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27 vendors protest awards under DHS $22B IT services contract

Unsuccessful bidders of one unrestricted portion of the EAGLE II contract are taking their arguments to GAO to try to get a spot on the multiple-award contract. Documents show DHS made no awards to any company whose total bid was more than $500 million.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:18pm EST
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VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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Savings from reverse auctions not being maximized

As the use of reverse auctions continues to rise, the Government Accountability Office says agencies need more clear cut guidance to realize a maximum amount of savings.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:23pm EST

Lawmakers plan bipartisan push on bill to help agencies offload unnecessary property

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), are jumpstarting a new effort to get both sides of the Capitol dome on board with a bill to make it easier for agencies to hang the "For Sale" sign outside their doors. Carper, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hosted a Capitol Hill roundtable with private-sector real-estate experts and former government officials Wednesday to discuss a new legislative path forward.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 03:26pm EST

GAO: Census Bureau making progress on field tests for 2020 decennial

The Government Accountability Office studied how well the Census Bureau is preparing for the 2020 decennial. When it comes to field testing, the bureau is making progress on following a list of key practices GAO identified.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 12:58pm EST
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Federal probe questions TSA behavior profiling

Federal probe questions value of TSA behavior profiling efforts at airports

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 11:44am EST

More oversight needed to achieve billions of dollars in IT savings

The Government Accountability Office looked at two initiatives that are supposed to help get information technology spending under control. GAO found that both initiatives are coming up short.

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 04:50pm EST
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Navy wins bid protest, ready to move ahead with NGEN program

The Government Accountability Office upheld the Navy's award to HP of its $3.5 billion Next Generation Enterprise Network contract after two losing bidders protested.

Friday - 11/01/2013, 04:04am EDT

DoD gives vendors 20-day notice of insourcing of jobs

A new interim rule implements a provision of the 2012 Defense Authorization Act requiring the Pentagon to tell vendors before pulling contractor positions back into the government.

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 02:22pm EDT

Federal building security at risk due to lax training, oversight

A new report from the Government Accountability Office fueled a House subcommittee hearing that revealed security concerns regarding the training and certification of contract guards employed by the Federal Protective Service.

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:33pm EDT
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GSA needs more transparency over high-valued leases, report says

A new Government Accountability Office report says greater transparency in the way the General Services Administration handles its high-value leases would lead to better decision making and generate more cost savings.

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:19pm EDT

Quality not a priority in security clearance process, GAO says

Concerns over missed red flags in Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis's background have thrust the federal government's security clearance program into the spotlight. But the problem is likely bigger than one company. The Office of Personnel Management and its contractors which accounts for 90 percent of the federal government's background investigations, has faced persistent challenges with security clearances over the years, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 06:16pm EDT
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GSA faces third protest of OASIS solicitation

Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Co. has now filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office a week after losing its agency-level protest over what the company says restricts competition in the professional services governmentwide contract.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:20pm EDT

Investigators: 36k got improper disability pay

Congressional investigators: 36,000 workers got $1.3 billion in improper disability payments

Monday - 09/16/2013, 05:40am EDT

For 2013, CFC focusing on the people behind the money

Federal employees can start donating to the more than 4,000 charities under the Combined Federal Campaign. One of the goals of the CFC is to increase the number of people giving to charities, not just reaching a dollar threshold.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 04:11pm EDT

How effective is simulated training? GAO cites gaps in Army, Marine Corps data

A new study by the Government Accountability Office says the Army and Marine Corps need to develop a set of metrics to better measure the benefits of simulation-based training over live training.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 04:46pm EDT
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New health plan options & reduced retirement benefits

NARFE's David Snell will talk about a health care option for feds without children and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times will give us an update on 2014 budget negotiations and other issues affecting federal employees.
August 21, 2013

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 06:50pm EDT
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Two protests filed on GSA's OASIS contract

GSA is facing two pre-award protests in the week since it released the solicitation for its large, multiple award professional services contract. One company filed its protest with GAO. Another firm filed at the agency level.

Friday - 08/09/2013, 07:04pm EDT

DHS, DoD strive for new strategy: be smarter with less

Federal officials say the budget environment with or without sequestration is leading agencies to come to grips with the idea that no matter how much they cut, no matter how much they work to become more efficient, they still will not have enough people or money to get everything done. The goal is to install discipline and data into the decision making process.

Friday - 08/09/2013, 05:52am EDT
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