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House passes bill to deny federal contracts to tax delinquents, strikes down bill that would fire feds with tax debts

The House Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit the federal government to award contracts or grants to corporations or individuals with seriously delinquent tax debt, but on the same day voted down a bill that would fire tax-delinquent federal workers. The contractor bill (H.R.1562) passed the House unanimously on April 15 on a motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill immediately.

Agencies can use applicant data to ensure women get slice of STEM grants, GAO says

Some science and technology agencies that manage federal grants could be using data collected on candidates to make sure women are getting an equal shake at the research money, says a recently released Government Accountability Office report.

GAO: Government spends billions of dollars on duplicative, wasteful programs

The federal government is losing billions of dollars to duplicative and wasteful programs, says an annual Government Accountability Office report meant to identify overlapping and underperforming federal programs.

Poor data management contributes to duplicative gov't healthcare programs, says US comptroller

Some federal government healthcare programs will remain duplicative, inefficient and wasteful if officials don't focus on getting more comprehensive, accurate and complete data to help them address problems.

GAO finds Copyright Office's IT lacking

The Copyright Office has serious holes in its management and use of information technology, a new report found. The office has had no permanent chief information officer for more than two years and its request for more than $7 million to invest in and improve IT in fiscal 2015 and 2016 lacks justification

CIOs still unsatisfied with OMB reporting requirements, says GAO

Federal chief information officers surveyed said that 24 of the Office of Management and Budget's 36 reporting requirements help only to some or no extent in managing IT.

SBIRS satellites to launch with obsolete technology due to late feasibility assessment

The basic design of NASA's Space Based Infrared System – a key component of the military's missile warning and defense system – is years old and some components are obsolete, but alternative technologies for the launch of the fifth and sixth satellite in the constellation were not considered because a report on other design options came too late in the acquisition process, according to an oversight report.

GAO: Most lobbyists filed proper disclosures in 2014

Most lobbyists followed federal regulations in filing disclosure reports to demonstrate compliance with the 1995 federal Lobbying Disclosure Act, however a small percentage didn't properly file the disclosure reports, says a March 26 Government Accountability Office report.

NASA's JWST on schedule, but could experience overruns due to outdated risk analysis, says GAO

NASA is currently on schedule for time and cost with its James Webb Space Telescope, but could slip off schedule if it continues to use outdated risk analysis methods and drain its schedule reserves, says a March 24 Government Accountability Office report.

GAO: NASA major project cost overruns increased, but were relatively low

The cost of NASA's major projects have increased over the last year, but the growth in costs was relatively low compared to historic levels, says a March 24 Government Accountability Office report.