State governments can make use of the Homeland Security Department's continuous monitoring blanket purchase agreement and may want to do so in conjunction with managed security services available through the DHS-recognized Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, says a paper from the National Governors Association.
The Chantilly, Va.-based research company conducted an online poll in June of 383 federal employees across agencies. Nearly three-fourths said they attended fewer events in fiscal 2013 than the previous year. Fourteen percent said their attendance was about the same, 12 percent didn't know and only 3 percent said their attendance increased.
The General Services Administration has finally returned to its headquarters at 1800 F St. NW. The agency collapsed six offices into one in an effort to consolidate more of its workforce under one roof. The remodeled space features open spaces for collaboration, desks for hoteling and green-building design. On Sept. 19, GSA offered members of the press a tour of the office. Start the slideshow...
The General Services Administration's newly-remodeled office space at 1800 F Street NW features open spaces for collaboration, desks for hoteling and green-building design, but the transition back to GSA headquarters is just part of what GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini calls a "total workplace transformation." There are only 400 workstations dedicated to individuals in the entire building. All other workstations are reserved for hoteling.
Despite having a lead role in the implementation of the White House's Digital Government Strategy, the General Services Administration didn't exactly pass an audit of its mobility programs with flying colors. A Sept. 10 office of inspector general report (.pdf) found several problems with GSA mobile security and acquisition.
Establishment of a national operations center capable of coordinating Homeland Security Department component response to large disasters will be difficult to do in the absence of a consolidated headquarters, says the Congressional Research Service.
Measured government spending on service contracts fell $48 billion in fiscal 2012 compared to its peak in 2009, a Sept. 3 Center for Strategic and International Studies report (.pdf) says. Total services contract obligation dropped to $308 billion from $356 billion in 2009, the report says. All dollars are inflation adjust for fiscal 2012.
The federal workforce will have new per diem rates for travel in fiscal 2014, and they may soon receive a bump in pay and new rules for religious time off as well. On Aug. 30, the General Services Administration announced an increase in per diem rates of $6 for federal workers in the coming fiscal year.
Ohio-based RPM International and its subsidiary Tremco Inc., agreed to pay $60.9 million to settle allegations that Tremco inflated prices for roofing supplies and services in connection with two multiple award schedule contracts with the General Service Administration, the Justice Department said in an Aug. 28 statement.
On Oct. 1, the first day of fiscal 2014, the available routes will increase 25 percent to more than 6,300, and nonstop flights will increase by 20 percent to 1,887 routes. The average one-way ticket prices for domestic flights will drop 4 percent, and international rates will drop 7 percent, GSA says.