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GAO: Agencies Need Guidance to Utilize Reverse Auctions

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that federal procurement rules should be amended in order for agencies to better utilize reverse auctions. GAO said in a report published Monday that the departments of the Army, Veterans Affairs, Interior and Homeland Security increasingly use reverse auctions to buy products such as …

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GAO Surveys Government’s Geospatial Data Gathering Processes

A new Government Accountability Office testimony submitted to a House subcommittee says the U.S. government succeeded in consolidating processes for gathering geospatial data used in responding to emergencies, GovExec reported Monday. Charles Clark writes the presented to the House Energy and Mineral Resources subcommittee also says the Office of Management and …

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GAO Finds DoD Budget Shifts Helped Manage Sequestration Cuts

The Defense Department’s decision to shift funding in order to comply with $37 billion in mandated sequestration cuts earlier this year helped offset impacts on areas such as the Afghanistan war, Reuters reported Thursday. David Alexander writes that a Government Accountability Office report highlighted adjustments the Pentagon made to Army training …

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GAO: Federal Agencies Behind on IT Consolidation Savings

A Government Accountability Office report says federal agencies have largely not developed comprehensive plans to consolidate information technology systems under the PortfolioStat initiative, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Joseph Marks writes GAO identified 200 IT reform opportunities that could save agencies up to $5.8 billion through 2015. GAO’s savings projection is more …

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GAO Evaluates GSA’s Capital-Planning Strategy for Leases

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the General Services Administration take a more transparent and strategic approach to its high-value leases, Federal News Radio reported Oct. 25. Michael O’Connell writes a GAO audit says GSA’s current capital-planning approach leads to greater costs to the federal government. GAO examined three percent of …

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GAO Finds DHS Cyber, Comm Office Has One Out of Five Positions Vacant

The office of cybersecurity and communications within the Department of Homeland Security‘s National Protection and Programs Directorate has a vacancy rate of one-in-five for cybersecurity-related jobs, GovInfo Security reported Friday. Eric Chabrow writes the Government Accountability Office evaluated DHS’ hiring and recruiting efforts in a report and said the vacancy rate was 22 percent …

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GAO: $44B Set for Defense, Civilian Space Launches Over Four Years

The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates defense and civilian agencies will spend nearly $44 billion on space launches and related activities between fiscal years 2014 and 2018. Sixty-five percent of that figure is allocated for acquisition funding and 26 percent is for research, development, test and evaluation work, GAO said …

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