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Carper: Over-promising contractors part of DoD budget woes

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del) is chairing a hearing on weapons systems cost overruns this afternoon.

Tags: DoD , overbudget programs , GAO , In Depth

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 05:22pm EDT
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Programs continue despite cost overruns, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office said in findings announced to Congress Tuesday that the Nunn-McCurdy amendment, designed to curtail cost growth in Defense programs, has succeeded in bringing an end to only one overly costly military program in the last 14 years.

Tags: DoD , cost overruns , contracting , DoD budget , Congress , Nunn-McCurdy , GAO , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 04:30pm EDT
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Experts optimistic about updated performance bill

Past attempts at government reform through evaluation haven't had much success. But with the recent passage of a law that updates GPRA, some experts say this time could be different.

Tags: management , GPRA , OMB , government reform , Mark Warner , Henry Cuellar , Center for American Progress , Meg Beasley

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 06:44pm EST

CyberChallenge attracts next cadre of experts

A new program will target high school students in the government's search for the next generation of cyber warriors. Lawmakers hope the U.S. Cyber Challenge will help attract and train much needed experts in cybersecurity.

Tags: technology , Alan Paller , U.S. Cyber Challenge , Navy , cybersecurity , Cyber Workforce , Meg Beasley

Tuesday - 02/01/2011, 07:50am EST
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USPS shrinks workforce, changes pension

Patrick Donahoe became the 73rd Postmaster General Friday, assuming control of the Postal Service in the midst of a fiscal crisis. Donahoe said USPS will reduce its workforce by another 7,500 people in 2011. Still, he's optimistic about the future. In the short term, however, the reality is that postal workers are likely to suffer while the agency tries to balance its books.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , pay freeze , USPS , retirement , FERS , CSRS , Patrick Donahoe , POST Act , Meg Beasley

Monday - 01/17/2011, 07:03am EST
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Senate bill mandates agency performance goals

A bill passed by the Senate aims to increase government accountability by creating a performance officer at each agency.

Tags: Senate , accountability , transparency , technology , performance goals , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 07:57pm EST

Likely smooth sailing for Comptroller General nominee Gene Dodaro

Chairman and Ranking Member of committee overseeing GAO both recommended him to President Obama as best candidate.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Gene Dodaro , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Daniel Akaka , GAO

Wednesday - 11/24/2010, 04:07pm EST

Fate of cyber bills hangs on lame-duck session

With Congress set to return for a lame-duck session after the elections, it is unclear whether lawmakers will have the time or inclination to pass a comprehensive cybersecurity bill. Some experts are calling for Congress to address at least some of the most important aspects if they can't agree on a larger bill.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , S 3480 , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Orrin Hatch , Kit Bond , Heritage Foundation , Louis Tucker , Brandon Milhorn , John Kneuer , DHS , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 10/27/2010, 07:34am EDT
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USPS seeks innovative, legislative relief for financial woes

The Postal Service is reeling from the decision by the Postal Rate Commission not to increase the price to mail a letter. USPS was hoping to use the rate hike to help close the $7 billion deficit it faces this year. The service continues to face reduced volume, more people using the Internet and legal barriers to changing key parts of its business mode.

Tags: management , USPS , John Potter , Postal Regulatory Commission , Ruth Goldway , Max Cacas

Monday - 10/04/2010, 06:39am EDT
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Carper bill allows USPS to recoup billions

A bill by Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) aims to save the Postal Service from mounting debt with the POST Act.

Tags: USPS , Congress , Senate , POST Act , retirement , pay and benefits , management

Friday - 09/24/2010, 12:10pm EDT
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