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Light at end of tunnel: Sunshine or trainwreck?

For federal workers traveling through the congressional tunnel: Is that light they see sunshine or an oncoming train wreck? Either way their journey isn't over by a long shot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , benefits , Mike Causey , workforce , FERS , pay freeze , retirement contribution

Friday - 03/02/2012, 02:00am EST

Senators introduce alternative cybersecurity bill

The lawmakers believe the legislation, called the Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology Act or SECURE IT, would be more collaborative and less regulatory than the bill introduced in February.

Tags: Senate , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive , Harry Reid , Mitch McConnell ,

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:57am EST

Bill addresses problems found by Wartime Contracting Commission

The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 will attempt to fix many of the problems discovered by the Wartime Contracting Commission.

Tags: Claire McCaskill , Jim Webb , DoD , DoD Update , Senate , contracting , workforce

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 08:47am EST

Moran crafting bill to shake up Senior Executive Service

The federal government's top career folks would have to move out of their "comfort zones," under a bill that Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va) plans to sponsor to overhaul the Senior Executive Service. A new report shows nearly half of federal senior executives have never changed positions, contrary to what lawmakers envisioned when they created the SES in 1978.

Tags: management , workforce , retention , Jim Moran , SES , Partnership for Public Service , Carol Bonosaro , SEA , McKinsey & Company , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 06:14pm EST
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Senators clash over cybersecurity bill

Brendan Sasso, a staff writer covering technology for the Hill newspaper, said Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Kay Bailey Huchison (R-Texas) are criticizing the comprehensive bill for putting too much emphasis on regulations rather than promoting information sharing.

Tags: Brendan Sasso , The Hill , cybersecurity , Kay Bailey Huchison , John McCain , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , technology , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 11:25am EST
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Congress blames itself for duplicative programs

Faced with a 423-page report from the Government Accountability Office detailing potential duplication, fragmentation and overlap in nearly every corner of government, lawmakers pointed a finger at themselves for reducing oversight of federal programs and trying to fix problems without understanding what solutions the government already offered.

Tags: GAO , Gene Dodaro , duplicative programs , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , consolidation authority , Danny Werfel , OMB , management , Emily Kopp ,

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 05:57pm EST

NTEU rallies on the Hill to energize feds, educate lawmakers

With a Capitol Hill rally Wednesday and a three-day legislative conference to follow, NTEU President Colleen Kelley discusses the union's priorities for the year ahead.

Tags: workforce , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , In Depth , Francis Rose , House , Senate

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 08:18pm EST
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GOP lawmakers question fairness of DoD pay and benefit cuts

Members of Congress complain that DoD's budget cuts don't do enough to trim civilian personnel spending.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Mike Coffman , Kelly Ayotte , Leon Panetta , Austin Scott , TRICARE , pay and benefits , workforce , FEHBP , OPM , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 05:12am EST
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Lack of movement in SES ranks hurting agencies

The Senior Executive Service was created to produce strong federal managers and leaders who would move within and across agencies, to help better meet the nation's needs. But three decades after the creation of the SES, nearly half of the more than 7,700 current members have stayed in the same position throughout their SES careers, according to a new report.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , McKinsey & Company , OPM , OMB , SES , management ,

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 08:00pm EST

USDA cracks down on food stamp fraud

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking a harder line on fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program.

Tags: Audrey Rowe , SNAP , USDA , Federal Drive , fraud , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 09:38am EST
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