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Feds to feel the squeeze as cubicles and offices shrink

Federal workers to see as much as 50 percent less cubicle or office space as part of how agencies are reducing office space costs. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) pressed GSA and others on their preparation to more efficiently deal with 100 million square feet of leased space that is scheduled to expire in the next five years.

Tags: real property , Lou Barletta , GSA , Norman Dong , Jeffrey Orner , DHS , DoD , HHS , EJ Holland , Freeze the Footprint , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Ariel Levin-Waldman

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:28am EDT
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IGs warn of potential threats to all inspectors general

In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, IGs from large and small agencies say constraints placed upon auditors from EPA, DoJ and Peace Corps represent a serious challenge to the authority of every IG.

Tags: oversight , Congress , Justice , Peace Corps , EPA , Charles Grassley , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:35am EDT

GSA pushing agencies to reuse, recycle electronics

The General Services Administration plans to have draft governmentwide policies for reusing and recycling used electronics by the end of this fiscal year. Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability official for GSA, announced the agency's efforts at the release of the updated national strategy for sustainable electronics.

Tags: GSA , USPS , EPA , DoD , Peace Corps , technology , environment , sustainability , Kevin Kampschroer

Monday - 08/04/2014, 06:27pm EDT
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Massive inconsistencies continue to affect USASpending.gov data

A Government Accountability Office probe of USASpending.gov, the government's awards website, found that while contracting information was generally correct, only 2-to-7 percent of awards listed on the site perfectly matched agency data. GAO recommended better record keeping policies be set by the Office of Management and Budget to avoid inconsistencies.

Tags: OMB , GAO , USASpending.gov , awards , transparency , data management , technology , contracting , Ariel Levin-Waldman

Monday - 08/04/2014, 05:19am EDT

SSA nominee seeks to mend labor-management fences

Carolyn Watts Colvin, the nominee to be Social Security Administration commissioner, vowed to Senate lawmakers to soothe turbulent relations between the agency and its labor unions. Colvin also said she plans to tackle troubled IT systems that still run COBOL.

Tags: SSA , Ron Wyden , Carolyn Watts Colvin , AFGE , COBOL , technology , Orrin Hatch , Ariel Levin-Waldman , Congress

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:19am EDT
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NASA, FDIC score high marks for leadership communication

When it comes to leadership communication, NASA and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation rise to the top, according to a Partnership for Public Service analysis released Wednesday.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , NASA , FDIC , workforce , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 12:02pm EDT

Contractor ethics rules too reactive, compliance focused, experts say

Improving acquisition compliance and ethics may involve less rulemaking and more culture shaping according to panelists at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress conference. At the conference, agency leaders discussed the need to streamline and pursue innovative approaches to federal acquisition policies.

Tags: acquisition , FAR , compliance and ethics , procurement , Boeing Company , Navy , OFPP , Lesley Field , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Stephen Epstein , James Meade , Angela Styles , Stephanie Wasko , National Contract Management Association

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Linda Fisher Thornton, CEO, Leading in Context

Robert McDonald's confirmation as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs today may be the beginning of a new culture at the agency. Ethics is one aspect of that culture that Congress will be watching very closely. Linda Fisher Thornton is CEO of Leading in Context. She writes in Gov Exec about building an ethical culture in a Federal agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what's the same -- and what's different -- about building that culture in government as compared to the private sector.

Tags: Linda Fisher Norton , Leading in Context , Veterans Affairs , leadership , In Depth

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 03:53pm EDT
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FBI narrows down final locations for new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tags: Ariel Levin-Waldman , GSA , OMB , GAO , Veterans Affairs , David Mader , Michael Gelber , David Wise , James Sullivan , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , FBI , Public Buildings Service , real property disposal , Freeze the Footprint

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT

SES reform: Is it about improving accountability or just plain politics?

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the Senior Executive Service Accountability Act that, if approved by the full House, the Senate and the President, would significantly change conditions of employment for members of the Senior Executive Service. But, is it a good bill, asks former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: Jeff Neal , commentary , SES , workforce

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 02:24am EDT
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