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VA kills $100M contract at heart of e-health record system

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.

Tags: health IT , technology , VA , DoD , EHRs , contracting , acquisition , industry , ASM Research , e-health ,

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 06:01pm EST

Moran crafting bill to shake up Senior Executive Service

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.

Tags: Congress , management , workforce , retention , Jim Moran , SES , Partnership for Public Service , Carol Bonosaro , SEA , McKinsey & Company ,

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 06:14pm EST
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Congress blames itself for duplicative programs

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.

Tags: GAO , Gene Dodaro , duplicative programs , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , consolidation authority , Danny Werfel , OMB , management , Congress

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 05:57pm EST

GAO: 'Virtually all' agencies may have overlapping programs

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.

Tags: GAO , Gene Dodaro , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , budget , duplicative programs , accountability , management ,

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 08:00am EST

VA issues stop-work order on crucial element of e-health record system

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.

Tags: VA , DoD , electronic health record , VistA , health IT , contracting , acquisition , technology , Roger Baker , e-health , mobile computing , ASM Research , budget

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:07am EST
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USAID using childcare subsidy as another way to retain employees

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.

Tags: USAID , pay and benefits , retention , workforce , Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund , Steve Bauer ,

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:10am EST
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Outside experts see White House merger plan hitting choppy waters

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.

Tags: workforce , management , SBA , Commerce , USTR , federal reorganization , consolidation , Chamber of Commerce , Center for American Progress , American Enterprise Institute ,

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 02:39pm EST
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Agencies finalize diversity plans

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.

Tags: OPM , diversity , workforce , management , Latino , Hispanic , EEOC , Veronica Villalobos ,

Friday - 02/10/2012, 07:27am EST
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Postal Service posts $3.3B loss for the quarter

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.

Tags: USPS , Joe Corbett , Patrick Donahoe , financial management , Congress , Darrell Issa , budget

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 02:12pm EST
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VA comes under fire for telework policy

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.

Tags: VA , John Sepulveda , Gerry Connolly , Frank Wolf , telework , Telework Enhancement Act , workforce , management , CRS ,

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 05:30am EST
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