Agencies' unique coding systems hinder Recovery Act oversight, official says

The board that oversees money from the stimulus law ran into an old problem: agencies doing things their own way and forgetting about unity, official says.

Existing procurements got bulk of Recovery Act contract dollars

Pressure to act quickly on high-priority projects drove agency officials toward existing contracts, GAO reported.

Is your company on the Do Not Pay list?

The Obama administration is developing a governmentwide Do Not Pay List to track debarred contractors, deceased individuals and others ineligible for federal payments.

Blue Cross unit to track health-record stimulus payments

Companion Data Services, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will host a repository to track doctors and hospitals receiving federal economic stimulus payments for digital health systems.

Contractors face fiercer competition for fewer opportunities

An analysis by FedSources finds that government contracting will shrink through 2011 as the administration tries to get a handle on spending and brings more work in-house.

HHS awards $267M for health IT regional centers

The Health and Human Services Department funds centers designed to help doctors and rural hospitals use health IT.

Is Obama justified in turning up heat on contractors?

Editor Nick Wakeman discusses President Barack Obama’s latest push to make sure contractors disclose Recovery Act work.

SRA wins $500M contract to modernize farm programs

SRA International has won a $500 million contract to help the Agriculture Department modernize the systems that serve farmers across the country.

NTIA grants lag, but $4.7B expected by February

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is behind schedule in awarding broadband grants, according to the General Accountability Office. The GAO report identifies the problems.

Open government or hide in plain sight?

The datasets available at are bulging with information. Can someone please tell me how to make sense of it all?

No-bid contracts used too much for stimulus projects, GAO says

SBA, HUD and NASA awarded 35 percent or more of their stimulus law contracts noncompetitively, according to a new GAO report.

HHS puts up $235M for health IT

The Health and Human Services Department will fund 15 communities to demonstrate the use of digital health records.

Fixed-price contracts increase under stimulus law

The proportion of fixed-price contracts is increasing in the contracts funded under the economic stimulus law, a new report says.

Tech projects to get big splash from second wave of stimulus spending

Technology spending will be a big part of a second wave of spending under the economic stimulus law, according to Edward DeSeve, special advisor to the Office of Management Budget and director for implementation of the Recovery Act.

Level 3 speeds operations

Level 3 is working with to create the infrastructure to make the site work faster.

Behind’s new look

The relaunched site offers more functionality and integrates data from multiple sources.

Forbes urges Hamilton approach to economic woes

The nation must find a way to turn its liabilities into assets as a way to speed the economic recovery, Steve Forbes, chairman and chief executive officer of Forbes Media, said Sept. 14 in a presentation to the Northern Virginia Technology Council.