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Dozens of FBI agents hospitalized after $750K sculpture makes them sick

In 2015, the General Services Administration (GSA) commissioned a 17-foot wooden sculpture for the FBI's Miami field office. No one expected that the beautiful new piece would make more than a dozen FBI agents seriously ill. The structure was "likely worth more than the $750,000 the government paid" according to Politico. Show More Summary

Over a Dozen FBI Agents Hospitalized After Million Dollar Sculpture Makes Them Sick

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

When a 17-foot tall wooden sculpture was installed in the FBI’s Miami field office in 2015, the government thought it was getting a great deal. The General Services Administration (GSA) commissioned the work and estimated that it was “likely worth more than the $750,000 the government paid.” But it’s currently sitting… Read more...

Trump set to breach his D.C. lease with the Federal Government

Donald Trump won’t be inaugurated for another 7 weeks, but we already see a scandal brewing in his administration. It sounds perfectly boring, but it involves contractual obligations with the General Services Administration (GSA) surrounding, unsurprisingly, a land deal in Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Feds With Massive Conflict Of Interest Find Zero Reports About Trump's DC Hotel

The General Services Administration (GSA) oversees the management of US federal property, including Washington DC's historic Post Office Pavilion. That building is currently being leased to Donald Trump for his new hotel. And as the Washington Post points out, it "presents unprecedented and intolerable conflicts of interest". Show More Summary

Feds With Massive Conflict of Interest Find Zero Reports About Trump's DC Hotel

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The General Services Administration (GSA) oversees the management of federal property, including Washington DC’s historic Post Office Pavilion. That building is currently being leased to Donald Trump for his new hotel. And as the Washington Post points out, it “presents unprecedented and intolerable conflicts of… Read more...

“Trump Team Sets Broader Limits on Lobbying by Former Staff”

NYT reports: Mr. Trump’s lobbying ban will require administration members to agree that they will not lobby the federal government for five years after they leave service. Federal lobbying bans now last generally for one or two years, depending on … Continue reading ?

Trump’s far-flung holdings raise potential for conflicts of interest

Per the NY Times: The Trump International operates out of the Old Post Office Building, which the federal government owns. That means Mr. Trump will be appointing the head of the General Services Administration, which manages the property, while his children will be running a hotel that has tens of millions of dollars in ties [...]

Office 365 administration announcements: new admin center reaches general availability and introducing the Service health dashboard

The new admin center provides admins with an improved management experience that makes it easier and faster for you to manage Office 365. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re taking the new Office 365 admin center out of preview. Show More Summary

JetBlue Airways Awarded Government Contract for Service to Milan — But Again, There is One Minor Detail…

3 months agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

Many readers of The Gate who commented on this article pertaining to the announcement last year from the General Services Administration of the United States that it awarded the government contract for 2016 on the Washington-Dubai route...Show More Summary

Feds to Suppliers: Disclose Your GHG Emissions

The General Services Administration, which functions as Washington D.C.’s chief procurement office, will soon require its suppliers to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions.

More Anti-Small Business Job Killing Policies Coming From Obama Administration

    The Obama Administration has proposed the latest in a very long series of anti-small business policies and regulations. On June 20th the General Services Administration announced their Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI). Show More Summary

How the GSA is taking Uncle Sam digital

5 months agoTechnology : ReadWriteWeb

The General Services Administration (GSA) is known as “Uncle Sam’s Landlord,” presiding over 300 million square feet of government property. But they are less known as a leader in introducing new technology into government. To find out more, we sat down with Denise Turner Roth, the GSA Administrator, and Hillary Hartley, the executive director of... Show More Summary

Government Fraud Scandal: $1.3 Million Scheme Allegedly Run by Government Official for Her Family Members

This seems to be quite complex: Prosecutors said the $1.3 million federal government contracting scheme was a family affair. Over five years, investigators claim a high-level General Services Administration official helped her husband submit more than 100 fake employment applications to federal agencies and doctored his résumé to try to get him hired by the […]

New Scam Warning: Taxpayers Still Being Asked To Pay Taxes In Gift Cards

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has announced that it has received additional information that callers impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Treasury Department employees are demanding payments not only on iTunes Gift Cards but on other gift cards as well.

Congress continues its stealth assault on Social Security's customer service

In fiscal terms, there’s no earthly reason for Congress to be stingy with Social Security’s administrative budget. The money comes out of workers’ payroll taxes and the system’s other revenue, not from the general treasury. And it’s spent with painstaking care: The Social Security Administration...

IRS Did Not Identify, Assist All Potentially Affected Taxpayers After ‘Get Transcript’ Access

A Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) audit was conducted after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that identity thieves had illegally accessed tax information tied taxpayer accounts. TIGTA found that the IRS did not identify and assist all potentially affected taxpayers about the access or attempted access.

Why Ed Snowden Can't Get a Fair Trial in Our National Security State

Eric Holder calls Snowden's work a public service, but no current Obama administration members would say the same. Former US Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview that what NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden did was illegal...Show More Summary

US Government Awards $460Mln Cyber Operations Support Contract

The Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has received a $460 million contract to provide support services for US Cyber Command, the General Services Administration (GSA) said in a press release.

If, As Eric Holder Now Admits, Snowden Did 'A Public Service,' Why Does He Still Want Him In Jail?

6 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As you may have heard, over the weekend, former Attorney General Eric Holder appeared on a podcast with his former administration colleague, David Axelrod, for a podcast. The ~1 hour discussion is pretty wide-ranging, but right towards...Show More Summary

Eric Holder: Edward Snowden Performed a Public Service (But Must Be Punished)

6 months agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appears comfortable speaking a bit more freely now that he’s no longer part of the Obama administration and said that as far as he’s concerned what NSA leaker Edward Snowden did was a “publicShow More Summary

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