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Bill takes federal plain language requirements a step further

Agencies already are under the gun to put their public communications into plain language. A congressman behind the original effort now wants to get rid of government jargon in federal regulations.

Tags: OMB , open government , Plain Language Act , OIRA , Cass Sunstein , management , Bruce Braley , regulations , rulemaking , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 05:17am EST
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OPM tackles retirement backlog with more staff, better technology

The Office of Personnel Management is trying to tackle its retirement services backlog with more staff and upgraded technology.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , retirement , workforce , technology ,

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 08:34am EST
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Plan to prevent sequestration unlikely before election

Every day that passes brings your agency a bit closer to automatic spending cuts under sequestration. If Congress can't figure something else out, the process of reducing spending by $1.2 trillion over 10 years will start, with the 2013 budget. But any deal to avoid sequestration probably won't happen anytime before the election, said Erik Wasson, reporter for the Hill newspaper

Tags: Erik Wasson , The Hill , sequestration , budget , DoD , Norm Dicks , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 11:13am EST
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'Jaws 4' coming: Guess who's bait?

There is a new "Jaws 4" movie taking shape and federal and postal workers may play prominent roles as the primary bait. Check it out, if you dare, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , pay , benefits , CSRS , FERS , payroll tax

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 02:00am EST

Obama's reorg effort sure to face congressional fire

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive magazine, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the administration's federal reorganization's likelihood of actually moving forward.

Tags: management , government reorganization , Barack Obama , Tom Shoop , Government Executive , In Depth , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 06:49pm EST
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Senate bill to improve adoptions of military dogs

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will introduce legislation to create a non-profit for adopting military dogs once they retire.

Tags: Richard Blumenthal , military dogs , DoD ,

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 08:33am EST

Analysis: Government reorganization 'challenging terrain' for Obama

President Barack Obama has asked Congress for the power to merge federal agencies in an effort to make government more efficient and consumer friendly. Obama will call on Congress to give him a type of consolidation authority last held by a president when Ronald Reagan was in office. Analysts and former government insiders congratulate the president for the massive plan to streamline services. But they warn it will be tricky.

Tags: business , Emily Kopp , Don Kettl , Susan Schwab , USTR , Commerce , NOAA , Partnership for Public Service , Max Stier , Jeff Zients , OMB , Barack Obama , management , government reorganization , workforce

Friday - 01/13/2012, 08:15pm EST
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White House concerned over online piracy bills

The Obama administration expressed concerns over bills it says would undermine "the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

Tags: Aneesh Chopra , Victoria Espinel , Howard Schmidt , cybersecurity , piracy , White House , OMB , technology , Senate

Saturday - 01/14/2012, 02:37pm EST

Draft cyber bill gives DHS controversial authorities

The Senate is set to take up comprehensive cyber legislation in January that already is causing experts heartburn. Provisions to give the Homeland Security Department more authorities, including taking "any lawful action" to stop cyber attacks against systems holding federal data, are coming under fire. Industry experts are optimistic Congress will pass major cyber reform.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Alan Paller , James Lewis , Bob Dix , SANS Institute , CSIS , Juniper Networks , FISMA , critical infrastructure , DHS , White House , industry , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/13/2012, 05:14am EST
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