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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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Sequestration could spur furloughs at Education

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the furloughs would address tighter budgets caused by sequestration. He also discussed other possible effects, including reductions in contracting. Wednesday's hearing represented the first time members of Congress have closely examined the effects across-the-board spending cuts could have on civilian agencies.

Tags: education , Federal Drive , Congress , Senate , Arne Duncan , budget , sequestration , workforce , management

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:57am EDT
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DoD, VA, Education toughen rules against predatory colleges

Agencies are working toward implementing an executive order designed to crack down on "fly- by-night" colleges that target military members' education benefits

Tags: DoD , CFPB , VA , education , Carolyn Baker , Robert Worley , GI Bill , Executive order 13607 , Jared Serbu , veterans

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Feds' satisfaction with pay dips after two-year freeze

Federal employees were less satisfied with their pay after the two-year pay freeze went into effect in 2010, according to a report by the Partnership for Public Service. Although higher-ranking feds were most satisfied with their pay, the highest-ranking feds those at the SES level had the biggest dip in pay satisfaction over the previous year.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , FDIC , NASA , NRC , OPM , EPA , GSA , State , SBA , SSA , education , DoT , Labor , TSA

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 08:00pm EDT

Former victim now leads government's bullying prevention program

Deborah Temkin leads the governmentwide campaign against bullying, working with the White House and federal agencies to educate school districts and governments at all levels on what they can do to protect young people. She is a Service to America Medal finalist in the Call to Service category.

Tags: Deborah Temkin , education , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/15/2012, 08:52am EDT
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Awards recognize top STEM students

Tuesday night in Washington, 40 of the smartest, STEM-oriented American kids in in the whole country were honored.

Tags: Carlos Contreras , Intel , technology , STEM , education , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 09:15am EDT
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