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IG encourages USPS to consider offering non-postal services

The U.S. Postal Service may be overlooking a potential source of revenue, according to a report from its inspector general. Offering nonpostal services presents several challenges, but it may also be a viable option for the struggling institution, the report concluded.

Tags: management , budget , oversight , USPS , USPS IG ,

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 04:45pm EDT

Navy simplifies IT proposal template to focus on savings

The Navy's chief information officer released an abbreviated business case analysis template in an effort to encourage IT industry personnel to propose ideas focused on cost savings. The CIO must continue to decrease IT spending by 25 percent over the next four years.

Tags: DoD , Navy , technology , IT , budget , acquisition , Terry Halvorsen ,

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 06:07pm EDT

Building personnel face new green training expectations

Employees and contractors must demonstrate core competency skills released today by the General Services Administration. GSA developed the competencies and related curriculum recommendations to meet legislative requirements.

Tags: GSA , Green government , sustainability , best practices , building management ,

Monday - 07/23/2012, 04:01pm EDT

GAO: Special hiring authority not a free pass

A Government Accountability Office report found the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency need to do a better job managing their employees under Title 42.

Tags: GAO , EPA , HHS , NIH , CDC , FDA , Frances Collins , hiring , ethics , oversight ,

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:11am EDT

GSA considering a broker approach for the cloud

The General Services Administration focuses on the potential of a broker to negotiate between providers and consumers regarding cloud computing services in its Request for Information, released Tuesday. While today's RFI includes a variety of specific questions, GSA also remains open to other types of suggestion from industry.

Tags: GSA , industry , cloud computing , technology ,

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 08:32pm EDT

VA redoubles effort to combat homelessness

The Veterans Affairs Department is giving $100 million in grants to help community organizations support at-risk veterans so they have stable housing. Leaders of the homeless veteran initiative at the VA and Department of Housing and Urban Development are among the Service to America Medal finalists for their work on the problem.

Tags: VA , HUD , homelessness , veterans , Mark Johnston , Service to America Medals , Federal Drive , management ,

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 04:22pm EDT
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Incomplete SSA records lead to payments to dead people

Information regarding a person's death is not always correctly transferred between the Social Security Administration's databases, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general. As a result, various agencies may be sending money to dead people or fraudsters.

Tags: SSA , improper payments , oversight , financial management , Tom Coburn ,

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:23pm EDT

GSA improves sustainable facilities tool

The new version of the online resource provides additional resources to better help agencies improve workplace sustainability.

Tags: GSA , SFTool , sustainability , technology , Green government , Noblis , management , Kevin Kampschroer

Friday - 07/13/2012, 07:14pm EDT

VA tackles claims backlog with new priority approach

The agency will organize incoming claims into one of three categories based on the difficulty in solving them as part of an effort to increase efficiency. The Veterans Benefits Administration also is seeking other ways to reduce the number of backlogged cases such as new training for employees, said VA's Allison Hickey, the undersecretary for benefits.

Tags: VA , benefits , workforce , claims processing , Allison Hickey , management , claims backlog

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:12pm EDT

NASA offers buyouts to 117 Goddard employees

Individuals in some positions can apply to retire as NASA focuses on reshaping its workforce. NASA will cap severance pay at $25,000.

Tags: NASA , buyouts , workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Monday - 07/09/2012, 02:59pm EDT
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