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Army to consolidate environmental contracts

October 3, 2007 In an effort to reduce costs and eliminate redundancy, an Army command is preparing to consolidate thousands of environmental support services contracts into three enterprisewide contract vehicles. While the plan potentially could save the command millions by eliminating duplicative services, critics -- including some base commanders -- are concerned that...

Panelists say bias a barrier for minority-owned contractors

September 27, 2007 Discrimination permeates the federal marketplace, playing a role in preventing small, minority-owned firms from securing an adequate number of agency contracts, a panel of small business advocates told lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. At a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization and Procurement, officials from...

Between the Lines

September 26, 2007 It was a passing comment in an altogether uneventful Senate hearing last month on ways to strengthen competition and accountability in federal contracting. Comptroller General David M. Walker told the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that "we need to re-look at when and under what circumstances is it appropriate...

Senate Dems seek probe of wartime contracting

September 25, 2007 More than 60 years ago, Harry Truman, then a relatively unknown U.S. senator from Missouri, embarked on an ambitious and unprecedented campaign to root out government mismanagement and fraud during World War II. The Truman Committee established as part of that effort conducted more than 700 hearings and issued 51...

Senate Dems hear whistleblower claims of abuse

September 21, 2007 Donald Vance told lawmakers Friday that for 97 days last year, he lost all of his constitutional rights. The 30-year veteran of the Navy claimed that while imprisoned by the U.S. military in a security compound outside Baghdad in retaliation for blowing the whistle on the contractor he worked for...

Recruiting remains a key concern for acquisition chiefs

September 21, 2007 Editor's note: The following story appears in the Sept. 15 issue of Government Executive Magazine, which focuses on the challenges facing C-title federal executives. For a directory of more than 500 key decision makers in federal finance, information technology, procurement and personnel, click here. No matter which party wins control...

Lawmaker suggests cutting losses on mismanaged IT projects

September 20, 2007 Some poorly performing and overly expensive technology projects should be scrapped, even if that means the government incurs a major financial loss, the chairman of a Senate panel investigating the cost of federal IT systems said Thursday. Every year, the federal government spends more than $60 billion on new and...

OMB finds performance of federal programs improving

September 19, 2007 More than three-quarters of federal programs assessed by the Bush administration for management and effectiveness are performing at least adequately, new data indicates. On Wednesday, the Office of Management and Budget released the results of its sixth annual Program Assessment Rating Tool evaluations. The agency looked at 48 programs for...

GSA: Politics to blame for collapse of Sun contract

September 17, 2007 Politics is to blame for the collapse last week of Sun Microsystems' contract with the General Services Administration, agency officials said Monday. In a statement issued to Government Executive, GSA Administrator Lurita Doan said, "This experience has convinced me that we need to do a better job of helping Congress...

The Gatekeepers

September 15, 2007 Chief acquisition officers hold the keys to improving the effectiveness and speed with which agencies buy. No matter which party wins control of the White House, within 18 months, a new group of top procurement executives will be setting contracting policies come 2009, and they could be radically different from...

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