Cogan Schneier

  • USPS reaches energy reduction goal ahead of schedule

    USPS Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas Day said the service is on target to reach many of its sustainability goals for 2015. USPS said the decline in mail volume led to the consolidation of mail distribution centers.

  • 8 contract executives guilty of 8(a) contracting fraud

    The Justice Department successfully prosecuted executives in companies for obtaining contracts under SBA’s 8(a) program worth more than $153 million. The court found two of the executives guilty on Friday and six others pleaded guilty.

  • GSA trying innovative approaches to disposing of real property

    GSA acting administrator Dan Tangherlini said the agency wants to work with Congress to offer creative ways for agencies to maximize their assets. In its own headquarters, the GSA is using modern techniques to save space.

  • Coburn calls out USDA, other agencies on wasteful spending

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sends another letter to another agency on ways to cut spending. This is the Senator’s second letter in June; he wrote to the DOJ earlier this month.

  • Innovation Fellows combine new, old technologies

    The White House chose nine projects for the second round of the innovation fellows program, including the 21st century Financial Systems project. This program hopes to simplify current accounting methods and minimize cost inefficiencies. Other PIF projects look to create platforms for sharing ideas within and between agencies.

  • Progress lacking on GPRA Modernization Act

    Agencies need to do more to fully implement the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, according to the Government Accountability Office. Forty percent of agency managers remain unfamiliar with cross-agency priority goals developed by the administration. The report also recommends agencies do more to ensure the performance information they release is both useful and used by federal managers to measure agency results.

  • Energy’s Environmental Management office still struggling to manage contracts

    The Energy Department’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) faced scrutiny in a hearing Thursday that questioned EM’s contract management. DOE has been on the GAO’s High Risk List for contract management since 1990.

  • DoD needs to set goals, measure progress for buying services

    A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows the Defense Department still lacks end goals and metrics in its service acquisition system. DoD currently is the largest buyer of services in the government.

  • IG: DoD puts hundreds of millions of dollars at risk in Afghanistan

    The DoD Special Missions Wing in Afghanistan does not have adequate personnel to man its existing and planned aircraft fleet, according to an audit from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The air wing only has one fourth of the recruits needed to achieve full strength to be able to handle 48 newly purchased aircraft.

  • Postal Service needs centralized system to manage public-private partnerships

    Public policy specialist Michael Kubayanda said the Postal Service would improve its partnerships with the private sector by creating a central office. USPS has a number of partnerships in different areas, including merchandise and real estate.