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VA exec at center of FedBid procurement scandal retires

Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration deputy chief procurement officer, resigned and retired Oct. 14. She sent an email to staff announcing her decision as VA had started the process to fire her.

Tags: Susan Taylor , Veterans Affairs , management , acquisition , Robert McDonald , House Veterans Affairs Committee , FedBid , Jason Miller , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Governmentwide cloud contracting efforts missing key ingredients, IGs find

The Council of Inspectors General analyzed 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies and found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Auditors found these shortcomings could put data and systems at a greater risk to cyber attack or data theft.

Tags: Council on Inspectors General , cloud computing , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , acquisition , contracting , service-level agreements , OMB , Jason Miller , technology

Monday - 10/13/2014, 06:39am EDT
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VA begins process to remove executive at center of FedBid scandal

Sloan Gibson, VA's deputy secretary, said he's proposed the removal of Susan Taylor, the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration. Gibson will use the new authorities provided by Congress and President Barack Obama in August under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

Tags: management , Veterans Affairs , Susan Taylor , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Merit Systems Protection Board , Veterans Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 , FedBid , Senior Executive Service , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:54pm EDT

Lights, camera, jail time for feds???

Whoever said that a picture is worth a thousand words knew what he (or she) was talking about. That's especially true of a high federal official photographed in a Las Vegas luxury suite in their birthday suit, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Jeff Neely , GSA , workforce , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Monday - 10/06/2014, 02:00am EDT

Energy reverses course on plan to hire VA executive at center of FedBid procurement fraud

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management planned to bring on Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's deputy chief procurement officer, but now has changed its mind. Taylor is accused by the VA inspector general of committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators and having a conflict of interest by promoting FedBid.

Tags: management , acquisition , Energy , Veterans Affairs , Susan Taylor , Thomas Johnson , FedBid , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:14pm EDT

NARFE finds votes impacting feds, retirees 'more polarized than ever'

Vermont and Rhode Island lawmakers were among those in Congress who consistently voted in favor of federal workers and retirees, according to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association's latest scorecard.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , management , budget , government shutdown , pay and benefits , NARFE , scorecard , vote , pay freeze , Ginger Whitaker

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 10:34am EDT

Recipe for a successful DATA Act is part collaboration, part oversight

OMB and Treasury are creating a roadmap on how to move forward with DATA Act implementation over the next 12 to 36 months. Meanwhile, congressional and executive branch auditors are part of the oversight process from the beginning.

Tags: Jason Miller , Congress , management , technology , information sharing , OMB , Treasury , open government , DATA Act , David Mader , Dave Lebryk , Ali Ahmad , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Budget Committee , Amy Edwards , Bob Taylor , Data Transparency Coalition , inspector general

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:03am EDT

Rep. Coffman calls on VA to take swift action against Susan Taylor

The chairman of the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald wanting more details on the actions it will take in light of the inspector general report involving the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and FedBid.

Tags: Congress , Veterans Affairs Department , Mike Coffman , Bob McDonald , FedBid , Susan Taylor , acquisition , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:34pm EDT

VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

The Veterans Affairs inspector general issued a report alleging the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration used her position to promote and award a contract to FedBid, a reverse auction vendor, and improperly acted as an agent of the vendor, creating a conflict of interest.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , contracting , industry , management , Veterans Affairs , FedBid , reverse auctions , Susan Taylor , Jan Frye

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:26am EDT
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