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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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VA solves project management woes through competency models

The agency puts employees in pools based on their expertise, and then the employees move from project to project based on the needs of that program. VA now is working on 60 percent more projects than under the previous approach.
November 10, 2011(Encore presentation December 22, 2011)

Tags: technology , Stephen Warren , Veterans Administration , project management , PMAS , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 07:02pm EST
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Experts say administration proposal puts FEHB on the ropes

The White House wants to carve out the prescription drug piece and give OPM the ability to negotiate prices through a third party. But experts say this change would cost employees more money and be the first step toward dismantling the entire Federal Employee Health Benefit program.

Tags: James Morrison , Jackie Simon , Joseph Antos , pay and benefits , Walt Francis , American Enterprise Institute , FEHB , OPM , AFGE , supercommittee , prescription drug benefit , USPS

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:20am EST
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OPM sets reinvestigations at every 5 years for 'public trust' feds

Agency issued a final rule today implementing the 2009 Executive Order requiring certain employees to be reexamined more often.

Tags: workforce , OPM , security investigations

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 03:57pm EST
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