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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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Improper payments getting scrutiny at Federal agencies

The Obama administration is attacking the $100 billion improper payments problem on yet another front.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , management , improper payments , OMB , Do Not Pay List , Peter Orszag

Monday - 06/21/2010, 06:56pm EDT
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White House tells agencies to use data analysis to reduce improper payments

President Obama has issued a memo detailing the steps agencies must take to do pre-and post-award audits on who gets federal funds. By the fall, agencies will have to check several databases to ensure the recipient is permitted to get money.

Tags: management , improper payments , OMB , Do Not Pay List , Peter Orszag , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/18/2010, 05:19pm EDT
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DHS women convene inaugural diversity forum

Women who work for the federal government, like their private sector counterparts, face unique challenges in balancing their personal lives with their careers. For the first time in its 6-year history, the Department of Homeland Security convened a diversity forum designed to give agency women an opportunity to discuss common challenges.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , DHS , Vicki Brooks , CHCO , White House Council on Women and Girls , Max Cacas , Rachel Stevens

Friday - 06/18/2010, 06:22am EDT
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Using Technology To Improve Small Biz Partnerships

The federal administration is looking for ways to improve contracting with small businesses - in particular through the use of innovative strategies and technologies - and they want the public's input on how it might be done. In an April Memo, President Obama established an interagency task force to improve agency contracting with small businesses. In addition to the creation of a Web site - that tracks agency progress in meeting small business goals - the President highlighted the importance of contracting with businesses owned by minorities, the socially and economically disadvantaged, and disabled veterans. Public input can be given in person at a meeting to held on June 28th in Washington's Commerce auditorium, or submitted via email by June 30th. The task force report is due out by the end of August.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Scott Carr

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 05:50pm EDT

China considers easing tensions with Taiwan

Chinese leaders may be willing to realign some of their weapons and ease tensions with Taiwan. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, who visited China and Taiwan earlier made the comments during a Senate hearing. The move may have been coated with hopes that the U.S. suspend or abandon future weapons sales to Taiwan. China broke of military to military talks with the U.S. after the Obama administration announced plans to sell Taiwan up to $6.4 billion in arms.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , China , Taiwan , Senate Intelligence Committe , Dianne Feinstein , J.J. Green

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 11:37am EDT

Cybersecurity legislation gaining momentum in Senate

Senator Joseph Lieberman thinks his cybersecurity bill will be the one to cross the finish line to the President's desk.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , cybersecurity , technology , Senate , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , Phil Reitinger , DHS , FISMA , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 06:44pm EDT

Cybersecurity bill gets first Senate hearing

With as many as 40 different cybersecurity bills in various stages of consideration on Capitol Hill, which one will make it to President Obama's desk? The chairman of one powerful Senate committee is betting his cybersecurity measure will win approval in the Senate, and eventually earn the President's signature before mid-summer.

Tags: technology , Senate , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , Phil Reitinger , DHS , FISMA , cybersecurity , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 06:52am EDT
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Obama orders cuts in federal building costs

This could affect thousands of leases.

Tags: management , OMB , White House , GSA , real property , Rachel Stevens , DorobekInsider , Must Reads

Thursday - 06/10/2010, 02:16pm EDT
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