A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the Postal Service's decision to deliver mail to the front desk or collection box of single room occupancy hotels rather than deliver it to the room's individual mailbox.
Just before leaving for Thanksgiving break, the Senate dealt a body blow to the bill that sets Defense Department spending levels, leaving it in peril as the legislative calendar for the year winds down.
Croatia will join a list of country that can deal with the United States for big procurement contracts. Because Croatia joined the European Union in July, it will be allowed to enter into the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement, which allows its member countries to makes procurement deals with each over a certain threshold, a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation says.
With the self-imposed deadline to finish up fiscal 2014 budget negotiations looming, there's no sign that the budget committee created after the October government shutdown will strike a deal. The budget conference deadline hits Dec. 13, but there aren't immediate consequences until Jan. 15 when funding from the continuing resolution that reopened the government in Oct. runs out.
Merit-based pay reduces employee satisfaction at federal agencies, because limited government funds make for a small number of pay raises, finds a Nov. 26 paper published by the Brookings Institution. Experiments with merit-based pay quickly revealed problems, the paper says, including inadequate funding, inaccurate performance appraisals and reports of perceived unfairness.
A new, centralized way for the Federal Reserve to manage coin circulation meant to improve efficiency actually increased costs, a recently released Oct. 28 Government Accountability Office report says.
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to clear up standards about sustainability claims for products the government is purchasing and it is looking to private sector standards to do that. The EPA released draft guidelines, Wednesday, to establish standards that would help agencies implement sustainable acquisition requirements of a 2009 Executive Order.
The Defense Department and General Services Administration overstated their use of consolidated contracts because they weren't properly reported to the Federal Procurement Data System, a Nov. 26 Government Accountability report says. In a consolidated contract consolidation, an agency combines two or more contract requirements that were previously under separate contracts.
The Obama administration is trying to stop the unregulated flow of campaign money through nonprofit organizations by prohibiting tax-protected social welfare groups from undertaking candidate-related political activity.
The council, composed of tax professionals and academics, says budget cuts have driven up the cost of compliance for taxpayers, because fewer resources are available for the IRS to produce clear regulations and provide assistance to taxpayers.
Businesses that already had considerable federal contracting experience were allowed to participate in the Energy Department's program to mentor inexperienced contractors.
Heavier than ususal premature withdrawls from the Thrift Savings Plan by government employees during the October government shutdown now has the TSP board revewing the possibility of of automatically re-enrolling workers at the end of the six month lockout period.
The military program that supports voting from overseas would benefit from knowing where each servicemember is registered or eligible to vote.
The Justice Department undercounts incidences of rape and sexual assault in its National Crime Victimization Survey and should establish a separate survey to measure those crimes, a Nov. 19 National Research Council report says. The NCVS is conducted by DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics on an ongoing basis to obtain information on a broad set of crimes from the victims rather than the police.
The Energy Department didn't ensure that the full costs of work done for other organizations by national laboratories were reimbursed, resulting in a $400,000 loss between 2008 and 2012, a recently released Oct. 23 Government Accountability Office report says.
Consumer protection officials told a Senate panel that more needs to be done to protect service members from predatory business practices including more consumer education.
Defense Department costs between 2014 and 2021 will increase far beyond the caps set by the Budget Control Act, Congressional Budget Office analysis of the DoD future years defense plan report. The CBO conducted its projection of DoD base budget costs and said it would be about $30 billion higher than the DoD projected in the FYDP.
Sequestration will hit harder in fiscal 2014 than it did because cuts will be larger and one-time fixes that mitigated the impacts last year cannot be used again, a Nov. 21 Center for American Progress report says. Sequestration will cut $24 billion more in 2014 than it did in 2013, because Congress partially repealed the 2013 sequester in the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the report says.
The Postal Service is running out of stamps because of a new asset management system that was not adequately tested prior to deployment, a Nov. 8 USPS inspector general report says.