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6:27 pm, November 20, 2014

Management News

Former officials seek new course for SES

Former government officials are diving into the debate over the future of the Senior Executive Service by drafting a blueprint for reform.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:06pm EST
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Senate Judiciary approves bill to codify ‘presumption of openness'

Senate committee lawmakers voted to send a manager's amendment to the Freedom of Information Act Improvement Act to the full body for consideration. The bill would require agencies to release documents more proactively.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:20pm EST

CMS claims cyber fixes in place for HealthCare.gov

Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members on Nov. 14 that CMS fixed 22 technical recommendations before open enrollment began. The letter came on the cusp of yet another contentious hearing on the role of former White House CTO Todd Park in overseeing and developing the initially troubled portal.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:26am EST
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President invites entire Senior Executive Service for one-on-one meeting

President Barack Obama issued an open invitation out to all of his senior managers for an exclusive meeting. Registration is open online and reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 06:47pm EST

Public Buildings commissioner wants to help agencies consolidate, modernize workspace

Commissioner Norman Dong sees the Public Buildings Services' role as helping other agencies cut administrative costs and creating more collaborative places to work.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 05:19pm EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A subcontractor has to protect its own interest and read the fine print. If not, a company could be exposed to a minefield of problems with the prime. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." In this installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle myth number five: Not to worry, my prime contractor will tell me what should be in our subcontract.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:35am EST
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OPM nominee to focus on improving security review process, veteran hiring

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday from retired Rear Adm. Earl Gay on his nomination to be the Office of Personnel's first deputy director in three years.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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Executive Suite: Dan Levinson and Brian Miller

Top challenges for the Department of Health and Human Services are out from the HHS Office of Inspector General. Ten management and performance challenges are on the list, along with recommendations from the IG's office. Dan Levinson is the HHS Inspector General -- he joined Brian Miller of Navigant and former IG at the General Services Administration -- on In Depth with Francis Rose to break down the list.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 01:38pm EST

IG Report: Better acquisition monitoring needed at DHS

In his review of the Department of Homeland Security, the DHS inspector general says the agency needs better monitoring of catching duplicative programs and acquisition. An independent auditor also outlines some flaws at DHS.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 11:30am EST

The Big Data-Driven Business

Author Sean Callahan joins host Mark Amtower to talk about his book: "The Big Data-Driven Business".
November 17, 2014

Monday - 11/17/2014, 08:33pm EST
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Not the Montgomery Ward, but the shared services catalog

The Treasury Department isn't quite getting ready for the Christmas buying season, but it is preparing for the shared services buying season. Treasury will release a catalog of shared services early in 2015.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:34am EST

Rick Parrish, Senior Analyst, Forrester

The President's Management Agenda includes a big customer service component. Deputy Director for Management at OMB, Beth Cobert, details how she expects your agency to improve its customer service experience. Rick Parrish, senior analyst serving Customer Experience Professionals at Forrester, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect in the year ahead.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:17pm EST
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Postal Service remains financially 'at-risk,' says GAO report

The USPS' ability to carry our its duties and remain financially self-sustaining continues to be at risk, according to a recently released GAO performance audit. Conducted over the past year, GAO's report found that the agency is projecting "unsustainable" losses through 2020.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:39pm EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

OMB, GSA winning over those skeptical of measuring back-office functions

The administration is establishing cost and quality benchmarks for administrative operations, such as human resources, finance, acquisition, and IT. After initial doubts, agencies see benefits from understanding how much they are paying for specific functions and how much others are paying for comparable jobs.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:51am EST
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Army Corps of Engineers embraces uncertainty in planning for climate change

The Army Corps of Engineers' strategy for building more resilient civil works infrastructure involves planning for more unpredictable weather events, and treating watersheds as integrated systems instead of a collection of standalone projects.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:26pm EST
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Kim Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder, Ambit Group

The reorganization at the Veterans Affairs Department is a rebranding effort in many ways. VA Secretary Bob McDonald will hire a chief customer service officer to try to reverse an image of poor quality care for its customers. Kim Hayes, CEO and co-founder of Ambit Group, is also a finalist for Executive of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about Ambit Group's data-centric approach to agency reorganization.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:14pm EST
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VA and the office of redundancy office

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is making news with his plans to reorganize the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International, says the Secretary's moves are a good start because VA, like most large agencies, has its fair share of redundant organizations.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:51am EST

Joe Kaplan, Founding Principal, Passman & Kaplan, P.C.

The Justice Department Inspector General finds that a student hiring program was marred by nepotism. Two immigration administrators and a judge made the hiring of relatives seem like a routine practice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Joe Kaplan is founding principal at the Washington law firm Passman & Kaplan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the rules about nepotism and how federal managers can avoid trouble.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:02pm EST
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Threat to discipline 1,000 VA employees draws cheers and jeers

The biggest reorganization effort in VA history is underway, says Secretary Bob McDonald. His reform plan includes hiring a Chief Customer Service Officer and imposing disciplinary action on more than 1,000 employees. And while some praise McDonald's quick and decisive actions, others are urging a different approach that gives the accused an opportunity to respond.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 10:56am EST
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