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Report: Tax code complexity places heavy burden on IRS

January 12, 2006 A convoluted and confusing tax code contributes to an ever-growing workload at the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new report from the national taxpayer advocate. "Complexity drives inadvertent error and fraud, which drive increased enforcement or new legislation, which drives additional complexity," said advocate Nina Olson in a letter...

Coast Guard modernization program could move faster, contractor says

January 11, 2006 The Coast Guard's long-term modernization program known as Deepwater could be dramatically accelerated from the current 25-year schedule if adequate funding is provided, contract officials said earlier this week. The program, aimed at upgrading aging equipment used more than 50 miles offshore, has drawn criticism almost since its inception in...

ICE cited for improper award of small business set-aside contract

January 6, 2006 The Government Accountability Office late last month ruled that the winner of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement small business set-aside contract was not, in fact, a small business. GAO recommended that work being performed under the contract be terminated. The decision came in response to a bid protest filed in...

SBA: Small business contracting picture improving

January 5, 2006 Small businesses benefited in 2004 from several measures that enhanced their ability to compete for federal contracts, according to a report released Thursday by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. The report, titled "The Small Business Economy: A Report to the President," makes the case that the overall economic...

Foreign Service Institute to join online training program

January 5, 2006 Select courses offered by the State Department's Foreign Service Institute soon will become available online to the foreign affairs community, through a memorandum of understanding signed between the Office of Personnel Management and FSI. FSI will become a content provider in OPM's e-Training Service Provider Consortium, according to an announcement...

Congress follows executive branch lead on 2006 spending cuts

January 3, 2006 In the fiscal 2006 appropriations cycle, Congress passed administration-proposed spending cuts worth $6.48 billion, according to a fact sheet released recently by the Office of Management and Budget. Lawmakers achieved the savings by following 89 administration recommendations to scale back or eliminate programs in spending bills, the last of which...

Senate approves limited VA job competitions

January 3, 2006 The Senate late last month passed legislation that would allow a limited reintroduction of public-private job competitions at the Veterans Affairs Department, which effectively stopped running such contests in early 2003. The language is more restrictive than that in earlier versions of the bill, and federal employee union officials hailed...

Defense spending bill renews job competition restrictions

December 22, 2005 The Senate late Wednesday approved the fiscal 2006 Defense spending bill, which once again contains requirements to protect federal employees in formal competitive sourcing studies run using rules in Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76. The Senate stripped the bill (H.R. 2863) of language allowing oil drilling in the...

University of California keeps contract to manage Los Alamos

December 21, 2005 Los Alamos National Security LLC, a corporate entity that includes the University of California, has won a $512 million, seven-year contract for management of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday. The award entrusts management and operations of the New Mexico nuclear laboratory to a corporate...

OMB report shows mixed progress on technology initiatives

December 20, 2005 In the past year, the federal government met major information technology milestones and saw increased use of e-government services by citizens, businesses and agencies, according to a report released Monday by the Office of Management and Budget. Titled "Expanding E-Government: Improved Service Delivery for the American People Using Information Technology,"...

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