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GAO: 2005 BRAC Round Cost $14.1B Over Expectations

The Defense Department spent an estimated $14.1 billion more than expected during its most recent round of Base Realignment and Closures, according to recent Government Accountability Office report. BRAC costs for this round totaled $35.1 billion, 67 percent more than the Pentagon’s original prediction of $21 billion, auditors found. GAO …

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Vet-Owned Small Firms Received 20% Of VA FY 2011 Contracts

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded 20 percent of its contract dollars to veteran-owned small businesses in fiscal year 2011, exceeding the department goal set by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. According to a VA release, Shinseki set a goal of 12 percent for veteran-owned small businesses. The Small Business Administration …

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DHS Awards $1.3B Preparedness Grants For FY 2012

The Department of Homeland Security has allocated $1.3 billion in grants to help states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies and the private sector respond to major incidents. DHS said those incidents could include terrorist attacks, large-scale disasters and other public emergencies. These fiscal year 2012 funds are …

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GSA Enters Buyout Round 2; Tony Costa Comments

The General Services Administration has given 1,022 employees offers for buyouts or early retirements and expects 200 of them to accept, Federal Times reports. Chief People Officer Tony Costa said in a memo that only eligible employees received news about the offers via email, according to Stephen Losey’s report. GSA …

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OFPP Admin Joe Jordan Highlights Communication, Acquisition Workforce As Priorities

Joe Jordan, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, recently shared three of his top contracting priorities during a breakfast with the contracting community last Thursday, GovExec reports. Buying smarter, building relationships with government suppliers and strengthening the acquisition workforce were his principal focuses, Charles S. Clark reported. Jordan …

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Senate OKs Transportation Bill, Federal Transit Safety Oversight

The Senate voted 74-19 to approve a two-year transportation package that would allocate nearly $2 billion in funds for highway and transit projects in Virginia over the next two years. Sen. Mark Warner’s office announced Friday that the package also includes federal safety standards for transit systems nationwide. Warner said …

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Senate Confirms Macfarlane As NRC Chair

By unanimous vote, the Senate voted on Friday to confirm George Mason University professor Allison Macfarlane as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s new chair, Bloomberg reports. Senators also confirmed Kristine Svinicki to serve on the commission for a second five-year term. President Obama nominated Macfarlane to succeed Gregory Jaczko, who announced …

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Report: FY 2011 Classified Programs Cost $11.4B

Executive branch agencies spent an estimated $11.4 billion on classified information systems and programs in fiscal year 2011, Federal Times reports. According to writer Sean Reilly, that marks a 12 percent increase from fiscal 2010 and more than a 50 percent increase from 10 years ago. The Information Security Oversight …

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GAO Shows Concern On NOAA Satellite Program Cost, Schedule

A recent government audit found there is a chance that a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite program could go over both budget and schedule, FierceGovernment IT reports. According to the Government Accountability Office, NOAA did not adjust the launch date of the GOES-R program after delaying a program-wide critical …

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State CIO Susan Swart Moving To IMF

Susan Swart, the State Department’s chief information officer, will leave the department to become the International Monetary Fund’s CIO. The IMF said her appointment will take effect in August and she succeeds Jonathan Palment, the IMF’s first CIO, as he returns to public service in Australia. Swart will also serve …

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