Friday federal headlines – September 25, 2015

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  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moves a bipartisan, stopgap spending bill to fund the government through Dec. 11. An earlier bill that defunded planned parenthood failed to pass. The new bill is expected to pass easily next week. Congress has until Wednesday to avoid a government shutdown. (Federal News Radio)
  • 11 freshman Republican members tell Congress it should avoid another government shutdown. Reps. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), and nine others write to Congress. This comes as the Senate rejects a stopgap measure that would keep the government open through Dec. 11, but defund Planned Parenthood. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is working on a similar short-term continuing resolution that excludes language defunding Planned Parenthood. No word yet on when the Senate will vote on McConnell’s proposal. (Federal News Radio)
  • Pete Tseronis, the Energy Department’s chief technology officer, is leaving government. Energy chief information officer Michael Johnson announced in an email to staff that Tseronis would be heading out the door at the end of October. Johnson said Tseronis would be pursuing other opportunities in the private sector, but didn’t say where he is planning on going. Tseronis has been with Energy for seven years and in government for more than 24 years. (Federal News Radio)
  • J. David Cox promises to push Congress until they pass bills to fund the government and avoid a shutdown next week. The president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal union, says he and his members won’t take a shutdown lying down. He wants to mobilize AFGE members to hit the phones to urge members of Congress to get on with the job at hand. (AFGE)
  • A former EPA manager spent $69,000 of government money traveling to his California home on weekends. That’s according to the agency’s inspector general. The IG said Wayne Nastri’s travel over a three-year period was excessive. It included $4,000  for ineligible meals, lodging and personal days off. Nastri was the EPA’s administrator for region nine. (EPA)
  • The General Services Administration awarded a $900 million contract for the Defense Department to detect, mitigate and manage global threats. Booz Allen Hamilton won the $937 million deal through the OASIS professional services multiple award contract. Under the five-year deal, Booz Allen will provide program management, Strategic Planning and Capabilities, Threat, and Intelligence Analyses and Assessments and a host of other services to a set of  integrated joint commands across DoD. The $937 million award is the largest ever under the OASIS contract. Both the Army and the Air Force have committed to spending $500 million each under the professional services contract.

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