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Contractors would share the pain of a government shutdown

February 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the government shut down for 27 days in 1995 and 1996, federal employees felt the impact most directly. But if the government ceased its operations next month because Congress failed to pass a spending bill to keep it running past March 4, hundreds of thousands of government contractors who ...

Contractors would share the pain of a government shutdown

February 23, 2011 When the government shut down for 27 days in 1995 and 1996, federal employees felt the impact most directly. But if the government ceased its operations next month because Congress failed to pass a spending bill to keep it running past March 4, hundreds of thousands of government contractors who ...

Justice joins lawsuit against Defense contractor KBR

February 22, 2011 This story has been updated from the original version. The Justice Department has intervened in a false claims lawsuit against KBR Inc., one of the Defense Department's largest contractors, claiming the goliath logistics firm made illegal payments to a Turkish subcontractor. On Friday, the government joined a lawsuit first filed ...

Bid protests breed uncertainty

February 18, 2011 High above the Potomac and Anacostia rivers in Southeast Washington, construction crews have begun the largest federal construction job since the Pentagon, transforming St. Elizabeths Hospital into the new consolidated campus of the Homeland Security Department. The $3.4 billion project encompasses 4.5 million square feet and eventually will house 22 ...

Bill would fire feds who have serious tax delinquencies

February 18, 2011 Government employees who are seriously delinquent on their federal income tax payments and fail to resolve the matter might soon be looking for a new job. On Thursday, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., reintroduced legislation that would terminate federal employees who have "willfully neglected" to pay their incomes taxes. The bill, ...

Agreeing there is government waste, panel divides over where

February 17, 2011 House Democrats and Republicans agree that millions and perhaps billions of dollars in federal funds are wasted or lost annually to fraud and abuse. But perceptions of the source of that waste appear to differ by party affiliation. Following a script familiar to longtime observers, a House Oversight and Government ...

Defense’s security clearance program falls off ‘high-risk’ list

February 16, 2011 This story has been updated. After years of sustained progress, the Defense Department's security clearance program has been removed from the Government Accountability Office's inventory of programs and offices facing significant management challenges. But, the news was not so good for the Interior Department, whose management of oil and gas ...

Agencies seek to improve acquisition rule-making process

February 15, 2011 The process for issuing federal acquisition rules has become too slow and uncoordinated and must be dramatically revamped, according to top officials at the General Services Administration. In recent years, the multiagency Federal Acquisition Regulations Council, the entity in charge of developing and codifying government procurement rules, has become bogged ...

Obama’s budget hits nonsecurity agencies hard

February 14, 2011 This story has been updated. In the latest sign of the fiscal austerity sweeping Washington, President Obama introduced a $3.7 trillion budget on Monday that cuts funding for more than half of all major nonsecurity agencies, eliminates or merges dozens of programs, and recommends the sale of 14,000 federal buildings. ...

SBA makes first major revision to 8(a) program in a decade

February 11, 2011 The Small Business Administration has finalized the most comprehensive changes to its 8(a) small and disadvantaged business contacting program in more than a decade, with a sharp focus on reforming and improving the transparency of Alaska native corporations. The long-awaited final rules, published Friday in the Federal Register, closely mirror ...