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GAO urges external reviews of Homeland Security acquisition

Department to explore the possibility of establishing such reviews, performed by groups with experience in federal contracting.

House Democrats seek to restructure Coast Guard modernization

Bill would force agency to take over as lead systems integrator for the $24 billion program within two years of enactment.

Doubts remain over management of Coast Guard fleet upgrade

Lawmakers and witnesses question whether the agency has enough contracting officials to oversee the project.

Panel backs customer service standards for agencies

Measure would require officials to gather survey and focus group data, and submit it for annual reviews.

Lurita Doan testified for three hours before House panel Wednesday.

GSA chief spars with House panel Democrats

At hearing Wednesday, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., calls for Lurita Doan's resignation.

IRS cites lack of resources to review potential fraud cases

Official says scrutinizing more refund claims before payment would require tough trade-offs.

GSA may let states, localities spend federal grants on schedule contracts

Advances in Web-based procurement have cut away at the argument that such a policy would hurt small businesses.

Balancing Act

The Democrats took a hit from anti-war voters for softening demands for withdrawal from Iraq, but the approach may work in the long term.

Former White House chief urges overhaul of congressional panels

Andrew Card, former Bush chief of staff and Transportation secretary, says agencies are mired in “bureaucracy” on Capitol Hill.

VA Deputy Secretary Gordon Mansfield says bonuses go to "seasoned and successful executives."

VA official says bonuses needed to retain top executives

Lawmakers raise questions about department’s performance review boards.