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OPM adding another retention tool: LEAD program

Agency graduates first class from a training series that participants say will help them meet challenges they face on the job every day.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , management , pay and benefits , OPM , John Berry , LEAD program , training , Kay Ely , Walter Kennedy , Edward Melton ,

Wednesday - 06/30/2010, 07:27pm EDT
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Pentagon looks for fat to trim

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he wants to trim some of the billions of dollars the Pentagon spends on weapons systems and contractor services, part of a Pentagon-wide effort to find $100 billion in savings in the next five years. Todd Harrison with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has suggestions for starting points.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , contracting , Pentagon , defense spending , Todd Harrison , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Wednesday - 06/30/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Finding $100B in cost savings at DoD is Ashton Carter's job

Undersecretary says contractor profits won't suffer, since Pentagon was encouraging cost cutting already.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Robert Gates , Ashton Carter , contracting , acquisition

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 07:11pm EDT

DoD calls on industry to help it save money

Undersecretary Carter says vendors providing services and weapons systems must figure out how to do more with less. He says DoD will create a preferred supplier program.

Tags: contracting , Ashton Carter , William Lynn , efficiency initiative , cost savings , Meg Beasley , management , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 04:01pm EDT

OPM shaping future leaders in a new way

The first graduates of a new leadership training program run by the Office of Personnel Management received their certificates yesterday. They are, as OPM Director John Berry describes them, the "tip of the spear" of a cadre of up-and-coming federal workers who are honing their leadership skills to be the next generation of agency leaders and executives who will run the government.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , OPM , John Berry , LEAD program , training , Kay Ely , Walter Kennedy , Edward Melton , Max Cacas , Rachel Stevens

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 07:11am EDT
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Industry group encourages DoD to use GSA

Coalition for Government Procurement sends a letter to DoD Secretary Gates asking him to stop the military from developing new contracts.

Tags: contracting , Robert Gates , GSA , Coalition for Government Procurement , Multiple award contracts , Rachel Stevens

Thursday - 06/24/2010, 06:48pm EDT

McChrystal out, Petraeus in in Afghanistan

Gen. Stanley McChrystal loses his job after remarks to freelance reporter that reflected poorly on his civilian superiors.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , management , Stanley McChrystal , Afghanistan , David Petraeus , Rolling Stone , J.J. Green

Wednesday - 06/23/2010, 06:42pm EDT
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War zone corruption allegations rise

More and more cases of fraud and corruption by troops and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan are being investigated. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, brings us up to speed.

Tags: Federal Drive , SIGIR , Stuart Bowen , Iraq and Afghanistan , contracting , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 06/23/2010, 10:15am EDT
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White House to give identity management a push

Cyber coordinator Schmidt says the administration will issue a draft national strategy for secure online transactions by Friday. The goal is to make identity management easy to use, secure and interoperable to conduct business with the government and the private sector. Schmidt says transactions are key to everything the White House wants to do.

Tags: technology , Howard Schmidt , Ely Kahn , White House , GSA , Symantec , cybersecurity , secure online transactions , HSPD-12 , identity management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/23/2010, 06:38am EDT
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PSC voices concerns over Hill Defense bills

An organization representing companies that sell to the federal government is worried about newly approved provisions of the Defense Appropriation Bills now pending in the House and Senate. The Professional Services Council is worried that the provisions could cause more harm than good to contractors, and in some cases, were approved without the benefit of rigorous debate on their potential to affect the contracting community.

Tags: management , House , Senate , Defense Authorization Bill , PSC , Stan Soloway , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 06/22/2010, 06:29am EDT
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