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Former senator comes to the defense of federal workers

April 11, 2012 At a time when friends of federal workers are hard to come by, a former senator has stepped up. Ted Kaufman, a Democrat who represented Delaware in the Senate from 2009 to 2010 after Joe Biden left to become vice president, penned an op-ed in the Wilmington News Journal on ...

GSA Roundup: Vegas out; doing great things; more bonuses; stolen iPods

April 11, 2012 The General Services Administration isn’t taking any more chances with Las Vegas: A one-day event called GreenUP 2012 Training Conference and Vendor Showcase, scheduled for April 25, has been nixed. A GSA spokesman informed The Washington Post of the cancellation. In 2011, at another GSA-sponsored conference in Vegas, attendees were ...

Census Bureau director resigns

April 10, 2012 This story has been upated Census Bureau Director Robert Groves resigned from his post Tuesday to become provost of Georgetown University. Groves will start in his new position on Aug. 20, according to a Georgetown release. President Obama appointed Groves -- former director of the University of Michigan’s Survey Research ...

Pentagon awarded veteran-owned contracts to illegitimate firms

April 9, 2012 The Defense Department awarded millions of dollars in veteran-owned contracts to ineligible firms and made coding errors affecting billions of dollars more, according to an inspector general report. The report, dated Feb. 29 and recently made public, said the department awarded six contracts for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, valued at ...

GSA spending spree prompts greater scrutiny of other agencies

April 6, 2012 As the General Services Administration swiftly becomes the face of wasteful government spending, other federal agencies soon will have to take a closer look at their own checkbooks. The nonpartisan government accountability watchdog group Cause of Action filed Freedom of Information Act requests Wednesday to 28 federal agencies and their ...

Domestic drones put FAA in privacy hot seat

April 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Heather Ainsworth/AP Under a recently signed law, more remotely piloted aircraft soon could be flying the friendly skies, and it is unclear whether the Federal Aviation Administration is equipped to address the privacy concerns the move brings, panelists said during a think tank discussion Thursday. The FAA Modernization and Reform ...

MIT team thinks outside the box to snag social media prize

April 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On March 31, one team emerged victorious in a State Department social media contest by relying on more than just social media to net fictitious international jewel thieves. State announced on Sunday via Twitter that Team CrowdScanner won the TAG Challenge, in which participants were asked to locate and photograph ...

Photo Gallery: GSA’s $800,000 conference, in visual form

April 3, 2012 Memories were made at the General Services Administration’s 2010 Public Buildings Service Western Regions Conference, held at the luxurious M Resort just outside of Las Vegas. So many memories, in fact, that the agency spent more than $6,400 on commemorative coins for conference participants. Two years later, those coins -- ...

Occupy protesters, alpacas in tow, call for EPA administrator’s resignation

March 30, 2012 More than 100 demonstrators and two alpacas marched to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Friday, the first day of a planned monthlong National Occupation of D.C. movement dubbed NOWDC. A multitude of speakers outside the EPA spoke for an hour on social causes ranging from District of Columbia statehood to ...

Contractors remain a focal point in cost-cutting efforts

March 29, 2012 As the government continues to search high and low for cost-cutting initiatives, Congress has turned its eye on federal contractors. At a hearing Thursday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, representatives from the Army, Office of Personnel Management and Homeland Security Department ...