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Outgoing EPA inspector general tells of search for accountability

March 6, 2006 Nikki Tinsley, inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency since 1997, retired from the federal government last Friday after almost 35 years of public service. An ambitious leader within the inspector general community, Tinsley shared her reflections on the past decade as a federal auditor in an interview with Government ...

Report: Teaching program could benefit from enhanced oversight

March 3, 2006 Government reviewers found that a program to recruit military personnel for teaching careers and place them in underserved schools enhances the diversity of the nation's teacher pool, but could benefit from better management. A Government Accountability Office report published Wednesday on the Troops-to-Teachers program, which is jointly administered by the ...

GAO: Energy improperly awarded sole-source contract extension

March 2, 2006 The Energy Department provided insufficient information in a contract extension notice, discouraging competition and ultimately resulting in an inappropriate sole-source award, the Government Accountability Office has decided. The decision, announced Tuesday, concluded that an agency synopsis of the services required for a contract extension did not adequately describe the office's ...

Treasury union members rally against outsourcing tax collection

March 1, 2006 Treasury union members gathered outside the Internal Revenue Service building on Wednesday to protest a controversial measure to privatize some tax debt collection. Members of the National Treasury Employees Union, visiting Washington from around the country for an organizing meeting, paraded in front of the IRS on Constitution Avenue during ...

Homeland Security gets help strengthening financial controls

February 28, 2006 The Homeland Security Department awarded a contract worth as much as $42 million over five years to PricewaterhouseCoopers for assistance in assessing internal controls over financial reporting, DHS announced last week. The contract, worth $7.6 million in the first year with four one-year options bringing the potential value up to ...

Court rules that IRS inappropriately outsourced mailroom work

February 27, 2006 A federal court ruled last week that the Internal Revenue Service acted illegally in spending fiscal 2004 appropriations to outsource its mailroom operations without first holding a public-private job competition. The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Civil Action 04-CV-0820) concluded that IRS spending on ...

GAO declines to hear protest of Walter Reed competitive sourcing decision

February 24, 2006 The Government Accountability Office earlier this week dismissed a protest filed on behalf of employees at the Army's Walter Reed Medical Center, ruling that the employee group had no standing to challenge the outcome of a public-private job competition initiated prior to January 2005. GAO's decision, announced on Wednesday, concluded ...

Panel backs enhanced oversight of interagency contracting

February 23, 2006 A federal acquisition panel on Thursday gave its preliminary approval to a series of recommendations to increase Office of Management and Budget oversight of interagency contracting, while allowing agencies to maintain control over the use of the contracting vehicles. In an initial voting process, the Services Acquisition Reform Act Advisory ...

GSA launches review of acquisition rules

February 22, 2006 The General Services Administration is undertaking a comprehensive review of its acquisition regulations and is seeking feedback on aspects of those rules that need clarification or change, the agency announced last week. While minor changes to acquisition rules at GSA and other agencies are common, the last comprehensive review took ...

Investigators close complaint about EPA communications project

February 21, 2006 Investigators have dismissed a watchdog group's allegations that an Environmental Protection Agency communications effort was a waste of money and violated laws prohibiting the use of congressionally appropriated funds for propaganda. The EPA inspector general's office in late January closed a complaint lodged last summer against the agency's Office of ...