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8:26 pm, September 19, 2014

Best Practices News

Edwin Lyman, senior scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

What do you do with 4,000 barrels of nuclear waste when the only repository closes up shop?

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:12pm EDT
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Beth Cobert, deputy director for management, OMB

What's the secret to meeting 100 agency performance goals in the next two years?

Friday - 03/14/2014, 12:34pm EDT
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Michael Bromwich, managing principal, The Bromwich Group

What's next for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the wake of the HealthCare.gov fiasco?

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 01:36pm EDT
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Senate bill would combine, eliminate 300-plus federal reports

Legislation newly introduced in the Senate proposes to scrap hundreds of unneeded, outdated or repetitive reports. The House, meanwhile, is marking up its own version of the bill.

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 03:47pm EDT

Tracking feds' morale, changes to General Schedule part of 2015 budget plan

The Obama administration is calling on agencies to get smarter about tracking employee morale and engagement. The administration plans to roll out an "engagement dashboard" this year that agency supervisors can use to track the mood of their workforces. It's just one part of a planned overhaul of federal management called for in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget blueprint. Other initiatives include a revamp of the General Schedule personnel system, real-time performance reviews of management efforts and enhanced training for senior executives.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:08pm EDT

3 agencies reap benefits of shared support functions, report says

In times of constrained budgets, agencies are cutting and consolidating services to save money and resources. Could it be the key to transforming government? A new report looks at what three agencies are doing right.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 06:00pm EST

Obama pushes agencies to streamline export-import process

President Barack Obama is pushing the dozens of agencies that have a hand in the export-import process to speed up processing times and eliminate redundant paperwork requests that hamper companies seeking to export American-made products. Currently, businesses interested in importing or exporting goods must submit reams of paperwork to as many as 48 different federal agencies.

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 04:25pm EST

Federal managers: Forget everything you think you know about hiring

A recent report from the Merit Systems Protection Board reveals that cursory assessments of training and experience are often unreliable indicators of how employees will actually fare on the job. MPSB's John Ford tells the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what hiring managers can do to up their hiring game. Plus, Sam Davis, vice president of AMA Enterprise Government Solutions, discusses how hiring flexibilities will boost agencies' efforts to hire the long-term unemployed.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 04:19pm EST
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HealthCare.gov drags down satisfaction with federal services

For the first time since 2010, citizen satisfaction with federal government services dropped last year, according to a new report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The average overall citizen satisfaction with the government's services fell 3.4 percent in 2013 to a score of 66.1 points (on a 100-point scale). Much of the decline is attributable to a "deterioration in satisfaction" with federal websites, which users found "more difficult to navigate, less reliable, and the information provided less useful" than in years past, according to the report.

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 04:26pm EST

Best Places to Work rankings show repeat winners and all-time lows

2013 marks the lowest employee satisfaction scores in agencies, according to the annual Best Places to Work report from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. Governmentwide numbers show the federal workforce most concerned with leadership, mission and pay.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 03:00am EST
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New DoD guidance infused with Better Buying Power principles

Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall the update to Instruction 5000.02 incorporates Better Buying Power principles, such as making cutting costs fundamental for program managers.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 05:09pm EST
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Should we run the government like a business?

While some may think running the government like a business is a good thing, the reality is hard to contemplate, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 04:43pm EST

Speaking plain English still a challenge for some agencies

Advocacy group's annual report card claims progress by SSA, Commerce, Transportation, USDA and SBA. But others including DHS regressed. The Center for Plain Language said there's a general absence of governmentwide coordination.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 04:39am EST
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Federal IT officials shirk responsibility for HealthCare.gov problems

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee pressed federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel, federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, Department of Health and Human Services CIO Frank Baitman and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deputy CIO Henry Chao to acknowledge the oversight failings, and for someone to declare they were in charge of the program.

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 03:42am EST
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House panel targets DoD acquisition reform, but will that be enough?

The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it's also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:29pm EST
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The government shutdown and its impact on contracting

Beth Ferrell, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, will discuss best practices for contractors in a government shutdown environment.
October 1, 2013

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 10:01pm EDT
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Why do we bother with performance reviews?

Current performance rating processes affect more than 1.8 million federal employees, cost a fortune, often harm morale and productivity, and generate few benefits. So, why do agencies do them, asks Jeff Neal, former CHCO at the Department of Homeland Security.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:38am EDT

GSA plans to stop providing HR shared services

The General Services Administration will focus on its core mission and let others provide payroll and human resources services. The decision comes as shared services is gaining momentum as OPM is pumping some energy back into the HR line of business, and the Interior will release a new geospatial platform to host data and applications.

Friday - 09/13/2013, 06:06am EDT
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Why performance ratings make my brain hurt

Whether we admit it or not, most of today's performance rating processes are designed to tell employees they are not as good as they think they are. But what effect does that approach have on people? Former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal explains why he thinks the process is destructive and is in need of an overhaul.

Monday - 09/09/2013, 04:01am EDT

9 ways to make government more efficient and effective

A new report by the Partnership of Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton calls for a multiagency enterprise approach to the way the federal government handles major public policy goals.

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 09:00am EDT
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