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EPA, USDA break through small business contracting barriers

The federal government as a whole has consistently missed its goal to award 23 percent of its contract dollars to small businesses. But the government also has examples of agencies bucking that trend. In part two of our special report, The Small Business Dilemma, Federal News Radio speaks with several agencies' about how they're succeeding in the small business contracting arena.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , small business , SBA , Jeanette Brown , EPA , Dot Harris , Energy , Joe Ware , USDA , Small Business Dilemma , Jolie Lee , exclusive ,

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 05:00am EDT

New law cracks down on government charge card abuse

Agencies now face stricter rules for issuing and tracking government charge cards under a new law President Barack Obama signed Friday. The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors in 2011, passed the House in August.

Tags: charge card abuse , Chuck Grassley , Congress , Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/05/2012, 07:13pm EDT

Presidential appointees face long, winding road to confirmation

No matter who wins the Presidential election, non-career officials who might one day serve in either an Obama or Romney administration will face a cumbersome appointment process that is just starting to be reformed. Linda Springer, who served as the head of the Office of Personnel Management during the George W. Bush administration told In Depth with Francis Rose the onerous Senate confirmation process for political appointees has been a longstanding issue.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Linda Springer , OPM , Ernst & Young , NAPA , James Pfiffner , Congress , Senate , management , political appointees , Jack Moore , Ernst & Young , confirmation process , Anne OConnell

Monday - 09/24/2012, 09:55pm EDT
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Groves envisions future censuses to be cheaper, more mobile

Robert Groves led the U.S. Census Bureau into an era of technological innovation in the hopes of lowering costs and collecting better data for future censuses.

Tags: Robert Groves , Census , budget , technology , Federal Drive , people

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 11:57am EDT
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Federal agencies owe the IRS at least $28M in fees

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration evaluated six random reimbursable agreements IRS made with agencies and found a lot of money went uncollected.

Tags: Financial Management Service , CFO , TIGTA , Russell George , IRS , Pamela LaRue , oversight , Keith BieryGolick , financial management

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 05:35am EDT

Former OFPP officials say government in state of 'paralysis'

Former officials from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy say agencies need to get out of the ditch they have dug for themselves by taking multiple-award contracts the wrong way.

Tags: industry , acquisition , contracts , GAO , MAC , Rob Burton , Venable , Allan Burman , Deidre Lee , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Keith BieryGolick

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:24pm EDT

Fear hinders hiring people with disabilities

This week is the two-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive order to hire 100,000 more people with disabilities into the federal government by 2015. But the government is not on track to meet that goal, only hiring 20,000 people with disabilities for fiscal 2010 and 2011 combined, according to the Office of Personnel Management. As of fiscal 2010, less than 1 percent of the federal workforce had a targeted disability.

Tags: Kathy Martinez , Labor , ODEP , Veta Hurst , EEOC , hiring , management , disability hiring , discrimination ,

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:00am EDT
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How managers can salvage training during tight budgets

One of the first victims of the budget axe is often professional training, says Linda Petersen, a former longtime Office of Personnel Management official now with Graduate School USA. Petersen, who joined In Depth with Francis Rose said too often training, which carries long-term benefits is not viewed as being part of an agency's strategic vision.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Linda Petersen , training , workforce , retention , management ,

Monday - 07/23/2012, 05:37pm EDT
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Report: Lack of encouragement causes agency innovation to fizzle

The federal government is saddled with the reputation of a stodgy, stunted work environment where the status quo rules the day. But the problem isn't that federal employees don't have bright ideas for doing business differently. The problem is that too often agency leadership fails to encourage employees to think outside the box or to reward them when they do so.

Tags: management , innovation , Partnership for Public Service , Deloitte , NASA , SEC , Surface Transportation Board

Monday - 07/23/2012, 08:35pm EDT

Building personnel face new green training expectations

Employees and contractors must demonstrate core competency skills released today by the General Services Administration. GSA developed the competencies and related curriculum recommendations to meet legislative requirements.

Tags: GSA , Green government , sustainability , building management , Esther Carey

Monday - 07/23/2012, 04:01pm EDT
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