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To the Brink

June 1, 2011 How did the federal government come within an hour of shutting down? In hindsight, the near-shutdown of the federal government in early April should have come as no surprise-an outcome as predictable as death, taxes and petty partisan disputes. The handwriting was on the wall shortly after last fall's elections,...

Labor Fight Renewed

May 1, 2011 Republican lawmakers balk at deals that require union pay for contract workers. Some partisan battles are so well-ingrained in the culture you can virtually set your clock by them. Political street fights over federal spending and taxes are guaranteed in every Congress. Likewise for hot-button social issues, such as abortion...

Whistling in the Dark

May 1, 2011 Congress has beefed up laws to shield workers who expose corporate fraud, but government whistleblowers are still waiting. In the waning hours of the 111th Congress in December 2010, as lawmakers pushed to finish up votes on a new START treaty and free health care for Sept. 11 first responders,...

GSA presses ahead in greening of federal buildings

April 22, 2011 Federal buildings are about to get more energy-efficient. The General Services Administration announced on Thursday, the eve of Earth Day, that it has selected 16 sustainable building technologies to be tested and evaluated at a number of federal facilities throughout the country. The agency, which manages 9,600 government-owned or leased...

Administration set to order contractors to disclose campaign contributions

April 21, 2011 Prospective federal contractors would be required to disclose to government procurement officials political contributions dating back two years prior to bidding on a new project, according to controversial guidance being drafted by the Obama administration. The draft executive order, which has circulated on the blogosphere for about a week and...

Relying on continuing resolutions wasted billions, says Pentagon acquisition chief

April 20, 2011 The absence of a permanent budget for the first six months of the fiscal year likely cost the Defense Department billions in inefficiencies, according to the Pentagon's top purchasing official. In a speech on Wednesday at the conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation, Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and...

Defense contract audits manager accused of unprofessional behavior

April 19, 2011 Another Defense Contract Audit Agency manager has been rapped for using unprofessional and inappropriate language against subordinate employees in a public setting, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Defense Department inspector general. The report, one of several released during the past three years documenting abusive managerial behavior...

Government implements new performance management law

April 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Within the next two weeks, federal agencies must select a senior political official to serve as chief operating officer, according to Office of Management and Budget guidance on implementing a new law that dramatically overhauls government performance management. The first major revision to the landmark 1993 Government Performance and Results...

Government implements new performance management law

April 18, 2011 Within the next two weeks, federal agencies must select a senior political official to serve as chief operating officer, according to Office of Management and Budget guidance on implementing a new law that dramatically overhauls government performance management. The first major revision to the landmark 1993 Government Performance and Results...

Office of Special Counsel finally has new leader

April 15, 2011 For the first time in three years, the Office of Special Counsel has a permanent leader. The Senate on Thursday evening confirmed by unanimous consent the nomination of Carolyn Lerner to run the small federal agency charged with investigating allegations of prohibited personnel practices in the civil service. She will...

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