DoD Financial Management Hits GAO's High Risk Report

Google ‘federal government waste’ and you’ll get almost 230 million hits on this topic. Countless stories abound about waste and mismanagement of U.S. tax dollars.  Even the late Senator Fred Thompson remarked, “You wonder if anyone is even trying to [fix it]”.  Can anything be done to remove “government waste” as the most superfluous phrase in the American lexicon?

Federal Employees “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of Social Media

Federal employees may want to think twice before they “like” certain posts and political propaganda on social media. That’s because the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency, has released new guidance to federal employees regarding their use of social media during elections. The guidance has been published in a five-page frequently asked questions (FAQ) format.

St. Michael’s Migrates to a Professional Services Schedule (PSS)

One of the ways that potential clients can acquire St. Michael’s services is by utilizing a Federal Supply Schedule. This type of contracting is covered in detail under the Federal Acquisition Regulation’s Subpart 38.1-Federal Supply Schedule Program. Under this program, the Government makes Multiple Award Schedules to qualified vendors. St. Michael’s has held a Financial and Business Solutions (FABS) General Services Administration (GSA) schedule since September of 2009. In September of 2014, we were awarded five more years under our schedule.

Industry Leaders Urge Congress to Avoid another Continuing Resolution

Industry leaders from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Air Force Association (AFA), Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), National Guard Association of the United States, and Navy League of the United States urged Congress to pass an FY16 budget before another Continuing Resolution (CR) occurs on Oct. 1, 2015. Under a CR, many government agencies are unable to fill vacancies and hire new staff. They must also sign multiple short-term contracts, requiring extra man hours to sift through paperwork and determine cost estimates.

GSA Increases FY16 Per Diem Rates

Federal employees can breathe a little easier when on official work travel in fiscal year (FY) 2016. That’s because they will see some small increases in the FY16 Per Diem rates. This does not necessarily mean drive-thru dining will become a thing of the past while on Temporary Duty (TDY), but what it does mean is that Federal employees will enjoy a slightly higher than standard Per Diem rate in roughly 400 counties throughout the Continental United States (CONUS).

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