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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

USPS employees to see less overtime, more buyouts under 5-day delivery plan

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the service can no longer afford to delivery first class mail six-days a week. He said cutting back by one day a week would save about $2 billion a year. USPS still would have a $14 billion deficit and needs help from Congress to address other fiscal challenges.

Tags: management , budget , postal service , Patrick Donahoe , Gerry Connolly , Sam Graves , Tom Coburn , National Association of Letter Carriers , Fredric Rolando , Blake Farenthold , Jeanette Dwyer , workforce , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 05:24am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 6, 2013

Forrest Morgeson, director of research at the American Customer Satisfaction Index, has some good news for some agencies. Agriculture Department official Kevin Concannon says USDA is claiming victory in its battle against fraud. Jordy Yager of The Hill newspaper explains why some on Capitol Hill are talking about Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) Tom Day, USPS' chief sustainability officer, shares news of the Postal Service's successful conservation efforts.

Tags: Forrest Morgeson , American Customer Satisfaction Index , Kevin Concannon , USDA , SNAP , Jordy Yager , The Hill , Tom Day , USPS , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 10:28am EST

Lawmakers call on President to fill widespread IG vacancies

House and Senate lawmakers have called on President Barack Obama to fill inspector general vacancies at six large agencies, including open spots at the Departments of Homeland Security and State.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , oversight , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Elijah Cummings

Friday - 01/25/2013, 07:43pm EST

VanRoekel dismisses need for IT reform, calls for more flexibility

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its first hearing on the steps needed to reform IT management across government. But federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said he has the authority needed to improve how agencies spend money on technology programs. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the committee's chairman, is developing legislation to update laws governing the management of IT.

Tags: technology , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , CIO authorities , IT reform , Tom Davis , Deloitte , David Powner , GAO , John Mica , Jason Miller , House , Congress

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 10:02am EST
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