Federal News Countdown: GSA spending scandal, telework and flattening IT budgets

Friday - 4/6/2012, 4:13pm EDT

Federal News Countdown

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Today's guests on the Federal News Countdown:

- Molly O'Neill, fellow at the CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government and former chief information officer at the Environmental Protection Agency
- Ruben Gomez, coordinating producer and reporter

Molly O'Neill's stories
#3 'Telework' isn't working, some say
From GovExec:

The days of "telework" in the federal government could be numbered, at least under that name. The practice of working outside the office isn't going anywhere, but dropping the use of the word "telework" could help make the benefit more widespread in agencies, according to participants in a Tuesday discussion focused on increasing telework among federal employees.

#2 Cutting, investing aren't mutually exclusive, federal CIO says
From Federal News Radio:

Just because IT budgets are flattening doesn't mean agencies can't innovate in the technology field, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Tuesday. VanRoekel wants agencies to cut and invest at the same time, something he said is a given in the private sector, but uncharted territory for government.

#1 GSA head resigns over 'wasteful' Las Vegas seminar
From CNN:

The head of the General Services Administration resigned Monday after a scathing report that called government spending on a training seminar in Las Vegas "excessive, wasteful, and in some cases impermissible."


Ruben Gomez's stories
#3 Video gaming inspires new tools at State
From Federal News Radio:

With a wave of the hand and without touching the screen, State Department employees demonstrate how to swipe through slides in a presentation. The technology is based on Microsoft's Kinect video game software found in the XBox and could be a breakthrough in collaboration for far-flung employees - like those who work for State.

#2 Board seeks Marine's dismissal in Facebook case
From Federal News Radio:

A military board has recommended dismissal for a Marine sergeant who criticized President Barack Obama on his Facebook page, including allegedly putting the president's face on a "Jackass" movie poster.

#1 GSA head Johnson resigns, two other officials fired in wake of 'over the top' conference spending
From Federal News Radio:

The head of the General Services Administration resigned from her post Monday, and two other officials were fired following an investigation into excessive spending at a 2010 training conference. Martha Johnson, the GSA administrator, submitted her resignation Monday. Robert Peck, the commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, and Stephen Leeds, Johnson's senior counselor, were fired.