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HUD News

HUD takes three-pronged approach to improve IT projects

The agency is using a new project management approach, TechStat sessions and new CIO authorities to fix long-standing oversight problems. HUD CIO Jerry Williams said all seven priority programs met their cost, schedule and performance goals this year.

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 08:30am EST
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HUD's Niedermayer to retire after 33 years

Neidermayer will be replaced by Patsy Garnett as deputy CIO for business and IT transformation.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 12:00pm EST

'Moneyball' strategy works for feds?

Agencies have tons of data but don't always use it wisely. A new report examines how a few agencies are analyzing statistics to reach their goals. The Partnership for Public Service and IBM suggest in their report agencies try the 2002 Oakland A's approach to using statistics to build a winning team.

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 05:33am EST
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Donovan focuses on morale to turn around HUD

Congress gave Department of Housing and Urban Development programs to help homeless vets a slight boost in fiscal year 2012, in what may be a sign that Secretary Shaun Donovan's plan to turn around an agency once called the "poster child for scandal-ridden, dysfunctional bureaucracy" is working. Donovan said he is emphasizing performance based on data, and demanding that HUD staff increase collaboration among themselves and with other agencies. He spoke Thursday at the Excellence in Government conference in Washington.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 04:43pm EST
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Friday morning federal headlines - August 26

On today's Federal Drive: federal preparations in anticipation, GSA updates some per diem rates the Housing and Urban Development Department inspector general investigates hiring practices.

Friday - 08/26/2011, 10:33am EDT

HUD's CHCO investigated for alleged hiring abuses

The agency's chief human capital officer is at the center of the IG's inquiry. Janie Payne is accused of influencing the hiring of her daughter. Payne is on paid administrative leave during the investigation and denies any wrongdoing.

Thursday - 08/25/2011, 04:43pm EDT

How HUD met its goals to speed grants and cut costs

Ann Marie Oliva, head of the the Housing and Urban Development Department's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, joined the Federal Drive to discuss how she helped HUD meet its goals to more speedily process grants to help the homeless. Her efforts have earned her a finalist position for a Service to America Medal.

Monday - 08/22/2011, 10:26am EDT
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HUD finds program success in review sessions

The agency is using HUDStat sessions to set, oversee and accomplish performance goals. HUD and VA are using these meetings to ensure they are meeting their joint goal to reduce homelessness among veterans. HUD's Peter Grace said getting program managers to talk honestly about their challenges has been among the biggest changes.

Thursday - 08/11/2011, 05:20am EDT
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Increasing number of veterans homeless, on aid

New figures show a troubling trend in the number of homeless veterans. Learn more in today's DoD Report.

Tuesday - 07/26/2011, 08:40am EDT

Tuesday Federal Newscast - July 5, 2011

The latest news affecting federal workers and government contractors. Find out what you need to know to start your day.

Tuesday - 07/05/2011, 08:45am EDT

Cloud is next step for HUD's IT infrastructure

After a RFI and two industry days, the agency is preparing one or more solicitations to move its technology backbone to the cloud. HUD also is taking advantage of the TechStat sessions to improve the oversight and management of its ongoing IT projects.

Monday - 07/04/2011, 10:37am EDT
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HUD, VA to provide housing for veterans

Two Virginia public housing authorities will receive federal funding aimed at providing permanent living arrangements and case management for homeless veterans.

Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 03:13am EDT

Schlosser moving to OMB's E-Gov office

Schlosser comes to OMB from EPA where she will take over for Mike Howell, who left in November. Schlosser also served as CIO of HUD and worked on cybersecurity at Transportation.

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 05:56pm EDT

Agencies having trouble analyzing service contracts

GAO found many agencies will fall short of the June 30 deadline to determine if they are using service contractors appropriately.

Friday - 05/27/2011, 06:37pm EDT

How to make performance top agency priority

Peter Grace, director of Office of Strategic Planning and Management at the Department of Urban and Housing Development, discusses how agencies can improve efficiency, effectiveness and performance.

Friday - 05/06/2011, 04:41pm EDT
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'Fog' lifting over federal employees, officials say

The morale of workers is on the rise after recent events highlighted the work the government does, officials say. Agencies also are taking specific steps to address employee challenges in their own agencies. DoT Secretary Ray LaHood said "pot shots" at employees is unacceptable.

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 07:37am EDT
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New regs to improve hiring of college grads

OPM Director Berry said agencies are commenting on the rules to implement President Obama's executive order to bring college graduates more easily into the government. Berry also wants Congress to change the law so feds who want to retire can phase in their exit and act as mentors.

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 07:29am EDT

HUD cuts improper payments down to 3 percent

Ken Donohue is a principal at the Reznick Group, and former Inspector General at HUD. He talks about who did what to get that number down so low.

Monday - 05/02/2011, 06:07pm EDT
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CMS to take on improper payments in new way

The agency plans to follow the model credit card companies use to identify potential problems on the front end instead of trying to chase down the money after the fact. CMS accounts for about 46 percent of all improper payments across the government. Overall, OMB wants to reduce the governmentwide error rate to 4.18 percent by 2013.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 07:47am EDT
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CHCOs have 30 days to improve appraisals

A council working group will deliver recommendations and options to the Office of Personnel Management for how to improve the way managers rate employee performance. OPM Director John Berry said appraisals need to be simplified and happen more frequently.

Thursday - 03/17/2011, 07:34am EDT
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