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Panel targets GAO pay system

March 13, 2008 One day after David Walker's formal departure from GAO, a House subcommittee is set to blast the pay system that represents the former comptroller general's signature managerial change within the agency. "We're definitely repudiating what he did," a subcommittee staffer said of Walker's efforts to overhaul pay and personnel systems...

Concern raised over Census bid to ease security checks on temp workers

March 12, 2008 A Commerce Department request to loosen standards for background checks on hundreds of thousands of temporary workers who will conduct the 2010 Census is drawing concern from House members and companies seeking federal contracts to help screen workers. According to people familiar with the issue, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has...

Subcommittee moves contractor accountability measures

March 12, 2008 The House Oversight and Government Reform Government Management Subcommittee approved three bills Tuesday aimed at increasing federal contractor accountability that are likely to be passed Thursday by the full committee. In unanimous votes, the panel passed measures requiring creation of a database on federal contractor performance and misconduct, barring contractors...

Democrats pledge to raise issue of Iraq waste, mismanagement

March 11, 2008 The Senate Appropriations Committee heard testimony Tuesday on waste and corruption in Iraq, an issue committee Democrats suggested will be a talking point in upcoming debate over the Bush administration's request for $102.5 billion in fiscal 2008 supplemental funds for the war. Calling the committee "the only regulator on the...

Senator condemns Army response to unsafe water in Iraq

March 10, 2008 Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., charged Monday that the Pentagon failed to stop contractor KBR Inc., from supplying unsafe water to U.S. troops in Iraq and that an Army general last year misled senators about the problem. "I would have thought the Pentagon would have been furious and have taken immediate...

Public mandates, market pressures squeeze Postal Service

March 5, 2008 Landmark legislation passed in December 2006 got the U.S. Postal Service off GAO's high-risk list and gave the massive agency new flexibility. But 14 months later, the Postal Service is losing billions of dollars and, according to many observers, remains hampered by an unsustainable conflict between public mandates and private-sector...

More records behind no-bid contract sought by House committee

March 4, 2008 The House Energy and Commerce Committee is continuing to scrutinize the origins of a $39 million no-bid contract the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate gave two companies to build an electricity grid in New York City. In a Feb. 29 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff,...

Telework measure clears subcommittee

March 3, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee on Thursday passed legislation aimed at increasing chances for federal employees to telecommute. Comment on this article in the forum.The Telework Improvement Act of 2007 (H.R. 4106) passed 3-0 on a voice-vote at a sparsely attended hearing. The bill requires that...

Telework measure clears workforce subcommittee

February 29, 2008 The House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee on Thursday passed legislation aimed at increasing chances for federal employees to telecommute. The Telework Improvement Act of 2007 (H.R. 4106) passed 3-0 on a voice-vote at a sparsely attended hearing. The bill requires that all federal agencies create telework polices...

Panel prepares to move bill to bolster False Claims Act

February 27, 2008 The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to advance a bill that makes changes to the False Claims Act that would have significant effect on federal contractors, whistleblowers and trial lawyers. The committee has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the measure, which would overrule a series of federal decisions that the...

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