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Report finds ambassador caused 'dysfunction' at embassy in Luxembourg

IG cites Cynthia Stroum for an 'abusive management style,' and improperly purchasing thousands of dollars in booze using embassy funds.

After delays, women’s small business contracting program debuts

Program allows contracting officers to set aside awards to women-owned companies in 83 categories.

Report touts innovation as a key tool in confronting shrinking budgets

Creativity can help agencies grow more efficient in addition to offering higher quality services, nonprofit and consultancy find.

From Nextgov.com: Mismanagement, cost and schedule problems plague immigration system upgrade

Officials at Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded contract despite the failure of a demonstration pilot .

Obama’s chief regulatory reviewer expands guidance to agencies

OIRA head Sunstein gives 100-day deadline for draft regulatory assessment strategies, encourages public participation.

Administration encourages communication with contractors

Procurement chief calls for a ‘cultural change’ in how the government interacts with vendors.

Former OSC chief to spend at least a month in prison

Scott Bloch had previously pleaded guilty to contempt of Congress.

House GOP proposes $74 billion in spending cuts

Proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., includes surprise cut of $16 billion for defense and other security programs.

White House seeks to bust myths about talking to contractors

Memo stresses that so long as officials follow ethics rules, early communication with vendors can help agencies craft stronger solicitations.

Air Force tanker bids due next week

Much-anticipated contract award could come in late February or early March.