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Geeks, science fairs and agency collections among highlights of latest open government plan

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released Version 3.0 of the Obama administration Open Government Plan. It adds three new initiatives to the core principles of transparency, participation and collaboration introduced in earlier versions of the plan.

Tags: technology , STEM , education , OSTP , open government , transparency , data sharing , John Holdren

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 02:44pm EDT

Sequestration forced agencies elsewhere for program funding, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office takes a look at the effects of the 2013 sequester and how agencies prepared.

Tags: sequestration , GAO , oversight , DHS , CMS , CBP , education , HUD , budget , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:20pm EDT

Federal Student Aid shifting toward a customer-centric approach to IT

Jerry Williams, the CIO of FSA, said he's reorganizing his office to establish customer service representatives to help the mission areas use IT more successfully.
April 10, 2014

Tags: technology , Jerry Williams , Federal Student Aid , education , Dell Federal , contracting , virtual data center , ITIL , COBIT , IT management , customer service , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 01:54pm EDT
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Issa asks agencies for alternative sequestration cuts

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote to 17 agencies requesting short-term ways to achieve savings instead of the across-the-board cuts expected to start today.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Darrell Issa , Transportation , education , oversight , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:33pm EST

As sequestration cuts loom, unimplemented IG recommendations could save billions

Over the past few years, unimplemented agency inspector general recommendations that could potentially save the government billions of dollars have piled up. Now, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts kicking in, lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are telling agencies there's no excuse for them to further delay implementing the cost-saving measures and best practices identified by their IGs.

Tags: House , Congress , oversight , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , sequestration , Darrell Issa , Kathleen Tighe , education , IG vacancies

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 08:18pm EST

AP source: Duncan to stay at education department

An Education Department official says Secretary Arne Duncan will remain in President Barack Obama's Cabinet into a second term. The official disclosed the decision Monday on the condition of anonymity because a public announcement has not been made.

Tags: Inauguration 2013 , people , education , Arne Duncan

Monday - 01/14/2013, 03:55pm EST

Colleges seeking DoD tuition money face new requirements

Beginning next year, public and private schools will have to sign up to protections for service members in order to receive DoD tuition assistance funds.

Tags: tuition assistance program , Carolyn Baker , education , DoD , Servicemembers Opportunity Network , Federal Drive

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 10:58am EST
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OMB ratchets up accountability on high-priority goals

The administration updated Performance.gov with a variety of data to highlight progress against each agency's goals and the cross-agency goals. OMB's Shelley Metzenbaum said the depth of information now on the site puts pressure on agencies to meet or surpass their goals. Interior and Education provide examples of how the discipline that the high-priority goals demanded has positively impacted their agency.

Tags: management , Performance.gov , Shelley Metzenbaum , OMB , David Hayes , Interior , Tony Miller , education , high priority goals , GPRA Modernization , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/14/2012, 06:13am EST
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Timing, technology converge to better attack improper payments

Over the last three years, agencies understood the problem better, improved how they tracked the information and used advanced data analysis tools to lower the governmentwide rate to 4.69 percent from 5.42 percent in 2009. While the amount of money improperly paid out hit a high of $125 billion in 2010, Danny Werfel, the Office of Management and Budget's controller, expects it to drop for a second consecutive year, below the $115 billion mark in 2011.

Tags: management , improper payments , Danny Werfel , Kathy Tighe , Earl Devaney , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board , Government Accountability and Transparency Board , OMB , education , fraud, waste and abuse , Obama Impact , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:31pm EDT
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Order calls for interagency cooperation on veterans' mental health

Executive order calls for vets in emotional distress to be seen by a professional within 24 hours. It also enlists HHS, Education, DoD and VA in interagency partnerships to find treatments for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

Tags: VA , DoD , HHS , education , mental health , executive order , Barack Obama , Veterans of Foreign Wars , John Hamilton , American Legion , Brian Bertges , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:33am EDT
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