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Union seeks mandatory bargaining over mail delivery contracting

July 20, 2007 Congress should require the Postal Service to engage in collective bargaining whenever it proposes contracting out mail delivery, a union leader said Thursday. A provision mandating bargaining would keep Congress from having to intervene to sort out disputes, William Burrus, president of the American Postal Workers Union, told members of...

Watchdog group upgrades contractor misconduct database

July 19, 2007 As legislators push for a governmentwide database on contractor performance, a private watchdog group has beefed up its own trove of information on vendor misconduct. The Project on Government Oversight, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest group, on Wednesday announced an improved version of its Federal Contractor Misconduct Database, which debuted...

Inconsistencies hinder sharing of contractor performance data

July 18, 2007 Agencies lack a standard way of entering data on contractor performance, making it hard for them to share information, procurement and oversight officials told lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization and Procurement held the hearing to determine if companies continue...

Senate contracting reform bill wins support

July 17, 2007 Government and private sector officials expressed measured support Tuesday for a Senate bill that would overhaul the federal acquisition process. The Accountability in Government Contracting Act (S. 680), introduced in February by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, aims to strengthen the acquisition workforce, improve oversight of contracts and promote competition and...

Contract security guard program to see changes

July 16, 2007 A House lawmaker and the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau on Tuesday will jointly announce changes to the handling of contract guards that oversee federal facilities. Ernestine Fobbs, a spokeswoman for ICE, said Assistant Secretary Julie Myers will hold a press conference to announce efforts to "streamline...

More funding urged for SSA disability processing

July 13, 2007 The levels of fiscal 2008 funding approved by appropriators so far would perpetuate a backlog of disability cases at the Social Security Administration, according to a group representing federal managers. The Federal Managers Association, which represents managers and supervisors in the SSA's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, said earlier...

Border Patrol apprehensions down along southern border

July 12, 2007 The Customs and Border Protection agency announced recently that Border Patrol apprehensions of suspected illegal immigrants along the southwestern border have dropped 24 percent from last year. Between Oct. 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007, Border Patrol agents made 682,468 apprehensions along the southwestern border, compared to 894,496 in the...

Report details phone access problems in immigrant detention facilities

July 11, 2007 In a recent review of federal facilities used to detain suspected illegal immigrants, the Government Accountability Office found a lack of telephone access to be a pervasive problem, potentially preventing detainees from contacting legal counsel, their countries' consulates or complaint hotlines. The GAO review included visits to 23 detention centers...

Gulf Coast officials: FEMA understates project costs

July 10, 2007 State and local representatives from the Gulf Coast told lawmakers Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has underestimated the cost of many projects to rebuild after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and that the process for seeking funds has been a significant cause of delays. In testimony before the Senate...

Homeland Security faces continued vacancies in high-level jobs

July 9, 2007 Vacancies in senior leadership positions at the Homeland Security Department are a vulnerability demanding immediate attention, the House Homeland Security Committee stated in a report released Monday. According to the report, the department has 575 positions in the highest federal salary bands, referred to as executive resources. These include positions...

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