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Coast Guard kicks into high gear after Sandy

Nearly 170 people are reported stranded in New York City, where Coast Guard helicopters are now being deployed, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Frederick. Most calls the Coast Guard received this morning were inland-based, Frederick said.

Tags: Jamie Frederick , Sandy , DHS , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 11:25am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Oct. 30, 2012

The Federal Drive gets post-superstorm Sandy updates from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tags: Federal Drive , NWS , Steven Cooper , Sandy , Jamie Frederick , Steven Musser , FDA , Debra Katz , Legal Loop , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 12:49pm EDT

VA gears up to standardize ratings for exceptional employees

The Veterans Affairs Department's National Cemetery Administration is testing the new employee appraisal system, called GEAR, to better define and measure employee performance. The Coast Guard also is preparing a pilot of the approached designed by the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations.

Tags: workforce , management , OPM , VA , Tim Curry , Curt Odom , Veronica Wales , AFGE , SEIU/NAGE , Mark Bailey , Demetrios Stroubakis , GEAR pilot , The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , employee performance appraisals , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 05:10am EDT
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DHS surfing the retirement wave, turns focus to leadership, morale

Catherine Emerson, the agency's chief human capital officer, said the annual turnover rate is only 1.35 percent for its 240,000 employees. She said new programs, called Cornerstone and Capstone, are trying to ensure employees have the leadership training necessary for the future. The Coast Guard also is increasing employee engagement as it prepares to move into its new headquarters at St. Elizabeth's in Washington.

Tags: Catherine Emerson , DHS , CHCO , workforce , recruitment , cybersecurity , diversity , morale , Manson Brown , management , leadership training , succession planning , Jason Miller , Francis Rose , Agency of the Month

Monday - 09/10/2012, 11:14am EDT
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Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 11:06am EDT

Cyber Command boss wants better integration of network warriors

Military's cyber offense and defense strategies are being executed by two separate teams that can't sufficiently share knowledge, per the commander of U.S. Cyber Command

Tags: DoD , technology , cybersecurity , NSA , U.S. Cyber Command , Keith Alexander , Air Force , Robert Day , Suzanne Vautrinot , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/24/2012, 06:49am EDT
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TSA no-show angers lawmakers as they get few answers about TWIC

Program to provide identification cards for maritime workers lags behind a similar DoD effort, and is causing decade-long problems.

Tags: House , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , John Mica , TSA , port security , TWIC , Transportation Worker Identification Credential , Stephen Sadler , secure identity cards , Keith BieryGolick

Friday - 06/29/2012, 05:52pm EDT

Coast Guard contract officer sentenced in $150K fraud case

Lt. Danielle Daniese Ferreira, 36, of Alexandria, Va., pleaded guilty to obtaining thousands of dollars from Coast Guard repair contracts that she oversaw. Her co-defendants channeled money into two accounts owned by Ferreira and her spouse.

Tags: Danielle Daniese Ferreira , DHS , OIG , DoD

Friday - 06/22/2012, 10:05am EDT

Buying commercial in DoD: 15 years after acquisition reform

During the last Defense drawdown, Congress and the White House pushed the Pentagon to make smarter buying decisions in the hopes that it would save a lot of money. The idea was to have the military buy many products the same way businesses do. A decade and a half later, DoD now spends tens of billions of dollars a year under the commercialized models Congress set up. In a two-part, exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines the debate underway over how well it has worked out.

Tags: commercial products , Bill Clinton , Al Gore , Reinventing Government , commercial of a type , Shay Assad , Clinger-Cohen Act , William Clinger , Federal Acquisition Streamling Act , Susan Lawrence , Army , Network Integration Evaluation , Navy , CANES , John Korn , DoD , Aquisitions , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Defense Service Board , William Perry , Dennis Moran , Harris Corp. , Jared Serbu , Nett Warrior

Monday - 05/21/2012, 05:28am EDT
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