Agency News: White House

Acquisition official: 'Don't chill the dialogue' with industry

Contracting officers have cover from acquisition policies and rules to open the lines of communication.

SBA's Joe Jordan heads to OMB as special assistant

Top official's departure spins off new procurement role at OMB.

GAO challenges administration on contract savings

The Office of Management and Budget's estimated savings on contracting may be overstated, GAO says.

OFPP, SBA team up on procurement data

The two agencies are aligning reporting efforts in order to provide more accurate data.

OMB orders cut in management services contracts

OMB has a goal of reducing spending on management support service contracts by 15 percent by the end of fiscal 2012.

Digital diplomacy: Facebook users build good will for Obama Indonesia visit

The U.S. embassy in Jakarta has applied digital diplomacy with a popular Facebook page attracting fans in Indonesia.

Critics say government plays pretend with petitions

Frustrated users of Obama's new online petition site ask what's the point?

Next OFPP chief's priorities: Building, buying, rebalancing

Government buying needs the expertise of acquisition workers, official says.

How much discretion in punishing contractors should agencies have?

Some lawmakers want to make suspension or debarment of misbehaving contractors mandatory, but the outgoing OFPP head disagrees with the strategy.

OPM failed at modernizing, automating its retirement system, GAO says

GAO documented 20 years of OPM's failed efforts to modernize its retirement system.

DOD says data center closures ahead of schedule despite tardy reporting

DOD has missed two deadlines to report data center consolidation progress, but an official says the department has surpassed target figures.

Administration says improper payments have decreased

The government lowered its overall improper payment error rate to 4.7 percent, down from 5.42 percent in 2009.

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