The General Services Administration has identified 19 renovation projects with a price tag of $67.4 million the agency says will lead to long term savings. The renovations, which include the creation of open work spaces, will allow agencies to rent 507,000 fewer square feet of space, saving them $17 million per year, GSA says.
The federal prison system population now exceeds the space available to house and maintain it, a Mar. 4 Congressional Research Report says. "The annual growth in the federal prison population has outstripped the BOP's prison capacity, resulting in overcrowding in the federal prison system," the report (pdf) says.
Private uses of public land that are technically temporary often endure, even when policymakers have other priorities for the land, argues an article published in the Georgetown Law Journal. "Once established, these claims – of which there are hundreds of thousands – seem, in many instances, to take on a life of their own," writes Bruce Huber, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, in the article.
Routine leaks to Congress, the press and advocacy groups play a vital and underappreciated role in oversight and presidential power, says a Georgia Law Review article. Amanda Leiter writes that soft whistleblowing – her term for leaks about policy decisions, not about criminal wrongdoing – is ubiquitous but has received scant attention from academia.
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The Army will involuntarily separate about 2,000 captains and majors in an effort to reduce the size of the force, an Army spokesman said. The separations will be used to meet goals set out by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in his fiscal 2015 budget proposal should it be made law.
The Postal Service is the latest federal agency to come under conspiracy-minded allegations of stockpiling ammunition – leading an agency spokesman to issue a debunking statement. "The Postal Service is not hoarding ammunition," USPS spokesman Dave Partenheimer said in a April 21 blog post.
In 2010, the IRS issued a summons to Michael Clarke, a Florida investor, while auditing an investing partnership where Clarke was the chief financial officer. Clarke claims that the summons was retaliation for the partnership's refusal to extend a statute of limitations – which it had already extended twice – to allow the IRS to continue investigating tax returns that dated back to 2005.
Budget cuts, sequestration and the winding down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan caused an 11 percent decline in last year's federal contract spending compared to the previous year.
Veterans hospitals and outpatient facilities compared favorably to private sector counterparts in recent customer service surveys. The American Customer Satisfaction Index conducted telephone interviews with a random sample of veterans who used Veterans Health Administration facilities in 2013.
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The Federal Communications Commission will vote on a broadcast incentive auction rule framework during their May 15 meeting, said agency officials speaking on background during an April 18 press call.
As part of its mobile device expense management program, the General Services Administration recently launched a guide for agencies and list of companies offering expense management products.