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Kerry pledges to cut contractors, freeze travel spending

April 7, 2004 Democratic presidential standard-bearer John Kerry pledged Wednesday to cut 100,000 federal contractor jobs and to freeze agencies' travel spending in an effort to trim the federal budget deficit. In an address at Georgetown University in Washington, Kerry said the growing deficit could become a "fiscal cancer," and said he would ...

Wade's world

April 1, 2004 An FAA employee goes head-to-head with contractor heavyweights. f you want to compete for the richest, most technically complex federal contracts, you need a stable of skilled subcontractors, a track record of managing huge projects and a team of market-savvy executives. Or you need to be Jay Wade. For more ...

Accessing A-76 results not easy, critics say

April 1, 2004 On Jan. 24, officials at Fort Knox, Ky., the Army fortress that once safeguarded the U.S. gold reserve and the English crown jewels, began searching for a new treasure: doughnuts. To be precise, they sought 291,000 of them -- enough chocolate, glazed, jelly and blueberry doughnuts to indulge sugar cravings ...

House lawmakers urge budget boost for air marshals

March 31, 2004 A group of congressional lawmakers believes the Federal Air Marshal Service needs a budget hike to keep pace with a projected surge in air travel and expanded security missions. In a March 25 letter to House appropriators, Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and 14 House Democrats urged more funding for FAMS, ...

Key immigration enforcement official steps down

March 29, 2004 The top U.S. official charged with detaining and removing illegal immigrants has stepped down, Homeland Security Department officials said Monday. Anthony Tangeman, who ran the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) detention and removals branch, left his post on Friday, according to ICE spokesman Garrison Courtney. As detention chief, ...

Regional homeland security offices will be small

March 24, 2004 A Homeland Security Department initiative to unify the field structure of its 22 agencies will not create large field bureaucracies, a top DHS official said Wednesday. Asa Hutchinson, Homeland Security's undersecretary for border and transportation security, outlined the department's ongoing effort to create regional offices around the country in testimony ...

Ridge announces new rail and transit security measures

March 22, 2004 Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge announced new federal efforts to tighten security on commuter trains and subways Monday, including a pilot program to screen passenger luggage at rail stations and aboard trains. The program, which will be run by the Transportation Security Administration, will take place at a single ...

Going After Absconders

March 1, 2004 nthony Tangeman doesn't mince words: "Look, we've got 400,000 alien absconders, and we don't know where they are." Tangeman, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau's director of detention and removals, views those illegal immigrants with suspicion. "You've got to think that among this population there are some people who don't ...

Behind the Curtain

March 1, 2004 OMB officials tried to make A-76 competitions more transparent, but some say the new rules aren't enough. n Jan. 24, officials at Fort Knox, Ky., the Army fortress that once safeguarded the U.S. gold reserve and the English crown jewels, began searching for a new treasure: doughnuts. To be precise, ...

Focus of new acquisition panel debated

February 17, 2004 A soon-to-be-named panel of acquisition experts has the chance to fix serious shortcomings in the federal procurement system, observers say, but some fear the panel will pursue the agenda of federal contractors and a powerful Republican congressman. The acquisition panel is the creation of Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., who added ...