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Davis: Let contractors telework

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) plans to introduce legislation this month that would make it easier for federal contractors to allow more of their workers to telework.

Davis plans to include language in the Services Acquisition Reform Act that would prohibit government contracting officers from arbitrarily requiring contractors to be on site.

Barriers to teleworking, such as manager resistance and lack of education about the practice, need to be knocked down, Davis said.

Purchase card training set

Government purchase card holders and managers in the Navy and Marine Corps will participate in a "training stand down" Sept. 12 to review purchase card policies and procedures.

The stand down comes in response to criticism from the General Accounting Office and Congress that the cards were being misused.

Officials will also review card trans.actions made during the last 12 months.

There are about 30,000 purchase cards in the Navy and Marine Corps.

Security crackdown at VA

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi ordered his chief information officer, John Gauss, to develop safeguards to protect the VA's compensation system.

The action follows the arrest of three people in Atlanta last week who allegedly used the names of dead veterans to submit 246 disability claims and defraud the agency of nearly $6 million.

Principi also asked the VA's inspector general to determine whether there were other cases of fraud.

In response to the arrests, Joseph Thompson, the undersecretary for benefits, and Patrick Nappi, the deputy undersecretary for operations at the Veterans Benefits Administration, resigned and will be reassigned within the agency.

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