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Insourcing debate heats up over agencies stealing employees

Industry experts charge that the Defense Department is targeting specific vendor employees to bring in house. Most of the Pentagon's actions are purely budget driven, industry says. OMB says insourcing is just one element of the broader management initiative of managing the multi-sector workforce.

Tags: contracting , best practices , Matthew Blum , Jeffrey Zients , OMB , OFPP , DoD , Defense , Interior , Stan Soloway , Terry Raney , Professional Services Council , CACI , insourcing , Multi-sector workforce , acquisition workforce

Wednesday - 11/11/2009, 07:04am EST
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DoD plans to tame vendor business systems

The Pentagon has set up a new subcommittee to review its processes, policies and practices for how it audits and administers contractor purchasing, billing, estimating and accounting systems. This DoD-only panel will develop recommendations and an action plan in the next six months. DCAA says about 69 of the top 100 Defense contractors have at least one deficient business system.

Tags: contracting , Shay Assad , April Stephenson , Mike Conaway , Rob Andrews , Greg Kutz , DoD , DCAA , GAO , House Armed Services Committee acquisition panel , contract audits , Billing systems , improper payments

Friday - 10/16/2009, 06:41am EDT
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TSA's CrewPASS passes muster

Security is getting tighter, yet lines are getting shorter. It's all about new procedures and technology.

Tags: security , technology , best practices , CrewPASS , ARINC , TSA , Air Line Pilots Association , John Prater

Tuesday - 08/11/2009, 02:07pm EDT
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DoD taking CAC in new directions

Biometrics, more card memory giving military more options. In the future, employees may be able to use federal ID cards on metro.

Tags: P&B , technology , Bob Gilson , Gail Bovy , Lisa Swan , DoD , Navy , Army , Defense Manpower Data Center , Marines , Treasury , DHS , AFCEA , biometrics , Common Access Card , Metro

Thursday - 08/06/2009, 06:30am EDT
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Stimulus: Making the transparency magic

The Office of Management and Budgets has issued guidelines for agencies on how to spend the $787 billion stimulus package, but what's next?

Tags: OMB , Transparency , stimulus , Stan Collender , Alan Balutis , Robert Shea , Barack Obama , Cisco , Grant Thorton , Quorvis , Recovery.gov

Friday - 02/20/2009, 02:11pm EST
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Smithsonian's new Zoo director highlights a tough week

The Smithsonian has lost millions of dollars in equipment, paid hundreds of thousands more to settle an asbestos whistleblower suit, has lots of room for improvement when it comes to contracting and financial reporting... and has named a new director for the National Zoo.

Tags: Smithsonian , contracting , National Zoo , Dennis Kelly

Friday - 12/11/2009, 02:05pm EST

House panel casts leery eye toward TSP mutual fund option

With important changes coming to the Thrift Savings Plan, federal workers will soon see significant new options and opportunities for their retirement savings. But federal worker unions tell a House subcommittee that they're reluctant to endorse an option sought by a small, but some say overly-vocal minority of TSP participants.

Tags: P&B , TSP , Thrift Savings Plan , Steven Lynch , Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Serv , Greg Long , Margaret Baptiste , NARFE , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 11/04/2009, 06:55am EST
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OPM's Berry deals out first set of civil service reform suggestions

Now the agency wants to hear from others about these ideas and their own recommendations on how to fix federal HR processes. Director Berry offers to get rid of the GS system, expand who can receive bonuses and bolster training.

Tags: P&B , John Berry , OPM , DoD , Syracuse Maxwell School , human resources , hiring , recruiting , training , SES , bonuses , GS-System

Tuesday - 11/03/2009, 06:28am EST
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Office of Naval Research is proof of government's technology cutting edge

With billions of dollars spent annually for government technology, is the federal government on the cutting edge or behind the curve? What's the truth behind the stereotype? Concluding our week-long series, 'The Five Fallacies of Government', Federal News Radio's Max Cacas examines the stereotype: "The government is behind the technology curve."

Tags: series , fallacies , technology , U.S. Navy , Office of Naval Research , electric rail gun , free-laser program

Friday - 10/23/2009, 06:40am EDT
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