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8:16 am, April 21, 2015

Management News

New Congress "worst places to work" hotline: right Idea, wrong question

Republican leadership in Congress needs a makeover of the way it oversees the executive branch if it expects different results, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:26am EDT

My two cents: Recommendations for the new federal CIO

Keith Trippie, the CEO of The Trippie Group and a former DHS official, calls for changes to how agencies hire IT workers, measure project success and integrate IT across all disciplines.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 03:39am EDT

OMB adds a twist to two-year goal setting process

Lisa Danzig, associate director for personnel and performance at OMB, said a new memo requires agencies to set high-priority objectives earlier than usual in an effort to institutionalize and continue progress. Agencies have deadlines in June and July to create goals and implementation plans.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:07am EDT
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SEA calls on House lawmakers to further improve VA Accountability bill

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, explained her organization's concerns, saying Congress doesn't need to micromanage SES performance reviews at VA.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:35pm EDT

For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

Lessons for federal IT from Roman architecture

Scott told the 39 participants who kicked off the IT Solutions Challenge last week to follow in the example of an ancient Roman architect.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:46am EDT

AG Eric Holder: Prostitutes are off limits for Justice employees

Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo to Justice Department employees reminding them that soliciting a prostitute can lead to suspension and termination. The memo is in response to a recent inspector general report that examined allegations that DEA agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on government-leased property while stationed overseas.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:30pm EDT

Agency customer service initiatives

ForeSee Vice President Dave Lewan and Abby Herriman, senior vice president of Delivery and Innovation at HighPoint Global, join host Jason Briefel for a wide ranging discussion of customer service initiatives in the federal government.
April 10, 2015

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:11pm EDT
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Calls grow for the ouster of Commerce IG Todd Zinser

Three whistleblower groups have joined Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) in calling for the removal of the Commerce Department's top watchdog over alleged misconduct.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 11:39am EDT

IRS Commissioner questions congressional double-edged sword

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said there is a disconnect in Congress as lawmakers continue to give the bureau more responsibility yet reduce its budget. He said he has a plan for the IRS to modernize its online services despite its budget challenges.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:12am EDT

Officials: No known link to terrorism in DC power outages

D.C. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokeswoman Robyn Johnson says about 8,000 customers in Washington were affected Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 01:43pm EDT

Don't let your agency strike out at its budget hearing

Doug Criscitello, former chief financial officer at Housing and Urban Development, offers advice for federal managers to navigate the complex and sometimes messy budget process.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 11:16am EDT
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Doug Criscitello, Executive Director, Center for Finance & Policy, MIT

The federal budget development process for 2016 is looking a lot like the last decade's worth of budget work: Messy and potentially demanding on federal managers. Doug Criscitello was the chief financial officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Now he's executive director of MIT's Center for Finance and Policy. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with advice on coping with the process.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:46am EDT
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Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Chief financial officers are becoming important influencers of IT investment choices. That's true even though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gives chief information officers budget authority. So it's more important than ever for CFOs and CIOs to form strong collaborative relationships. Shawn McCarthy, the research director at IDC Government Insights, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share 10 steps to help boost that partnership.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:44am EDT
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NTEU to Congress: You can't starve the IRS

The National Treasury Employees Union is turning up the heat on Congress to increase IRS funding. The labor union is hearing about the impact of five years of budget cuts now that tax-filing season is in full swing, said NTEU President Colleen Kelley.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:09am EDT
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Events! Nothing but events!

Kerry Rea, president of GovEvents.com, and Claudia Hosky, publisher of FedInsider.com, join host Mark Amtower to talk about the importance of business to government events.
April 6, 2015

Monday - 04/06/2015, 05:52pm EDT
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David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

A big part of a federal chief information officer's job is filing reports required by Congress or the White House. But a survey of CIOs shows they find two-thirds of the reports are at least a partial waste of time. The survey was conducted by the Government Accountability Office. It found that the Office of Management and Budget has tried to streamline the reporting process. But, GAO says OMB missed opportunities to address some of the challenges CIOs encounter. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and its findings.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:57am EDT
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The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
April 3, 2015

Friday - 04/03/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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Women make gains in federal management, but hurdles remain

For women who dream of the corner office, now is a good time to work for the federal government, according to a report by the Office of Personnel Management.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 02:22pm EDT

Hamburg reflects on time at FDA

"There is a sort of bittersweet quality about stepping down, because there's more work to be done, and it's exciting to be a part of that work," former FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told Women of Washington radio show hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:48am EDT
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