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Justice official defends PATRIOT Act

September 22, 2004 A high-ranking Justice Department official defended provisions in the anti-terrorism law known as the USA PATRIOT Act at a Senate Judiciary hearing Wednesday, saying that "sneak and peek warrants" and library records searches are rarely used but are absolutely necessary. "People in this country don't understand the PATRIOT Act, and ...

Citizen satisfaction with some federal Web sites lags

September 22, 2004 Private sector and government Internet experts said that improving the user-friendliness of federal Web sites will help agencies save money by driving people online for answers rather than to more expensive call centers and local offices. Citizen satisfaction with some government Web sites is lagging, according to the latest E-Government ...

Agencies urged to conduct to extensive analyses of purchases

September 20, 2004 The Transportation and Justice departments do not collect the procurement information that would allow them to save money when buying goods and services, while other agencies and departments have developed systems that save millions in procurement dollars. The Government Accountability Office recommended in a Sept. 16 report (GAO-04-870) that federal ...

GSA upgrades purchasing Web site

September 17, 2004 The General Services Administration introduced new features aimed at streamlining the federal government's purchasing system. Agency officials anticipate saving time, money and improved compliance with "procurement sourcing and best-value purchase decisions," by improving searching capabilities for GSA Advantage and by redesigning the e-Buy Web site. The upgraded system now allows ...

Airline ticket discount program cost drops

September 15, 2004 The cost of the federal government's discount airline ticket program will drop more than $100 million in fiscal 2005, adding to the billions of dollars already saved with the negotiated travel program, according to the General Services Administration. GSA's Federal Supply Service contracts with 13 airlines to provide City Pair ...

Lax oversight at national labs led to purchase cards abuse, GAO says

September 14, 2004 Purchase card programs at four government-owned, contractor-operated nuclear laboratories were abused in the last three years because the labs' internal control systems allowed for improper purchases, including a $1,559 reclining leather chair for a worker with back problems that could have been purchased for $599. Two National Nuclear Security Administration ...

Standard per diem rate will increase in fiscal 2005

September 13, 2004 Federal employees traveling on official government business outside frequently visited locations designated by the General Service Administration will be able to spend up to $60 per night on lodging -- up from $55 per night -- after Oct. 1. The standard per diem rate is based on data from the ...

Administrative costs at overseas outposts up sharply

September 13, 2004 The cost of administrative support services for U.S. embassies jumped 30 percent from 2001 to 2003, to a total of $1 billion, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. A system set up to eliminate duplication of services has not achieved its goal of containing costs, GAO auditors concluded. ...

Panel takes up public’s declining trust in government

September 10, 2004 A nonpartisan panel of good-government gurus addressed a report about the public's trust in the federal government Friday, focusing on polling data that suggests it has declined significantly since the 1950s. Kim Parker, author of the report, "A Matter of Trust," said that while voter participation and the public's trust ...

9/11 commissioner pushes Congress to act on recommendations

September 9, 2004 Urging Congress to consider policies that would encourage recruiting and retaining high-caliber talent for the federal government, 9/11 Commissioner Timothy Roemer said Thursday that terrorism will be defeated by quality people, not new organizational charts or wiring diagrams. Speaking at a briefing hosted by the Partnership for Public Service, a ...