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Federal News Countdown: Supercommittee progress, ‘anemic’ IT spending

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown are:
Jonathan Breul, Executive Director, IBM Center for the Business of Government
Al Burman, President, Jefferson Consulting

Jonathan Breul’s stories
#3 Supercommittee’s lack of progress on debt reduction raises alarms on Hill
From Washington Post:

With a Thanksgiving deadline fast approaching, a powerful congressional panel devoted to debt reduction is running in rhetorical circles, unable to break the impasse over taxes that has long blocked aggressive action to tame the national debt.

#2 CIOs still not meeting spirit, intent of Clinger-Cohen law, GAO finds
From Federal News Radio:

Fewer agency chief information officers are reporting to the head of their agency today than in 2004.

The Government Accountability Office surveyed 30 CIOs and found 17 reported directly to their agency secretary or administrator, down from 19 of 27 in 2004.

#1 Dear White House: Please Tell Us the Truth About E.T.
From Wall Street Journal:

When the White House promised to answer citizen petitions on the most pressing problems of the day, it may not have had extraterrestrial life in mind.

Al Burman’s stories
#3 Government charge card abuse could soon be history
From Washington Post:

Federal employees who use government-issued charge cards may soon face regular credit checks, strict limitations on purchases and regular reviews to see if they still need the card.

#2 Senators seek data on DoD contracting with Alaska Native corporations
From Federal Times:

Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and John McCain, R-Ariz., have asked the Defense Department to review all sole-source contracts to Alaska Native corporations in the wake of an alleged fraud scheme that cost the government $20 million.

#1 Survey: Expect anemic spending growth through 2017
From Washington Technology:

The federal IT market will remain flat or decline slightly during the next five years, constricted by government austerity legislation and curtailed agency budgets, according to a new survey from the TechAmerica Foundation.