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Communication, leadership make the best agencies run

The FCC, GSA and the Smithsonian were among the best agencies to work for in the latest survey and officials point to a few specific reasons for their success. Agencies must make their employees feel like they are part of the answer to meeting their mission, agency officials say.

Tags: management , Steven VanRoekel , Linda St. Thomas , Martha Johnson , Shaun Donovan , Analisa Archer , FCC , Smithsonian , GSA , HUD NARA , OMB , Partnership for Public Service , Best Places to Work survey , employee communication ,

Tuesday - 09/07/2010, 07:05am EDT
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Countdown: Martha Johnson upping the game at GSA

Jason Miller and Mark Amtower count down the top three most important Federal news stories of the week.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal News Countdown , Mark Amtower , Martha Johnson , contracting

Friday - 09/03/2010, 08:00pm EDT
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GSA not accepting new vendors for office supply schedule

The General Services Administration is suspending new companies from offering office supplies through Schedule 75 for two years.

Tags: contracting , GSA , EZGSA , Scott Orbach , Schedule 75 , office supplies , strategic sourcing ,

Friday - 09/03/2010, 03:04pm EDT

Feds to pay less for hotels in major cities in 2011

GSA has issued per diem rates for lodging for next year. Most hotels in major cities saw a decrease, including $15 for Washington, $71 in New York City and $45 in Chicago. GSA did not change the rates for meals and other incidentals.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , Jill Denning , GSA , DoD , American Hotel and Lodging Association , Smith Travel Research , per diem rates , FedRooms , City Pairs ,

Friday - 09/03/2010, 06:59am EDT
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Wash acts as the conductor to make GPO's technology run smoothly

This week, host Jason Miller talks with GPO's Mike Wash about updating the agency's cybersecurity programs.
Sept. 2, 2010

Tags: technology , Ask the CIO , GPO , Mike Wash

Thursday - 09/02/2010, 01:53pm EDT
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Agency services lack consistency, coordination

OMB finds that most website and call center operations are separate and don't work well together. Some agencies are following the private sector's lead by offering multiple channels to serve citizens. CMS and GSA both use online tools to answer questions more quickly and reliably.

Tags: management , technology , Jeff Zients , OMB , GSA , CMS , SSA , Kevin Paschuck , RightNow , MeriTalk , customer service ,

Thursday - 09/02/2010, 06:39am EDT
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Agencies to challenge citizens for solutions

GSA will unveil the Challenge.gov platform in the next few months where all agency competitions will be posted. Some agencies already are asking experts and employees for help. NASA will run 34 competitions before the end of December.

Tags: technology , management , Bev Godwin , Jeff Davis , GSA , NASA , EPA , SSA , OSTP , USDA , OMB , Challenge Post , Case Foundation , competitions , challenges ,

Wednesday - 09/01/2010, 07:15am EDT
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FAR Council seeks input on changes to 8(a) program

The council will hold three meetings with Alaskan Native and Native American vendors to seek their ideas on how best to write new regulations for sole source contracts in the 8(a) business development program. Congress required new rules for when agencies can give these firms sole source contracts worth more than $20 million.

Tags: contracting , FAR Council , Claire McCaskill , SBA , Alaskan Native Corporations , Native American firms , 8(a) program , sole source contracts ,

Tuesday - 08/31/2010, 06:37pm EDT

Navy moves closer to going paperless

Rob Carey, the Navy CIO, signs an electronic signature policy to let Navy offices move to online processes. Carey said the memo is not a mandate, but serves as a catalyst for program managers who believe it makes business sense to move processes away from paper

Tags: technology , Rob Carey , Navy , DoD , cybersecurity , electronic signature , PKI , secure identity card ,

Tuesday - 08/31/2010, 06:41am EDT
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HP settles whistleblower lawsuit for $55 million

The technology giant said it did nothing wrong, but settles the allegations it overcharged the government for software and technology products and gave kickbacks to systems integrators. HP's decision to settle is another in a growing list of major federal contractors who are paying fines.

Tags: contracting , GSA , DoJ , HP , False Claims Act , whistleblower case ,

Monday - 08/30/2010, 08:42pm EDT
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