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Lawmakers urge change from within to improve low-wage workers' pay

Members of Congress sent a letter to the President Tuesday saying federally contracted low-wage work represents how the government fuels inequality. Contracted service workers staged a strike to protest pay inequality.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , Keith Ellison , industry , acquisition

Friday - 07/05/2013, 10:41am EDT

Postal Service needs centralized system to manage public-private partnerships

Public policy specialist Michael Kubayanda said the Postal Service would improve its partnerships with the private sector by creating a central office. USPS has a number of partnerships in different areas, including merchandise and real estate.

Tags: USPS , public-private partnerships , Michael Kubayanda , management , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 02:54pm EDT

IG: DoD puts hundreds of millions of dollars at risk in Afghanistan

The DoD Special Missions Wing in Afghanistan does not have adequate personnel to man its existing and planned aircraft fleet, according to an audit from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The air wing only has one fourth of the recruits needed to achieve full strength to be able to handle 48 newly purchased aircraft.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , SIGAR , DoD , Afghanistan , acquisition , Elizabeth Field ,

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 05:01pm EDT

DoD needs to set goals, measure progress for buying services

A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows the Defense Department still lacks end goals and metrics in its service acquisition system. DoD currently is the largest buyer of services in the government.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , GAO , contracting , Better Buying Power initiative ,

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 12:26pm EDT

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 , Claire McCaskill , Jack Surash , Gregory Friedman , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ,

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

Progress lacking on GPRA Modernization Act

Agencies need to do more to fully implement the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, according to the Government Accountability Office. Forty percent of agency managers remain unfamiliar with cross-agency priority goals developed by the administration. The report also recommends agencies do more to ensure the performance information they release is both useful and used by federal managers to measure agency results.

Tags: GAO , OMB , GPRA , GPRAMA , performance management , Robert Shea , In Depth ,

Friday - 06/28/2013, 05:54am EDT

Innovation Fellows combine new, old technologies

The White House chose nine projects for the second round of the innovation fellows program, including the 21st century Financial Systems project. This program hopes to simplify current accounting methods and minimize cost inefficiencies. Other PIF projects look to create platforms for sharing ideas within and between agencies.

Tags: financial management , managment , technology , White House , Presidential Innovation Fellows

Tuesday - 06/25/2013, 04:31pm EDT

Coburn calls out USDA, other agencies on wasteful spending

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sends another letter to another agency on ways to cut spending. This is the Senator's second letter in June; he wrote to the DOJ earlier this month.

Tags: sequestration , USDA , Tom Coburn , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 06/24/2013, 05:53pm EDT

GSA trying innovative approaches to disposing of real property

GSA acting administrator Dan Tangherlini said the agency wants to work with Congress to offer creative ways for agencies to maximize their assets. In its own headquarters, the GSA is using modern techniques to save space.

Tags: Senate , GSA , federal buildings , federal real property , Freeze the Footprint , Dan Tanherlini , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ,

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 06:11pm EDT

8 contract executives guilty of 8(a) contracting fraud

The Justice Department successfully prosecuted executives in companies for obtaining contracts under SBA's 8(a) program worth more than $153 million. The court found two of the executives guilty on Friday and six others pleaded guilty.

Tags: SBA , 8(a) program , government fraud , Keith Hedman , contracting , industry , Joseph Richards , David Lux , DoJ ,

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 09:18am EDT
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