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Cannon: Indictment of GSA senior exec highly unusual

Senior executives rarely face criminal charges for fraudulent travel expenses like the ones a former General Services Administration official was indicted on last Thursday, a former Air Force deputy general counsel said. Normally an agency will quietly ask the executive to pay back what it owes the government, but the DOJ won't use its resources to pursue criminal charges, said Cheri Cannon, who worked as the Air Forces' deputy general counsel for fiscal, ethics and administrative law until January.

GAO: BOP needs to reduce costs, could use legislative help

The Bureau of Prisons isn't doing enough to reduce its costs related to salaries and benefits of its correctional officers, a Sept. 30 Government Accountability Office report says. But it's hands are tied by legislative inaction in some instances. BOP is responsible for the custody and care of 216,000 federal inmates. That's nine times more inmates than BOP had in 1980, the report says.

IG: GSA reduces credit card spending, needs more reform

Although more controls are needed, legislation to assist General Services Administration efforts to prevent waste, fraud and abuse at charge card programs has largely been helpful, an internal investigation found.

GSA IG finds faults in contracting officer's representatives training program

A federal certification program, which establishes general training, experience, development and best practices for contracting officer's representatives, isn't being applied consistently, potentially leaving them without the necessary skills, abilities and competencies to do their jobs, a recent audit found.

VA IG: Senior official pressured employees to award FedBid contracts

A Veteran's Health Administration procurement executive pressured employees and worked the acquisition system to award FedBid contracts for reverse-auctions, a Sept. 26 Veteran's Affairs Department inspector general report says. The report (pdf) says Susan Taylor, VHA's deputy chief procurement officer, in 2010 pressured staff repeatedly in emails to speed up the acquisition process and pick FedBid - a Vienna, Va. based reverse auction vendor - for the reverse auction contracts.

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