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USDA seeks authority to transfer funds to offset sequestration cuts

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack can move money in-between accounts within the same bureau, but not across the agency under a special provision called Interchange Authority. Vilsack has officially asked Congress for use of that authority in an effort to stunt the negative effects of sequestration at his agency. At at recent House hearing, Republican lawmakers questioned why more agencies haven't movasked Congress for similar permission.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Michael Young , USDA , Hari Sastry , Commerce , FCC , David Robbins , Paul Gosar , Blake Farenthold , Elijah Cummings , Matt Cartwright , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , reprogramming authorities

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 05:51am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OPM personnel changes, Tangherlini gets more than 210 days

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Tags: Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , technology , People , OPM , Matt Perry , Danny Werfel , GSA , OMB , FFATA , Nancy Kichak ,

Friday - 02/22/2013, 08:28pm EST

Issa asks agencies for alternative sequestration cuts

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote to 17 agencies requesting short-term ways to achieve savings instead of the across-the-board cuts expected to start today.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Transportation , education , oversight , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:33pm EST

As sequestration cuts loom, unimplemented IG recommendations could save billions

Over the past few years, unimplemented agency inspector general recommendations that could potentially save the government billions of dollars have piled up. Now, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts kicking in, lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are telling agencies there's no excuse for them to further delay implementing the cost-saving measures and best practices identified by their IGs.

Tags: House , congress , oversight , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , sequestration , Kathleen Tighe , education , IG vacancies

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 08:18pm EST

IT reform bill needs to 'beef up' people section, experts say

Rep. Darrell Issa plans to formally introduce the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act before the end of March. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its second hearing on the draft bill. Current and former federal officials say the bill should place a stronger emphasis on project management and workforce issues.

Tags: technology , management , Richard Spires , DHS , John Mica , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , program management , workforce , training , Stan Soloway , PSC , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:02am EST

Issa seeks answers on layoff notices from defense companies

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrel Issa (R-Calif.), wrote to the heads of 10 defense companies seeking information about the legal justification for not issuing notices of potential layoffs due to the across-the-board defense cuts set to go into effect Jan. 2. If contractors don't issue the notices and contracts are, in fact, terminated or modified, then agencies will pick up the contract-termination and employee compensation costs, the Office of Management and Budget stated in guidance issued late last month. But Republican lawmakers have argued the White House doesn't have the legal authority to ask companies to not comply with the law.

Tags: DoD , budget , sequestration , Lockheed Martin , defense industry , OMB , Labor Department , WARN Act

Friday - 10/12/2012, 04:05pm EDT

DHS, DoD among agencies making slow, steady progress to get off High Risk list

GAO adds two new areas to the list, NOAA's satellite programs and the federal government's financial risk because of climate change. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said nearly every initiative on the list made progress in fixing their problems over the last two years.

Tags: management , GAO , DHS , DoD , Gene Dodaro , NOAA , OFPP , Joe Jordan , High Risk list , congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , David Powner , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/15/2013, 06:19am EST

USPS makes case for ending Saturday delivery as postal reform push continues

The U.S. Postal Service's worsening financial situation led Postmaster General Pat Donahoe to announce last week the agency would end Saturday mail delivery beginning in August. But lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee were divided over Donahoe's announcement. The postmaster general told the committee during a hearing Wednesday the decision was necessary to save $2 billion a year and to begin shoring up the service's funding shortfalls.

Tags: congress , House , Senate , budget , USPS , Saturday delivery , Mark Pryor , Pat Donahoe , Tom Carper , Elijah Cummings , Tom Coburn , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 04:45pm EST
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