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Non-Chemical Water Treatment Prevents Scaling, Saves Energy

Fluid Dynamis’ catalyst-based non-chemical water treatment reduced a Salt Lake City courthouse’s running costs and saved energy, according to the US General Services Administration. The GSA tests products in its buildings with the intent of finding products that perform well while being better for the environment than their conventional counterparts. Show More Summary

Box hires Sonny Hashmi, former CIO of the GSA

Sonny Hashmi, the well-respected chief information officer of the General Services Administration, confirmed last week that he would step down after nearly a year in the position to join the private sector. Now we know where he's heading: Box. Hashmi will join the cloud-storage company based in Los Altos, Calif. as its new managing director for government, where […]

Does 18F Pass the Bechdel Test for Tech?

18F is a group within the U.S. General Services Administration that builds digital services for government. Recently, they asked whether their code passed the "Bechdel test" for tech. Here's what they found. Read more...

AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink brace for GSA's upcoming EIS telecom contract

A group of the largest telcos, including AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink, will soon be turning their attention to the General Service Administration's (GSA) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, the follow-on to the multi-billion dollar Networx telecom contract.

Investigators probing for criminal activity with Lois Lerner’s missing emails

Federal investigators are looking for possible criminal activity in connection with the missing emails of a central figure in the Internal Revenue service’s targeting scandal. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration testified...Show More Summary

Top 10 Things (We Think) You Don’t Know about DigitalGov

Editor’s Note: This blog is cross-posted from DigitalGov, an initiative of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies in the U.S. General Services Administration. The initiative aims to help agencies build a 21st century digital government. Show More Summary

GSA Rolls Out Toolkit to Prevent New Social-Media Hacks

Following the hack of the U.S. Central Command’s primary Twitter and YouTube accounts, the U.S. General Services Administration is releasing a handbook on preventing cyber vandalism.

TIGTA: IRS Made $14.5 Billion in Erroneous of EITC Payments in 2013, a 24% Error Rate

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released The Internal Revenue Service Is Working Toward Compliance With Executive Order 13520 Reporting Requirements (2015-40-009): Although the IRS has reported an overall decline in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) improper payment rate since Fiscal Year 2003, the amount of payments...

The IRS Scandal, Day 613

CNN, IRS Scandal Fast Facts: Here’s some background information about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal involving the targeting of certain groups. In May 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report indicating the targeting involved delaying the processing of applications by certain conservative groups and requesting...

Federal workers: What was the fallout from the GSA scandal?

After the General Services Administration was widely criticized in 2012 for sending hundreds of employees to a junket in Las Vegas billed as a conference, the White House directed agencies across government to slash spending on conference travel and training. We want to hear from federal employees on how the fallout has affected you, three years […]

Green Buildings Cost 25% Less to Operate

Green buildings cost less to operate and have a smaller carbon footprint, according to the US General Services Administration. Buildings.com reports on a post-occupancy evaluation study of 22 green federal buildings conducted by GSA and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The study compared one year of operating data and surveys of green building occupants, compared […]

GSA loses appeal in firings of top officials; appeals board orders them reinstated

A federal appeals panel this week upheld two rulings that the General Services Administration wrongly fired two senior executives whose staffs attended a conference in Las Vegas that turned out to be an extravagant junket for 300 employees. In a 28-page decision issued Wednesday, the three-member Merit Systems Protection Board upheld the findings of two […]

Zayo gets seat on GSA's Schedule 70 contract, enhances government reach

Zayo has been awarded a spot on the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 IT contract, enabling it to compete for federal, state and local government agency telecom service contracts.

IRS holding millions of dollars in frozen taxpayer accounts

The 2015 filing season is less than two months away (we hope!), but the Internal Revenue Service still is holding on to taxpayer cash from previous years. A lot of cash. A Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report...Show More Summary

CenturyLink serves up cloud data for GSA Networx contract customers

CenturyLink has added cloud data center services, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service product, to the list of available services it can provide to its federal government agency customers via General Services Administration (GSA)'s Networx Universal contract.

IRS' positive public perception picking up a bit

The Internal Revenue Service's problems are far from over. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is poring over some recently recovered emails to/from Lois Lerner that could (or could not) shed light on the agency's bungled 501(c)(4) nonprofit application review process. Show More Summary

Hatch’s Excuse to Repeal the Medical Device Excise Tax

I recently noted a report by Jane G. Gravelle and Sean Lowry of the Congressional Research Service: A July 2014 report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that the number of medical device excise...Show More Summary

TIGTA: Inadequate Inventory Controls Over Mobile Devices Cost IRS Millions

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Wireless Telecommunication Device Inventory Control Weaknesses Resulted in Inaccurate Inventory Records and Unsupported Service Fees (2014-10-075): In Fiscal Year...Show More Summary

Stealing things is easier at revamped GSA headquarters, report says

A few items that caught our attention Monday: Stealing things is now easier at GSA headquarters, report says: An inspector general said the open floor plans and flowing work spaces at the General Services Administration’s revamped headquarters in Washington have made stealing important documents and valuable items easier, according to a Federal Times report. Update: GSA […]

Your Submission is Accepted: FEC’s Digital Gatekeeper Bars Few

The Federal Election Commission has recently enlisted the help of an outside agency, the General Services Administration and its elite squad of civic techies called 18F, to overhaul its website and push the boundaries of open disclosure to new heights. And while the notion of a government agency tweaking its internal workings may not seem like…

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