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Lawmakers unveil Hatch Act update

A group of lawmakers has proposed an update to the law governing federal employees' political activity that would exempt some state and local employees and allow for a range of penalties other than automatic suspension for minor violations.

Tags: Joseph Lieberman , Daniel Akaka , Elijah Cummings , Mike Lee , Hatch Act , Carolyn Lerner , OSC , MSPB , workforce , Congress ,

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 09:39pm EST

GSA spending scandal puts agency whistleblowers in spotlight

Not all claims of agency wrongdoing wind up with the agency IG's office. Some employees turn to the Office of Special Counsel, the independent investigative agency that acts under the authority of the Whistleblower Protection Act. OSC's relatively-low profile has grown since Carolyn Lerner, the head of the office, joined the agency about nine months ago.

Tags: management , OSC , Catherine McMullen , Carolyn Lerner , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 10:01pm EDT
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Senate expands whistleblower protections for feds

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday expanding protections for federal whistleblowers. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, authored and introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on the federal workforce, updates a 1989 law protecting government whistleblowers.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , management , whistleblowers , whistleblower protection , whistleblower bill , Akaka , Darrell Issa , Susan Collins ,

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:24pm EDT

Report: Federal whistleblowers don't sense letup in agency retaliation

Federal employees increasingly perceive less agency wrongdoing but that doesn't necessarily mean the threat of retaliation for reporting such misconduct has similarly decreased, according to a new Merit System Protection Board report.

Tags: MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , whistleblower , EPA , FDA , OSC , best practices ,

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 08:39am EST

GAO: DCMA hampered by contingency contracting, DCAA

The contract management agency has added staff in recent years and sought a pivot in strategy, the GAO found. But DCMA still faces issues, such as contingency contracting and its reliance on DCAA, that impact its ability to meet its mission, GAO's John Hutton said on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: DCMA , John Hutton , GAO , workforce , In Depth , DCAA , contracting , acquisition , acquisition workforce ,

Monday - 11/14/2011, 05:41pm EST
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IRS Commissioner Shulman stepping down next month

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman will leave the agency when his term ends next month, the IRS announced Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Steven Miller, will serve as acting commissioner after Schulman departs. Shulman's last day will Nov. 9.

Tags: IRS , people , Doug Shulman , Steven Miller ,

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 04:33pm EDT

GAO denies SAIC protest of Defense IT contract

A massive contract awarded to Lockheed Martin in June to manage the Defense Information Systems Agency's Global Information Grid remains in place after the Government Accountability Office denied a bid protest from fellow contractor SAIC. Despite SAIC's allegations, GAO found DISA had reasonably evaluated Lockheed's proposal as well as claims of an organization conflict of interest.

Tags: DISA , Global Information Grid , SAIC , Lockheed Martin , GAO , Ralph White , Gerry Fasano , bid protest ,

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 04:18pm EDT

GAO: Agencies lack risk management in service contracts

John Hutton, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the watchdog agency's latest report, which focused on service contracts.

Tags: John Hutton , GAO , acquisition , contracting , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Monday - 01/09/2012, 08:21pm EST
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GAO: Lack of guidance stymies efforts to review DoD service contracts

In 2008, Congress mandated the Pentagon to keep an inventory of service contracts and review it annually to make sure government work wasn't being improperly outsourced. But the Government Accountability Office, in a recent report, found a lack of guidance from the top has led to challenges in implementing that requirement.

Tags: GAO , Tim Dinapoli , Francis Rose , In Depth , DoD , acquisition , service contracting , DoD Report ,

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 09:53pm EDT
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TSP notes: TSP Roth launch 'on time'

Tom Trabucco, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the "three-legged stool" of federal retirement, the ballpark-estimate calculator and how it works.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits , workforce , benefits , retirement , Tom Trabucco , FRTIB , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Monday - 01/23/2012, 06:42pm EST
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