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Downward trend in service contract spending continues

Federal spending on services contracts continued a slow downturn last year, according to a new analysis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Contract spending on services fell 7 percent -- from $332 billion to $308 billion between 2011 and 2012. And the downward trend is likely to continue, given budget constraints that are likely to intensify in the coming years, according to David Berteau, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Tags: contracting , industry , budget , service contracting , CSIS , David Berteau , Federal Drive ,

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:25pm EDT
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Connolly: Budget uncertainty has 'insidious impact' on feds, contractors

A bevy of issues has piled up on lawmakers' to-do list, including fiscal 2014 funding and a pay raise for federal employees. But they don't have much time to act. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), whose district includes many federal employees and contractors, tells Federal News Radio the climate of uncertainty is having a negative impact on both groups.

Tags: budget , Congress , House , Gerry Connolly , pay freeze , workforce , In Depth , sequestration , Francis Rose ,

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 02:34pm EDT
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Agencies' FY 2015 budget planning 'tied up in knots' by uncertainty

Agencies are already planning for their 2015 budgets, and will submit preliminary plans to the Office of Management and Budget next month. Funding for the current year runs out Oct. 1, there's no word on a budget or even a stopgap continuing resolution and the across-the-board sequestration cuts are still threatening to gum up the works.

Tags: management , budget , OMB , sequestration , Robert Shea , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 04:06pm EDT
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GSA ups per diem rates for 2014, ends conference allowance

After a two-year freeze, per diems for work-related federal travel are going up slightly, according to the General Services Administration. GSA also announced it is eliminating a special lodging allowance for federal employees attending conferences.

Tags: travel , GSA , Anne Rung , per diem rates , GTAC ,

Friday - 08/30/2013, 05:13pm EDT

Next front in fight against improper payments? Stopping payments to dead people

Senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have opened a new legislative salvo in the fight against improper payments: helping agencies stop payments to dead people. The new legislation, introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee would allow all federal agencies to access basic death data maintained by the Social Security Administration and require they use it to curb improper payments

Tags: oversight , mangement , improper payments , Congress , Senate , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Death Master File , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Friday - 08/30/2013, 03:10pm EDT
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OPM to manage part of Affordable Care Act program

The launch of state insurance exchanges will have little impact on most federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management says. It's a different story for OPM, itself, however. Due to its experience managing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, OPM has been tasked with managing a part of the new health exchange system.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , benefits , health insurance , FEHBP , Elaine Kaplan ,

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 04:37pm EDT

GPO chief says its time to update agency name to reflect digital push

Davita Vance-Cooks, who was officially sworn in as the head of the agency last week, says there's a more accurate moniker for the work the agency does today: Government Publishing Office. Over the past few years, the Government Printing Office has been shifting away from its traditional mission of ink-on-paper printing in favor of digital distribution of key government documents.

Tags: GPO , technology , Davita Vance-Cooks , FDSys , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 01:16pm EDT
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Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley to lead Pentagon's drive for efficiencies

Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley has a new job: Help the Defense Department cut its headquarters budget by $40 billion over the next 10 years and streamline the Pentagon's organizational structure. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revealed in internal guidance Monday that Donley, who stepped down from the Air Force in June, would lead the efficiencies review.

Tags: DoD , budget , sequestration , Michael Donley , Air Force , Ashton Carter , Chuck Hagel , efficiencies ,

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 04:48pm EDT

OPM pushes telework for March on Washington anniversary

The Office of Personnel Management is pushing federal agencies to allow their employees to telework Wednesday to help ease traffic congestion stemming from the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington. The federal government will remain open on Aug. 28.

Tags: OPM , telework , Elaine Kaplan , March on Washington ,

Monday - 08/26/2013, 03:28pm EDT

Coffers nearly dry, FEEA says most furlough loans could end next week

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund says it won't be able to help out most furloughed federal employees beyond the end of the week because donations haven't kept up with the crush of applications from employees facing the forced time off.

Tags: workforce , sequestration , furloughs , FEEA , Steve Bauer , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Monday - 08/26/2013, 01:41pm EDT
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