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Senate approves resolution marking FEB 50th anniversary

The Senate Thursday approved a resolution marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Federal Executive Boards. The resolution, which was sponsored by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), commemorates the anniversary and notes the work played by the national communication network of the federal government.

Tags: FEB , OPM , workforce , Congress , Senate , Daniel Akaka , Daniel Inouye , Carl Levin ,

Friday - 11/11/2011, 06:33am EST

Bill would require greater use of strategic sourcing

The Acquisitions Reform Bill would require more robust use of Federal Strategic Sourcing vehicles which allow the government to consolidate its shopping lists and buy in bulk, rather than have each agency pursue its own procurements.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commitee , strategic sourcing

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 08:00am EDT

Faster VA-DoD disability evaluations still far off

Leaders in the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments say a new system that will let them jointly evaluate the disabilities of wounded servicemembers is a vast improvement over old procedures, but it will take another year or two before they can meet their goal of evaluating disabilities within 300 days.

Tags: pay and benefits , DoD , VA , Congress , integrated disability evaluation system , Patty Murray , Bill Lynn , Scott Gould , electronic health record , technology , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 07:10pm EDT
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OMB deputy likely to be confirmed

Heather Higginbottom, President Obama's nominee to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, likely will have her nomination sent to the full Senate by next week.

Tags: management , Congress , budget , OMB , Joseph Lieberman , Heather Higginbottom , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/09/2011, 07:47am EST
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Senate committee considers contract auditing reform

Improving the performance of federal contract audits is one way a Senate Committee us trying to root out waste, fraud and abuse.

Tags: contracting , management , Claire McCaskill , Patrick Fitzgerald , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Defense Contract Audit Agency , Project on Government Oversight , Nick Schwellenbach , contract audits , contract oversight , Scott Carr

Tuesday - 02/08/2011, 12:56pm EST
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Senate committee not convinced by SIGAR's testimony

Arnold Fields, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, failed to convince his congressional critics that he's qualified to handle his watchdog job.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Arnold Fields , SIGAR , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Claire McCaskill , contracting , management

Friday - 12/03/2010, 12:48pm EST

Lew sets tone for second term as OMB director

Senators praise Lew for experience. Committee plans to vote on his nomination next week. Lew said technology, acquisition reform and performance management are among his top non-budget priorities.

Tags: management , Jack Lew , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , State Department , Peter Orszag , privacy , performance management , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/17/2010, 07:26am EDT
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OFPP tries new approach to reign in MACs

Administrator Gordon says strategic sourcing is one way to ensure the government gets the lowest price and to consolidate existing contracts. Gordon also wants agencies to submit business cases for new multi-agency contracts, but doesn't commit to asking agencies to justify all types of multiple award contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , Steve Kempf , John Needham , Rick Gunderson , Claire McCaskill , OFPP , GSA , GAO , NIH , NASA , DHS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Interagency contracting , multiple award contracting , schedules , GWACs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 06:40am EDT
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