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Michael O'Connell Reports

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

Video: House committee fires first shot in IT reform revolution

Later today, the full membership of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will begin to consider legislation to reduce wasteful IT spending.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 11:10am EST

Army cuts size, increases efficiency of its vehicle fleet

At the end of fiscal year 2012, the Army's vehicle fleet numbered around 70,800 vehicles, which is about 12,000 less than it had in 2009. As it cuts back on the number of overall vehicles it has, the Army is also assembling a greener, more environmentally friendly fleet.

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 12:48pm EST
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GSA adopts new mileage reimbursement rates

The agency raised the rate for using a privately owned vehicle to $0.565 per mile. Rates for airplane travel and motorcycles also went up.

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 05:16am EST

Analysis: Sequestration postponed? What does that mean?

Brian Friel of Bloomberg Government told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp Congress' latest piece of legislation both delays sequestration and reduces its potential effect.

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 12:20pm EST
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Union president calls Senate fiscal cliff bill 'bad deal'

William R. Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said Tuesday the Senate's fiscal cliff bill will lead to a political standoff that will leave federal employees with an uncertain future.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 05:01pm EST

Timing of Unified Agenda release draws criticism from Issa

While Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, criticized the Obama administration for turning in the Unified Agenda nine months late, one researcher says its more important to focus on the contents of the document rather than the timing of its release.

Monday - 12/31/2012, 02:22pm EST
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'Best Place to Work?' -- Not so much

The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released the 2012 Best Places to Work in Federal Government rankings today. While some agencies improved their employee satisfaction rankings, the majority did not, resulting in the greatest overall change -- a 3.2 point drop -- since the rankings began.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 06:36am EST
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25 years later, FERS still 'excellent' plan for feds

Arthur Stein, a financial planner and former federal manager, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp Wednesday that FERS has been a boon for feds, both young and old.

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 12:13pm EST
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Agencies turn to social media to engage public in an emergency

During Hurricane Sandy, agencies like FEMA and NOAA used various social media platforms to communicate with the public. They were able to dispel rumors and follow the situation on the ground as it unfolded.

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 12:37pm EST
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Senate unanimously passes Hatch Act update

On Friday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill updating the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activities of federal employees.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:55am EST

BP temporarily suspended from new federal contracts

The Environmental Protection Agency said BP's "lack of business integrity" in its conduct and response following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill weighed into its decision to temporarily suspend the company from obtaining new federal contracts.

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 11:08am EST

Warner hopeful feds won't feel a budget 'jolt'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that a large number of lawmakers from both parties support a plan that raises more revenues and recognizes that entitlement programs have got to be made viable over the long term.

Monday - 11/19/2012, 12:30pm EST
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Export-Import Bank gives while other agencies take

Fred Hochberg, the Export-Import Bank president told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that unlike other agencies, his agency has been able to pay money to the government rather than take money from the government.

Friday - 11/16/2012, 12:48pm EST
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Air Force report falls short in fighting sexual assaults, victim advocate says

Jennifer Norris, a victim advocate at the Military Rape Crisis Center in Maine, said the Air Force report released Wednesday investigating the widespread scandal at Lackland Air Base made recommendations but didn't address the military culture that allowed the sexual assaults to occur.

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 12:11pm EST
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Hurricane Sandy offers Army lesson in social media best practices

The Pentagon's Office of the Chief of Public Affairs is training the military's social media practitioners how to get information out quickly, securely and, most importantly, accurately during emergencies like the recent superstorm that hit the East Coast.

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 09:35am EST
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Changes coming to key congressional committees despite status-quo election

Following Tuesday's election, Democrats maintain control of the Senate and Republicans continue to hold sway in the House. Retirements, term limits and a few new lawmakers alter the leadership of some committees.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 07:24am EST

Will election results mean more gridlock on budget, sequestration?

President Barack Obama's victory over Republican Challenger Mitt Romney didn't come as a surprise to anyone who was following the pre-election polls. Few surprises occurred in the congressional races as well, which suggested a return of the status quo in Washington and continued gridlock ahead.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 05:03am EST
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Lockheed Martin, Microsoft migrating EPA workforce to the cloud

EPA's 25,000 email users will be fully migrated to the cloud by early 2013 thanks to collaboration solutions provided by Lockheed Martin and Microsoft.

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 11:37am EDT
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Water resource infrastructure not adequately funded, report says

A National Research Council report recommended Congress and the White House take a broader view at planning and allocating funds for the resources maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 12:04pm EDT
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NWS ramps up to track Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy

Steve Cooper, acting deputy director of NOAA's National Weather Service, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, his agency added staffing to follow progress of the major East Coast storm.

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 11:44am EDT
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