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GAO Slams FCC in Report

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a critical report on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s internal communications procedures and ability to attract and retain quality personnel. “(The) FCC lacks written procedures for ensuring that inter-bureau collaboration and communication occurs,” said the report.  “FCC’s reliance on informal coordination has …

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James Tabbed to Head NSPSTO

John H. James, Jr., has been appointed to lead the sizeable task of reforming the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) by serving as director of the NSPS Transition Office (NSPSTO). He will be charged with overseeing the shift of 226,000 Department of Defense civilians from NSPS to pre-NSPS personnel systems. …

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UK Braces for American Invasion

Just as John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 60’s, Data.gov is sweeping the globe. At least, so says U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. In a blog post titled “They Gave Us The Beatles, We Gave Them Data.gov,” Kundra praised the UK’s new Data.gov.uk, a spin-off of the …

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Obama Gets Tough on Tax-Delinquent Contractors

President Obama has ordered the Office of Management and Budget, the Treasury Department and other federal agencies to begin preventing contractors who are delinquent on their taxes from receiving new government contracts. As part of the plan, the President will order the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make sure that …

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DOT Audit Uncovers Stimulus Money Given to Suspendable Contractors

An Audit performed by the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Inspector General Calvin L. Scovell III, has uncovered serious lag times in the Department’s suspension and debarment procedures, which resulted in millions in stimulus money going to firms that could have been debarred from contracting. The report, which focused on Operating …

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Obama Turns to Private Sector for Advice

President Barack Obama invited a who’s who of elite CEOs to the White House to discuss how the private sector has used new technologies to save money and increase ease and effectiveness when serving customers. Asked to attend were leaders from a wide variety of industries – from video game …

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FDA Rolls Out “Transparency Initiative”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the first portion of its “Transparency Initiative,” an effort to make clear issues such as basic operations, the decision making process and the process by which drugs are judged and approved. The FDA’s effort coincides with a larger goal of overall transparency …

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Report Asks for Clarity When Reporting on Stimulus Projects

According to a report from the CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government, “People need to be able to understand what they are seeing,” in regards to the effects of the economic stimulus package, the first significant piece of legislation pushed forward during the Obama administration. The research program, led by the …

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Office of Personnel Management Reorganizes

In a January 5th press release, the Office of Personnel Management announced its reorganization to better meet the needs of their customers. This reorganization goes hand in hand with the Obama Administration’s goals to make the government more open and transparent. The reorganization went into effect after the signing of …

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VA Security Scholarship Program Delayed

The Veterans Affairs Department has delayed the security scholarship program until 2011. The program will reimburse many employees for the doctoral studies costs. It was first enacted in 2006, and is now a year away from completion. According to Federal Computer Week, it was first put into place because there …

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