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Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party allegations

Justice Department watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex-party allegations

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:48pm EDT

House budget targets federal benefits, seeks smaller civilian workforce

The Fiscal Year 2016 budget the House passed Wednesday calls on federal employees to make greater contributions to their retirement plans, while altering the Thrift Savings Plan's G Fund. The budget also seeks to reduce the civilian workforce by 10 percent over the next 10 years through attrition.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:28am EDT

Instead of remaking the SES, let's create something completely new

The key to SES reform is not about tweaking the SES or writing a set of guiding principles that no one will follow. Former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal takes you inside his idea for an entirely new merit-based construct, neither career nor political, that is focused on a much smaller number of critical federal jobs.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 04:38am EDT

OMB targets further federal office space reductions

David Mader, the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, will issue a memo today requiring agencies to set an annual square foot reduction target and to adopt space design standards for future office space. The Reduce the Footprint memo builds on the 2013 Freeze the Footprint policy that saw a reduction of more than 20 million square feet of office space.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 06:00am EDT
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Agencies to pilot Yelp-like button to gauge customer service

The new "federal feedback button" is the White House's latest attempt to boost agencies' interactions with Americans and enhance their level of customer service.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 03:42pm EDT

Cyber, ERPs top Army PEO-EIS' priority list

In our latest online chat, Doug Wiltsie, head of the Army's Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, discusses budget pressures, the move to agile development, acquisition innovation and cyber, among other topics.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 01:00pm EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The White House has chosen a group of two dozen federal employees to offer advice on potential changes to the Senior Executive Service. They come from many facets of government. Their mission is to improve the way senior executives are recruited, hired, developed and retained. Will they be successful? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer his take.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:52am EDT
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House Democrats release alternative budget plan

The Democrats' plan, introduced by House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen, would further change the Budget Control Act to allow agencies more financial flexibility. Unlike the Republican plan to restore normalized funding to the Defense Department while continuing to scale back domestic programs, the Democrats want to restore funding for both defense and non-defense agencies.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:16pm EDT

3 ways to spark innovation in government

How long are we going to let outdated practices, inefficient processes and unequipped leadership disarm real innovation? asks Paul Brubaker, a former Defense Department official, in a new commentary.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:00am EDT

DoD personnel moves

The Defense Department is making key personnel changes.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:17am EDT

GAO's report on federal employee performance

Jenny Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion of the recently released Government Accountability Report on federal employee performance.
March 20, 2015

Friday - 03/20/2015, 07:37pm EDT
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GOP budget bills aim to bolster DoD funding, cut government waste

Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:46pm EDT

24 feds get to work with Obama on fixing the SES

The White House has named two dozen federal employees to a group that will advise the president on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. Obama joined the group at its meeting Thursday.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:15am EDT

Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans

House, Senate panels adopt budget plans but defense, spending hawks remain at odds

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:14am EDT

If it works, kill it: How bureaucracy stops progress

Bureaucracies may be good at some things, but they always excel at one self-preservation, says Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 03:52pm EDT

Bill would mean 5 years without a bonus for delinquent feds

Three senators introduced a bill targeting federal employees who have engaged in misconduct, are not in good standing with their agency or have violated the law.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 02:26pm EDT

Senators: More transparency needed on geospatial data spending

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a bill they hope will increase transparency on geospatial data. The bill would require agencies to report how much they spend on such data, as part of annual budget submissions to the White House.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 11:41am EDT

DoD pursues back-office savings ahead of potential cuts from sequestration

The Defense Business Board outlines three approaches for the Pentagon to save $125 billion across six administrative areas. Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work said the 90-day study will help his department improve productivity as sequestration looms.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:05am EDT
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