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OMB program assessments viewed as flawed budget tool

April 4, 2006 The Bush administration's annual evaluations of federal programs are good for improving management, but problematic for budgeting because they fail to take into account congressional intent and can be politicized in ways that can harm the review process, a legislative staffer said Tuesday. The reviews, conducted each year with the ...

Protests could delay outsourcing of tax collection

April 3, 2006 Protests filed by unsuccessful bidders may cause delays in an Internal Revenue Service initiative to hire private sector companies to help collect tax debt. Livermore, Calif.-based Diversified Collection Services and Houston, Texas-based GC Services have filed protests with the Government Accountability Office over the IRS' process for selecting three collection ...

Firm pays $1 million to settle claims it misrepresented its size

March 31, 2006 A Fortune 1000 company's subsidiary has agreed to pay the federal government $1 million to settle allegations that it falsely represented itself as a small business for inclusion on a General Services Administration contracting schedule, the Small Business Administration announced Tuesday. The government brought its complaint under the False Claims ...

Panel: OMB should eliminate quota for performance-based acquisition

March 30, 2006 A federal advisory panel on Wednesday made a preliminary decision to recommend that agencies use performance-based contracts more consistently but avoided suggesting overly prescriptive policies on how such procurements should be carried out. In a heated discussion carried over from a previous meeting, members of the Services Acquisition Reform Act ...

Bolten said to have stayed the course as OMB director

March 28, 2006 The announcement that Joshua Bolten will move from the Office of Management and Budget to the White House is causing little stir among observers who say that over his tenure as OMB director, he continued the management priorities set by his predecessor and implemented budget policies set from the White ...

Defense Department names new procurement chief

March 27, 2006 A senior Marine Corps contracting official has been appointed to take over as director of procurement and acquisition policy at the Defense Department, effective April 2. Shay Assad is assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics with the Marine Corps where, as the senior civilian procurement official, his responsibilities include ...

Auction of Cunningham’s loot brings almost $100,000

March 24, 2006 The Treasury Department auctioned off antiques and home furnishings used to bribe former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., Thursday, netting nearly $100,000 for FBI and Internal Revenue Service investigative operations. The auction disposed of items given to Cunningham by defense contractors in return for the use of his influence to ...

Five federal employees win public service awards

March 24, 2006 Four federal employees have been honored as 2006 National Public Service Award winners, and one was designated a "keeper of the flame" of public service, in a competition open to employees across a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations and local, state and federal agencies. The federal winners were: Joan Bauerlein, ...

Army denies employee appeal of Walter Reed outsourcing

March 23, 2006 Employees at Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier this week lost their final administrative appeal of a decision to outsource base operations work as the result of a public-private job competition. But at a rally outside the medical center Wednesday to protest the impending loss of jobs, Del. Eleanor Holmes ...

Looser limits on tax preparers’ sharing of data proposed

March 22, 2006 A December 2005 Internal Revenue Service proposal to loosen restrictions on how tax preparers can use information from tax returns is gaining attention and has recently attracted criticism from consumer groups. Background information published on Dec. 8, 2005, along with the proposed regulatory changes, indicated that the revisions are geared ...