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Agencies slammed for not gathering data on employee relocation costs

November 15, 2004 Frustrated that the government does not know how much money it spends relocating its workers, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a harshly worded letter to officials at the General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget last week. "Apparently, that ball seems to have been slipping through a...

Small travel agencies complain about eTravel system

November 11, 2004 As federal agencies award contracts under the new eTravel program, some executives of small travel agencies are arguing that the new system won't give them enough business. Several owners said that federal travel business is being funneled to three "mega" travel agencies through the eTravel contracts, and that small travel...

Defense contractor to take $110 million loss

November 5, 2004 The Lockheed Martin Corp. announced last week that it will take a $110 million charge against fourth-quarter earnings after losing a lawsuit filed to recoup money it lost with the cancellation of a nuclear waste cleanup contract. The decision by Federal District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ended a protracted legal...

Group recommends creating council to oversee electronic records management

November 2, 2004 Future federal electronic records management may be overseen by a Federal Records Council that would support agencies' efforts to implement the 2002 E-Government Act. A new report from the Electronic Records Policy Working Group offers four broad recommendations for improving agency management of electronic records, including establishing the records council,...

Federal workers get three-hour window to vote

November 1, 2004 Federal managers should be sure their workers have at least three hours to vote in Tuesday's election, according to the Office of Personal Management. An Oct. 27 memo from OPM Director Kay Coles James stated that agencies could grant workers limited time off from their jobs to vote in federal,...

Study projects healthy increase in federal computer spending

October 28, 2004 The consolidation of information technology systems and the purchase of new computer technologies will push federal spending on computer systems to $23 billion in fiscal 2009, according to a new report from an information technology consulting firm. INPUT, a Reston-based government-market consulting firm, said in a report released Wednesday that...

Attorney General’s PATRIOT Act campaign violated no anti-lobbying laws

October 26, 2004 Attorney General John Ashcroft's $210,000 educational campaign on the merits of the 2001 PATRIOT Act did not violate federal anti-lobbying laws, Justice Department auditors concluded. An investigation by Justice Inspector General Glenn A. Fine found that Ashcroft is immune from federal laws prohibiting political activity and that the department's efforts...

Employee relocation policy changes in the works

October 22, 2004 An advisory board made up of government and private industry representatives is preparing a report that could recommend major changes to policies regarding employee relocation. The federal government's relocation policies have come under fire in Congress in the past decade, after reports showed that some employee moves were costing more...

Justice Department criticized for poorly documented voter complaint logs

October 19, 2004 With polls showing the possibility of another tight presidential election, government auditors criticized the Voting Section of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division last week for not being prepared to handle what could be an onslaught of complaints after the Nov. 2 presidential election. After the 2000 presidential election, the...

GAO says Federal Student Aid office fails to meet requirements

October 15, 2004 The Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid has not made enough progress in reforming its system of granting student loans, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Among auditors' criticisms of the agency are failing to give its performance review teams consistent guidelines when they evaluate the integrity...

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