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Analysis: GSA's scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds

From Darleen Druyun to Jack Abramoff to wartime contracting, history shows the Public Buildings Service's lavish spending is small potatoes. Experts say the energy and time Congress has put into hearing on the GSA conference near Las Vegas could be better used to address bigger, most costly problems.

Tags: Shakeup at GSA , management , oversight , GSA , Paul Posner , GAO , George Mason University , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , Congress ,

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:45am EDT
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McCaskill bill would add new rules for agency conferences

The Accountability in Government Act would require agency leaders to sign off on any conference costing more than $200,000.

Tags: management , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , Claire McCaskill , oversight , Congress , conference spending

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 06:00pm EDT

Online tool lets VA employees conceive career paths

John Sepulveda, the Veterans Affairs Department assistant secretary for human resources and administration, said the portal lets employees assess their skill gaps and create a plan to move up the career ladder. HUD and DLA also have initiatives to create high performing employees and organizations.

Tags: workforce , VA , John Sepulveda , Defense Logistics Agency , Brad Bunn , HUD , Karen Newton Cole , retention , training , high performance organization , FedSMC Conference ,

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Former GSA officials to appear before House committee, but not expected to say much

Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenas Jeff Neely, PBS region 9 commissioner, to appear. Along with Neely, PBS Deputy Commissioner David Foley and former Administrator Martha Johnson are on the witness list. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee also is expected to hear from GSA Deputy Administrator Susan Brita, CFO Alison Doone and event planner Lisa Daniels.

Tags: management , GSA , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Senate Environment and Public Works Commitee , Congress , House , Senate , Jeff Neely , David Foley , Martha Johnson , Bob Peck , Susan Brita , John Mica , Brian Miller , Shakeup at GSA , oversight ,

Monday - 04/16/2012, 06:00am EDT

Agencies see potential of putting HR systems in cloud

VA will award a contract for human resources services to a private sector cloud provider later this year. GSA still is in the planning stages, while the Coast Guard is refreshing its HR system that has been in a private cloud since 2003. OMB listed HR systems as a possible function to move to a shared service provider in 2012.

Tags: technology , human resources , cloud computing , GSA , Dennis Papula , VA , Cynthia Vaughn , Coast Guard , Mike Fijalka , shared services , LRP Publications ,

Friday - 04/13/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Agencies feel strain of balancing mobility, security

The Army and DISA will release a broad agency announcement this summer seeking third party software to secure smartphones and tablet computers. The Marine Corps is looking at host of different possibilities to secure mobile devices, including a process to verify the software code in apps.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Army , Marine Corps , defense , Stephen Smith , Ray Letteer , Howard Schmidt , Emma Garrison-Alexander , TSA , White House , mobile computing , McAfee , DISA ,

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 05:18am EDT
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GSA presses employees for vigilance against waste, fraud, abuse

In a letter to employees, Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini and IG Brian Miller asked employees to be more vigilant to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. They said one of the most troubling aspects of the PBS conference incident was no one reported it or took action to stop it.

Tags: Dan Tangherlini , Brian Miller , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , management , oversight

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 04:59pm EDT

Lawmakers model latest cyber bill after DoD information sharing pilot

Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) introduced legislation to make sharing of classified cyber threat information easier between the government and the private sector. The bill builds on DoD's Defense Industrial Base pilot to share data about vulnerabilities. DoD plans to expand the DIB pilot to more than 200 companies in the coming year.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DoD , DHS , House Intelligence Committee , House Armed Services Committee , Teri Takai , Keith Alexander , Mike Rogers , Dutch Ruppersberger , information sharing , defense industrial base ,

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 05:09am EDT
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Sen. McCaskill gives GSA deadline for bonus program details

Acting General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini said the 'Hats Off' incentive program has been suspended. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has promised an investigation into agency spending, said she's not sure GSA's actions are enough to change the culture.

Tags: management , oversight , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Claire McCaskill , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ,

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 04:19pm EDT
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GSA places deputy PBS Commissioner Foley on leave

David Foley, the deputy Public Buildings Service commissioner, becomes the fourth senior executive at headquarters to feel the aftershocks of the IG's scathing report on excessive spending and waste. Lawmakers have scheduled three hearings next week.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , David Foley , Darrell Issa , mangement , Martha Johnson , Linda Chero , Desa Sealy ,

Monday - 04/09/2012, 07:28pm EDT
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