September 21, 2011 at 12:13 am #141832
What is the big issue impacting government this week?
* Ask and tell: After 17 years, the Defense Department officially ended the “don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy
* How open is government? The White House released a 34-page report outlining the Obama Administration’s efforts to create a more open and transparent government. Meanwhile, the Sunlight Foundation finds that more than $1.3 trillion in government spending simply isn’t being fully reported
* Feds could be on the front lines of the war on the deficit: President Obama is proposing to cut $42.5 billion from federal civilian employees’ and military service members’ retirement programs as part of a $3 trillion deficit reduction program, according to Federal Times. But the proposal also targets the pay of executives of government contractors, Government Executive says.
* A contracting VIP: There is a new person leading the largest of GSA’s schedule contracts. Kay Ely is coming aboard as the new director of the General Services Administration’s largest Multiple Award Schedule, IT Schedule 70, Washington Technology says — and it was announced via a Tweet.
* Measuring bureaucracy by the hour: The effort needed to comply with federal bureaucracy now has a number, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to new government estimates released this week, Americans spent 8.8 billion hours filling out government forms in fiscal 2010.
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September 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm #141838
At UN, Obama makes call for openness – http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_OPEN_GOVERNMENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
Is this the 1st time since right after election that Obama showed up for Open Gov event?
September 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm #141836
September 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm #141834
This one: White House orders agencies to review conference spending
I am surprised the GovLoopers haven’t jumped on this one.
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