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Education awards multimillion-dollar contract for distributing student aid

February 14, 2005 The Education Department's Federal Student Aid office awarded a contract that could be worth as much as $800 million to an international media company to process student loan applications and distribute financial aid. The contract to Pearson Government Solutions is worth $80 million for one year and comes with nine...

Telework centers offer free month to federal workers

February 11, 2005 The temptation for federal workers who have not yet tried telework to do that just got more appealing. Fourteen Washington-area telework centers are offering a free one-month trial membership to federal workers who have not previously signed up. The telework centers are located in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and...

Judge wants Interior secretary to testify on Indian trust fund

February 9, 2005 A federal judge has told Interior Secretary Gale Norton to appear in court to defend her agency's actions in a lawsuit brought by a group of Native Americans seeking lost royalties from a trust fund. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in his order that providing personal testimony is the...

OMB considering cybersecurity standardization

February 8, 2005 Office of Management and Budget officials are considering standardizing the cybersecurity business processes of agencies in order to save money, increase security and help those with small information technology budgets. A task force led by the Homeland Security Department and OMB officials will meet in March to consider whether the...

Administration calls for boost in technology spending

February 7, 2005 Despite cuts in dozens of areas in the government, the Bush administration has proposed a 7.1 percent increase in information technology spending for fiscal 2006. The increase of nearly $5 billion is split between the armed services and the civilian agencies, bringing the proposed IT budget to $65.2 billion. The...

GSA raises mileage reimbursement rates by 3 cents

February 4, 2005 The General Services Administration announced new mileage reimbursement rates Friday, raising the rate 3 cents per mile for federal workers who travel in their own cars on government business to 40.5 cents for 2005. The rate is effective Friday and will apply to official travel on or after that date,...

Demand for security, law enforcement workers to increase

February 1, 2005 Workers with security, law enforcement and investigative experience will be in high demand in federal agencies over the next two years, along with people in the medical, engineering, science and business disciplines, according to a new report. In a survey that covered 95 percent of the government's workforce, the Partnership...

Telework participation still lags behind interest

January 31, 2005 Interest in telework continues to run high for federal employees, but just 51 percent of workers are eligible to work away from the office, according to a report from a Herndon, Va.-based technology distributor. The report found that 36 percent of the federal workforce has been given the option to...

Employee relocation costs estimated at more than $4 billion

January 27, 2005 A draft of an Office of Management and Budget report reveals that the Defense Department's four service branches spent about $3.4 billion in fiscal 2003 relocating 706,000 workers. The rest of the government spent about $655 million on 22,000 relocations. OMB produced the report after requesting data from agencies on...

EDS leads the way in eTravel competition

January 24, 2005 With just three eTravel contracts left to be awarded, EDS appears to have won out over rival vendors in a competition that began more than three years ago when the General Services Administration started soliciting ideas for a governmentwide online travel system. The eTravel initiative will automate and consolidate agencies'...

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