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OPM shakes up retirement office to improve claims processing

The backlog of claims by federal employees who are retiring is growing larger. OPM said it takes more than 100 days to process a claim. OPM Director John Berry said the agency is increasing the claims processing staff and looking at ways technology can improve the process.

Wednesday - 10/20/2010, 03:06pm EDT
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OMB asks agencies for self-assessments

The administration conducts its first set of reviews of the three-to-eight high priority goals each agency set last year. OMB is encouraging agencies to conduct their own reviews in order to keep focus on meeting the objectives. All agency performance information eventually will be made public through a new portal, Performance.gov.

Friday - 10/15/2010, 07:13am EDT
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Thinking small: SSA finds solutions to backlog of cases

SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue has taken extra funding, both from Congress' annual appropriations and from the Recovery Act, and invested in staffing and technology to fight the case backlog, Government Executive reports.

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 03:24pm EDT

SSA renews computer matching program with OPM

The Social Security Administration is renewing a computer matching program with the Office of Personnel Management, the CCH website reports.

Friday - 10/01/2010, 02:25pm EDT

Agency services lack consistency, coordination

OMB finds that most website and call center operations are separate and don't work well together. Some agencies are following the private sector's lead by offering multiple channels to serve citizens. CMS and GSA both use online tools to answer questions more quickly and reliably.

Thursday - 09/02/2010, 06:39am EDT
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Agencies to challenge citizens for solutions

GSA will unveil the Challenge.gov platform in the next few months where all agency competitions will be posted. Some agencies already are asking experts and employees for help. NASA will run 34 competitions before the end of December.

Wednesday - 09/01/2010, 07:15am EDT
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SSA office infested with bed bugs

According to a post on FedBizOpps.gov, the agency is looking for a company to provide it with extermination services, including the use of a Bed Bug Heat Treatment Oven.

Friday - 08/27/2010, 12:58pm EDT

Bedbugs invade file cabinets at SSA offices

If you're not convinced of the value of going paperless, consider this: New York City has a major bedbug infestation, and the pests have spread to the Social Security Administration's regional offices in Queens, N.Y.

Thursday - 08/26/2010, 02:32pm EDT

State hopes technology will better secure passport process

GAO found significant success in obtaining passports using fraudulent documents in the second investigation in two years. While State is implementing facial recognition technology to close the existing gaps, lawmakers are introducing new legislation to give the agency more security capabilities.

Thursday - 07/29/2010, 08:45pm EDT
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SSA takes state furloughs to Congress

The Social Security Administration organizes and funds state disability programs, yet states have begun furloughs of these employees. SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue discusses what is behind this trend and why his agency is proposing a law to stop it.

Tuesday - 07/27/2010, 09:39am EDT
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Healthcare IT In Government "Progress & Best Practices"

July 6th

Program will discuss the current status and progress made in Healthcare IT & with the NHIN, best practices & benefits, challenges or major hurdles to still overcome, new technology advances, and the vision for the future for Health IT and NHIN.

Monday - 06/21/2010, 07:16pm EDT

GAO: Agency rules allow conferences at resort locations

A recent GAO report looked at agencies' policies for choosing the locations of conferences and found that cost was the number one factor when it came to planning. Details from GAO's Lorelei St. James.

Monday - 06/14/2010, 11:33am EDT
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SSA makes rural America accessible to all

If you have traveled out West, you have an idea of the vastness of parts of this country. Two Sammies nominees tell us how they've managed to close the gap -- literally.

Wednesday - 06/02/2010, 04:12pm EDT
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Social Security Administration battles claims backlog

WFED's Jason Miller reports.

Wednesday - 04/28/2010, 02:36pm EDT
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SSA staying on top of claims increase

Commissioner Astrue tells House committee that despite the recession, the agency still plans on reducing its disability claims backlog. SSA using a combination of technology, new employees and improved processes to continue on the path to eliminate its hearings backlog by 2013. State agency furloughs, however, are causing additional challenges with the log jam of claims.

Wednesday - 04/28/2010, 07:08am EDT
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OPM promotes 'Feds Get Fit' with recipe cookoff

The Office of Personnel Management wants to promote a healthy lifestyle for all Federal employees. Experts say one key is paying close attention to the food we eat. Along those lines, an unusual and first-ever, cooking competition was held in the OPM Cafeteria.

Monday - 04/26/2010, 06:41am EDT
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Baitman wants to bring SSA into the e-business world

Social Security CIO: potential to be an e-business is too great to pass up.
April 22, 2010

Wednesday - 04/21/2010, 05:16pm EDT
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E-Verify: ready, willing and able?

Federal contractors are about to become the first mandatory users of the E-Verify system under a soon-to-be issued federal regulation. Is E-Verify ready?

Friday - 07/24/2009, 07:03am EDT
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Federal Agencies Using CONNECT

Wednesday - 05/20/2009, 09:05pm EDT

Justice joins False Claims Act suit against EMC

Complaint filed accusing EMC Corp. of failing to disclose its commercial pricing practices during negotiation of its GSA contracts and of providing improper payments

Tuesday - 03/03/2009, 07:20am EST
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