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New law cracks down on government charge card abuse

Agencies now face stricter rules for issuing and tracking government charge cards under a new law President Barack Obama signed Friday. The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors in 2011, passed the House in August.

Tags: charge card abuse , Chuck Grassley , congress , Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 , best practices ,

Friday - 10/05/2012, 07:13pm EDT

Industry seeks tweaks to DoD Better Buying Power

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is promising a Better Buying Power 2.0, an revision to earlier reforms. That's good news to many in the defense industry, who hope the changes provide more nuanced guidance as opposed to strict blanket policies to agency contracting officers. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, In Depth with Francis Rosethe time is ripe for an update.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , industry , PSC , In Depth , Francis Rose , Stan Soloway ,

Friday - 10/05/2012, 04:03pm EDT

Lawmaker plans further delay - and eventual end - to STOCK Act reporting requirement

The controversial provision to an insider trading law that would require the online posting of senior federal employees' financial disclosure forms has twice been delayed by Congress and even put on hold by a district court judge. But now, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) says he's already planning for another delay when Congress comes back in session after the election - and possibly even a bill nixing the measure altogether.

Tags: STOCK Act , SES , workforce , management , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jim Moran ,

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 08:32pm EDT
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New analysis points to 'equilibrium' in DoD contract spending

Over the past 20 years, spending on defense contracts far outstripped growth in the overall defense budget. But a new analysis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies points to an "equilibrium," or steadiness, between contract spending as a share of DoD dollars. David Berteau, the senior vice president and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Security, joined In Depth with Francis to discuss the think tank's annual report on defense contracting trends.

Tags: DoD , contracting , acquisition , CSIS , David Berteau , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 06:07pm EDT
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Upward TSP trend continues

For the second month in a row, performance in all 10 of the Thrift Savings Plan funds posted positive returns, with double-digit gains in many of the funds year-to-date.

Tags: TSP , TSP returns , FRTIB , pay and benefits

Monday - 10/01/2012, 09:54am EDT

Shrinking GAO budget concerns employees, oversight advocates

The Government Accountability Office issues hundreds of reports each year detailing billions of dollars in cost-savings. Its role is considered essential to the congressional oversight process. But last year, Congress cut the agency's budget.

Tags: GAO , GAO Employees Union , budget , congress , Senate , Gene Dodaro , John Palguta , Ron La Due Lake , Partnership for Public Service ,

Monday - 04/09/2012, 05:00am EDT
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With expanded budget, TSP to tackle cybersecurity, hiring

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board which manages federal employees' Thrift Savings Plan accounts approved a 19 percent budget increase for the coming year, allowing it to fund new cybersecurity and hiring initiatives. The $170.5 million budget, which is more than $27 million above 2012 levels, was agreed to following a "rigorous review," the board's director of external affairs, Kim Weaver, told In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: TSP , budget , FTRIB , In Depth , Francis Rose , Kim Weaver , cybersecurity , hiring ,

Tuesday - 09/25/2012, 08:56pm EDT
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GSA testing new energy-saving technologies at federal buildings

The General Services Administration plans to roll out a dozen new technologies designed to better measure and manage energy use in federal facilities, the agency announced Wednesday. The new technologies, part of GSA's Green Proving Ground program, will be used in federal buildings across the country where their effectiveness will be evaluated by GSA and the Energy Department's National Laboratories.

Tags: Public Buildings Service , Dorothy Robyn , Green Proving Ground , technology , GSA , sustainability ,

Wednesday - 09/26/2012, 07:58pm EDT

Romney's private-sector approach to government includes realigning pay, downsizing workforce

It's no secret Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney envisions broad changes to the federal government and its workforce. In campaign speeches, Romney has spoken of aligning federal pay with that of the private sector and reducing the federal workforce through attrition. But federal unions say Romney's comments and proposals should give feds pause. This story is part of Federal News Radio's special, week-long multimedia report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: Mitt Romney , pay and benefits , Paul Ryan , pay freeze , Obama Impact , AFGE , J. David Cox , NFFE , William Dougan , workforce ,

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:59pm EDT

Presidential appointees face long, winding road to confirmation

No matter who wins the Presidential election, non-career officials who might one day serve in either an Obama or Romney administration will face a cumbersome appointment process that is just starting to be reformed. Linda Springer, who served as the head of the Office of Personnel Management during the George W. Bush administration told In Depth with Francis Rose the onerous Senate confirmation process for political appointees has been a longstanding issue.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Linda Springer , OPM , Ernst & Young , NAPA , James Pfiffner , congress , Senate , management , best practices , political appointees , Ernst & Young , confirmation process , Anne OConnell

Monday - 09/24/2012, 09:55pm EDT
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