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White House prepping government reorg executive order

The White House is preparing a new executive order to require agencies to plan and suggest ways to reorganize the government. Continue reading

Federal procurement reforms start by naming the right type of leaders

Before the new OFPP administrator begins the analysis to set their priorities, a group of former OFPP, Defense Department and agency acquisition executives are urging the administration to focus as much on the “who” as the “what.” Continue reading

Trump Signs Executive Order to Curtail Regulations

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at slashing federal regulations to help businesses, the latest in a string of presidential directives he has unveiled in his first 10 days in office. Continue reading

VA officially exempts some health, contracting professionals from hiring freeze

Following repeated calls from members of Congress, the Veterans Affairs Department is exempting some health care professionals from President Donald Trump’s recently announced, short-term hiring freeze. Continue reading

How does FOIA fit under the Trump administration?

In the absence of new directives from the Trump administration, open government advocates from the public and private sectors are continuing their work to strengthen and expand the use of the Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading

Top Federal IT Contracts to Watch for in 2017

If 2016 was the biggest year for federal IT contracts in a decade, 2017 might well be the most competitive. Continue reading

New DHS Acquisition Rules Proposal Could Disrupt Contracts, Hurt Small Business

DHS’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer on Jan. 18 issued three proposed rules that would require privacy training and security awareness training for contractors, and would add five new categories of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)—unclassified information that is still sensitive—that contractors will need to secure and manage. Continue reading

Trump Won’t Repeal Obama’s Order Prohibiting Contractor LGBTQ Discrimination

President Donald Trump won’t repeal former President Obama’s 2014 Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Continue reading

GOP lawmakers urge White House to clear up confusion over whistleblower protections

In light of recent reports that some agencies have received new communications directives, three Republican lawmakers are urging the White House to consider how those policies may impact federal employees and their perceptions of their own whistleblower rights. Continue reading

U.S. Digital Service grew into a ‘monster,’ will Trump rein it in?

After spending the last two years as the darling of the White House, the U.S. Digital Service, in its current incarnation, is not long for this world. Continue reading