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7:54 pm, December 22, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

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

Contractor hiring, morale take sequestration hit

With fewer new federal contracts on the horizon, vendors are trimming staff, changing direction and hedging their bets as sequestration plays out, according to the results of an exclusive Federal News Radio survey. Contractors are also blaming sequestration for low morale in their offices.

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 04:26am EDT

Want to appeal a furlough with the MSPB? Get in line

The Merit Systems Protection Board has 3,000 appeals from furloughed employees in the pipeline. Board Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann says her staff is working overtime to get them all processed.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:16pm EDT
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CDC team's quick response saves lives, earns kudos

Dr. Johnathan Todd Weber, the chief of CDC's Prevention and Response Branch, led the team of experts who identified the source of a rare form of meningitis that threatened the lives of thousands.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 07:37pm EDT
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Napolitano to step down as DHS secretary

Janet Napolitano announced that she would be resigning as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in early September to take a senior post at the University of California.

Friday - 07/12/2013, 10:17am EDT
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DoE's Silverman helps us breathe a little easier

Josh Silverman, director of the Department of Energy's Office of Sustainability Support, led a team that identified and eliminated 1 million tons of dangerous greenhouse gases that were being emitted from DoE facilities.

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 11:46am EDT
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Borucki's career soars from Apollo to the stars

With a career spanning 50 years at NASA, space scientist William Borucki has had a hand in man's exploration of the Moon and distant stars.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 12:35pm EDT
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Web guru Dorris brings new life to government websites

Martha Dorris played a key role in a slew of Web platforms that are helping citizens to better connect with government services. For that work, she has been named a finalist for the 2013 Service to America Medals.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 11:41am EDT
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NOAA meteorologist helps save lives one storm at a time

For his three decades of work in developing severe weather forecasting models, the Partnership for Public Service has named Mark DeMaria a finalist for a Service to America Medal.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 12:00pm EDT
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29-year-old NASA engineer going where no one has gone before

The Partnership for Public Service recognized Manan Vyas, 29, for his work in aeronautical research by naming him a Call to Service Medal finalist.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 11:16am EDT
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GSA IG report blasts FAS managers for altering contracts

A new GSA inspector general report criticizes Federal Acquisition Service managers for altering contracts at the request of contractors and against the wishes of FAS staff and the IG himself.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 12:35pm EDT
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GAO's Orice Williams Brown -- 'When she speaks, people listen'

The Partnership for Public Service named Orice Williams Brown, the managing director of GAO's Financial Markets and Community Investment, a finalist for a 2013 Service to America Medal.

Monday - 06/10/2013, 12:25pm EDT
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Tons of cocaine entering U.S. due to sequestration cuts, rear admiral says

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Charles Michel, director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that cuts from sequestration are limiting the resources available to stop large amounts of cocaine from entering the country.

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 11:38am EDT
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What can Katherine Archuleta do for feds?

President Barack Obama recently nominated the manager of his re-election campaign to head up the Office of Personnel Management. But who is Katherine Archuleta and what can feds expect from the woman chosen to manage the federal workforce? Archuleta's former boss at the Transportation Department tells Federal News Radio what he thinks she'll bring to the table.

Friday - 05/31/2013, 11:09am EDT
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DoD furlough decision driven by readiness concerns

Roughly 680,000 DoD civilians will be forced to take one day off per week without pay between July 8 and the end of the fiscal year as a result of the automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration. Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, told In Depth with Francis Rose the decision wasn't an easy one.

Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 07:04pm EDT
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HUD reorg plan violates furlough agreement, union says

The American Federal of Government Employees says the Housing and Urban Development Department's plan to reorganize to save costs runs counter to an agreement it has with the union over employee furloughs.

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 01:02pm EDT
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Obama to nominate Tangherlini as GSA administrator

President Barack Obama will nominate Dan Tangherlini, the acting administrator of the General Services Administration, to officially fill that position. Tangherlini stepped into that post amid the April 2012 conference spending scandal at the agency.

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 12:24pm EDT

DoD to pursue commercial alternative to VA's VistA

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has decided to turn to the commercial marketplace for an integrated electronic health records solution rather than adopting VA' Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture. He cited market research that showed turning to the competitive process would generate reduced cost and technical risk for DoD.

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 07:04am EDT

ODNI's Liberty Crossing complex closed today

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's Liberty Crossing complex in McLean, Va., is closed today due to a water main break. Emergency and essential employees are expected to report to work.

Monday - 05/20/2013, 12:26pm EDT

2013 Service to America Medal finalists announced

The Partnership for Public Service named 31 individuals and teams as finalists for the 2013 Service to America Medals. The annual awards recognize outstanding work in public service.

Monday - 05/06/2013, 10:41am EDT
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All TSP funds continue positive trend in April

All Thrift Savings Plan funds continued to perform well in April. While only two funds reported higher return rates for the month compared to March, all funds posted positive returns.

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 06:19am EDT
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