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CRS opens door for vendor reporting of political spending

A new report found the courts have given presidents wide authority over federal contracting. But CRS finds plenty of examples where executive orders have violated existing law. The CRS study comes as the Senate passes an amendment in the defense authorization bill to prohibit DoD from collecting vendor information on political contributions.

Tags: industry , Susan Collins , Rob Portman , CRS , executive order , political contributions , contracting ,

Tuesday - 06/21/2011, 03:12pm EDT

Commerce to buy IT more strategically

CIO Simon Szykman said the department has a goal of $50 million in savings through strategic sourcing and that commodity technology will play a big role in achieving that mark. He said the agency also is looking at expanding NOAA's IT services contract so the rest of the department can use it.

Tags: technology , contracting , Simon Sykman , DoC , NOAA , policy , IT purchasing , Commodity IT

Friday - 06/17/2011, 05:52pm EDT
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Dean of federal CIOs, Van Hitch, to retire

Justice Department CIO Hitch has been in his position since 2002.

Tags: technology , Van Hitch , Justice , information sharing , cybersecurity ,

Friday - 06/17/2011, 07:32am EDT

Buyouts, furloughs among budget cut options

HHS and ATF are among the agencies preparing for a much lower budget in 2012 and beyond. Officials said short-term savings have been found, so now they must consider cuts to everything from real estate to personnel to non-critical functions.

Tags: pay and benefits , technology , Denise Wells , Rick Holgate , HHS , ATF , Senior Executives Association , buyouts , furloughs , budget cuts , electronic records management ,

Friday - 06/17/2011, 07:22am EDT
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Reporters' Roundup: Agencies cutting workforce, paper

Stories Federal News Radio reporters are working on for June 16, 2011.

Tags: Jason Millerbu , workforce , management , Congress , GPO , workforce reductions

Thursday - 06/16/2011, 08:25pm EDT
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CDC facing furloughs, ATF considers buyouts

Falling budgets have agencies considering extreme measures.

Tags: SEA Conference 2011 , SEA , HHS , ATF , budget , management , Suzanne Kubota , Denise Wells , Richard Holgate , pay and benefits , pay debate

Thursday - 06/16/2011, 02:33pm EDT

OPM promotes new thinking about federal pay

OPM Director John Berry said the administration is trying to be "responsible and professional" when it comes to changing the bonus and pay structure. He said agencies should take a step back and make sure they are using these programs effectively and promoting the best employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , John Berry , Scott Gould , Greg Gilman , Jeff Risinger , OPM , OMB , VA , SEC , NTEU , pay freeze , performance bonuses , within grade , Federal Labor Management Council ,

Thursday - 06/16/2011, 08:05am EDT
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GAO to reaffirms right to hear task order protests

Even though the legislative authority expired in May, GAO determined it still can decide task order complaints because of the Competition in Contracting Act.

Tags: contracting , industry , Ralph White , GAO , GSA , DISA , Congress , Michael Golden , Pepper Hamilton , bid protest , task order protest ,

Wednesday - 06/15/2011, 07:57am EDT
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ICE adjusts approach to IT vendors, workforce

Luke McCormack, the chief information officer of the Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said ICE has not done a good job over the years in how they communicate their needs and requirements to industry.
June 16, 2011(Encore presentation July 28, 2011)

Tags: technology , Luke McCormack , DHS , Immigration and Customs Service , cloud computing , Mythbusters , IT reforms , workforce , Ask the CIO ,

Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 10:24pm EDT
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