Officials have to make a judgment call on whether to take the lower price now and potentially pay more later on when problems arise from minimal quality work.
With sequestration possible in just a few months, experts offer tips to help managers minimize the impact of budget cuts on employees and agency missions.
The White House has outlined plans for implementing $1.2 trillion in budget reductions across the federal government.
The federal workforce is on the hot seat as policymakers try to cut costs, but the simple question of how big the workforce is yields no definitive answer.
Concerned that agencies are slow to adopt strategic sourcing approaches, administration officials are turning up the heat -- and hinting that a mandate may be coming.
The administration says it needs more time to figure out the details on across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect in January, but the report itself expected to contain few surprises.
A rumored order would allegedly implement parts of a bill that stalled in Congress this year.
The Republicans and Democrats each target cybersecurity in their platforms, but much of what they're offering sounds very familiar.
As agencies attempt to follow an executive order urging cost reductions, OMB chief says they've hit early successes with a variety of management and technology changes.
The Democratic party's platform stresses technology, as both challenge and solution.
Armed with lessons from other government agencies and strategies from OMB, the NRC is trying on tablets for size -- with some reservations.
As the 2012 presidential race heads into the home stretch, one of the contenders has taken a lead in the smart use of technology -- but both have room to improve.