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Former Commerce CIO Szykman lands in the private sector

Simon Szykman is joining Attain as its chief technology officer of the federal services division.

Tags: people , industry , technology , Simon Szykman , Attain , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/24/2014, 09:38am EDT

Improved online and mobile security the focus of federal grants

Three million dollars in federal grants will go to four national mobile communications companies to figure out a way to get rid of passwords. The grants come from the Commerce Department's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace program, or NSTIC. The goal of NSTIC is to give consumers better security options with their mobile and online transactions. Commerce hopes that funding research to get rid of passwords will eventually minimize the risk of identity theft.

Tags: NSTIC , federal grant , cybersecurity , GDIT Enterprise Center

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:23pm EDT

New captain, advisers leading Commerce more deeply into open data

The Department of Commerce will hire its first-ever chief data officer, Secretary Penny Pritzker said recently. Pritzker also is establishing a data advisory council and introducing a "developer portal," which she said will help advance the agency's open data initiatives.

Tags: management , open data , Penny Pritzker , transparency , technology , Stephanie Wasko

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:28am EDT

NOAA faced with tough choices as hurricane-tracking planes near end of lifespan

NOAA planes used for tracking and forecasting hurricanes -- known as the P-3 Orion -- are reaching the end of their lifespan, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: NOAA , GAO , P-3 Orion , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 10:25am EDT

Steve Cooper's coming back to government as Commerce CIO

The former FAA and DHS CIO is taking a third tour of duty in government and will replace Simon Szykman.

Tags: people , technology , Simon Szykman , Steve Cooper , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 06:15pm EDT

Agencies struggle to adjust to new Pathways internship program

Chief human capital officers say the inability to do targeted internship announcements is frustrating and reducing effectiveness of the program. The Office of Personnel Management says it's working with agencies to address these challenges, including initiatives to target specific skillsets.

Tags: workforce , OPM , Kevin Mahoney , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , GSA , Mike Casella , Pathways Program , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Secretary Penny Pritzker, Commerce Department

After nearly a year on the job, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says people and customer service are the leading priorities for her agency. She says she is paying close attention to how every one of her initiatives supports them. Secretary Pritzker sat down with Executive Editor Jason Miller for an exclusive interview about Commerce's progress in meeting her strategic vision. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Penny Pritzker , strategic vision , Jason Miller , management , workforce

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 12:16pm EDT
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Commerce Secretary Pritzker layers people, customer service throughout strategic goals

After nearly a year on the job, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is overseeing progress against five strategic pillars, including innovation, trade and management. She said she's trying to make sure employees feel connected to the vision and mission of the agency.

Tags: management , Penny Pritzker , people , workforce , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 04:11am EDT
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'Broken' pay system driving SES out of government

More than half of senior executives surveyed by the Senior Executives Association are reporting "low" or "very low" morale with their jobs. The problem lies with a pay-for-performance system where some supervisors make less money than the people they lead. Increasing numbers of senior executive service members are ready to leave the federal government altogether.

Tags: SES , SEA , USDA , DoD , Best Places to Work , Partnership for Public Service , workforce , pay , Veterans Affairs , Interior Department , general schedule , Sean McCalley

Friday - 05/02/2014, 12:49pm EDT
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