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Bill turns up heat on agency use of strategic sourcing

A group of Democrats and Republicans, called the No Labels Caucus, plans to introduce nine bills this week focused on government effectiveness and efficiency. The strategic sourcing legislation would require agencies to save at least $10 billion a year. Senators say agencies need the right incentives to buy smarter.

Tags: acquisition , industry , OFPP , Joe Jordan , GAO , Cristina Chaplain , Dan Tangherlini , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , Ron Johnson , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 12:21pm EDT
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Energy's Environmental Management office still struggling to manage contracts

The Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management (EM) faced scrutiny in a hearing Thursday that questioned EM's contract management. DOE has been on the GAO's High Risk List for contract management since 1990.

Tags: management , industry , Contracting , Energy , Jack Surash , Gregory Friedman , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Cogan Schneier

Monday - 07/01/2013, 03:42pm EDT

Contractor conducting background checks under investigation prior to NSA leak

Patrick McFarland, the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management, confirmed to a Senate subcommittee Thursday that his office has been investigating USIS, the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, since late 2011. He said at least 18 security clearance investigators have been convicted of falsifying investigations since 2007. McFarland said there may be "considerably more" fraud that hasn't been uncovered due to "alarmingly insufficient oversight" of the security-clearance process.

Tags: Security clearances , Patrick McFarland , GSA , Senate , Congress , USIS , background investigations , Michelle Schmitz , management , Oversight

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 09:02pm EDT

Senators push Tangherlini for assurances GSA is improving

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members support Dan Tangherlini to be the permanent administrator of the General Services Administration. Lawmakers, however, wanted more answers about the troubled SAM program and the recent IG report on management interference of contract negotiations.

Tags: management , acquisition , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , System for Award Management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 05:26am EDT
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Bonuses to senior execs under fire at GSA, other agencies

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and the GSA inspector general released separate, but related, reports that show GSA abused its authority to give Senior Executive Service (SES) members bonuses between 2009 and 2011. GSA official said they have since fixed these problems. McCaskill also found that on average the Labor Department, the Navy and the National Science Foundation handed out more than one bonus per SES employee.

Tags: Workforce , pay and benefits , pay , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Brian Miller , GSA , Shakeup at GSA , SES , management , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/17/2013, 02:27pm EDT
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Hagel seeks change on conviction reversals

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , sexual assault ,

Tuesday - 04/09/2013, 01:48pm EDT
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