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GAO Launches Mobile Website

As part of its continuing efforts to make its findings and recommendations available to a wider audience, the Government Accountability Office has launched a mobile version of its website, making it easier for users to access GAO reports on their smartphones and other small-screen mobile devices. “People are increasingly using …

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State Department Amps Up Passport Fraud Detection

Following a Government Accountability Office investigation that uncovered weaknesses in the State Department’s ability to detect fraudulent passport application, legislators introduced the Passport Identity Verification Act yesterday during a Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security hearing. Subcommittee Chairman Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and …

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Telework Bill Passes through House

The House voted 290-131 yesterday to approve the Telework Improvements Act, a legislation that allows federal employees to telework at least 20 percent of the hours worked in every two administrative workweeks. Under the bill, the Office of Personnel Management would develop a telework policy for all employees in federal …

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GAO Announces Members to Co-Op Advisory Board

The Government Accountability Office yesterday announced the appointment of 15 members to the advisory board to the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program. Newly created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the board will make recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on grants and …

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Interagency Collaboration Critical to National Security

Interagency collaboration between federal agencies is key to dealing with the challenges the U.S. government faces when it comes to national security; however, success will also require leadership commitment, solid plans with clear priorities, and measurable goals, said John H. Pendleton, director of defense capabilities and management at the Government …

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Jeffrey Zients Mandates Improvements to USASpending.gov

In an OMB memo released Tuesday, Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients mandated several improvements to USASpending.gov in accordance with a GAO report released March 12th.  The memo reads, “transparency is a cornerstone of an open government. This Administration is committed to making federal expenditures of taxpayer dollars transparent to …

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Inherently Governmental: Insourcing the Acquisition Process

According to a new draft policy letter published by OMB last Thursday, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy will expand its definition of “inherently governmental” soon.  The OFPP will now use the definition from the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act (FAIR Act) of 1998, replacing the definition from Subpart 7.5 …

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PCI a Non-Issue for Contractors

In the debate surrounding PCI, it’s worth noting that of 22 contractors audited by GAO, 18 of them already had written policies to prevent personal conflicts of interest within their workforce.  Many contractors model their safeguards on “the financial disclosure process used for DOD employees covered by federal conflict of …

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New PCI Regulations Mean New Costs

According to a 2008 GAO report, the government employees closest to the PCI situation, DoD program managers, generally agree that standard safeguards are needed for contractor employees participating in the acquisition process. However, most departments of the DoD already have safeguards in place against PCI, and “a number of program …

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