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Shopping Together

As agencies combine buying power, stragglers hurry to get on board.

Report: DHS slow to enact border security recommendations

Implementation of security plans and privacy impact assessments are among neglected suggestions, GAO says.

Senators grill Homeland Security chief over Katrina response

Chertoff admits preparations before the storm were inadequate and says he got conflicting information about damage from the hurricane.

Food inspectors’ union rights reaffirmed

In first case of its kind, FLRA lets stand a decision to reinstate union representation stripped for national security reasons.

Better training needed for emergency purchases, procurement chief says

Interagency contracts and procurement data will receive close scrutiny this year.

Investigators detail fraud, waste in FEMA disaster assistance

Agency is no better prepared today for a large-scale disaster than it was last summer, DHS inspector general says.

Pentagon shifts focus to results in pay-for-performance system

After a self-imposed delay, department marginalizes initial “benchmarks” concept.

Panel supports recommendations to fine-tune small business contracting policies

Advisory group will recommend against cascading procurements.

VA medical system earns high customer satisfaction ratings

Survey fails, however, to capture large number of veterans without access to care.

Pentagon shares some lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina

Faster damage assessments, unified command and control structure to coordinate multiple agencies’ efforts, are needed, Defense officials say.