Agency News: White House


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.

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.

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

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

OMB: Agencies must crack down on contractors

Agencies have not used suspension and debarment authorities effectively, Lew says

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.

The secret effort to fix USAJobs

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel reveals his behind-the-scenes role in trying to save the foundering job-search site.

Senate clamps down on contractors in sensitive jobs

An appropriations bill would require contracts to leave contractors out of work closely tied to inherently governmental functions.

E-gov on the chopping block

The White House is appealing to Congress to restore funds for Data.gov, Challenge.gov, Federal IT Dashboard and other high-profile transparency initiatives.

White House launches Web 2.0 tools for veterans job search

The White House announced new online job search tools for veterans this week, with help from Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Can the White House keep up with We the People?

Participation in the White House's We the People online petition initiative is so robust that the government seems to be finding it challenging to keep up the pace.

Did OPM forget USAJobs was about jobs?

The USAJobs 3.0 launch might have gone more smoothly with better social media communications to ease users' concerns.

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