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IRS accounting system cumbersome despite updates

December 1, 2005 Closing the annual financial books at the Internal Revenue Service requires a massive effort to compensate for outdated systems, despite the tax agency's successful implementation last year of a modernized system for internal administrative transactions. In an audit (GAO-06-137) examining fiscal 2004 and fiscal 2005 financial statements, the Government Accountability ...

Acting acquisition commissioner at GSA steps down

November 28, 2005 Barbara Shelton's reign over procurement at the General Services Administration will end Dec. 21 when she steps down as acting commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service. She will return to her previous job as GSA's regional administrator of the mid-Atlantic region. Marty Wagner, the associate administrator for GSA's office of ...

Head of Defense technology agency aims for acquisition speed

November 21, 2005 The military can no longer afford to lumber its way through software acquisition, the recently appointed head of the Defense Information Systems Agency said last week. DISA lies at the heart of the Pentagon's efforts to funnel more battlefield information down to combatants at the tactical level. Achieving that transformation ...

E-government battered in conference bill

November 18, 2005 E-government proponents failed to persuade Congress to include language easing interagency transfers of e-government funds in the final version of the fiscal 2006 Transportation-Treasury spending bill. The Office of Management and Budget had hoped conferees negotiating a final version of the spending measure would adopt a provision overriding language in ...

Justice to face lower-than-requested IT funding

November 18, 2005 The Justice Department will not be able to spend as much money as anticipated on information technology this fiscal year. In the conference version of the fiscal 2006 State-Justice-Commerce appropriations bill, lawmakers included $90 million for a combined account funding legacy narrowband wireless communications and the Integrated Wireless Network, a ...

Spending bill provision would make transfers of e-gov funds easier

November 15, 2005 Lawmakers negotiating the final version of the fiscal 2006 Transportation-Treasury spending bill are considering a provision that would make it easier for agencies to transfer money to finance e-government projects. Conferees are considering whether to include language that would free agencies to transfer money for e-government projects following the submission ...

Bidders confused by provisions in DHS request for IT services

November 11, 2005 Large companies confused about how to best respond to a pending Homeland Security Department procurement may handle the uncertainty by submitting a higher-than-expected number of contract bids and later protesting the results, some government acquisition observers say. Bids for the department's Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge procurement are due ...

Data needed to support Medicare pay-for-performance drive

November 11, 2005 A move by Congress and the Bush administration to change the way doctors are compensated for treating Medicare patients will require a new data collection effort. Soon, Medicare will pay physicians according to their performance rather than by the number of patient visits, said John Dyer, chief operating officer of ...

Lawmakers concerned GSA reorganization will cause confusion

November 7, 2005 A key congressional committee remains skeptical over the General Services Administration's recent moves to reorganize. GSA in September began merging its two procurement organizations into a single new entity called the Federal Acquisition Service. But the results are confusing, said John Brosnan, procurement counsel for the House Government Reform Committee. ...

IRS tees up next generation of tech contracts

November 3, 2005 The Internal Revenue Service late last week awarded 21 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts for information technology services. The contracts were awarded under a program known as Total Information Processing Support Services-3. It has a maximum value of $3 billion over five years and is designed for use by multiple ...