The open floor plans in the General Services Administration's headquarters make employees' work spaces vulnerable to theft, the agency's inspector general says in an Oct. 16 report.
Federal departments and agencies were instructed to adopt the use of security-enhanced cards, such as those that use chip-and PIN technology "as soon as possible" in an Oct. 17 executive order signed by President Obama. Chip-and-PIN technology – which uses an embedded chip in credit, debit and other payment cards, in lieu of a magnetic strip, and a personal identification number – has greatly reduced financial fraud and identity theft in Europe.
The General Services Administration will utilize a car sharing service that the agency says will save money and be more energy efficient, an Oct. 2 GSA statement says. Enterprise CarShare, ZipCar, Hertz and Carpingo will all participate in the GSA initiative and provide car-sharing services as a transportation option for federal employees who currently use government vehicles, the statement says. Vehicles will be provided to those employees on an hourly basis, but for no longer than one day.
Senior executives rarely face criminal charges for fraudulent travel expenses like the ones a former General Services Administration official was indicted on last Thursday, a former Air Force deputy general counsel said. Normally an agency will quietly ask the executive to pay back what it owes the government, but the DOJ won't use its resources to pursue criminal charges, said Cheri Cannon, who worked as the Air Forces' deputy general counsel for fiscal, ethics and administrative law until January.
Forget traditional websites. To get content out there, agencies need to use new tools, argues the General Services Administration in a DigitalGov blog post, to change how government publishes information-- away from desktop ".gov" websites where traffic is declining, and toward mobile applications, social media and search engines.
Seven federal agencies have collectively ramped up the number of cloud services and investments in such efforts since 2012, but congressional investigators said the agencies are still only investing a tiny fraction of their IT budgets on such initiatives
A former General Services Administration official at the center of the agency's Las Vegas conference spending scandal was indicted Thursday on charges that he submitted fraudulent reimbursement claims and made false statements, the Justice Department said in a Sept. 25 statement.
Already more than $1 billion over budget and a dozen years behind schedule, the Homeland Security Department's planned consolidated headquarters could face more such problems if current estimates and plans aren't revised, a Government Accountability Office investigator said.
Two recent announcements from the General Services Administration demonstrate how federal building management is increasingly focused on environmental innovation and emerging technologies, as well as environmental risk management.
Congressionally mandated investigations like those concerning conference spending are burdening agency inspectors general, preventing them from diving into in-depth work that focuses on more nefarious behavior, says a Sept. 15 report by the Association of Government Accountants and Kearney & Company.