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Former White House chief urges overhaul of congressional panels

June 12, 2007 The congressional committee structure should be overhauled to streamline oversight responsibilities, President Bush's former chief of staff said Tuesday. Agencies are struggling to navigate the "bureaucracy" of congressional oversight, particularly in the appropriations process, said Andrew Card, who served as chief of staff from 2000 to 2006 and had a ...

E-gov Official Leaves OMB

June 11, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Andrew Ciafardini, the Office of Management and Budget's Government to Citizen e-government portfolio manager, is moving to another office in the White House after less than a year on the job, sources tell Government Executive. Ciafardini will serve in the White House's office of intergovernmental affairs, which serves as the ...

Waxman for breakfast, Doan for lunch

June 11, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Attendees at the Security Industry Association’s 2007 Government Summit will be treated June 12 to opposite sides of a contentious Washington, D.C., power struggle. On Tuesday morning, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., will give a breakfast keynote speech at the conference in downtown Washington. A ...

White House urged to punish GSA chief to 'fullest extent'

June 11, 2007 General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan should "be disciplined to the fullest extent" for violating the law that limits political activity in agencies, the head of the independent agency investigating the matter said in a letter to President Bush Friday. The four-page letter, released by the Office of Special Counsel ...

Doan Hatch-Act Report Delivered to Bush

June 8, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated to include new information The Office of Special Counsel confirmed that it delivered to President Bush today its investigative report concluding General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan violated the law that limits political activity in federal agencies, leaving Doan's future in the hands of the ...

Agriculture technology chief to leave at end of month

June 8, 2007 The Agriculture Department's chief information officer has announced that he will leave at the end of June, after two years of overseeing the agency's vast information technology infrastructure. As CIO, David Combs managed USDA's $2 billion information technology budget, which spanned 29 different agencies and offices across the country. A ...

Encryption Software Goes Local

June 7, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration will announce next week that its software purchasing vehicle SmartBUY will launch a schedules contract for purchasing certified encryption tools, according to an Office of Management and Budget official. Karen Evans, OMB's administrator of electronic government and information technology, said Thursday that the contract will be ...

Malicious software takes up time, resources

June 7, 2007 Spyware -- malicious computer software often downloaded unintentionally -- is a growing problem in government, officials told members of two House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittees Thursday. Identification and removal of spyware imposes significant costs in time and resources on agencies, said Gregory Wilshusen, director of the Government Accountability Office's ...

Grassley Asks For Audit of GSA's Sun Contract

June 6, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the General Services Administration inspector general to investigate a contract extension the agency awarded to Sun Microsystems Corp. last September. Grassley wants the IG to determine if the government is getting the best deal possible for the products and services offered in the contract. ...

Spy agency extends massive contract for IT support

June 6, 2007 The National Security Agency is planning to exercise the remaining option years of a $2 billion contract for information technology support services signed six years ago with a group of companies. In an announcement Wednesday, the El Segundo, Calif.-based Computer Sciences Corp. said its Eagle Alliance joint venture has received ...