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Industry reps pessimistic about legislative IT reform this year

IT Alliance for Public Sector experts say there are two major reasons for their fleeting hope—one is the little time lawmakers have in Washington over the next four months; and second is the continued impasse among the Senate and House over the role of agency CIOs. ITAPS says a two-and-a-half month continuing resolution is likely and an omnibus spending bill for 2015 is gaining support.

Tags: industry , acquisition , technology , Trey Hodgkins , Erica McCann , IT Alliance for Public Sector , budget , IT reform , Supply chain security , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 05:20am EDT
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IGs warn of potential threats to all inspectors general

In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, IGs from large and small agencies say constraints placed upon auditors from EPA, DoJ and Peace Corps represent a serious challenge to the authority of every IG.

Tags: oversight , Justice , Peace Corps , EPA , Charles Grassley , management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:35am EDT

Kendall shapes DoD acquisition reforms around 7 areas

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, sent a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) back in June detailing how Congress can help DoD improve its acquisition outcomes. The list includes stopping sequestration, continued support of workforce training and simplifying rules and regulations.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DoD , Frank Kendall , Bob Work , AFCEA , Better Buying Power , Acquisition reform , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Tax deadbeat feds flee DC

Comedian Steve Martin has some useful words of advice -- two of them, actually -- for tax deadbeats on Capitol Hill, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , IRS , workforce

Monday - 08/04/2014, 06:09am EDT

Rep. Edwards proposes restoring lower retirement contributions for feds

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) introduced a bill Thursday that would reduce the amount new federal employees must pay toward their government pensions. The National Treasury Employees Union and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association support the legislation, which would repeal the last two increases in retirement contributions.

Tags: retirement , retirement contributions , FERS , NARFE , NTEU , Colleen Kelly , Joseph Beaudoin , Donna Edwards , Stephanie Wasko , workforce , pay and benefits

Friday - 08/01/2014, 03:34pm EDT

SSA nominee seeks to mend labor-management fences

Carolyn Watts Colvin, the nominee to be Social Security Administration commissioner, vowed to Senate lawmakers to soothe turbulent relations between the agency and its labor unions. Colvin also said she plans to tackle troubled IT systems that still run COBOL.

Tags: SSA , Ron Wyden , Carolyn Watts Colvin , AFGE , COBOL , management , technology , Orrin Hatch , Ariel Levin-Waldman ,

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:19am EDT
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For once, it's OK to watch the clock

Consider yourself on holiday, of sorts, for the next five weeks. Even if you've had your vacation or can't afford one the time between now and Labor Day should be more relaxed because Congress is gone. And that's good news for most feds.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , pay and benefits

Friday - 08/01/2014, 06:27am EDT

Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

A partially trained workforce working within a nearly impossible system is not a recipe for success. But that's how things are when it comes to federal acquisition, according to the Professional Services Council. The industry group has sent Congress a long list of recommendations to make procurement faster and more competitive. Council President Stan Soloway joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the study got started.

Tags: Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , acquisition , workforce ,

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:14pm EDT
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FBI narrows down final locations for new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tags: Ariel Levin-Waldman , GSA , OMB , GAO , Veterans Affairs , David Mader , Michael Gelber , David Wise , James Sullivan , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , FBI , management , Public Buildings Service , real property disposal , Freeze the Footprint

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Congress is a step closer to transforming the Veterans Affairs Department. House and Senate negotiators have agreed to a $17 billion deal. Among many things, the bill will provide funding for veterans to seek care at non VA facilities. Martin Matishak, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to break down the numbers.

Tags: Martin Matishak , The Hill , VA

Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:39pm EDT
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