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Communication, leadership make the best agencies run

The FCC, GSA and the Smithsonian were among the best agencies to work for in the latest survey and officials point to a few specific reasons for their success. Agencies must make their employees feel like they are part of the answer to meeting their mission, agency officials say.

Tags: management , Steven VanRoekel , Linda St. Thomas , Martha Johnson , Shaun Donovan , Analisa Archer , FCC , Smithsonian , HUD NARA , OMB , Partnership for Public Service , Best Places to Work survey , employee communication , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/07/2010, 07:05am EDT
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GSA not accepting new vendors for office supply schedule

The General Services Administration is suspending new companies from offering office supplies through Schedule 75 for two years.

Tags: Contracting , EZGSA , Scott Orbach , Schedule 75 , office supplies , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/03/2010, 03:04pm EDT

Crowdsourcing Solar Flare Predicition

When NASA scientists were stymied last year in trying to devise a formula for predicting solar flares, they took an unusual approach: They posted their problem online, and offered a prize to anyone who could solve it. One requirement: the person with the winning solution would have to fork over exclusive rights to the idea - in exchange for a $30,000 prize. 579 people considered the challenge, while only five submitted entries. The winner was a retired radio frequency engineer from New Hampshire who offered an algorithm that may be a first step in helping NASA predict when solar particles might endanger astronauts or spacecraft. Top officials within the General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget have called the contest the beginning of a huge movement. Now, the website challenge-dot-gov allows agencies to post challenges, create blogs and discussions, and reward winners with an array of incentives.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology Report , NASA , OMB , Scott Carr

Friday - 09/03/2010, 11:44am EDT

Feds to pay less for hotels in major cities in 2011

GSA has issued per diem rates for lodging for next year. Most hotels in major cities saw a decrease, including $15 for Washington, $71 in New York City and $45 in Chicago. GSA did not change the rates for meals and other incidentals.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , Jill Denning , DoD , American Hotel and Lodging Association , Smith Travel Research , per diem rates , FedRooms , City Pairs , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/03/2010, 06:59am EDT
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Agency services lack consistency, coordination

OMB finds that most website and call center operations are separate and don't work well together. Some agencies are following the private sector's lead by offering multiple channels to serve citizens. CMS and GSA both use online tools to answer questions more quickly and reliably.

Tags: management , technology , Jeff Zients , OMB , CMS , SSA , Kevin Paschuck , RightNow , MeriTalk , customer service , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/02/2010, 06:39am EDT
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Agencies to challenge citizens for solutions

GSA will unveil the Challenge.gov platform in the next few months where all agency competitions will be posted. Some agencies already are asking experts and employees for help. NASA will run 34 competitions before the end of December.

Tags: technology , management , Bev Godwin , Jeff Davis , NASA , EPA , SSA , OSTP , USDA , OMB , Challenge Post , Case Foundation , competitions , challenges , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/01/2010, 07:15am EDT
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HP settles whistleblower lawsuit for $55 million

The technology giant said it did nothing wrong, but settles the allegations it overcharged the government for software and technology products and gave kickbacks to systems integrators. HP's decision to settle is another in a growing list of major federal contractors who are paying fines.

Tags: Contracting , DoJ , HP , False Claims Act , whistleblower case , Jason Miller

Monday - 08/30/2010, 08:42pm EDT

GSA tries to have less need for itself

While GSA feds think about how to make federal buildings greener, they're going to be doing it from outside their own offices.

Tags: technology , TANDBERG Telework Center , telework , PBS , Martha Johnson , Bob Peck , Diane Herdt , VOIP , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 08/30/2010, 10:56am EDT

GSA's RFP for E-Travel system focuses on usability

Agency is taking lessons learned from the past seven years to make the new system more like commercial travel booking sites. Vendors have until Oct. 6 to submit bids on this 15-year contract. GSA said 23 agencies have implemented one of three standard online travel systems to a savings of more than $200 million.

Tags: Contracting , technology , Tim Burke , HP , Carson Wagonlit , Northrup Grumman , E-Travel , travel reimbursements , Jason Miller

Friday - 08/27/2010, 07:11am EDT
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