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.
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.