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Final rule sets new categories, factors for evaluating past performance

The Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA issued a final rule today amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation. FAR must now include performance rating categories and different factors for past performance evaluations.

Tags: GSA , DoD , NASA , CSPAR , Federal Acquisition Regulations , past performance , acquisition , contracting , industry ,

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 07:09pm EDT

Rep. Barletta wants new rules for SESers under investigation

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) is sponsoring a bill that would impact the federal workforce as well as a bill to restrict the growth of federal real estate. Barletta is the chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Lou Barletta , In Depth with Francis Rose , GSA , Government Employee Accountability Act , Public Buildings Savings and Reform Act , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , real property , Freeze the Footprint , management , Senior Executive Service ,

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 02:19pm EDT
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Navy pushes for total server virtualization to cut costs

The Department of the Navy will begin to virtualize its services and hopes to achieve total server virtualization by 2017, in an effort to cut costs. The service has been active in cutting IT costs in the wake of Defense budget cuts.

Tags: Navy , Virtualization , technology , Terry Halvorsen , Defense , DoD , budget

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 06:02am EDT

GAO advocates for a better-defined grants-management workforce

A new GAO report is recommending OMB be more specific in its guidance on grant management. The report said 5,100 employees are significantly involved in managing grants.

Tags: grants management , OMB , OPM , GAO , COFAR , HHS , workforce , management ,

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:29am EDT

Senate committee introduces bill to mark up real property legislation

Senate committee members introduced the Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act of 2013 to address the management of federal real property. The government is the largest owner of property in the country, owning more than 1 million properties.

Tags: Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , real property , Tom Carper , Congress , GAO , GSA

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:28am EDT

DoD furloughs could cause FEEA loans to swell to record levels

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund is receiving more requests for loans than ever before as weekly furloughs hit the Defense Department. Director Steve Bauer said the non-profit organization is doing everything it can to keep up.
July 24 & 30, 2013

Tags: workforce , sequestration , furloughs , Surviving Furloughs , FEEA , Steve Bauer , DoD , Your Turn , Mike Causey ,

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 02:47pm EDT
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Agencies encouraged to spend more time on SAVE award ideas

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo Friday telling agencies consider fewer ideas in their submissions for the SAVE awards program.

Tags: SAVE Awards , OMB , workforce , management ,

Monday - 07/29/2013, 03:34pm EDT

Privacy and Civil Liberties board works to inform public on NSA leaks

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is responsible for investigating the balance between counterterrorism security and Americans' privacy. The board is working toward a report on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

Tags: David Medine , Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board , Federal Drive , NSA , NSA leaks , Edward Snowden , oversight , people

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 12:41pm EDT
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Motivating feds begins with understanding their feelings, experts say

Scholars at American University are suggesting that one way to relieve sequester stress and increase productivity is to create stronger work relationships. Robert Tobias and Patrick Malone at AU's Department of Public Administration and Policy suggest taking time out to talk about employees' feelings.

Tags: management , workforce , sequestration , Patrick Malone , Robert Tobias , American University ,

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:34am EDT

State's cybersecurity office 'ineffective,' 'inefficient'

A recent IG report said the State Department's Bureau of Information Resource Management's Office of Information Assurance lacks organization and lags in performance. The report made 32 recommendations for the office.

Tags: cybersecurity , State Department , inspector general , certification and assurance , IRM/IA , Bureau of Information Resource Management , William Lay , technology , oversight ,

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:21am EDT
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