Federal website managers have additional tools to improve their sites' "findability," including access to more query and click data, as a result of recent upgrades to the backend analytics framework used by the General Services Administration's digital search program.
Federal Buildings that were hit hardest with winter weather in fiscal 2014 actually used less energy compared to the winter in fiscal 2008 thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded green investments, a Nov. 5 General Services Administration email statement says.
The General Services Administration amended the Federal Management Regulation to change the way it deals with surplus property, a final rule in the Oct. 30 Federal Register says. The changes include the addition of certain veterans organizations as eligible donation recipients and removing and reserving certain regulations that are no longer required.
Response rates to the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey have dropped by nearly six percentage points over the last four years. In 2010, nearly 53 percent of federal workers responded to the questionnaire. But, by 2014, that number dropped to about 47 percent, the Office of Personnel Management survey shows.
Federal agencies and departments work in an environment that supports a waterfall acquisition process, said General Services Administrator Dan Tangherlini, making a shift to "agile" extremely difficult.
The awarding of the largest wind energy contract to a single source in federal contracting history has pushed the General Services Administration on track to meet renewable-energy goals. The 10-year contract for 140 megawatts of clean wind energy went to MG2 Tribal Energy, a joint venture between the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians and Geronimo Energy, a commercial wind developer.
With a little help from the General Services Administration's digital search program, federal web managers can now expand search results on their agency and department sites to include results from their Instagram accounts and relevant Federal Register notices.
Taxpayers and small businesses are benefitting from the ReverseAuctions program, the General Services Administration said. In fiscal 2014, 85 percent of auctions awarded through the initiative went to small businesses even though 60 percent was set aside for them, and overall, reverse auctions generated 23 percent savings off standard contract price, an Oct. 21 blog post says.
After an inspector general report criticized the General Services Administration's open office plan as susceptible to theft, the GSA says stolen property isn't a problem. In calendar year 2014 there were only five laptops that have gone missing at the entire GSA either through theft or loss, GSA Spokeswoman Jackeline Stewart says.
Except for a handful of instances, an internal audit has found that most NASA first- and business-class travel was properly authorized and complied with federal government policy. Still, the inspector general said the agency can improve compliance with travel policy and the accuracy of travel reports submitted to the General Services Administration.