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Lawmakers seek earlier financial audits, fewer improper payments

February 10, 2005 Lawmakers and high-ranking federal executives said that agencies need to start preparing audits earlier and beef up efforts to stop improper payments during a hearing Wednesday of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Efficiency and Financial Management. Rep. Todd Platts, R-Pa., said he was concerned by the large number...

Contractor duels with Air Force over accusations of wrongdoing

February 9, 2005 Science Applications International Corp., a contractor specializing in information technology, is fighting back against an alert issued against the company by the Air Force late last year. The Dec. 20 alert, which was sent to Air Force contracting officials, said the San Diego company violated the Truth in Negotiations Act,...

Lawmakers stand ground on Pentagon job competition rules

February 8, 2005 In a letter sent Monday, almost two dozen members of Congress, including Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that they will oppose efforts to modify health care provisions regarding job competitions included in the fiscal 2005 Defense Department Appropriations Act....

Chief financial officers highlight their job challenges

February 8, 2005 Chief financial officers described the political challenges of financial management, and confusion over the role of CFOs and of chief information officers, at a conference on government accounting Tuesday. Samuel Mok, CFO of the Labor Department; Natwar Gandhi, CFO of the District of Columbia; and Edward Long, CFO of Fairfax...

President renews pledge to reform personnel system

February 7, 2005 President Bush reaffirmed his commitment to replacing the federal personnel system with one that is more performance-based in his 2006 budget proposal released Monday. Job competitions, quicker financial reporting, and an emphasis on results have increased overall efficiency, the budget stated. Joshua Bolten, director of the Office of Management and...

Nuclear security agency needs more scientists, GAO says

February 3, 2005 The National Nuclear Security Administration, a unit of the Energy Department charged with maintaining nuclear weapons, is faced with a shortage of scientists and engineers, according to the Government Accountability Office. Personnel at eight facilities, all operated by contractors, are responsible for nuclear weapons. Over one-third of those workers are...

OMB gives Smithsonian failing grades

February 2, 2005 The Smithsonian Institution, home to 16 museums and galleries, is the black sheep of the President's Management Agenda. It has received failing scores for all five PMA initiatives, including competitive sourcing, financial performance and e-government, since the Office of Management and Budget started issuing its quarterly scorecard in 2002. It...

Blizzard of Bids

February 1, 2005 Early reviews help agencies and contractors save time and money in the rush for Iraq rebuilding work. Dan Mehney needed help. The director of acquisition for the U.S. Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command was about to get blitzed with hundreds of bid submissions from companies hoping to get in on...

Agencies struggle to reduce improper payments

February 1, 2005 Agencies struggled to catch up with the Office of Management and Budget's standards for eliminating improper payments called for in the latest addition to the President's Management Agenda. An OMB report issued last week said 95 percent of the $45.1 billion in improper payments made in fiscal 2004 involved seven...

Agencies to get new guidance on use of commercial products

January 31, 2005 The Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy is considering a new rule governing what kinds of technology products must be bought off the shelf and what kinds can be customized for agency use. Last year, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and Defense Acquisition Regulations Council collected...

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