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Hiring Freeze Ends, but Agencies Still Squeezed by “Skinny Budget”

The White House has released guidance to federal agencies that puts an end to the 90-day federal hiring freeze, but which directs agencies to “keep their workforce plans in line with President Donald Trump’s ‘skinny budget,’ which tilts spending priorities sharply toward defense and homeland security,” according to FCW. “So what the guidance really does is tell them, ‘look to the budget blueprint and fashion your hiring and the paring down of your workforce consistent with the budget,'” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters yesterday.

Government Technology Recognizes “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers”

The new issue of Government Technology magazine recognizes “doers, dreamers and drivers” who are working to improve technology in government, including from a procurement and acquisition perspective. For instance, Christopher Hughes, assistant director of Utah’s Division of Purchasing, is feted for his work on the multi-state Cloud Solutions solicitation, which gave “states [access to] tools to make buying cloud solutions simpler using collective purchasing power. Vetted companies are added to a roster and states can take advantage of what they offer.”

Federal Acquisition Service Looking to Upgrade Its Own Customer Service

Nextgov reports that the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is upgrading its customer service with a new $1.3 million award to telecommunications contractor CenturyLink. According to the story, FAS receives nearly 1 million calls annually from customers, and the new contract will upgrade several of the current systems. According to a statement from FAS, the upgrades are based on numerous customer interviews, focus groups and annual surveys.

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