Program Management

DOD, State, USAID say 'enough' to wartime contracting reforms

Three agencies have implemented some of the recommendations of the Wartime Contracting Commission, but now say they don't want to do more. Some senators are considering making it mandatory.

Jaime Gracia

Technology offers no silver bullet

Technology implemented without rethinking processes won't solve much, writes consultant Jaime Gracia.

GSA says integrated acquisition site is fixed

System for Award Management is back online.

Federal employee bonuses under fire

Lawmakers seek to limit bonuses governmentwide, a concern that gained prominence in Congress's examination of GSA spending.

Congressman: GSA officials absent from hearing 'have ducked'

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee expects to have GSA testifying about its spending choices, but the invited officials are not saying no.

Agency customer service efforts could come under increased scrutiny

The Government Customer Service Improvement Act would require agency officials to let OMB help them develop specific standards for customer services.

EPA, GAO spar on IT cost estimates

GAO concludes that EPA estimates for an IT project lacked supporting documentation, but the environmental agency is objecting to the audit's findings.

Agencies weak on estimating IT costs, GAO finds

Ineffective policies on gathering cost information boost the chances of overspending, missed deadlines and performance problems, GAO finds.

GAO can't solve the 'who's cheaper' debate

So who makes more, feds or private-sector workers? What's the better deal, contracting work or using federal employees? GAO says it doesn't know either. Why are these questions so challenging?

GSA spends $270k for music, food and picture frames at awards ceremony

GSA's event spending has once again put the agency in Congressional crosshairs -- this time over a $270,000 award ceremony, complete with a violinist and 4,000 elaborate picture frames. This time, however, the agency's leadership may be ahead of the lawmakers.

GSA's 5 steps to directing customer traffic

GSA officials are building a more flexible Multiple Award Schedules program by directing suppliers to those schedules customers use most often.

Assessing Networx at midlife: Are we there yet?

The transition to the Networx contract, which GSA awarded in 2007, has turned out to be an arduous process marked by slow progress and uncertainty. Will the government finish before the next contract is awarded?

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