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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Monday - 08/15/2011, 05:59pm EDT

How to keep lines of communication open between HQ and field

Patricia Niehaus, national president of the Federal Managers Association, shared her experience in government in keeping the information flowing from D.C. to the field and back.

Thursday - 08/11/2011, 07:30pm EDT
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Jeff Neal on hiring reform at DHS

Jeff Neal is the former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 05:46pm EDT
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What drives innovation at agencies

Scott Spreier is from Hay Group's leadership and talent practice, and he's been looking at the agencies that are the most innovative.

Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 04:48pm EDT
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FEBs talk back to Washington: Pittsburgh

George Buck is the Pittsburgh FEB executive director.

Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 02:26pm EDT

Federal Executive Boards unite Washington and the field

The 28 Federal Executive Boards across the country play an integral role in bringing agencies together and ensuring communication to and from Washington. The organizations coordinate agencies' efforts and provide input during policy development. FEBs play a key role during emergencies by acting as the conduit of information.

Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 05:48am EDT
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OMB gives agency CIOs more IT budget authority

A new memo from OMB Director Jacob Lew puts agency technology managers in charge of commodity IT purchasing. The White House had hoped to get Congress to change the CIO's authority, but decided to do it by policy instead. OMB also details other changes to the CIO's role based on the 25-point IT reform plan.

Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 06:03am EDT

EPA policies, regulations have regional flavor

Field office employees and headquarters staff work closely together to ensure changes meet the agency's mission. Two-way communication makes policy implementations more likely to succeed, EPA employees say. But these employees also say headquarters' staff needs to do more to understand their challenges, and field workers need to spend some time in Washington.

Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 05:29am EDT
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GAO: State leaving security holes unplugged

The Government Accountability Office says a State Department program designed to help its managers mitigate IT risks fails to provide a complete view of those risks.

Monday - 08/08/2011, 06:39pm EDT
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