Deals & deadlines

Bush directs agencies to improve energy efficiency

Agencies should be sure to use environmentally sound, energy-efficient policies when acquiring electronic products, under an executive order signed by President Bush.

The president wants government to reduce energy use by 3 percent annually through 2015, or 30 percent by the end of that time period.

Among the provisions, agencies are to use products that meet the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool standards and enable the Energy Star feature on agency computers and monitors. Agencies should put in place policies to extend the life of their electronic equipment and dispose of that equipment in an environmentally sound way.

By the end of February, agencies are to designate a senior official who will manage the implementation of the provisions and report to the Office of Management and Budget and to the Council on Environmental Quality.

Waxman begins probe of Doan's dealings on procurement

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has requested information from General Services Administration administrator Lurita Doan as part of an investigation into allegations about procurement irregularities, including why she intervened in proceedings to consider the suspension or debarment of major IT contractors.

Documents and communications related to the procurement were due to the committee by Feb. 2.

Waxman's letter follows an article published in the Washington Post that highlighted missteps made by Doan, alleging that she tried to skirt federal procurement regulations by attempting to give a no-bid contract to a company operated by a close friend. Doan should have competitively bid the contract under federal regulations. The contract was never awarded.

Doan also intervened in an effort to determine whether the General Services Administration should suspend several major contractors from doing business with the federal government after they were accused of making fraudulent claims and paid the Justice Department $66 million to settle allegations that they kept travel rebates that should have gone to GSA, according to the published report.

Those contractors are KPMG, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Booz Allen Hamilton and BearingPoint Inc.

About the Author

Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.


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