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Senate committee questions GSA IG about investigation tactics

In a routine pre-hearing briefing call, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee staff members asked Brian Miller about his staff's decision to knock on a GSA employee's door after 11 p.m. at the SmartPay conference last month. Miller and acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini are scheduled to testify Sept. 12 before the committee on changes the agency has made in light of the conference spending scandals.

Tags: management , workforce , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , David Shea , Brian Miller , Shakeup at GSA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 05:52pm EDT

GSA expects $11M savings from travel, conference cuts

The General Services Administration projects it will save $11 million from April to September from reforms to employee travel and agency conferences. Since April, GSA canceled 47 conferences.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , Dan Tangherlini , budget , House Oversight and Government Reform , management , conferences , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 08:56am EDT

VA seeks outsider to review conference planning policies

The Veterans Affairs Department wants a contractor to review the agency's conference planning and conference acquisition policies, according to a request for information. The solicitation comes weeks after revelations that VA had spent $5 million two conferences last year.

Tags: VA , conference , RFI , FedBizOpps , contracting , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 12:04pm EDT

VA paid $52K for 'Patton' conference training video

A 15-minute training video that cost $52,000 to make joins the examples of excessive spending at two Veterans Affairs' conferences last year with a total pricetag of $5 million.

Tags: VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform , Jeff Miller , Darrell Issa , Eric Shinseki , conference , Shakeup at GSA , budget , congress , George Patton

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 09:45am EDT

Congressman pledges to hold hearings on VA conference spending

Spa treatments, concert tickets and helicopter and stretch limo rides — the initial details in a Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General investigation could overshadow the GSA conference spending scandal.

Tags: Jeff Miller , House , House Veterans Affairs Committee , congress , VA , conference spending , Federal Drive

Monday - 08/20/2012, 11:48am EDT
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NASA reveals how it revived a struggling program

The space agency gave Federal News Radio an exclusive, in-depth look at a recent IT review session on its enterprise service desk. With the program faltering, NASA detailed how it used TechStat to reinforce planned solutions.

Tags: technology , management , Gene Sullivan , Lara Petze , NASA , TechStat , Inside TechStat , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 08/17/2012, 05:31am EDT
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IT projects pulled from brink of failure

TechStat is rarely about shutting down problematic technology programs. In an exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines how agencies are using the analysis to support existing improvement plans, to move to agile development and to change its relationship with contractors. CBP, NARA and the FBI are recent examples of agencies taking advantage of the visibility and transparency TechStat brings to get programs back on track and completed.

Tags: technology , OMB , Steven VanRoekel , Vivek Kundra , NARA , Mike Wash , Scott Stovall , FBI , Jeffrey Johnson , Customs and Border Protection , Linda Jacksta , ACE , ERA , Sentinel , TechStat , Inside TechStat , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 05:16am EDT
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Power outages pull broadband communications oversight to forefront

A former FCC official is calling for more accountability of emergency communication systems in the wake of the 911 failures during a June storm that pummeled the Washington metro area.

Tags: Jamie Barnett , FCC , 911 , emergency communications , broadband , technology , derecho

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 11:28am EDT
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Former GSA official Prouty fights back against firing

The former Public Buildings Service Region 8 commissioner filed an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board against GSA for wrongful termination.

Tags: management , Paul Prouty , GSA , MSPB , Bill Bransford , Shakeup at GSA , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 05:18pm EDT
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