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Speculation begins on potential Gonzales successor

August 27, 2007 Intense media speculation following the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resulted in a lengthy list of possible nominees to replace him, including several senior officials who already are serving or have served in the Bush administration. Among the most-mentioned potential nominees is Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. He...

New ethics legislation could affect Cabinet-level executives

August 24, 2007 New ethics legislation, which has passed both chambers of Congress but still needs President Bush's signature, would extend the cooling-off period for very senior executives who leave government from one year to two years. During this time, former executives are banned from interacting with agency officials in any capacity that...

Managers urged to give forward-looking performance advice

August 23, 2007 When it comes to enhancing employees' job performance, federal managers should take a comprehensive approach and not rely solely on annual evaluations, a new IBM Center for the Business of Government report recommended. With the private and public sectors renewing their emphasis on performance management, federal agencies should take broad...

Progress cited on NASA business systems modernization

August 21, 2007 NASA is chipping away at potential problems facing its new system to manage contracts and other business processes, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday. NASA's contract management has been a GAO-classified area of high risk since 1990. The agency began the Integrated Enterprise Management Program (IEMP) systems...

FDA says consolidation remains suspended, not canceled

August 20, 2007 A Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman on Monday said plans to reorganize field offices and testing laboratories remain temporarily suspended, despite reports of cancellation following an announcement from a senior regulatory official. Margaret Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs at FDA, wrote Friday in a letter to Office of Regulatory...

GSA starts second phase of contract streamlining program

August 16, 2007 The General Services Administration has started the second part of an initiative to speed up the process of awarding schedule contracts, tripling the scope of the program and allowing for electronic submission of offers. The goal of the Multiple Award Schedule Express program is to reduce the time it takes...

IG urges better post-disaster data sharing

August 15, 2007 The Homeland Security Department inspector general is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to streamline information sharing to help law enforcement agencies locate missing children, registered sex offenders and fugitive felons during disasters. A report released by the IG this week showed that after Hurricane Katrina, law enforcement agencies struggled...

Rove resignation unlikely to hinder Hatch Act investigations

August 14, 2007 The resignation of Karl Rove, President Bush's top political strategist, will not stall ongoing inquiries into potentially improper political activity at agencies, those close to the investigations say. The Office of Special Counsel, the independent agency charged with protecting the merit system and investigating Hatch Act violations, is in the...

Small firms fare well in GSA office supply contract

August 13, 2007 Small businesses won 85 percent of awards in the General Services Administration's most recent initiative to provide agencies with options for buying office supplies. Of 13 blanket purchase agreements awarded, 11 went to 8(a) certified small businesses and women- or veteran-owned businesses. Blanket purchase agreements function somewhat like charge accounts,...

Research firm lowers expectations for GSA tech services contract

August 9, 2007 The General Services Administration's recently awarded governmentwide information technology contract may not bring in as much business as expected, according to a new report from a market research firm. The report, released Thursday by Reston, Va.-based INPUT, concluded that major agencies are increasingly meeting information technology needs through their own...

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