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Smithsonian problems include $2.5 billion maintenance, repair list

April 11, 2007 Scrutiny of spending by the former chief of the Smithsonian Institution has brought new attention to a $2.5 billion backlog in facilities maintenance and repairs at Smithsonian facilities, and has prompted calls for a new governing structure to oversee the organization. Mark Goldstein, the Government Accountability Office's director of physical...

Fate of Treasury contracting shop remains in limbo

April 11, 2007 The Defense Logistics Agency has decided that it cannot adopt FedSource, the Treasury Department's governmentwide contracting shop. The decision highlights a debate over where authority lies to make a transfer and what service disruptions might arise for current contract-holders and customers should the shop move or be closed down. DLA...

Union leader advocates more resources for IRS, better use

April 9, 2007 The Internal Revenue Service could bring in more than half of the estimated $345 billion in taxes that goes uncollected every year with more resources and better use of them, the head of an employee union said Monday. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, based her statement...

Industry fights measure to bar contractors for immigration violations

April 6, 2007 Companies that hire illegal aliens could be banned from receiving federal contracts for 10 years under an amendment to the Senate-passed supplemental defense spending measure. Contractor groups are fighting to keep the language out of the final bill. Under the provision, employers that violate immigration laws would be barred from...

Bush sidesteps Congress to appoint labor relations, regulatory nominees

April 5, 2007 President Bush announced a series of recess appointments Wednesday, filling a Democratic slot on a board handling federal labor-management disputes and sidestepping stalled nomination proceedings to name a controversial head of regulatory policy. The reappointment of Carol Pope to the Federal Labor Relations Authority will round out the three-member panel,...

OMB readies new guidance on measuring job competition savings

April 4, 2007 An administration official acknowledged Wednesday that measuring the savings that result from public-private competitions for federal work is not "a precise science," and said agencies can expect new guidance soon. During a session at the Excellence in Government conference in Washington, Office of Management and Budget Associate Administrator Mathew Blum...

Labor, Transportation, VA win kudos for performance reports

April 3, 2007 The Labor, Transportation and Veterans Affairs departments won accolades for the transparency and accountability of their reports on their performance Tuesday, as officials discussed the possibility that such data could be linked more closely with budget submissions in future years. The three agencies earned top rankings for overall reporting, transparency...

Rule would require contractors to report tax debts

April 2, 2007 Would-be federal contractors would have to certify they are paying their taxes if a proposed rule is approved. The regulation, published Friday in the Federal Register, would require contractors to indicate whether, over the most recent three years, they have been convicted of violating any tax law or failing to...

Audit finds few problems with IRS outsourcing program

March 30, 2007 The Internal Revenue Service has done an effective job in setting up a program for private sector companies to collect federal tax debts, according to a recent audit, but some members of Congress and an employee union are hoping to end the program before its planned expansion later this year....

Interior seeks to settle Indian trust fund disputes for $7 billion

March 29, 2007 The Interior Department is interested in legislatively settling a long-running dispute over the management of its Indian trust funds, in an offer a key litigant described Thursday as "a slap in the face." At a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing, Interior and Justice Department officials laid out details of a...

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