Ongoing contract management problems and lack of contractor head count contribute to problems.
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Bill would effectively end contractor self-certification, which limited the agency's direct control over quality and standards.
Under three-tier system, program and project managers will get training and certification for procurement-related work.
As this term winds down, career employees must stay in the game.
Policy prevents scientists at two agencies from making personal statements in interviews on federal property or during work hours.
Pay-for-performance demonstration projects are working, so there’s no need to move employees to the National Security Personnel System, sponsor says.
Lack of training in civil subjects, stresses on staffing and poor contract oversight blamed for setbacks.
Appropriator says cuts will come if the agency fails to follow advice on improving food plant inspections, enforcement and performance standards.
Full elimination of pet projects still under discussion; idea has prompted concern.
Top acquisition official says department is looking both inside and out to meet its acquisition needs.