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The Justice Department will begin evaluating managers based, in part, on their adherence to its diversity management plan. It's the latest step in a diversity strategy that began in 2010. The department is advising other agencies on how to diversify their workforces ahead of a March 16 deadline for all agencies to complete diversity and inclusion strategies.
The military is laying the groundwork for a more diverse officer corps, officials told a congressional panel Tuesday. The Defense Department and military services have tackled most of the recommendations that a congressional commission made a year ago. But, recent hazing incidents suggest that the leaders' focus on diversity hasn't trickled down through the ranks.
The Pentagon recently announced it would open up 14,000 combat positions to female troops. While women in uniform say the decision will lend "legitimacy" to the frontline roles they already fill, they say job discrimination pales in comparison to the difficulty of raising a family while serving.
A check-up of how well the Homeland Security Department is unifying its 22 agencies finds the patient getting better, but still weak. The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management examined the agency's acquisition, human resources and financial management systems. While DHS has a roadmap for improvement, it may not have the tools to implement it.
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.