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Contractor group pushes state, local access to GSA schedules

March 21, 2006 State and local governments should have access to General Services Administration schedules for homeland security and disaster-related purchases, a private sector advisory group said Friday. States and localities should be able to take advantage of the federal government's buying power, the group said, because they bear a significant share of ...

TSP officials say few plan members fell for ‘phishing’ scam

March 20, 2006 Thrift Savings Plan officials said Monday that they think few people were taken in by an e-mail hoax targeting participants in the 401(k)-style retirement plan for federal employees. The scam first came to plan administrators' attention last Thursday, when calls began arriving around 2 p.m. regarding a suspicious e-mail, according ...

Report: Poor planning hurt hurricane contracting

March 17, 2006 Lack of preparation, poorly communicated responsibilities and inadequate deployment of oversight personnel hurt the federal government's response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Government Accountability Office has concluded. In a briefing report released Thursday, GAO summarized the findings of a review of acquisitions conducted through the General Services Administration, Army ...

Line-item veto power found to have minimal effect on spending

March 16, 2006 Presidential line-item veto power would probably not have a major impact on government spending, a Congressional Budget Office official told legislators Wednesday. At a hearing before the House Rules Subcommittee on the Legislative and Budget Process, Donald Marron, the acting director of CBO, testified that proposed legislation to allow the ...

Reviews do little to reduce paperwork burden, GAO finds

March 15, 2006 Rules that require agency chief information officers to certify information collected from the public do little to minimize the paperwork burden placed on citizens, a Government Accountability Office official testified last week. Linda Koontz, GAO's director of information management issues, said in testimony before the House Government Reform Subcommittee on ...

Justice employees win competition for their jobs

March 14, 2006 Open communications were key to maintaining a productive environment throughout an 18-month public-private competition for grants management services that ended last month in a win for the federal employee team, a senior Justice Department official said in a recent interview. The Office of Justice Programs competition, which was carried out ...

GAO: Agency public information centers should stress accuracy

March 13, 2006 The information provided to the public by government-operated contact centers could be enhanced if agencies focused more on accuracy and had better guidance on performance measurements and oversight practices, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. Practices to ensure the accuracy of information provided to the public by ...

Data collection still a problem in needy families program

March 13, 2006 Inconsistent data collection practices at the state level and limits on data that the federal government may request of states make it difficult for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program to meet requirements for reporting improper payments, a Health and Human Services Department official told lawmakers at a recent ...

IRS announces first contracts for debt collection work

March 9, 2006 The Internal Revenue Service awarded three, two-year contracts Thursday in the first phase of an effort to outsource some of its debt collection work, and published a list of safeguards designed to prevent unauthorized use of taxpayer data. Thirty-three private collection agencies competed for the awards, and the three successful ...

AFGE takes vote of ‘no confidence’ in Defense leadership

March 7, 2006 The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union representing Defense workers, on Tuesday announced that members have adopted a statement of "no confidence" in Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, indicating they have lost trust in his handling of personnel reforms. Representatives of AFGE's Defense Conference, a coalition of 39 local ...