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Senator questions contractor compliance with Iran sanctions law

April 14, 2011 An influential Senate lawmaker wants the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether federal contractors are complying with a law requiring them to certify that they are not involved in sanctioned activity with companies or the government of the militantly anti-U.S. nation of Iran. In a letter last week to Comptroller...

Senate committee votes to streamline confirmation process

April 13, 2011 In a rare instance of congressional restraint, a Senate committee on Wednesday moved forward a bill that would eliminate the confirmation process for roughly 200 administration appointees. The 2011 Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act, which cleared the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in an afternoon vote, would...

Recovery Act reporting becoming the norm

April 12, 2011 Less than half of 1 percent of all recipients of stimulus contracts, grants and loans have failed to file mandatory spending reports, according to data released on Monday by the Recovery Act's primary oversight board. Since October 2009, more than 75,000 prime recipients of Recovery Act funds, including contractors, state...

Legislation would reorganize Federal Acquisition Institute

April 11, 2011 House and Senate lawmakers have introduced legislation that would dramatically reorganize the Federal Acquisition Institute, the government's training academy for civilian contracting professionals. The 2011 Federal Acquisition Institute Improvement Act, introduced last week, would require that the school, through its board of directors, report directly to the Office of Management...

Whistleblower protections get another chance in Senate

April 8, 2011 A bipartisan contingent of senators has reintroduced legislation to provide better protections for federal whistleblowers. The 2011 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act is virtually identical to the legislation that narrowly missed passage last December, when an anonymous senator blocked it on the last day of the 111th Congress. In the only...

Shutdown could spell trouble for contractors

April 8, 2011 Federal contractors operating at agencies throughout the government and at private sector locations across the nation will bear a heavy burden if the government shuts down on Friday night. A shutdown would prevent contractors from being paid for most services. They would be unable to renew expiring awards, or even...

Effects of a Shutdown: What Federal Managers Told Us

April 7, 2011 More than half of federal managers and employees surveyed Wednesday said their agencies had not shared plans with them for implementing a shutdown of operations if funding for government agencies runs out Friday night -- and nearly as many didn't know whether or not they would be subject to a...

Agencies told to begin furlough notifications

April 7, 2011 Federal employees can expect to begin receiving furlough notices immediately, according to a memo to agency officials released on Thursday by the Office of Management and Budget. Agency leadership should tell employees if they will be considered "exempt" and allowed to continue working, or if they will be furloughed if...

Exclusive survey: Feds don’t know whether they'll be furloughed

April 7, 2011 This story has been updated. More than half of federal managers and employees surveyed Wednesday said their agencies had not shared plans with them for implementing a shutdown of operations if funding for government agencies runs out Friday night -- and nearly as many didn't know whether or not they...

No back pay for furloughed feds predicted

April 6, 2011 If a government shutdown occurs on Friday, furloughed federal employees who are deemed nonessential will likely not receive back pay, according to a key Democratic lawmaker. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., whose Northern Virginia district is home to tens of thousands of federal workers and contractors, expects agencies to issue at...

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