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NASA contract workers threaten strike

June 7, 2007 Stalled labor negotiations at the Kennedy Space Center could lead a group of contract launch workers to walk off the job on Sunday, but representatives of all parties said a strike would have a minimal effect on a launch scheduled at the east Florida site for Friday. The International Association...

Labor employees rally against outsourcing decision

June 6, 2007 Labor Department workers rallied in front of the Capitol building Wednesday, protesting the agency's decision to outsource 250 administrative jobs. Union leaders with the American Federation of Government Employees said they had taken initial steps in filing a lawsuit alleging race-, gender- and age-based discrimination in the decision. Of the...

Speed of FAA outsourcing could jeopardize savings

June 5, 2007 Savings from a massive transition of aviation service stations to contractor operation could fall short during a critical move to consolidate facilities, according to a recent report from Transportation Department auditors. In an interim report on an audit announced by the Transportation inspector general last year, reviewers warned that an...

Size of contracting workforce holds steady

June 4, 2007 The federal acquisition workforce grew almost imperceptibly during the past year, far short of the contracting growth rate, according to new government data. Office of Personnel Management data analyzed by the Federal Acquisition Institute showed that the number of procurement professionals in government rose just less than 1 percent in...

OMB orders agencies to report on competition for contracts

June 1, 2007 The Office of Management and Budget is shining a light on competition in contracting, with a new directive that agencies review their procedures and report back on how to maximize the use of competitive practices. "The acquisition workforce has a number of tools to facilitate the efficient and effective use...

GSA announces five Networx telecom awardees

May 31, 2007 Five companies have been selected to provide up to $20 billion in telecommunications services to federal agencies through the General Services Administration's Networx Enterprise contract. AT&T, Level 3 Communications, Verizon Business Services, Qwest Government Services and Sprint Solutions were awarded slots on the contract and will have the opportunity to...

Lawyers anticipate failures in Indian trust fund accounting plan

May 30, 2007 The Interior Department is expected to file a proposal this week detailing how it will review American Indians' assets held in trust by the federal government, but plaintiffs in a long-running lawsuit already say the plan is likely to be flawed. "Defendants impermissibly exclude from the accounting the vast majority...

GAO: Navy needs more contracting discipline

May 29, 2007 Poor contracting practices and lenient oversight, combined with an unqualified contractor, contributed to ongoing problems with a Navy vessel that continues to have reliability and performance problems 10 years after its scheduled completion date, auditors found in a new report. Navy officials awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. in...

Defense purchases of services rise sharply

May 25, 2007 Rapid growth over the past five years in service contract costs could reflect overpayments by the Defense Department, according to the Government Accountability Office. But the advantages of freeing up uniformed personnel for combat duty and the difficulty of calculating what it would cost to do the work in-house argue...

NASA official grilled on destruction of meeting videos

May 24, 2007 A NASA lawyer may have violated federal law in destroying video recordings of an April meeting between the agency's chief and inspector general staff, a House lawmaker said Thursday. NASA General Counsel Michael Wholley told the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight that he had broken and...

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