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10:06 pm, November 28, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

Michael O'Connell is a web editor and general assignment reporter for Federal News Radio.

Satisfied workers key to one small agency's success

With a staff of about 50 workers, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps American businesses find opportunities overseas. The agency's director says her staff "has buy-in focus on the same mission," which explains their overall sense of satisfaction.

Tuesday - 11/26/2013, 01:28pm EST
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Bill would strengthen whistleblower protections for military personnel

Four senators have introduced a bill to extend to members of the military the same whistleblower protections enjoyed by civilian agency employees. The bipartisan bill already has gained the support of one advocacy group -- the Government Accountability Project.

Monday - 11/25/2013, 01:41pm EST
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Mobile, telework create potential savings, increase productivity at agencies

Emerging technologies like cloud, wireless access and virtualization are making telework an easy -- and economic -- solution for some agencies.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 03:07pm EST
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Smart design can make federal offices more productive places to work

Even stodgy old federal buildings can benefit from the smart design the latest technological advances offer today's building designers.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 02:25pm EST
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Commerce reaps savings through collaborative strategic-sourcing effort

The chief information and chief technology offices at the Commerce Department have generated more than $200 million in savings by taking a collaborative approach to purchasing IT and cybersecurity products.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 01:39pm EST
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Emerging technologies alter the way agencies, industry do business

The federal market is in flux. New companies are popping up, and established contractors, big and small, are altering the way they do business to take advantage of emerging technologies and the way that technology is delivered. As part of Federal News Radio's special report, A New Era in Technology, we examine the sea change that will force federal agencies and contractors to think differently as they learn how to master these new technologies together.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 01:00pm EST

Postal Service posts $5B loss; CFO says USPS in 'precarious position'

Postal officials called on Congress to lift a 2006 congressional requirement that it make annual $5.6 billion payments to cover expected health care costs for future retirees.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 04:08pm EST

VA, DoD climb the stairs to interoperability together

Dr. Theresa Cullen, chief medical informatics officer at the Veterans Health Administration, leads the program that allows the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to share data to improve the quality of health care they provide.

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 05:08pm EST
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More oversight needed to achieve billions of dollars in IT savings

The Government Accountability Office looked at two initiatives that are supposed to help get information technology spending under control. GAO found that both initiatives are coming up short.

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 04:50pm EST
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Young leaders find new avenues to help advance their careers

Young Government Leaders helps young professionals find classes and mentors that can help them to learn new skills and advance in their careers.

Friday - 11/08/2013, 01:50pm 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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Senate bill calls for random background checks for clearance holders

Five senators introduce bipartisan bill aimed at enhancing how the Office of Personnel Management handles the clearances of federal employees and contractors to access classified information. If enacted, the legislation would require OPM conduct random, automated reviews twice every five years of public records and databases for information about individuals with security clearances.

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:55pm EDT

Federal building security at risk due to lax training, oversight

A new report from the Government Accountability Office fueled a House subcommittee hearing that revealed security concerns regarding the training and certification of contract guards employed by the Federal Protective Service.

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:33pm EDT
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House works on bills impacting federal agencies, workforce

With the partial government shutdown behind them, members of Congress are working on several bills that impact the federal workforce, including a resolution that supports ending the federal pay freeze and a bill that tackles the claims backlog at Veterans Affairs.

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 02:41pm EDT

GSA needs more transparency over high-valued leases, report says

A new Government Accountability Office report says greater transparency in the way the General Services Administration handles its high-value leases would lead to better decision making and generate more cost savings.

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:19pm EDT

Feds get more time to give, as OPM extends CFC deadline

OPM Acting Director Elaine Kaplan extends the Combined Federal Campaign one month, to Jan. 15, 2014, giving feds more time to contribute to their favorite charities.

Friday - 10/25/2013, 01:16pm EDT
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Issa bill would open FEHBP to all Americans, but at what cost?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced a bill that would open up the federal health program to all Americans, but one federal employee union has come out to oppose it and benefits experts question how much it would cost.

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 03:51pm EDT
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Snowden case threw 'hand grenade' into government secrecy, openness expert says

Despite progress by some agencies in processing FOIA requests, Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org says its difficult to measure how open the government really is.

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 04:47pm EDT
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Army CyberCom meets challenge of recruiting cyber warriors

Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, the senior enlisted advisor at Army Cyber Command, said the Army is doing a good job at finding the right soldiers with the necessary skill sets to become cyber warriors.

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 05:59am EDT
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Army faces era of 'dynamic uncertainty' due to CR, sequestration

Army officials say the service is facing uncertainty times after weathering a series of continuing resolutions, sequestration and a partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, a new round of automatic budget cuts may be on the horizon if Congress doesn't pass a new budget come January.

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 04:33pm EDT
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