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USPS IG: International mail forwarding, continuity shipping would be boon for business

The Postal Service could gain some much-needed revenue with services such as international mail forwarding and continuity shipping, says the agency's watchdog in a report that explores the feasibility of non-postal products.

GSA touts benefits of internal crowdsourcing efforts

Federal agencies are often encouraged to consult external stakeholders to assess the direction and impact of their policies, but there are many advantages to crowdsourcing within a given agency as well, says the General Services Administration.

GAO: James Webb Space Telescope risks schedule slip

Despite NASA reporting the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, will launch as planned in October 2018, the Government Accountability Office says one of the agency's most complex and expensive projects in NASA history faces increased schedule and cost risks.

GSA seeks industry input on latest iteration of governmentwide payment system

The General Services Administration is seeking industry feedback on best practices for its governmentwide commercial payment system, says a Dec. 10 GSA statement. The request for information is meant help the agency develop GSA SmartPay 3, a new iteration of the governmentwide payment and charge card program, the statement says.

Second draft version US public participation document released

A second version of a draft document that provides best practices and performance metrics, which federal agencies can use to improve public participation, has been recently released.

Energy IG found Lawrence Livermore's R&D funding program is working properly

An internal audit of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's research and development program found that it's properly following rules overseeing project approval and management.

White House asks public how it can improve engagement in shaping gov't programs

The White House is seeking input from Americans on how to better engage them in shaping and implementing government programs. It's developing a U.S. Public Participation Playbook, which will provide best practices for how agencies can better design public participation programs.

USPS IG: Mobile apps and credit services will increase revenue

The Postal Service currently lags behind competitors in the area of mobile services and digital payment technologies, but if it can improve its eCommerce offerings it will increase shipping and package revenue and remain relevant in the digital age, says the USPS Inspector General.

CBO examines how fed policy, system changes can spur US innovation

The federal government can change a number of existing policies around research and development, education and tax to spur greater U.S. innovation, a new Congressional Budget Office report said. It also examined what changes can be made to immigration policy, the patent system and the regulatory environment.

GSA: ARRA-funded green investments cutting energy usage at federal buildings

Federal Buildings that were hit hardest with winter weather in fiscal 2014 actually used less energy compared to the winter in fiscal 2008 thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded green investments, a Nov. 5 General Services Administration email statement says.