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Technology Toolbox

August 30, 1999 Laws and Regulations To understand how Congress and the Clinton Administration expect you to proceed, you'll need at least a passing acquaintance with the following laws and regulations: 1990 Chief Financial Officers Act requires the financial management practices and systems necessary for tracking IT costs and spending. See Born Again...

Making Reform Stick

August 15, 1999 alaurent@govexec.com Now that the deluge of new laws and revamped rules has slowed to a trickle, comes the arduous work of pushing procurement reform out into far-flung contracting offices. That job falls to Deidre Lee, head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget....

Getting Out of Operations

August 15, 1999 alaurent@govexec.com ASA's fiscal 2000 budget request for $13.6 billion is a scant $113 million more than requested for fiscal 1999, but $87 million less than what was appropriated. The NASA workforce has fallen from 25,000 in fiscal 1993 to 18,545 for fiscal 1999. Ever the optimist, NASA Administrator Daniel S....

Shifting the Risk

August 15, 1999 alaurent@govexec.com ohn Ortego, director of the Agriculture Department's National Finance Center (NFC), may have figured out a way to get a new software system to handle the payroll for nearly 500,000 federal employees without spending a penny up front. Ortego estimates it would cost him $30 million to $45 million...

Sales Force

July 1, 1999 alaurent@govexec.com o emphasize the size and breadth of the General Services Administration's supply schedules, Nicholas Economou, acquisition management center director for GSA's Federal Supply Service, likes to grab an audience's attention by dropping a 3-inch-thick J.C. Penney catalog from the speaker's podium. As the landing thwack echoes, he tells the...

Finance center considers new way to pay feds

June 29, 1999 alaurent@govexec.com To modernize its software, the Agriculture Department's National Finance Center is using an unusual form of contracting that would make the winning vendor a partner in NFC's payroll business. The "share-in-success" contract being contemplated by NFC Director John Ortego would require the vendor to cover the entire upfront investment...

GSA schedule deals come under scrutiny

June 22, 1999 alaurent@govexec.com A recent Comptroller General decision sounds a cautionary note about use of the General Services Administration's supply schedules for goods or services: Agencies that opt to use the schedules' streamlined ordering procedures should think twice about adding extra ordering requirements. ACS Government Solutions Group, Inc., protested the award of...

Buyers Beware

June 1, 1999 gencies considering purchasing commercial, off-the-shelf, enterprise human resources applications should take a lesson from the Defense Department. DoD got spanked by the General Accounting Office in January over its purchase of an Oracle Corp. system to handle personnel actions and payroll processing for all civilian employees (AIMD-99-20). GAO found Defense:...

Pay Dirt

June 1, 1999 Big changes in the technology of human resources management have cracked open a market worth billions. Entrepreneurs inside and outside government are scrambling for shares. By Anne Laurent alaurent@govexec.com ederal pay processing once was a chummy little market cornered by a handful of fee-for-service operations in large departments. Today, that...

Steering Clear of Sole-Source Orders

April 1, 1999 alaurent@govexec.com overnmentwide IT contracts have stirred outcry in recent years because some sponsoring agencies have allowed customers to direct their task orders to preferred vendors. Acquisition rules require that the multiple vendors in GWACs be given a fair opportunity to compete for task orders. Sole-source orders are permitted only for...