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Administration opposes hike in small business contracting goals

May 8, 2007 The White House opposes a bill that would boost small business contracting and impose stricter standards on the combination of small orders into mega-contracts, an administration official said Tuesday. The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, said that while the administration opposes the Small Business Fairness in...

Iraq reconstruction IG subject of long-running investigation

May 7, 2007 An investigation into the inspector general overseeing Iraq reconstruction has been under way for more than a year, and focuses in part on allegations that the office is wasting funds on a project to produce a book on the reconstruction, according to multiple sources. Former employees of Special Inspector General...

Commerce IG investigated on claims of improper travel

May 4, 2007 A senior Commerce Department official is cooperating with three investigations into charges that he routinely took personal trips at government expense, inappropriately promoted and gave bonuses to select employees, retaliated against whistleblowers, and destroyed documents related to an investigation, his office said Friday. Officials said Johnnie Frazier, the Clinton-appointed inspector...

Three agencies recognized for financial management gains

May 3, 2007 Three agencies have proven their ability to use financial information in daily decision-making, earning recent promotions to "green" grades indicating success in that area of the President's Management Agenda. The Housing and Urban Development Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and Office of Personnel Management all moved up from yellow,...

Job competitions fall short of target

May 3, 2007 The Bush administration fell far short of a plan to open more than 26,000 jobs to public-private competition in fiscal 2006, actually announcing contests that covered fewer than 10,000 positions, according to figures released Thursday by the Office of Management and Budget. In its annual report on competitive sourcing, OMB...

Agencies' responses to data breaches vary

May 2, 2007 Responding to a data security breach requires making challenging, risk-based judgments on the costs and benefits associated with public notification and credit monitoring for those affected, according to a new report from a government watchdog agency. "Agencies have made varying decisions about how and when to offer credit monitoring," Government...

OPM pledges to help speed hiring of Social Security judges

May 1, 2007 A top government official has pledged that by late October, her agency will have developed a list of qualified applicants from which the Social Security Administration can hire judges to help reduce a record backlog of disability appeals. Office of Personnel Management Director Linda Springer told members of a House...

Iraq reconstruction projects fall back into disrepair

April 30, 2007 Problems with maintenance and other aspects of sustaining Iraq reconstruction projects threaten the future usefulness of some U.S.-built facilities, according to recent inspector general reports. In a series of reports to Congress detailing a sample of major projects, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found that new equipment and...

Watchdog: Projects in Iraq at risk for fraud, waste and abuse

April 27, 2007 The U.S. position in Iraq is ripe for fraud, waste and abuse, in part because of a heavy reliance on defense contractors despite poor visibility into their numbers and ineffective management, according to the top congressional auditor. In January testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released this week...

OMB requires new acquisition certification for managers

April 26, 2007 Program and project managers working on major acquisitions soon will need a new certification, the Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday. Under the new Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers, those assigned to programs that are deemed major acquisitions must be certified at the highest of three...

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