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Issa probing conferences that exceeded GSA price tag

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is probing more than 150 conferences hosted by 11 agencies since 2005 where wasteful spending or excessive spending may have have occurred, according to a committee release. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the oversight chairman, said the committee is using the lavish $823,000 regional conference hosted by the General Services Administration in 2010 as a "benchmark" to compare other agencies' conference spending. The committee found the Defense Department has held 64 such conferences.

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 08:33pm EDT

GSA targets small businesses for new IT contracts

The agency said it will release a draft request for proposals no later than Sept. 18 for the integrated professional services IT multiple award contract.

Monday - 08/20/2012, 12:26pm EDT

GSA opens public portal to governmentwide social media registry

The General Services Administration wants to collect all government social media accounts in one single database so the public can trust they are engaging with an official government site. GSA hopes the registry will also provide a better picture of how federal agencies are using social media.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 06:07pm EDT

Former GSA official Prouty fights back against firing

The former Public Buildings Service Region 8 commissioner filed an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board against GSA for wrongful termination.

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 05:18pm EDT

GSA freezes feds' 2013 travel per diem rates at 2012 levels

Per diem rates for work-related federal travel in 2013 are frozen at 2012 levels, according to the General Services Administration. GSA sets the allowances for lodging, meals and other incidental expenses for federal employees who must travel for work. The standard per diem rate is $123 ($77 lodging, $46 meals and incidental expenses).

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 02:50pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews - Aug. 13

The Project on Government Oversight evaluates whether defense contractors would be hit hard by sequestration. Plus, what are best practices for creating PDFs that are accessible by people with disabilities?

Monday - 08/13/2012, 09:06am EDT

Taskforce extends deadline for ideas on cloud ID management

The goal is for federal websites to accept third- party ID management credentials. The Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) Tiger Team wants to know more about existing commercial products and services that can help.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 05:38am EDT
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Q&A with ITS's Kevin Page

Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services, will talk about the agency's goals and initiatives.
August 7, 2012

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 12:12am EDT
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Issa seeks closer relationship between IGs, Congress

Too often Congress is left "in the dark" when it comes to inspector general investigations of agency misconduct, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote in a letter to 73 inspectors general. Issa said he wanted to "establish an understanding between Congress and the IG community" for more rapid reporting of agency misdeeds uncovered by their offices. In his letter, Issa asked the inspectors for more information about their reporting practices to Congress and whether any serious problems were ever not shared with lawmakers.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 09:06pm EDT

OGE missed signs of GSA ethics violations, memo says

A memo by a government watchdog group finds the General Services Administration's ethics program received high marks in a November 2010 study from the Office of Government Ethics. The report was issued shortly after GSA threw the lavish Las Vegas conference that has led to the firings of top officials and the resignation of Administrator Martha Johnson and a slew of congressional hearings.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 11:54am EDT

Lawmakers putting GSA's new conference spending rules to the test

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee lawmakers were expected to ask the agency's inspector general to look into the 14th Annual SmartPay conference happening this week in Nashville. GSA says all conferences must go through a multi-step approval process, including those already in the planning stages for 2012 and beyond.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 05:44am EDT
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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

Fed pay, the postal service, and more

NTEU president Colleen Kelley and Steve Watkins and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will talk about some of the big a wide variey of issues affecting federal workers.
August 1, 2012

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 08:38pm EDT
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GSA seeks input on ID management in the cloud

The General Services Administration will hold a vendor day Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. The concept of identity management in the cloud builds on the efforts included in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:05pm EDT

GSA FAS Commissioner Kempf taking medical leave

Steve Kempf told staff he will take 60 days off for medical reasons starting July 30. Mary Davie will become acting FAS commissioner while Kempf is out.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 06:38pm EDT

VA, GSA each pushes major IT acquisitions to next steps

The Veterans Affairs Department will award a $5 billion IT hardware contract in the next two months. GSA will release a request for information for cybersecurity tools in the coming days. Both are examples of a healthy and busy fourth quarter for acquisition.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 06:01am 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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Information security

Dusty Wince, CEO of Knowledge Consulting Group will explain how his company can help your agency or business move securely to the cloud.
July 24, 2012

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 11:22pm EDT
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Building personnel face new green training expectations

Employees and contractors must demonstrate core competency skills released today by the General Services Administration. GSA developed the competencies and related curriculum recommendations to meet legislative requirements.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 04:01pm EDT

OFPP trying to solve major vendor data inconsistency

The office asked for industry comment on how to get better data into the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System. OFPP asked for input on seven questions.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 02:20pm EDT
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