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Supercommittee Tracker

Track recommendations on federal pay, benefits and retirement made to the supercommittee by top Congressional leaders and the White House.

Monday - 10/17/2011, 01:08pm EDT

Office of Special Counsel wants Hatch Act overhaul

The Office of the Special Counsel wants to see the law governing the political activity of federal employees updated. Carolyn Lerner, head of the OSC, told Federal News Radio the law is outdated and has led to unintended consequences. The act was created in 1939 when "typewriters were about the most advanced means of communication," Lerner said.

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 10:03am EDT
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OFPP sets new rules for creating multiple-award contracts

Agencies must develop a business case and post it on an internal government site for others to comment on. OFPP also wants senior acquisition officials to sign off on justifications before moving out with a final solicitation. The new guidance comes as GAO and others have found the proliferation of multiple award contracts is costing agencies and vendors millions of dollars.

Friday - 09/30/2011, 01:03pm EDT

Task force to align feds' performance with agency goals

Agency leaders, employee unions and associations are recommending ways to improve upon the age-old problem of supervision in the federal workforce. They're hoping to reassure employees that they're being treated fairly, while showing the public that the government is working efficiently. The President's Labor-Management Council is reviewing the plan.

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 06:02am EDT
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IT reforms moving to optimization stage

Nine months since OMB issued its 25-point plan to improve how agencies oversee technology, the tone is changing. Lisa Schlosser, the federal deputy CIO, said the goal is to make sure agencies are using their people, money and other resources as best as possible. Agencies are finding some early success with the IT reforms, especially around acquisition.

Friday - 09/23/2011, 06:14am EDT
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Where is procurement headed?

Host Roger Waldron will talk about the procurement landscape with Al Burman, president of Jefferson Solutions and chairman of the Procurement Board Roundtable.
September 13, 2011

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 08:27pm EDT
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GSA, EPA to green government using IT schedules

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 05:06pm EDT

GSA leaves mileage reimbursement unchanged

GSA will leave the standard mileage reimbursement at 51 cents for government travel, even though the IRS has raised its rate to 55.5 cents.

Tuesday - 07/05/2011, 06:00am EDT

Labor changes workers' comp rule for feds

A new rule requires federal agencies to file claims for workers compensation electronically. It also adds a new condition that makes federal employees eligible for compensation.

Tuesday - 06/28/2011, 06:27pm EDT

USPS: What's left to cut?

The Postal Service is looking for costs to cut even as Congress makes it spend more. Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman explains.

Monday - 06/27/2011, 10:08am EDT
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Congress hears criticisms of WH cyber proposal

Congress heard criticisms of the White House's cybersecurity proposal Friday, including claims that it provides incentives that could make the nation's critical infrastructure less secure.

Monday - 06/27/2011, 09:30am EDT
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Reporters' roundup: Pentagon soldiers to shed camouflage

Soldiers working at the Pentagon will trade their combat camouflage for business-like uniforms.

Monday - 06/20/2011, 08:40pm EDT
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As Kundra leaves, who will reform federal IT?

Vivek Kundra, the federal government's first chief information officer, plans to step down. Who will follow and what will be most at risk? We ask Ed Meagher, former deputy CIO at VA and DOI.

Monday - 06/20/2011, 09:08am EDT
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Commerce to buy IT more strategically

CIO Simon Szykman said the department has a goal of $50 million in savings through strategic sourcing and that commodity technology will play a big role in achieving that mark. He said the agency also is looking at expanding NOAA's IT services contract so the rest of the department can use it.

Friday - 06/17/2011, 05:52pm EDT
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Interagency group to promote job creation

Thursday - 06/16/2011, 06:06pm EDT
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For-profit college funding rules hit feds too

New regulations would cut federal loans available to students, including federal employees, of some colleges. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities' Harris Miller explains.

Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 09:41am EDT
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OPM, OMB cap bonuses for feds

The administration has capped the amount federal agencies can spend on performance awards for employees.

Monday - 06/13/2011, 02:26pm EDT

Are cyber threats as big as you think?

Two George Mason University researchers are calling the bluff of the nation's cybersecurity experts.

Wednesday - 04/27/2011, 08:30am EDT

DorobekINSIDER: It’s officially official: Takai named DOD CIO

In a town that has become accustom to long and tangled appointments, this one may go down in the books, but it is officially official this morning: Defense Secretary Robert Gates named Teri Takai to be the Defense Department‚"ôs chief information officer, ostensibly replacing John Grimes, who retired in April 2009. Takai will start her [...]

Tuesday - 10/26/2010, 10:08am EDT

DorobekINSIDER: It’s officially official: Takai named DOD CIO

In a town that has become accustom to long and tangled appointments, this one may go down in the books, but it is officially official this morning: Defense Secretary Robert Gates named Teri Takai to be the Defense Department‚"ôs chief information officer, ostensibly replacing John Grimes, who retired in April 2009. Takai is widely respected [...]

Tuesday - 10/26/2010, 10:08am EDT
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