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Federal Drive interviews - Aug. 2

BGov's Kevin Brancato explains how tight budgets are reversing a trend from best-value to best- price in government contracting. And the GAO looks at the effectiveness of food recalls.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 09:48am EDT

VA not doing enough to verify service-disabled veteran owned firms

GAO highlights a need for tighter controls to fix the contracting program.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 05:11am EDT

Multiple roles more help than hindrance, say agency CAOs

The Government Accountability Office looked at how agencies were complying with the Services Acquisitions Reform Act of 2003. It discovered that while many chief acquisition officers had assumed duties far beyond what the act intended, that might not be such a bad thing.

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 12:55pm EDT
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DoD extends civilian hiring restrictions through 2018

Pentagon hiring freeze for civilian employees will last several more years, although Defense Department leaders say they'll grant exemptions to give the department flexibility.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:53am EDT
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TSP faces challenges in adopting socially responsible investment fund, report says

The Government Accountability Office compared an existing socially responsible investment stock index to the stock portfolio of the federal Thift Savings Plan and discovered several barriers existed for feds hoping to adopt a more socially conscious approach to their retirement planning.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:23am EDT

Sequestration and pay

AFGE's Public Policy Director Jacque Simon and Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly of the Federal Times will talk about the big issues affecting federal workers.
July 25, 2012

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 07:17pm EDT
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State's lack of middle managers risks diplomacy

The State Department has a gap in its work force. It has too few experienced, mid-level career foreign service employees. It's the result of several factors...and it's a serious problem.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 01:25pm EDT
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GAO, FPS disagree over ability to assess federal building risk

The Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool does not provide information about the consequences of security incidents at federal facilities, a GAO auditor said. As a result, agencies cannot effectively deploy countermeasures. Still, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) said he was happy with FPS' progress in developing MIST.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 05:51am EDT
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Federal pay statistics are easily manipulated, GAO reports

The Government Accountability Office looked at six studies about federal pay and found that the different approaches taken in each made their findings potentially problematic.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 05:25am EDT

Government accountants issue advice to Treasury to help clean up its books

After a year-long study, the Association of Government Accountants issued a report suggesting a dozen changes and steps that would improve how the U.S. Treasury Department tracks government-wide revenue, spending and the federal deficit.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 11:59am EDT
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DoD needs to consolidate data centers to become more efficient

A Congressional Research Service report found DoD accounts for 63 percent of energy consumption in the U.S. The White House's move to consolidate data centers could save at least $3 billion by 2015.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 06:01am EDT

FERC goes back to Congress again for more cyber oversight

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it needs authority to enforce cybersecurity standards. The agency also wants Congress to expand its jurisdiction over electric grid operators.

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:12am EDT
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GAO: Special hiring authority not a free pass

A Government Accountability Office report found the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency need to do a better job managing their employees under Title 42.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:11am EDT

Agencies face 'hodge-podge' guidance on security clearances

The federal government has issued more than 4.8 million security clearances to federal civilians, military service members and contractors. But the process for determining what positions require clearances amounts to little more than a "hodge-podge" across agencies, an official with the Government Accountability Office told Federal News Radio.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:53pm EDT
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7 agencies make progress on implementing 'cloud first,' GAO says

The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB's requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year's end.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:42am EDT

BRAC cost 67 percent more than DoD's original estimates, GAO finds

The BRAC Commission of 2005 had estimated one- time costs would be $21 billion. The actual cost was $35.1 billion. In contrast, DoD spent $25 billion for the four previous BRAC rounds combined, GAO said.

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 03:44pm EDT

GAO dismisses protest over huge TRICARE contract

The Government Accountability Office has turned back a protest over a multibillion dollar contract to administer part of the military's TRICARE health insurance system, the losing bidder said Monday. The Comptroller General's decision was not publicly released as of Monday afternoon, but TriWest officials said they had been notified of the rejection.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 05:42pm EDT

GAO: Faulty system lists rat-infested federal buildings in excellent condition

The administration has set steep goals in slashing the number of excess federal properties and the costs associated with operating them. But the main resource for tracking federal properties is plagued by unsound data collection efforts, inconsistent standards and inaccuracies, according to a new Government Accountability Office review.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 09:54pm EDT

GAO gives Congress a hand for using data to make decisions

The 34-page guideline details how lawmakers can use performance information to ensure agencies are meeting their missions.

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 08:37pm EDT

GSA considers alternatives to track contractors

For decades, the General Services Administration has contracted with the company Dun & Bradstreet to provide unique identifying numbers for businesses. These numbers called Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS numbers allow GSA to track contractors and other recipients of federal funds. But the cost of using this service has grown from $1 million in 2002 to about $19 million per year under the current contract.

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 11:20am EDT
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