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Union bristles at background checks required under ID mandate

June 5, 2007 A governmentwide identification card mandate intended to strengthen security has sparked concerns among a group of federal employees about the investigative process that workers must undergo before receiving the new credential. Under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, all federal employees and contractors must begin using new high tech ID cards ...

Doan Touts Transparency in One-Year Memo

June 4, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lurita Doan, head of the General Services Administration, sent the following memorandum Monday to the agency's staff. Doan writes about transparency in government and near the end of the memo writes what seems to be an acknowledgement that she has made some mistakes and is trying to move on. "There ...

GSA chief disputes report on Hatch Act violations

June 4, 2007 An attorney for Lurita Doan, head of the General Services Administration, argued Friday that President Bush should reject an investigative agency's report finding her in violation of the law that limits partisan political activity in the federal government. In a 16-page response to the Office of Special Counsel's May 18 ...

Doan Hearing Postponed

June 1, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has postponed a scheduled hearing on General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan. The panel's chairman, Henry Waxman, D-Calif., wants Doan to testify on her allegations that employees who testified about her statements at Jan. 26 meeting at GSA headquarters were biased and poor ...

Labor leader seeks boost in mileage reimbursement rate

June 1, 2007 High gasoline prices have prompted a federal labor union to once again call for an unusual midyear increase in the rate at which government workers are reimbursed for driving their personal vehicles on official business. National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley said high gas prices are placing a burden ...

GSA Names Acquisition Service Deputy

May 31, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The acting deputy commissioner at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service has been given the fulltime job, according to an agency news release. Barney Brasseux, a longtime GSA employee and member of the Senior Executive Service, will serve as the FAS deputy commissioner under Jim Williams, the FAS commissioner. ...

GSA: No Recording of Doan Statements

May 30, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With all the conflicting testimony and claims of not being able to remember specific statements that are central to the Hatch Act violations leveled at General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan, one wonders if someone just may have recorded or videotaped the infamous January 26 meeting. That way we would ...

OSC rejects claim it leaked copies of Hatch Act report

May 30, 2007 The head of the Office of Special Counsel rejected a request by attorneys for General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan to shut down an inquiry into allegations that she violated the law limiting political activity in the government. In a one-page letter Friday, Special Counsel Scott Bloch said Doan's accusation ...

Second Networx Award Slated for Thursday

May 29, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration plans to hold a press conference Thursday to announce the second and final governmentwide Networx contract, known as Enterprise. According to a media advisory sent Monday morning, GSA Administrator Lurita Doan and John Johnson, the Federal Acquisition Service’s assistant commissioner for integrated technology services, will discuss ...

Governmentwide Hatch Act probe remains in early stages

May 29, 2007 More than a month after the Office of Special Counsel announced it will establish a task force to conduct a governmentwide investigation of alleged violations of the law that limits political activity in federal agencies, the effort remains in the preliminary stages. Loren Smith, a spokesman for OSC, an independent ...