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How can federal managers prepare workforce for potential reorganization?

John Palguta, the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how federal managers can prepare themselves and their employees.

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 08:59pm EST
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Think tank calls for a federal Department of Competitiveness

Jonathan Sallet, a partner with the law firm O'Melveny and Myers and the report's co-author, joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what such a department would look like.

Monday - 01/23/2012, 10:00am EST
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What's in store for feds in 2012?

National Treasury Employees Union president Colleen M. Kelly and Federal Times reporters Sean Reilly and Andy Medici will discuss some of the big issues affecting government workers.
January 18, 2012

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 09:30pm EST
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Analysis: White House reorg plan could leave out agencies' functions

The White House is taking a new step toward reducing duplicative government programs and reorganizing agencies. John Kamensky of the IBM Center for the Business of Government and Ira Shapiro, an international trade lawyer, give analysis on the recent administration proposals.

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 09:29am EST
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What does SBA's elevation to Cabinet mean for small business?

Guy Timberlake, the chief visionary officer at the American Small Business Coalition, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the recently announced federal reorganization. Specifically, what will change on a day-to-day level for agency employees and small-business owners with the elevation of the Small Business Administration, to a Cabinet-level post.

Monday - 01/16/2012, 04:32pm EST
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Commerce, trade target of gov reorg (again)

John Marshall was at the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in the mid-1990's and wrote the committee report on the president's power to merge agencies. He's currently co-founder of Government Transaction Services and joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin with his perspective.

Monday - 01/16/2012, 02:43pm EST
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Analysis: Government reorganization 'challenging terrain' for Obama

President Barack Obama has asked Congress for the power to merge federal agencies in an effort to make government more efficient and consumer friendly. Obama will call on Congress to give him a type of consolidation authority last held by a president when Ronald Reagan was in office. Analysts and former government insiders congratulate the president for the massive plan to streamline services. But they warn it will be tricky.

Friday - 01/13/2012, 08:15pm EST
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Obama seeks power to merge agencies

A senior administration official says President Barack Obama will ask Congress for more power to streamline the government by merging agencies.

Friday - 01/13/2012, 09:15am EST

Agencies demo one-stop FOIA portal

Federal employees who respond to Freedom of Information Act requests got their first look today at a new web portal designed to improve efficiency and transparency. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce Department and the National Archives and Records Administration are basing the portal on Regulations.gov.

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 03:47pm EST
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2012 R&D budget winners and losers

An analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science found the 2012 budget for research and development will make investments into energy and environment research and cut R&D at the Defense Department and NASA.

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 09:33am EST

NOAA completes agency-wide move to the cloud

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has moved its 25,000 employees, contractors and associates to Google Apps for Government's cloud-based email service.

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 09:51am EST

Senate confirms Bryson to head Commerce Department

The Senate voted Thursday to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of former utility executive John Bryson to head the Commerce Department, easily overcoming conservatives' objections that his pro-environmental views made him unsuited for the job.

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 08:22pm EDT

DHS, Commerce seek voluntary cyber code of conduct

Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, explains how companies would get participate in the code.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 06:57pm EDT
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Census posts economic data online

Census Bureau officials Stephen Buckner and Mark Wallace joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the new searchable database and why the bureau decided to put the data online now.

Tuesday - 10/04/2011, 09:35am EDT
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White House wants to open channels for small businesses

A new Web portal will bring information on all federal agency services for small firms into one place. At the 29th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week conference, White House officials highlighted how they are holding agencies accountable for meeting governmentwide small business goals.

Friday - 09/30/2011, 05:19am EDT
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Patent reform will also overhaul Patent Office workforce

Robert Stoll, the commissioner for patents at PTO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to outline the new law and how it affects PTO.

Monday - 09/26/2011, 11:02am EDT
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NIST releases latest cyber guide for agency networks

The Commerce Department has issued the latest word on how to spot cybersecurity weaknesses in federal computer systems: It's called the "Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments," and it's been published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 11:30am EDT

Congress passes major overhaul of patent system

The Senate passed the America Invents Act Thursday, clearing the way for passage of the first significant overhaul of the U.S. Patent system in 50 years. The House passed its version of the bill in June and President Barack Obama has said he will sign the legislation.

Friday - 09/09/2011, 08:18am EDT

Irene another test of D.C.'s disaster prep

Already bruised by an earthquake that damaged two of its iconic structures, the nation's capital was watching and waiting Saturday for its first hurricane in more than a half-century, a storm that could test its ability to protect both national treasures and vulnerable residents.

Saturday - 08/27/2011, 11:44pm EDT

Agencies slowly moving to fixed-price contracts

A new report from OFPP finds agencies spent a billion dollars less on time-and-materials and labor hours type contracts in 2010. Still, OFPP found an overall increase in cost-reimbursement type contracts. Agencies have a goal to reduce by 10 percent these types of contracts, which the administration calls risky.

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 07:02am EDT
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