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How managers can salvage training during tight budgets

One of the first victims of the budget axe is often professional training, says Linda Petersen, a former longtime Office of Personnel Management official now with Graduate School USA. Petersen, who joined In Depth with Francis Rose said too often training, which carries long-term benefits is not viewed as being part of an agency's strategic vision.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 05:37pm EDT
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Building personnel face new green training expectations

Employees and contractors must demonstrate core competency skills released today by the General Services Administration. GSA developed the competencies and related curriculum recommendations to meet legislative requirements.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 04:01pm EDT

DoD leads the way in student loan repayment program

DoD attracts and retains more employees through an increased involvement in the student loan repayment program.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 07:22pm EDT

NSA shares leadership secrets to mission success

Chris Inglis, the deputy director of the National Security Agency, said agencies need good managers and leaders, as well as employees with specific skill sets. He said NSA's balance between the three is helping it succeed at its core missions.

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 06:14am EDT
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Agencies rethink business as usual in face of budget, workforce challenges

In the face of decreasing resources and increasing workloads, agencies are searching for ways to become more efficient. John Palguta, vice president for policy at Partnership for Public Service, said agencies should consider utilizing tools developed by others. Steve Lenkart, executive director and chief operating officer at the Merit Systems Protection Board, said agencies can structure procedures to manage risks of uncertainty.

Monday - 06/25/2012, 02:55pm EDT

Devaney: 'Long past due' for governmentwide spending oversight

Agencies and lawmakers, seeking to implement accountability and transparency practices governmentwide, are taking a page from the Recovery Board's playbook. One of the successes of the RAT Board was in changing the way agencies dealt with erroneous or improper payments, said Earl Devaney, the former chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and now a senior adviser at Reznick Government.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 03:01pm EDT
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GAO gives Congress a hand for using data to make decisions

The 34-page guideline details how lawmakers can use performance information to ensure agencies are meeting their missions.

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 08:37pm EDT

What causes 'leadership deficit' at agencies?

Two former federal human-capital experts joined In Depth with Francis Rose for a for a conversation about leadership and management at federal agencies: Jeff Neal, former CHCO at the Homeland Security Department, now a senior vice president at ICF International; and Ron Sanders, the first CHCO of the Intelligence Community, who's now a senior executive adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Monday - 06/18/2012, 07:06pm EDT
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Think tank points to valuable Recovery Act lessons

The IBM Center for the Business of Government released a report examining the lessons from the execution of the stimulus over the last three years.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 05:20pm EDT

Treasury's FMS proving shared services works

The Financial Management Service moved many of its day-to-day IT operations to the Bureau of Public Debt. FMS is providing oversight and guidance for IT systems in return. John Kopec, FMS's chief information officer, said his next set of priorities is to use business intelligence and analytics tools on the data from the shared service providers.
May 24, 2012

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 08:56pm EDT
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Recovery Board is model for governmentwide oversight efforts

The RAT Board is a model for government-wide spending oversight, and bipartisan legislation in both the House and Senate could make the RAT Board a permanent fixture in overseeing federal spending.

Friday - 04/20/2012, 12:36pm EDT
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Military Health System must balance old, new health IT

Karen Guice, the acting CIO for the Military Health System, said her office is working the Veterans Affairs Department to ensure the transition to the new electronic health record from legacy systems is as seamless as possible. She said DoD and VA are working on a data taxonomy.
April 5, 2012(Encore presentation June 14, 2012)

Friday - 04/06/2012, 12:54am EDT
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Contractors chart path for 'bring your own device' programs

Federal agencies may be behind the times when it comes to "bring your own device" programs for employees, but federal contractors have been doing it for years. Sheila Jordan from Cisco told the Federal Drive about her company's program, security concerns and benefits beyond savings.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 01:48pm EDT
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NAVSEA program lets new hires dive into careers

The Naval Sea Systems Command—the division of the Navy responsible for the building, purchase and maintenance of ships—has won an award for its year-long program for new hires, which offers seminars, etiquette training and even tours of submarines. Emily Grauwiler, the manager of the program, told Federal News Radio that onboarding is about more than just getting a manual and a desk.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 12:19pm EDT
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Q&A with Vivek Kundra

Former Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra will talk about what he's doing now, and some of the things he accomplished as CIO.
March 27, 2012

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 09:50pm EDT
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Navy divides focus between energy efficiencies, alternative fuels

The military may be the biggest user of energy in the federal government, but the Navy is doing its part to lessen the load, according to Tom Hicks, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy.

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 12:26pm EDT
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Low morale at DHS is 'referendum on leadership'

Strong leadership is key to boosting employee morale at the Homeland Security Department, according to testimony today before aHouse Homeland Security subcommittee.

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 03:32pm EDT

NNSA IT transformation taking 3-step approach

Agency CIO Robert Osborn is improving the network and cybersecurity. He said the cloud of clouds approach gives the National Nuclear Security Administration the security and flexibility they need to meet their mission.
March 15, 2012

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 08:55pm EDT
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What's new at Avue Technologies?

Avue Technologies Co-CEO Linda Rix will give us an update on federal hiring and how her company is helping those who want to work for the government.
March 9, 2012

Friday - 03/09/2012, 10:07pm EST
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Coast Guard searches for IT efficiencies in cloud, mobile

Adm. Robert Day, the service's CIO, said he wants to consolidate data centers, recompete their HR system and better utilize smartphone and tablet devices. The Coast Guard also will begin deploying long-awaited C4 capabilities in 2012.
March 8, 2012

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 10:39pm EST
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