AUTHOR ARCHIVES

Kimberly Palmer

Results 251-260 of 287

Control over financial systems approval shifts to OMB

December 16, 2004 One of Washington's oldest financial management organizations will be dissolved and its main responsibilities will be absorbed into the Office of Management and Budget. The change came as a shock to some chief financial officers, who received the news in a Dec. 2 memo. The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program, ...

FAA procurement rules come under fire

December 15, 2004 The Federal Aviation Administration plays by its own rules, because it has the authority to use a personalized set of acquisition regulations rather than the standard federal rules. On Monday, the Government Accountability Office said FAA's rules needed improvement. In a report (GAO-05-23) to the House Government Reform Committee, GAO ...

Implementation of anti-discrimination law falls short, say supporters

December 14, 2004 When Congress passed the 2002 Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act, it required agencies to publicly report discrimination complaints as well as pay for the settlement and judgment costs of cases. But it left the details of implementing the law up to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and ...

EEOC sweeps up financial management mess

December 13, 2004 Three years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission looked like a defendant on the television show People's Court. It was so late reimbursing employees for expenses and paying vendors that some of them sought help in small claims court. Now, the small, independent agency is a model for financial management ...

Private firms won most job competitions at GSA unit

December 10, 2004 New information from the General Services Administration shows federal employees have lost most recent job competitions at one of the agency's divisions. Most analyses of job competitions have shown federal employees winning the majority of competitions, which is used as evidence that federal employees are not getting hurt by competitive ...

NOAA pledges to better disseminate weather information

December 9, 2004 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency charged with tracking weather patterns along with charting U.S. waters and a myriad of other environmental duties, long has been caught between private companies who say they are doing too much and information consumers who say they are not doing enough. Last ...

Acquisition councils back share-in-savings contracts

December 8, 2004 Share-in-savings contracts, which generate nearly as much controversy as outsourcing itself, moved a step closer toward more widespread use last week. The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, two councils in charge of acquisition policy, signed off on a plan for new share-in-savings procedures and are ...

Argument leads to stabbing at USDA headquarters

December 7, 2004 A contract employee for the Agriculture Department was stabbed 11 a.m. Tuesday and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The Federal Protective Service is looking for the suspect, who knew the victim. The victim and suspect had an altercation shortly before the stabbing, which occurred inside Agriculture's headquarters, said Julie Quick, a ...

Agencies get financial reports out more quickly, but quality dips

December 7, 2004 After struggling to meet this year's new early deadline to issue financial reports, agencies received fewer clean audits than last year, suggesting that in some cases, speed may have eclipsed quality. The Housing and Urban Development and Justice departments both received disclaimer opinions-meaning the auditors did not have enough information ...

Consultants pitch services to federal property managers

December 2, 2004 Consultants are taking advantage of the sudden demand created by the newest addition to the President's Management Agenda--real property asset management. Vista Technology Services Inc., a Herndon, Va.-based consultancy, recently distributed a white paper on property management to federal executives and is starting to work with federal clients. The Reason ...