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Agencies show modest gains on management score card

February 2, 2006 Federal agencies saw modest improvements on the latest Bush administration quarterly management score card, with the biggest gains evident in e-government initiatives. Eight of 26 agencies improved their e-government grades on the traffic-light-style President's Management Agenda score card for the first-quarter of fiscal 2006, which ended Dec. 31, 2005. Only...

Industry opposes acquisition changes recommended by advisory group

January 31, 2006 A coalition of industry associations on Tuesday was highly critical of a federal advisory group's preliminary recommendations on revising certain government acquisition procedures. The advisory group's recommendations were released in December 2005 and addressed commercial practices, which are those relating to goods and services that are available in commercial markets...

Report details errors in Agriculture financial disclosures

January 30, 2006 The Agriculture Department's 2003 financial statements were error-filled and potentially misleading, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The review (GAO-06-254R) identified accounting system problems that led to major errors in four of the five central statements in USDA's financial filing for that year, for which the...

Union asks IRS to bring contracted work back in-house

January 26, 2006 A federal employees union this week called on the Internal Revenue Service to re-compete contractor work that has shown poor results, but the agency says it has no plans to do so. The National Treasury Employees Union sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Mark Everson urging him to reconsider work...

Space agency defends acquisitions processes

January 25, 2006 More consistent use of "knowledge-based acquisition processes" could help NASA complete projects on time and on budget, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report (GAO-06-218), published this week, recommended that NASA enhance the use of information about project status in reviews to determine how work...

Agencies back environmentally friendly building principles

January 24, 2006 Federal agencies agreed on Tuesday to take the lead in developing and maintaining buildings that show high environmental performance and demonstrate principles of sustainability. Nineteen agencies said they will commit to a memorandum of understanding developed by the White House's Office of the Federal Environmental Executive. The agreement establishes common...

VA aims to make acquisition rules more user-friendly

January 23, 2006 The Veterans Affairs Department recently proposed a "plain language rewrite" to clarify its acquisition rules, and suggested new restrictions that some industry observers say could prove burdensome for contractors. In a Federal Register notice published on Jan. 13, the department recommended numerous changes to the VA Acquisition Regulation in an...

Report: Build management networks, not hierarchies

January 20, 2006 Management structures that blend hierarchies with networks of affected parties will be most effective in meeting challenges facing the federal government in the 21st century, according to a recent report. The report, which sets out to answer the question of what management directions should be pursued by the next presidential...

Military spending on pay, benefits spiraling upward, GAO chief says

January 18, 2006 Military re-enlistment bonuses that can reach as high as $90,000, as well as overall compensation packages worth an average of more than $100,000 annually for active duty personnel, are contributing to out-of-control military spending, the head of the Government Accountability Office said Wednesday. Health care costs are "escalating so rapidly,...

OMB seeks feedback on risk assessment guidelines

January 17, 2006 John Graham, head of the Office of Management and Budget's regulatory division, is making his last days memorable. Graham, who leaves on March 1 to run the RAND Corp.'s graduate school in policy analysis, has issued a proposed risk assessment bulletin that would create new rules for regulators in the...

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