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IRS craps out in Vegas: Millions trimmed from federal conferences

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report says conference spending by four federal agencies has dropped $219 million since the IRS and the General Services Administration hosted embarrassingly lavish blowouts in Las Vegas in 2010, Watchdog.org reported Monday. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., began to look into irregularities in protocol and federal...

11 Attorney Generals Blast Obama Administration for ‘Flatly Illegal’ Obamacare Changes

Eleven GOP state attorneys general blastedHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying the Obama administration isbreaking the law each time it changes the Affordable Care Act without going through Congress. In a letter...Show More Summary

Attorney Generals to HHS: “The Illegal Actions by this Administration Must Stop”

Eleven Attorney Generals wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services accusing it of illegal executive actions. ...

Adventures in administrative law

(Scott Johnson) Observers commenting on the administration’s latest improvisations in Obamacare have generally relied on the cheat sheet issued by the Department of Health and Human Services this past Thursday. The cheat sheet summarizes regulations promulgated by the Department. Show More Summary

Flaws Exposed in the Federal Procurement Data System

Categories: Public Sector Tags: Public Spend Forum The Government Accountability Office has found that the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration—the two federal agencies that account for the vast majority of consolidated contracts—misreported the number of consolidated contracts in fiscal year 2011 and 2012. Show More Summary

TIGTA: IRS's IT Security Has Improved From 'Material Weakness' to 'Significant Deficiency'

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released Annual Assessment of the Internal Revenue Service Information Technology Program (2013-20-126): Since last year’s assessment report, the IRS has made progress on improving information security. As a result, the Government Accountability Office made a determination to downgrade information security from a...

Be Uncle Sam's Landlord And Get A 7% Yield

For a landlord, there's absolutely no better tenant than this one. Every year, the 12,000 employees at the U.S. government's General Services Administration (GSA) are tasked with spending

Collaborating for a More Sustainable Supply Chain in Public Procurement

Categories: Public Sector Tags: Public Spend Forum Government and private industry can work together to create more sustainable supply chains. That’s the foundational belief of a General Services Administration (GSA) initiative called the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice. Show More Summary

GSA Seeks Green Building Technologies to Test

The US government is seeking green building technologies that have the potential to improve economic and environmental performance in federal buildings. The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Green Proving Ground program uses the GSA’s own real estate portfolio as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging technologies and practices to save energy and water, […]

Will the federal fleet be run by Zipcar?

One of the big-ticket costs for government agencies is their fleets of cars and trucks. With cost savings a priority, the General Services Administration, which manages more than 200,000 federal vehicles, announced plans Tuesday to pursue car-sharing much like the private-sector. The agency issued a request for information asking private-sector companies for ideas that would […]

Green-tech innovators: The federal government wants to be your guinea pig

The General Services Administration on Monday put out a call for “green” technologies that the federal government can potentially use in its buildings. The agency, which manages the federal real-estate portfolio, plans to use its own facilities “as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging building technologies and practices to save energy, water, […]

Former GSA chief still passionate about leadership in government; pens new book

Martha Johnson, who was forced to resign abruptly as head of the General Services Administration in 2011 amid revelations of a scandal on her watch over excesses at a Las Vegas training conference, has penned a book about leadership in government and the lessons she learned at the helm of the agency. The book, out […]

Green Globes Wins GSA Recommendation

In a big win for the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes certification program, the US General Services Administration (GSA) on Friday recommended the federal government use either the Green Globes or US Green Building Council’s LEED to gauge environmental performance in its construction and renovation projects. The GSA previously required LEED for its own buildings […]

TIGTA: IRS Made $133 Billion in Improper EITC Payments in Past Decade, 25% Error Rate Violates Executive Order

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released The Internal Revenue Service Is Not in Compliance With Executive Order 13520 to Reduce Improper Payments (2013-40-084): The IRS has made little improvement in reducing improper Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) payments since being required to report estimates of these payments...

Report: $67 Million Missing from Obamacare Slush Fund

A Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report released on Wednesday found that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) cannot account for $67 million spent from an Obamacare implementation slush fund. "Specifically, the IRS did...Show More Summary

New leadership at the GSA: A conversation with Dan Tangherlini

Dan Tangherlini is the administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), the federal government's acquisition and real estate management agency. He previously served as the Treasury Department's assistant secretary for management, chief financial officer and chief performance officer. Show More Summary

IRS Collections From Enforcement Actions Drop

(WASHINGTON) — A Treasury investigator says tax collections from reluctant taxpayers dropped for the second straight year in 2012. The Treasury inspector general for tax administration says budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service are resulting in lower revenues for the federal government. Show More Summary

TIGTA: IRS Must Improve Comprehensiveness, Accuracy, Reliability & Timeliness of Tax Gap Estimate

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released The Internal Revenue Service Needs to Improve the Comprehensiveness, Accuracy, Reliability, and Timeliness of the Tax Gap Estimate (2013-IE-R008): Synopsis The Tax Gap is defined as the difference between the true tax liability in any year and the amount of tax...

GSA chief Tangherlini to tweet town hall meeting

General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini will take to the Twitterverse on Tuesday to lead a town hall-style question-and-answer session about his agency’s work in technology, government data, workspace innovation and energy-saving federal buildings. The discussion will be hosted by Business … Continue reading ?

GSA increases travel-reimbursement rates for feds

The General Services Administration will raise its travel-reimbursement rates for federal employees this year but plans to end its conference-lodging allowance, the agency announced last week. Standard lodging rate for employees who travel for work will increase from $77 to $83 … Continue reading ?

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