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EXCLUSIVE: DHS directorate withdraws controversial vendor checklist

The National Protection and Programs Directorate said it would not put a contractor communication guidance in place that would have required agency leaders to answer 15 questions before meeting with companies. Industry experts said the draft guidance would have had a chilling effect on agency-contractor communication.

Tags: industry , acquisition , DHS , Mythbusters , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Industry-agency communication , POGO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:40am EDT
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Federal pay statistics are easily manipulated, GAO reports

The Government Accountability Office looked at six studies about federal pay and found that the different approaches taken in each made their findings potentially problematic.

Tags: pay and benefits , GAO , POGO , workforce , Keith BieryGolick , CBO

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 05:25am EDT

Buying commercial in DoD: 15 years after acquisition reform

During the last Defense drawdown, Congress and the White House pushed the Pentagon to make smarter buying decisions in the hopes that it would save a lot of money. The idea was to have the military buy many products the same way businesses do. A decade and a half later, DoD now spends tens of billions of dollars a year under the commercialized models Congress set up. In a two-part, exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines the debate underway over how well it has worked out.

Tags: commercial products , Bill Clinton , Al Gore , Reinventing Government , commercial of a type , Shay Assad , Clinger-Cohen Act , William Clinger , Federal Acquisition Streamling Act , Susan Lawrence , Army , Network Integration Evaluation , Navy , CANES , Coast Guard , John Korn , DoD , Aquisitions , Project on Government Oversight , Defense Service Board , William Perry , Dennis Moran , Harris Corp. , Jared Serbu , Nett Warrior

Monday - 05/21/2012, 05:28am EDT
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The silver lining in the GSA scandal

Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.

Tags: management , GSA , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Project on Government Oversight , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , oversight , whistleblower protection , Jason Miller , Shakeup at GSA

Friday - 04/20/2012, 05:47am EDT
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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 , Project on Government Oversight , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , Congress , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:45am EDT
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Rep. Mica: IG report is 'just the tip of the iceberg' of problems at GSA

The chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he will hold a hearing when Congress returns from recess on the scathing IG report and other shortcoming at GSA's Public Building Service. Scott Amey of POGO said the management failures at GSA show a systemic problem.

Tags: management , oversight , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , John Mica , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Project on Government Oversight , waste, fraud and abuse , Jason Miller , Congress

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:06am EDT
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Automatic suspension in contracting bill draws ire of industry

Disagreement persists over whether provisions in a new contracting bill will enhance oversight of overseas contracting during conflicts or create another bureaucratic layer that penalizes contractors.

Tags: DoD , industry , contracting , acquisition , acquisition policy , acquisition workforce , Commission on Wartime Contracting , POGO , PSC , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 03/02/2012, 08:51pm EST
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Repeal of contractor tax withholding is sign of economic times

Scott Amey, general counsel and contracting specialist at the Project for Government Oversight, says the mood in Washington is much different from five years ago when the law was first passed.

Tags: Project for Government Oversight , contracting , Congress , In Depth

Friday - 10/28/2011, 07:06pm EDT
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POGO: Contracting executive order a positive step

Scott Amey is General Counsel at the Project on Government Oversight and explains why his group is behind the executive order.

Tags: management , contracting , POGO , tax cheats , tax code

Thursday - 01/21/2010, 03:02pm EST
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Contracting System Needs a Tune-Up

Op-Ed: While the government is becoming a better buyer, contracting improvements are required.

Tags: series , fallacies , contracting , Project on Government Oversight

Monday - 10/19/2009, 08:44am EDT
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