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2:10 pm, September 17, 2014

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SES reform: Is it about improving accountability or just plain politics?

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the Senior Executive Service Accountability Act that, if approved by the full House, the Senate and the President, would significantly change conditions of employment for members of the Senior Executive Service. But, is it a good bill, asks former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 02:24am EDT

DoD gave security clearances to thousands of 'federal tax cheats'

About 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors, who held or were determined eligible for a security clearance, owed more than $730 million in unpaid taxes as of June 2012, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Per GAO's recommendations, the Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and DoD are now working to include tax-compliance checks to enhance security clearance processes.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:33pm EDT

Keith Trippie, Chief Executive Officer, The Trippie Group

Uncle Sam a venture capitalist? Imagine a board room with honchos from government, finance and Silicon Valley. A board of directors for the federal government, solving its toughest challenges with the latest concepts and cutting edge technology. Keith Trippie is CEO of the Trippie Group and a former Homeland Security executive. He says if the government follows a Silicon Valley venture capital model the taxpayer would win. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain why.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:45pm EDT
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Roger Kodat, Project Director, National Academy of Public Administration

The trustees who oversee Social Security have released a mixed report on the program's solvency. Retirement will be okay until 2034. The disability trust fund, however, has just two more years. But what about the Social Security Administration itself? As a large agency responsible for delivering hundreds of billions of dollars in benefits each year, it also has long term challenges. Those hurdles are detailed in a study by the National Academy of Public Administration. Project Director Roger Kodat joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major challenges at SSA over the next 10 years.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:42pm EDT
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Kenneth Gillilland, Attorney, ARDEC

If you want to wave a red flag to get contractors' hackles up, just say the words, "lowest-price, technically acceptable." It may not sound like best value, but in a world of tough budgets, that's the way agencies are going. How can the strategy work for both sides? Kenneth Gilliland, an attorney with the Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center spoke to Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress at National Harbor. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 09:19am EDT
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Jamie Sybert, Director, and David Kirschbaum, Principal, Baker Tilly

Contracts are like marriages. Everyone enters into them optimistically and with the best intentions. But, they don't always work out. Sometimes an agency has to terminate a contract. Termination requires care, though. Jamie Sybert is a director, and David Kirschbaum is a principal at the accounting and contracts advisory firm Baker Tilly. They spoke with Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress. They've got advice for clean separations. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 08:38am EDT
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Agencies use of renewable energy at all-time high

Agencies released sustainability scorecards showing progress toward green goals. Overall, agencies have exceeded goals and reduced greenhouse gases, pollution and waste and increased renewables.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 06:20am EDT

Denying your federal DNA

With all the bad press the government, and government workers are getting nowadays, do you ever tell people you do something else---like maybe you are a travel agent or undertaker---for a living? If not, you may want to reconsider why not.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 05:54am EDT

Collateral damage of Snowden leaks being felt in cyber, public trust

Chief legal counselor to NSA says intelligence disclosures may have set back efforts to improve nation's cybersecurity posture because of increasing unease about public-private cooperation, and that it's time to reexamine the digital privacy trust relationship between government and the public.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:49am EDT
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Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

Failure to launch? Auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to build big rockets on time

Saturday - 07/26/2014, 12:58pm EDT

Over six years, DISA cuts inventory of large data centers from 18 to 10

The Pentagon's main IT provider shuttered its large data center in Huntsville, Alabama. in May, leaving only 10 of its large Defense Enterprise Computing Centers in its inventory. The mission of those remaining DECCs, however, is growing, not shrinking.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 06:08pm EDT
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Brainstorming Senior Executive Service reform

Debra Roth will host a roundtable discussion of Senior Executive Service reform.
July 25, 2014

Friday - 07/25/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Lawmakers respond to IRS email scandal with new regulations

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Federal Records Accountability Act, which mandates preservation of digital correspondence. The committee also passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, which would establish a presidential committee to find and review outdated, burdensome, costly or obsolete regulations.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:39pm EDT

Conversations with Authors Series with Prof. Sandford Borins on The Persistence of Innovation in Government.

What does the landscape of public sector innovation look like and what does this mean for innovators and those who study their efforts? How do awards programs promote innovation efforts? How can a climate for innovation be created in public organizations? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with Prof. Sandford Borins, author of the IBM Center report, The Persistence of Innovation in Government.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:11pm EDT

Senators back OFPP nominee, lambast OMB over communication breakdowns

Anne Rung, President Obama's nominee to lead the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, detailed her three major priorities should the Senate confirm her. Lawmakers press Rung on improving communication between OMB and Congress, and how best to deal with the multi-sector workforce.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:04am EDT
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Joe Klimavicz, chief information officer, Justice Department

The new Chief Information Officer at the Justice Department is reviewing his to-do list two months into the job. Joe Klimavicz took over as the Justice CIO in May after leaving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Joe writes about his first weeks on the job on the CIO Council's blog. He says he had to dig in quickly and learn the ropes at DoJ.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:10pm EDT
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House announces bill to cut more than $100 billion in wasteful spending

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) introduces the third iteration of the SAVE Act with a host of policies for federal agencies designed to cull wasteful spending

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 05:40pm EDT

Putting a contract out on good ideas

An unresponsive, or sclerotic contracting system is not a good fit for our fast-paced information world, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 02:32pm EDT

Agencies offered new approach to measure employee engagement

Ahead of results of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint survey, a National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations working group proposed its initial ways to improve employee engagement through the use of different types of metrics. The Office of Personnel Management is expected to release the annual EVS results in August.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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