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9:25 pm, March 28, 2015

Michael O'Connell Reports

Michael O'Connell is a web editor and general assignment reporter for Federal News Radio.

House budget targets federal benefits, seeks smaller civilian workforce

The Fiscal Year 2016 budget the House passed Wednesday calls on federal employees to make greater contributions to their retirement plans, while altering the Thrift Savings Plan's G Fund. The budget also seeks to reduce the civilian workforce by 10 percent over the next 10 years through attrition.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:28am EDT

GOP budget bills aim to bolster DoD funding, cut government waste

Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:46pm EDT

House GOP budget calls for increase in feds' retirement contributions

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) released his $3.8 trillion budget plan, which includes language calling for an increase to federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans. All federal employees would pay 6.6 percent of their pay into their retirement plans. The bill also increases funding to the Defense Department's Overseas Contingency Operations fund, while keeping total DoD spending under sequestration caps.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 03:06pm EDT

What happens when the Treasury IG disputes findings of a VA IG report?

The Treasury Department's inspector general reviewed a recent Veterans Affairs IG report and concluded the actions of a former VA acquisitions official "did not violate applicable law."

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:37pm EDT

Executive director of GSA's 18F stepping down

Greg Godbout is leaving his job as executive director of the General Services Administration's 18F innovation lab in early April.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:42pm EDT

Agencies fail to make the grade on FOIA requests

The agencies that account for 90 percent of Freedom of Information Act requests received by the federal government continue to struggle in processing those requests in a timely manner, according to a new report from the Center for Effective Government.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:01am EDT
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Acting administrator says GSA 'stronger than ever before'

Acting Administrator Denise Turner Roth wants to build on the past successes of the General Services Administration. This includes a new Total Workforce Initiative to grow talent development at the GS-7 through GS-11 levels.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:32pm EST
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NTEU President Colleen Kelley to retire

Colleen Kelley will be stepping down after four terms as president of the National Treasury Employees Union.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 12:08pm EST

Arrow Electronics acquires immixGroup

Arrow Electronics, Inc. signed a deal on Monday to acquire IT solutions provider immixGroup, Inc.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:59pm EST

DHS issues shutdown guidance to its employees

While it's unclear whether Congress will approve another continuing resolution or full-year funding for the Homeland Security Department after this Friday, DHS has made plans in case of a lapse in funding.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:41pm EST

OGE rolls out Integrity public disclosure filing system

Nineteen agencies have already adopted Integrity, the new electronic financial disclosure program introduced by the Office of Government Ethics to help streamline public filing process.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 10:00am EST

IGs ask Congress to strengthen oversight tools

Four inspectors general tell the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee they need legislative help in order to help them effectively oversee federal agencies.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 03:58pm EST

From scandal's aftermath to 18F, Tangherlini reflects on tenure at GSA

When Dan Tangherlini took over as the General Services Administration administrator in 2012, it was embroiled in the aftermath of the conference scandal. Stepping down after three years later, he reflects on how the agency has transformed itself.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:10pm EST
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Section 508 guidelines get an update under proposed rule

The U.S. Access Board released its long-awaited proposed rule to update accessibility guidelines for federal information and communication technology. Some of the changes are significant, others are subtle.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 03:56pm EST

Technical problem -- not hackers -- takes out USPS email

The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing a nationwide IT outage today that's impacting USPS email accounts and some services at retail locations across the country.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 02:03pm EST

DHS shutdown, furloughs dominate subcommittee hearing

A House subcommittee hosted a hearing Thursday to discuss emerging threats and technologies, but the topic that dominated conversation was whether the Homeland Security Department would be funded after Feb. 27.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 06:12pm EST

Longer leases, improved space utilization key to big savings for GSA

With half of all federal leases in the D.C. region expiring in the next five years and a "buyers market" in real estate, the federal government faces a huge cost-saving opportunity. A House round table discussion examined how the General Services Administration could take advantage of this "perfect storm".

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:48pm EST

OPM retirement backlog climbs in January

As is typical for the beginning of the year, retirement claims spiked at the Office of Personnel Management, but the number was slightly smaller than expected. The agency also processed fewer claims than it planned to for the month.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 02:15pm EST

IGs face obstacles, delays in accessing agency records

A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:23pm EST

OPM takes FAST track to closing skills gaps

The Office of Personnel Management has given Federal Agency Skills Team (FAST) the job of putting in place a standard and repeatable methodology to identify and mitigate skills gaps governmentwide.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:55pm EST
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