending by the agency. This is not the first time agencies have had trouble controlling conference expenses.

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:51am EDT

Future NASA rocket most powerful ever built

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and several members of Congress on Wednesday unveiled the Obama administration's much-delayed general plans for its rocket design, called the Space Launch System.

Wednesday - 09/14/2011, 07:35pm EDT

Tuesday morning federal headlines - Sept. 13

On today's Federal Drive: some agencies have netted extra cash from governmentwide acquisition contracts and furloughed FAA workers won't receive back pay under the latest House FAA funding reauthorization.

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 08:08am EDT

Interagency effort tries to protect federal supply chain

The White House, Defense Department, NASA and federal procurement experts have formed a working group to tackle the problem of counterfeit goods in the government's supply chain. The Justice Department has convicted military suppliers of selling phony parts that were used in military equipment used in Fallujah, Iraq. The group will make recommendations to President Barack Obama by the end of the year.

Thursday - 09/08/2011, 06:05am EDT

Wednesday morning federal headlines Sept. 7

On today's Federal Drive, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has asked Congress for more flexibility in its finances to stave off an impending default and the chief designer of the General Services Administration's Networx telecommunications program announced he'll leave early next year.

Wednesday - 09/07/2011, 08:36am EDT

What drives innovation at NASA?

This week the space agency will get to unveil some of those innovative ideas at the second annual IT Summit in San Francisco.

Monday - 08/15/2011, 05:36pm EDT

Monday morning federal headlines - August 15

On today's Federal Drive: Buyouts at the Air Force and the Government Accountability Office, new screening methods for traumatic brain injuries and a streamlining effort at NASA.

Monday - 08/15/2011, 08:17am EDT

Some feds juggle roles in field, at headquarters

James Michael Duncan, the deputy chief medical officer at the Johnson Space Center, told Federal News Radio, about his rotating role out in the field and inside the Beltway at D.C. headquarters. The interview is part of Federal News Radio's exclusive series, "Talk Back to Washington: Insight for the federal manager on the workforce outside of D.C."

Thursday - 08/11/2011, 09:07am EDT

GAO: Acquisition planning must include cost estimates, best practices

The top four civilian agencies can do a better job in the planning stages for service contracts, according to a new Government Accountability Office.

Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 05:07pm EDT

NASA makes final award under I3P program

The space agency hired The Portal Group Consulting under the web enterprise services and technology contract. It could be worth $82 million over five years.

Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 01:26pm EDT

Tuesday morning federal headlines - August 2

On today's Federal Drive, more updates on how the debt-limit deal will affect agency budgets. Plus, NASA's green mission to Jupiter and why the National Security Administration is looking for new hires at a hacker convention.

Tuesday - 08/02/2011, 08:34am EDT

How NASA helped the trapped Chilean miners

Dr. James Michael Duncan, NASA deputy chief medical officer, led the NASA team that provided medical, engineering and survival expertise to save 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 69 days.

Monday - 08/01/2011, 10:50am EDT

Monday morning federal headlines - August 1

On today's Federal Drive, even though Washington's political leaders struck a deal on the debt limit, the FAA partial shutdown continues. Plus, more details on changes to OPM childcare benefits and buy-out guidance.

Monday - 08/01/2011, 09:00am EDT

NASA's partnership to yield new transportation system

The space shuttle program is grounded for good. Get an update on how some new partnerships are helping NASA shape the future of commercial space flight from Phil McAlister, Acting Director of NASA's Commercial Space Development.

Monday - 07/25/2011, 10:08am EDT

NASA's Dream Chaser will be realized

NASA considers using a "space taxi" to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. More information from Jim Ball, NASA's deputy manager at the Center for Planning and Development.

Friday - 07/15/2011, 11:22am EDT

How NASA cuts affect aerospace industry

Marion Blakey is the President and CEO of the Aerospace Industry Association.

Thursday - 07/14/2011, 07:06pm EDT

NASA should revise contract termination policy, GAO says

As terminations become more likely due to tightening budgets, GAO said NASA needs to develop more guidance for its acquisition professionals. Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisitions and sourcing management at GAO, spoke with Federal News Radio about the recommendations.

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 05:35pm EDT

Picking up space exploration where NASA left off

Boeing's vice president of commercial crew programs John Elbon joins the Federal Drive with information on his company's plans for commercial space exploration.

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 11:20am EDT

NASA shuttle program estimates 6,300 gradual layoffs

Sue Leibert is with NASA's Johnson Space Center, where she heads up the Space Shuttle Transition Liaison Office. She explains how the agency is handling the workforce reduction accompanying the end of the shuttle program.

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 06:05pm EDT

Agencies slowly moving to fixed-price contracts

A new report from OFPP finds agencies spent a billion dollars less on time-and-materials and labor hours type contracts in 2010. Still, OFPP found an overall increase in cost-reimbursement type contracts. Agencies have a goal to reduce by 10 percent these types of contracts, which the administration calls risky.

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 07:02am EDT
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