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Oversight News

Fed buildings closed due to power outages from Hurricane Irene

The General Services Administration is working with power companies from Maryland to Massachusetts to fix the problems. OPM said agencies in Washington are open as usual Monday and employees can use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework if necessary.

Sunday - 08/28/2011, 10:23pm EDT

Agencies collaborate before, during, after Irene

FEMA is leading the effort to prepare for the impending hurricane, but also the aftermath of the storm. DHS is using lessons learned from a 2009 exercise to prepare for the hurricane. Agencies from HHS to FCC to the Coast Guard and many others are putting the pieces in place to respond and help recover from Hurricane Irene.

Friday - 08/26/2011, 07:49pm EDT

Earthquake recap: What went right and wrong

David Olive of Catalyst Partners discusses what could have gone better in the earthquake aftermath.

Thursday - 08/25/2011, 03:56pm EDT

GAO: EPA needs more coordination at 37 labs

In the last 20 years, independent evaluations of EPA's labs have turned up operations and management problems, according to the GAO report. EPA also struggles with consolidating its labs.

Thursday - 08/25/2011, 03:54pm EDT

What does offer?

Robert Shea, a principal at Grant Thornton and the former Associate Director for the Office of Management and Budget, explains how agencies can take advantage of

Thursday - 08/25/2011, 03:48pm EDT

OMB finally launches portal

The dashboard focuses on eight governmentwide management areas. The site also details how agencies are meeting goals in each of the categories. The administration has been promising the portal for almost a year.

Thursday - 08/25/2011, 05:44am EDT

Earthquake reinforces telework benefits

Thousands of office workers didn't have to deal with road construction and confusion about building closures after Tuesday's earthquake in Washington because they telecommute. Agencies with robust telework policies largely avoided the chaos. But others have been slow to implement the new policies required by the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.

Thursday - 08/25/2011, 05:19am EDT

After 9/11, management lessons learned

John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined the Federal Drive to discuss how the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago affected.

Wednesday - 08/24/2011, 12:41pm EDT

IG: Room for customer service improvement at IRS

J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, explains how IRS can improve its customer service.

Monday - 08/22/2011, 04:12pm EDT

Takai: DoD CIO can't 'mandate' culture change

Trying to change the culture-driven patterns of IT spending in the military services by issuing edicts would not work, and should not work, the Pentagon's chief information officer said. She said she sees her role as making sure the services have what they need, and that their IT efforts benefit DoD as an enterprise.

Monday - 08/22/2011, 01:33pm EDT

Are federal managers getting the telework training they need?

According to a recent survey, most respondents said increased telework training has not been built into their 2012 budgets.

Sunday - 08/21/2011, 05:48pm EDT

Agencies must set 2-year goals by Sept. 12

OMB issued implementation guidance for the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act. Over the next few months, agencies and the White House will decide on two-to-eight priority goals. OMB also will develop interim governmentwide goals.

Friday - 08/19/2011, 05:42pm EDT

Budget survival tips: Prioritization, revision

Agencies must sharpen their pencils to figure out what they can afford in 2012 and beyond. The Labor Department is asking program offices to rethink and redo budget proposals and plans. The Air Force will need to take more surgical cuts to find savings.

Friday - 08/19/2011, 05:30am EDT

Website reform task force gets marching orders

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel detailed in a memo what agencies must do to reduce the number of agency websites. He extended the freeze on new dot-gov domains through Dec. 31.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 04:59pm EDT

OMB mandates 5 percent cut to 2013 budgets

Agencies must submit 2013 budget requests that cut at least 5 percent in spending in discretionary spending compared with this year. Agencies must also submit a version of their 2013 budgets that shows options for cutting an additional 5 percent, or a total of 10 percent, below discretionary spending for this year.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 03:01pm EDT

Healthier workers better for business?

Yvonne Mattocks, the production manager and coordinator of a new health program offered to federal agencies, joined the Federal Drive to discuss why healthier employees are happier.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 09:20am EDT

CBP to probe workforce corruption

Customs and Border Protection will send investigators to field offices run by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general. The probes will focus on alleged corruption at U.S. borders.

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 06:17pm EDT

DIA to reform 'revolving' door for employees

The Defense Intelligence Agency wants the "revolving door" between government and industry to swing both ways, making it easier for employees to return to the agency after they've left. DIA Deputy Director David Shedd said a new entry-exit program is just getting off the ground to meet the changing needs of its newer and younger workforce. This story is part of Federal News Radio's ongoing coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, "9/11: A Government Changed."

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 05:14pm EDT

DoD strategic plan to detail billions in cuts

The Pentagon will issue a strategic management plan by the end of August highlighting the services and agencies' plans and milestones to cut costs from back-office functions. DoD Deputy Chief Management Officer Beth McGrath said there are seven main areas DoD will review, including IT infrastructure, acquisition and the workforce. McGrath already is conducting reviews of the first set of efficiency initiatives that began this year.

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 05:49am EDT

VA employees pitch ways to help veterans find work

The Department of Veterans Affairs named 12 finalists in an employee contest to find ways to improve the agency's career training and counseling services.

Monday - 08/15/2011, 06:50pm EDT
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