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With money in the bank, Patent and Trademark Office sets long-term agenda

The Patent and Trademark Office can plot a long-term strategy for the first time, thanks to newfound financial security, said Deputy Director Michelle Lee. Her top priority: improving patent quality.

Tags: budget , management , patent , Patent and Trademark Office

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 05:28am EST

Don't ask GSA how many full-time teleworkers it has - it doesn't know

An inspector general audit slams the General Services Administration's telework program. It says the agency poorly tracked employees who work outside the office and the costs they incurred.

Tags: GSA , inspector general , oversight , telework , Antonia Harris ,

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:00pm EST

John Shoraka, Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is proposing a new rule that it says will help small companies get government contracts. Among the changes is that two or more small firms could bid as a joint venture, while not losing their small-business status. To discuss that and more, John Shoraka, SBA's Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: John Shoraka , Small Business Administration , SBA , contracting , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:55am EST
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Defense officials say they want to hear from big and small companies alike as the department hunts for breakthrough technology that will ensure the military's dominance well into the future. It's a grand initiative that resembles ones from the past that led to nuclear weapons and precision-guided munitions. This one the third offset strategy could have more to do with big data, robots or 3-D printers. Jonathan Aberman is the managing director of Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit Tandem NSI. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss where the small companies will fit in.

Tags: Jonathan Aberman , Amplifier Ventures , DoD , technology , Tandem NSI , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:02am EST
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Moniz demands more accountability in Energy projects

The Energy secretary is shaking up the department to improve accountability. Project managers will assume more responsibility and face harsher consequences if they fail to meet major targets. Some contractors already have felt the difference, and it isn't pretty.

Tags: Energy , DoE , Ernest Moniz , John MacWilliams , management , accountability , reorganization , project management ,

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:57am EST
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Ernest Moniz, Secretary, Energy Department

President Barack Obama told agency leaders to focus on management, streamline programs and improve customer service. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz took the directive to heart. He restructured the department a year ago to create a new undersecretary of performance and management. Now, he says he is stopping expensive project overruns and scheduling delays. Before his first major speech on the newest changes, Ernest Moniz sat down with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

Tags: Ernest Moniz , Energy Department , In Depth

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:20pm EST
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In OPM cyber breach, security experts spy fundamental problem

While it's far from a full-fledged cyberattack, the "technical malfunction" that besieged an Office of Personnel Management Web portal Monday underscores a governmentwide problem that's not easy to fix, according to experts.

Tags: cybersecurity , OPM , Elijah Cummings , KeyPoint Government Solutions , GAO , Greg Wilshusen , Simon Crosby , Bromium , Alan Paller , SANS Institute ,

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 06:20pm EST

2015 challenge to agencies: Get the right people for the job

Thanks to big data, agencies are learning where their skills gaps are. To close them, they'll have to get around some archiac personnel regulations, according to a panel of experts on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Federal Drive , human capital , workforce , hiring , personnel , Angela Bailey , OPM , Jeri Buchholz , NASA , Danny Werfel , panel

Monday - 01/12/2015, 02:23pm EST

Digging through the new bills: Across-the-board cuts and more

We've gone through the first 400 bills in the new Congress to pull out those you'll want to watch, from a measure to kick political appointees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan to three that embrace across-the-board spending cuts.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , DoD , Veterans Affairs , HealthCare.gov , OPM , IRS ,

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 11:15am EST

MSPB: Holding fair, open job competitions isn't easy in government

In a new report, the Merit Systems Protection Board says federal hiring managers are having trouble balancing rules meant to help veterans and other select groups benefit veterans and other select or other groups for hiring managers who are supposed to hold fair and open competitions for jobs.

Tags: MSPB , hiring , veterans preference , workforce , Susan Tsui Grundmann

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 02:08pm EST
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