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The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated a $102 million contract for a key component of the e-health record system that is supposed to help streamline the health care that VA and the Defense Department provides to service members, veterans and their families. The agency says it is determining its next steps.
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.
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.
From food safety to economic development, federal programs are filled with potential duplication, fragmentation and overlap, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. GAO identified 51 new areas that need attention at a time when Congress is debating department budgets and the White House is calling for greater authority to reorganize agencies.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a stop-work order on a key component of the integrated electronic health record system it isdeveloping with the Defense Department. Virginia-based ASM Research won the $103 million contract.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has joined more than 30 other agencies in offering a childcare subsidy for lower-income employees. The program has been shown to help retain employees for relatively little money but many agencies still do not offer it, said Steve Bauer, executive director of the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, which is managing the USAID program.
There's waste and confusion among the six trade- and business-focused agencies that the White House wants to consolidate. That's the conclusion of four panelists who debated the merits of the proposed merger at the American Enterprise Institute, a free-market Washington think tank. They disagreed, however, on the best solution.
Most agencies are on track to implement new diversity strategies by March 16, Office of Personnel Management Director of Diversity and Inclusion Veronica Villalobos told Federal News Radio. Five months ago, President Barack Obama directed agencies to improve the diversity of their ranks through strategic plans.
The Postal Service said large losses would continue until the agency can trim its workforce, close some facilities, and restructure its healthcare program. The Postal Service posted a total loss of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2011.
AFGE has accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to expand telework opportunities despite a new law designed to encourage the practice. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has demanded an explanation. Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda said managers aren't convinced that telework is good for the agency.