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Push for more suspension, debarments receives mixed reactions

Procurement experts say the increased use of this punishment is the "death penalty" for the vendors. Lawmakers say agencies need penalize bad actors more aggressively.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Dan Gordon , GAO , OFPP , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , supension and debarment , Bill Shook , Shook-Donan , Joe Hornyak , Holland and Knight ,

Friday - 11/18/2011, 05:20am EST
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Indian Health Service facing data deadline

Acting CIO Howard Hays said the agency is taking advantage of the work VA is doing to update its systems. Indian Health Services borrows heavily from VA's VistA electronic health records system.
November 17, 2011(Encore presentation December 29, 2011)

Tags: technology , Howard Hays , Indian Health Service , health IT , Ask the CIO , Department of Veteran Affairs , DoD , electronic health records , telemedicine , VistA

Friday - 11/18/2011, 12:58am EST
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FDIC, Surface Board rely on communication to take top spots on 'Best Places to Work' list

Top ranked agencies say constant contact with employees is key to success. FDIC moved from the bottom in 2005 to the top this year. Surface Transportation Board takes top spot among small agencies for second year in a row.

Tags: workforce , FDIC , Surface Transportation Board , Daniel Elliott , Martin Gruenberg , Max Stier , Partnership for Pubic Service , Best Places to Work ,

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 05:06am EST
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CFOs, CAOs get 2012 marching orders to cut service contracts

OMB details the 12 product service codes and specific steps agencies must take over the next year to cut 15 percent of their management service contracts next year. Agencies spent $44 billion on these contracts in 2011.

Tags: acquisition , Danny Werfel , Dan Gordon , OFPP , OMB , management service contracts , AcqStat sessions , acquisition policy , contracting , industry ,

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 01:43pm EST

OMB, non-profits urge Senate to keep E-Gov whole

Statement of Administration Policy and letter to Senate recommends keeping the E-Government Fund separate from the Federal Citizen Services Fund. The Sunlight Foundation and OMBWatch also want lawmakers to fully fund the E-Government Fund.

Tags: technology , budget , OMB , E-Government Fund , Sunlight Foundation , OMBWatch , Senate Appropriations Committee , openness , transparency ,

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 02:16pm EST

CHCOs create speed dating for mentors, mentees

The Chief Human Capital Officers Council will hold speed matchmaking sessions each quarter starting in 2012 to pair up mentors and those who are looking for such support. Kathryn Medina, the executive director of the CHCO Council, said the success of the first speed mentoring session earlier this year presented an opportunity to address a long-standing need.

Tags: workforce , CHCO Council , OPM , Kathryn Medina , Commerce , Fred Lang , mentoring , HCMF 2011 , HR University , Pat Tamburrino , DoD

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 05:35am EST
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GAO pokes holes in OMB's acquisition savings claims

A new report finds agency data is dubious and lacks reliability. OFPP disagrees with GAO's findings.

Tags: OFPP , Dan Gordon , GAO , acquisition , contracting , high risk contracts , Campaign to Cut Waste ,

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 06:32pm EST

ICE hires Raytheon to develop new case management system

Under the $40 million deal, ICE wants a modernized system that gives investigators access to more than 100 disparate databases.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , DHS , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , Raytheon , Case management system ,

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 12:55pm EST

VA to reevaluate T4 protester's bid

The Court of Federal Claims rules in VA's favor on five of six counts. But VA must relook at Standard Communications' bid to see if it meets the solicitation's best value criteria.

Tags: industry , contracting , VA , T4 , Standard Communications , bid protest , Multiple award contract , IT services , Cy Alba , Piliero Mazza , IBM , Med Trends

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:23pm EST

Protesters call for EPA to protect whistleblowers

Three former agency employees say they tried to expose wrongdoing and were punished by EPA senior leaders. Several organizations marched to EPA headquarters asking for more support for whistleblowers.

Tags: management , EPA , whistleblower protections , Occupy DC , No Fear Coalition , Steve Kohn , Marsha Coleman-Adebayo , Susan Morris , National Whistleblower Center , Lisa Jackson ,

Friday - 11/11/2011, 05:02am EST
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