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DHS cancels $6 billon program to detect bioweapons, with no Plan B

After six years, the Department of Homeland Security decided in April to abandon its strategy to upgrade biological weapon detection equipment in large U.S. cities. But there is no backup plan so far, and the current system won't last much longer. To date, DHS says it has actually expended only $61 million on Biowatch 3, and officials told the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday that they are moving quickly to come up with a new acquisition plan.

Tags: DHS , Congress , BioWatch , Chris Currie , Reginald Brothers , Deena Disraelly , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Robert Goldenkoff, Government Accountability Office

Your deadline is coming soon to tell your boss what you think of your job. Friday is the last day to fill out your Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey from the Office of Personnel Management. The data from those surveys will shape human resources policy across government. But the Government Accountability Office says chief human capital officers have other options to build and strengthen their workforces. Robert Goldenkoff is director of strategic issues at the GAO. He tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose on In Depth about three broad human capital challenges facing agencies across the federal government.

Tags: Robert Goldenkoff , Employee Viewpoint Survey , OPM , In Depth

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 01:41pm EDT
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GAO denies latest protest of Office Supplies 3 solicitation

Lawyers say GSA's analysis of the impact of OS3 on small businesses met the requirements under the Small Business Jobs Act.

Tags: Contracting , Industry , GSA , SBA , Office Supplies 3 , federal strategic sourcing initiative , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 11:39am EDT

More problems with VA scheduling systems revealed

The electronic wait system for keeping track of and monitoring initial primary-care appointments for new patients at Veterans Affairs medical facilities is not the only scheduling system at VA that's now under scrutiny. A separate system for monitoring VA patients' access to outpatient specialty care -- such as cardiologists, gastroenterologists and physical therapists is also "unreliable," according to GAO's Debra Draper, who testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee Monday evening.

Tags: VA , House , Debra Draper , Richard Griffin , Jack Moore , veterans , VHA

Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:21pm EDT

Protests force GSA to suspend governmentwide use of Office Supplies 2 contract

Eleven vendors submitted protests to GAO over GSA's desire to extend the OS2 contract another six months. The contractors say GSA's extension would violate the Small Business Jobs Act because they didn't do a contract consolidation impact assessment.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , Industry , GSA , strategic sourcing , bid protest , Roger Waldron , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 03:49am EDT

Ron Schechter & Kristen Ittig, Arnold and Porter, LLP

More contractors than ever are losing their government business to suspension and debarment. The Government Accountability Office reports even agencies that don't have much history of suspensions and debarments filed 14 times more cases since 2010. Ron Schechter and Kristen Ittig, partners at Arnold and Porter, are looking at the rising trend of suspension and debarment cases and what it means for contractors doing business with federal agencies.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Congress joins the fray as protests mount over strategic sourcing

Reps. Grace Meng and Tim Walberg introduce a provision in the Defense authorization bill to require GAO to study the impact of strategic sourcing on small businesses. GSA also is facing more than two dozen protests over its current and future office supplies contracts and now OASIS.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , Industry , Congress , Grace Meng , Tim Walberg , Sam Graves , House Small Business Committee , strategic sourcing , bid protests , GSA , Office Supplies 3 , OASIS , Sam Bornstein , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 01:29pm EDT

Sequestration forced agencies elsewhere for program funding, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office takes a look at the effects of the 2013 sequester and how agencies prepared.

Tags: sequestration , oversight , DHS , CMS , CBP , education , HUD , budget , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:20pm EDT

Asif Khan, Director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues, GAO

The Army is headed toward a Sept. 30 deadline to have a Statement of Budgetary Resources ready. Meeting that deadline is critical towards the Defense Department's goal of achieving full audit readiness by fiscal 2017. Asif Khan, director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the Government Accountability Office, told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army is showing some important progress to meeting this year's benchmark.

Tags: Asif Khan , In Depth

Monday - 06/02/2014, 06:23pm EDT
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Tim DiNapoli, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department's fighting an uphill battle to streamline its service contract inventory by fiscal 2016. One of their problems is DoD is trying to standardize how every branch collects data on the contractors they hire to help meet their missions. Tim DiNapoli, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, reports on DoD's progress and a number of hurdles standing in the way of meeting its fiscal 2016 goal to In Depth with Francis Rose

Tags: Tim Dinapoli , In Depth

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:23pm EDT
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