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Defense cites strides in medical care for deployed civilians

September 18, 2007 The Defense Department and other agencies have taken strides to improve medical care for civilian federal employees deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, but there still is room for improvement in implementing existing plans, witnesses told a House Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday. According to Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., chairman of the...

The Gatekeepers

September 15, 2007 Chief acquisition officers hold the keys to improving the effectiveness and speed with which agencies buy. No matter which party wins control of the White House, within 18 months, a new group of top procurement executives will be setting contracting policies come 2009, and they could be radically different from...

Sun Microsystems quits GSA multiple award contract

September 14, 2007 Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Friday that it is canceling its multiple award schedule contract with the General Services Administration amid an ongoing investigation into the contract's renewal and the company's pricing for information technology products and services. Sun released a statement Friday saying it had notified GSA that it was...

Working group to stay mum on FDA consolidation plan

September 14, 2007 The Food and Drug Administration's plan to consolidate field offices and laboratories remains suspended after the release of an interagency group's initial report on import safety. FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach put the consolidation plan on hold Aug. 1, saying the agency wanted to consider the recommendations of the Working...

Technology spending increasingly pushed to end of fiscal year

September 12, 2007 Agencies are spending increasingly large chunks of their information technology budgets in the fourth quarter, and the trend could change the way agencies and contractors do business, according to a recent market research report. The drift toward fourth quarter spending has been occurring for more than a decade, but the...

Ousted hurricane center chief to return to previous post

September 11, 2007 The recently ousted head of the National Hurricane Center will return to his previous job as director of the National Weather Service's southern region, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday. Bill Proenza was removed as director of the National Hurricane Center on July 9, following weeks of controversy...

GSA to transfer 250 acquisition employees

September 7, 2007 In response to an anticipated $50 million loss this fiscal year in a business line offering contracting support, the General Services Administration announced Friday that it will transfer about 250 employees out of the unit. During a teleconference, GSA officials said that while the agency's Federal Acquisition Service overall is...

Head of Army contracting review seeks to avoid pointing fingers

September 4, 2007 The leader of a recently announced commission on in-theater Army contracting said Tuesday that the investigation will be forward-looking, not a "witch hunt" for existing problems. In an interview with Government Executive, Jacques Gansler said his Special Commission on Army Contracting will focus on recommending changes to better prepare the...

Bright outlook projected for DHS technology services contract

August 29, 2007 Market researchers say the Homeland Security Department's major information technology contract vehicle will get more business in the coming year as the department consolidates operations and its component agencies address key initiatives. DHS' platform for acquiring IT services, known as Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge, or EAGLE, has garnered...

Contractors seek delay in USAID vetting system

August 28, 2007 A prominent trade association has asked the U.S. Agency for International Development to delay implementing a system designed to deny funds to individuals or groups associated with terrorism. The new Partner Vetting System will collect basic personal information on nongovernmental organizations, contractors and other groups and individuals with potential access...

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