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7:16 pm, August 28, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

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

Flournoy: Time for a 'good scrub' of DoD's mission, tasks

Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense for policy, says the time is ripe for the Department of Defense to look at its mission and how it motivates people to cut costs and reduce its overhead.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 03:25pm EDT
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Human behavior - the next frontier in agency innovation

Understanding human behavior could save agencies money and make their programs more effective, according to a recent White House memo. That theory is currently being used by the IRS to motivate more people to pay their tax debts. But how can other agencies take advantage of human behavior? Deloitte offers up some ideas.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 02:00am EDT
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When life deals you furloughs make ... furloughade?

Two furloughed feds share how they turned the negative of an unpaid day off into a positive. One performed service projects for the community where he lives. The other launched a website to keep feds informed about sequestration and furloughs.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 02:44pm EDT
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DoD on track to achieve audit readiness

The Pentagon is making notable progress towards its 2014 and 2017 audibility mandates, according to Beth McGrath, the Pentagon's deputy chief management officer. "It's not just the responsibility of the comptroller, for example, to achieve audit readiness," McGrath tells Federal News Radio. "It's everybody has to play."

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 06:47pm EDT
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Senior execs ponder sequestration: 'Is this the new normal?'

What do you get when you put a group of Senior Executive Service members in a room together? A lot of straight talk about managing the short-term and long-term challenges of sequestration. Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, says the federal managers that participated in the recent discussion came up with real conclusions that "need to be said and heard."

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 03:34pm EDT
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DoD vet Dave Wennergren heads to CACI

CACI International Inc. appointed David Wennergren, DoD's former assistant deputy chief management officer, as vice president of the company's Enterprise Technologies and Services business group.

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 04:58pm EDT

MSPB delays processing DoD furlough appeals

Due to the flood of appeals coming into its offices, the Merit Systems Protection Board has delayed processing and adjudicating furlough appeals from civilian Defense Department employees. The board will continue to process appeals from non-DoD employees.

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:23pm EDT
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Face of Furloughs: Feds swamped by Sandy, double dose of furloughs

A New York family is getting help from the Federal Employee Education and Assistance fund as they dig out from Hurricane Sandy and endure a double dose of furloughs.

Monday - 08/12/2013, 03:32pm EDT
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HUD drops last 2 furlough days

The Department of Housing and Urban Development canceled its last two furlough days after its employee union agreed to drop a grievance over the agency's alleged violations of its earlier furlough agreement.

Friday - 08/09/2013, 06:04pm EDT

Hale: No more cuts to DoD furlough days for FY2013

Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told In Depth with Francis Rose Friday the Defense Department will not be cutting any more furlough days for Fiscal 2013. Now, DoD is waiting for Congress to finish marking up the president's budget request. If it fails to do that before Oct. 1, Hale said his agency may be forced to trim $52 billion from next year's budget to offset automatic cuts from the Budget Control Act.

Friday - 08/09/2013, 03:37pm EDT
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NIH scientists break new ground in halting deadly outbreak

Over a 12-month period, a deadly bacterial infection spread through one of the nation's top research hospitals, killing seven patients. A team of scientists used new techniques to identify the source of the infection and develop a treatment.

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 05:58pm EDT
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IRS postpones Aug. 30 furlough day

IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel announced to staff Wednesday the agency was postponing the agencywide furlough day scheduled for Aug. 30.

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 04:10pm EDT

9 ways to make government more efficient and effective

A new report by the Partnership of Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton calls for a multiagency enterprise approach to the way the federal government handles major public policy goals.

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 09:00am EDT

OPM provision defines how Congress, staff receive health benefits in 2014

Congress and some congressional staff members will no longer be eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, when The Affordable Care Act goes in to effect in January. OPM explains what that means.

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 04:07pm EDT

NASA's Curiosity rover completes first year on Mars

Dr. James Green, NASA's director of planetary sciences, told Federal News Radio that Curiosity is uncovering scientific data that one day may lead to humans living on Mars.

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 05:57pm EDT
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Jobs website sees increase in contract employees seeking work

It's not only government employees who are suffering from sequestration, but contractors, big and small, are feeling the hit as well. Contractors may have to trim their staffs if they lose out on a government contract.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 05:33pm EDT
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Pension, health care changes key to Senate postal reform plan

The Senate postal reform bill calls on the Office of Personnel Management to change the way it calculates how much the U.S. Postal Service must pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The change could result in a $6 billion surplus for the debt-burdened USPS.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 08:19pm EDT

Vantage point: Small and mid-sized contractors offer perspectives on sequestration

With fewer government contracts coming down the pipeline, small and mid-sized contractors are feeling the pinch of sequestration. Should they diversify, cut staff or sit tight and hope that big contract is just around the corner? Federal News Radio examines these issues in part 6 of our special report, Private Side of Sequestration.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 12:40pm EDT
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NIH's Gottesman at forefront of anti-cancer research

Dr. Michael M. Gottesman has spent four decades researching cancer cells and overseeing the development of anti-cancer drugs at the National Institutes of Health.

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 06:36am EDT
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Contractor hiring, morale take sequestration hit

With fewer new federal contracts on the horizon, vendors are trimming staff, changing direction and hedging their bets as sequestration plays out, according to the results of an exclusive Federal News Radio survey. Contractors are also blaming sequestration for low morale in their offices.

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 04:26am EDT
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