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GSA names ombudsman to give industry a louder voice

Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the General Services Administration, said the ombudsman will help vendors navigate the acquisition bureaucracy and ensure the agency is hearing and addressing challenges and concerns. It's one of several steps GSA is taking to improve vendor and agency customer satisfaction.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , Jeff Koses , Tom Sharpe , oversight , Malisa Gray , Jason Miller ,

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:44am EDT
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GSA's new contracting policy tackles IG's concerns about management interference

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe tried to balance the need for management oversight with contracting officer autonomy. But some in industry worry that the new memo does nothing more than add more paperwork to a broken process.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , GSA , Tom Sharpe , industry , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Richard Levi , oversight , management , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:15am EDT
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Interior CIO Mazer to retire

Bernie Mazer becomes the eighth senior IT executive to leave federal service or move to a new role in the last six months. Mazer helped transform the way Interior manages and oversees technology.

Tags: Interior , people , Bernie Mazer , Sylvia Burns , Andrew Jackson , Jason Miller ,

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:45pm EDT
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OMB's Cobert says new performance goals to 'drive tangible outcomes'

In the fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress, the White House detailed 15 cross-agency priority goals and almost 100 agency-specific goals. The goals and new strategic plans are laying the groundwork for agencies to continue to improve mission delivery and operations over the next two years.

Tags: management , performance management , Beth Cobert , OMB , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , budget , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , data driven reviews , Jason Miller ,

Friday - 03/14/2014, 03:45am EDT
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Second former GSA official cleared of wrongdoing in conference scandal

James Weller won his wrongful termination case before the Merit Systems Protection Board against GSA. The board ruled Weller deserves 19 months of back pay and to be put back in his former job as Region 7 PBS commissioner.

Tags: management , GSA , James Weller , Alan Lescht , Shakeup at GSA , Western Regions Conference , MSPB , Paul Prouty , Jason Miller ,

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 04:15pm EST
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With budget release, OMB seeks stability for federal workforce

The Office of Management and Budget says the President's fiscal 2015 budget proposal released this week represents an attempt to move beyond the budget gridlock of the past few years. In an exclusive Federal News Radio interview, OMB Deputy Director Brian Deese discussed proposals boost funding for federal-employee training programs and to overhaul way individual agencies' programs are funded.

Tags: OMB , management , Brian Deese , In Depth , Francis Rose , budget , 2015 budget , Jack Moore ,

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 07:26pm EST
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Embattled DHS IG convinced Senate probe will clear his name

Charles Edwards, the Homeland Security Department's deputy inspector general and acting IG, calls recent allegations of nepotism and improper travel "baseless" and says he's convinced a Senate subcommittee investigation will clear his name. Speaking exclusively to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Edwards said he has provided complete documentation to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight.

Tags: DHS , Charles Edwards , Senate , oversight , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Dan Epstein , Cause of Action ,

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 05:04pm EDT
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Borras begins to see the light at the end of DHS' employee morale tunnel

Rafael Borras, undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department for the last four years, who recently left DHS to return to the private sector, said the Homeland Security Department needs a tactical, sustained effort to improve employee satisfaction. He said that kind of effort has helped change the way DHS oversees and implements IT programs.

Tags: technology , management , workforce , DHS , Rafael Borras , Employee Viewpoint Survey , morale , oversight , Program accountability and risk management , Jason Miller ,

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 03:55am EST
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Borras leaves DHS more integrated, on better financial path

Rafael Borras spent the last four years as the undersecretary of management for the Homeland Security Department before leaving Feb. 7. He said his goal was to make DHS more business-like by making it easier to apply data to decisions. Under Borras' leadership, DHS launched the Management Cube and received its first-ever clean financial audit opinion.

Tags: management , financial management , Rafael Borras , DHS , Coast Guard , shared services , Management Cube , data driven analysis , clean audit , people , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 03:58am EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: 2014 IT budget passback is much ado about nothing

News and buzz from the last two weeks includes a new legislative proposal from Rep. Darrell Issa on suspension and debarment and round two of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , technology , acquisition , budget , OMB , Steven VanRoekel , Danny Werfel , Dan Gordon , Angela Styles , IT passback ,

Monday - 02/11/2013, 05:41pm EST
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