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GSA Roundup: Budget busters, existence threatened, paid parking

April 19, 2012 The General Services Administration won’t be taking any more chances entrusting regional budgets to regional offices. Federal Computer Week reported Wednesday on a new GSA order, released April 15, that gives the agency’s chief financial officer budget control over the Public Buildings Service. A new position, the Office of Public ...

Better communication could help Transportation relieve traffic congestion, GAO says

April 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elaine Thompson/AP The Transportation Department is using new technology in conjunction with state and local governments to improve the flow of highway traffic, but the Government Accountability Office believes Transportation could be doing more to communicate its implementation. In a report dated March 19 and made public Wednesday, GAO said ...

Senator seeks to stop future conference spending sprees

April 18, 2012 As congressional hearings on spending excess at the General Services Administration rage on, one lawmaker is introducing legislation aiming to prevent future waste. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announced Wednesday she intends to introduce the Accountability in Government Act. McCaskill, chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on ...

Before GSA outrage, Issa backed numerous commemorative coins

April 18, 2012 One of the biggest points of congressional outrage over the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas conference scandal has been the fact that GSA spent more than $6,000 -- a small fraction of the conference’s $823,000 price tag -- on 300 commemorative coins for conference attendees. House Oversight and Government Reform ...

IT investments not bearing fruit at FDA, report finds

April 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Aleksandar Bunevski / Shutterstock.com The Food and Drug Administration is failing to adequately modernize its information technology operations and one costly decade-old initiative in particular has achieved little, a new report has found. FDA has spent more than $280 million on an IT modernization program since 2002, which due to ...

Reported military sexual assaults rose in 2011

April 16, 2012 Sexual assaults continue to haunt the U.S. military as a recent report paints a picture of a Defense Department struggling to cope with a pervasive problem. In its annual “Sexual Assault and Prevention Report,” Defense on Friday announced that fiscal 2011 saw a total of 3,192 reported incidents, a 1 ...

GSA executive could face charges for stealing an iPod, other gadgets

April 16, 2012 In addition to facing congressional scrutiny this week for planning an $820,000 Las Vegas conference, a senior General Services Administration executive soon may be charged with theft as well. Jeffrey Neely, the organizer who has been asked to testify at multiple hearings this week for his role in planning the ...

GSA Roundup: ‘Jackass’ award, intern getaway, no reunion at the ‘M’

April 13, 2012 The hits keep coming for the General Services Administration. On Thursday, Roll Call uncovered yet another interview transcript between an employee and the inspector general. This one alleges that the agency invents awards to give to its employees at conferences to justify taxpayer reimbursement for meals. The specific prize this ...

Chief of naval operations decries sexual assault epidemic

April 12, 2012 Even as he looks ahead to the Navy’s expanded role in global security, the chief of naval operations said the service has yet to make significant headway on one major concern. At the National Press Club on Thursday, Adm. Jonathan Greenert said sexual assault within the Navy, and the military ...

GSA Roundup: Relocation to paradise; congressional jockeying; the other conferences

April 12, 2012 The General Services Administration spent millions of dollars in relocation costs for a handful of employees during the past few years, one employee told the inspector general in 2011. A transcript of the interview was uncovered Wednesday by the Associated Press. In one instance, the agency spent as much as ...