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OMB's Orszag touts administration's gains

Now set to conclude his tenure as director of the Office of Management and Budget this Friday, Peter Orszag appraised his 18 months in the job. He points to a number of ways in which he and the administration tried to change the way the government works.

Tags: management , OMB , Peter Orszag , Brookings Institution , Jacob Lew , Max Cacas

Thursday - 07/29/2010, 06:48am EDT
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Document classification system under review

In the government, it's said that nothing has more endurance, or lasts longer than a document stamped "top secret". A presidential advisory panel tasked with developing a newly streamlined classification and declassification system for the government wrestled with one proposal to get rid of one existing category all together.

Tags: national security , Public Interest Declassification Board , DoD , DoE , Andrew Weston-Dawkes , Steven Aftergood , Federation of American Scientists , Max Cacas

Monday - 07/26/2010, 06:45am EDT
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Virtual tools near actual federal use

Let's face it, meetings are a necessary evil for the federal workforce. But what if you could use a collaboration tool that lets you participate digitally? The next generation of virtual collaboration tools are almost the next best thing to being there.

Tags: technology , virtual worlds , Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds , National Defense University , iCollege , NOAA , Erick Hackathorn , Second Life , Max Cacas

Thursday - 07/22/2010, 07:04am EDT
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OFPP: Hiring needed ahead of 'tsunami of buying'

Agency leaders say a commitment hiring and training contract oversight personnel is an important step towards balancing the federal budget and increasing efficiency. They highlight several creative cost-cutting measures being undertaken government-wide.

Tags: DoD , OMB , contracting , Dan Gordon , Shay Assad , Robert Gates , Senate , Defense , management , Rachel Stevens

Friday - 07/16/2010, 07:17am EDT

Gitmo inmate released

A Yemeni man held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay for eight years has been sent home after a judge concluded he had no connection to al Qaeda and ordered his release, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Reuters reports, Mohammed Odaini is the first Yemeni sent home since U.S. President Barack Obama halted repatriations after allegations that a Yemeni al Qaeda affiliate was behind a failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , military , Mohammed Odaini , Guantanamo Bay , Yemeni , Al Qaeda , J.J. Green

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 04:02pm EDT

What OMB nominee Lew faces during confirmation

Jacob Lew, the last White House budget director to oversee a budget surplus, will be nominated to return to his old post as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), President Obama announced Tuesday.
 The Hill's Walter Alarkon joins us with details.

Tags: Jacob Lew , OMB , Walter Alarkon , Peter Orszag , Donald Berwick , Senate , Republicans , Rachel Stevens

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 09:31am EDT
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Cybersecurity bill clears Senate hurdle

Sometime in the next few weeks, the Senate is expected to take up a bill designed to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity infrastructure. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the legislation Thursday by voice vote.

Tags: Congress , technology , cybersecurity , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , John Pistole , TSA , Federal Managers Association , Tom Coburn , Carl Levin , Howard Schmidt , Max Cacas

Friday - 06/25/2010, 07:04am EDT
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Leading the Way: Federal Green Initiatives

On October 5, 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13514- Federal Leadership in Environment, Energy, and Economic Performance- aimed at making ambitious and broad improvements in the overall sustainability of the federal government. The order requires all federal agencies to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions, set emissions reduction targets, and develop strategies and action plans for meeting a wide range of sustainability goals encompassing water and energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The EO puts the federal agencies in the position of being trail blazers. This ambitious goal presents great opportunities for green transformation and its own set of unique challenges. Noblis is pleased to announce a panel discussion on "Leading the Way: Federal Green Initiatives," where key public sector stakeholders will discuss the strategies they are pursuing, the challenges they are facing and expect to encounter, and steps they are taking to ensure the success of their sustainability initiatives.

Tags: technology , Noblis , Nolbis Insights Panel , green , greenhouse gas , Stephen R. Leeds , GSA , Mary Catherine Pleffner , DoC , DOI , Dr. Thomas Armstrong , Dr. David L. Evans , Marguerite Coffey , Beverly Kirk , Bevkirk International , Michelle Moore

Thursday - 06/24/2010, 05:05pm EDT
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Confidence waning in Obama, U.S. outlook

Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the country and less confident in President Barack Obama's leadership than at any point since Mr. Obama entered the White House.

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Thursday - 06/24/2010, 02:14pm EDT

OMB Watch says Orszag 'made budget cool'

Now that he's officially announced his plans to leave by the end of summer, what will be the legacy of OMB Director Peter Orszag as the President's chief budget guru? One man who has watched the career of Orszag for many years says along with high profile subjects like health care reform and the economic stimulus, the OMB chief also changed the way government works in other, less public ways.

Tags: management , OMB , Peter Orszag , OMB Watch , Gary Bass , White House , Robert Gibbs , Edolphus Towns , Joseph Lieberman , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 06/23/2010, 06:48am EDT
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