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It happened to me: Diplomats recount stories of crisis and survival

Diane Dillard picked up the pieces of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon after it was bombed in 1983. Ambassador Bill Brown found himself at the heart of a Soviet Union spy scandal. And John Limbert survived the infamous 444-day Iran hostage crisis. In the inaugural edition of Federal News Radio's new feature, Federal Voices, we hear from each of them, in their own words, about what those experiences were really like and how they survived to tell the tale.

Tags: Diane Dillard , Stu Kennedy , Bill Brown , John Limbert , State Department , foreign service officers , Beirut , embassy , Clayton Lonetree , Iran hostage crisis , Emily Kopp , Federal Voices , Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training , Foreign Service Institute , George Shultz , exclusive

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

IRS' approach to big data focuses on business outcomes

The office of compliance analytics at the IRS uses information, tools and analysis to help mission offices solve problems. Dean Silverman, a senior adviser to the IRS commissioner, said his office is trying to use these tools and approaches to improve the agency's outcomes and to create a data-driven decision-making culture.

Tags: management , Dean Silverman , IRS , data analytics , improper payments , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:16am EDT
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Archuleta studying best ways to ensure OPM continues HR evolution

Katherine Archuleta has spent her first few months as director at the Office of Personnel Management learning, listening and asking questions to figure out how to ensure continuous improvement. Archuleta said she expects a new plan to improve the agency's technology by the end of February.

Tags: Katherine Archuleta , OPM , workforce , human resources , retirement claims processing , Jason Miller , retirement , management , hiring reforms , exclusive

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 04:16am EST
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GSA changes plans, will keep service schedules open after all

The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it's necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Tiffany Hixson , schedule contracts , industry , Transportation Department , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:17am EDT
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GSA applying its IT model to overhaul of services schedules

Tiffany Hixson, the Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate seven professional services schedules, such as MOBIS, FABS and professional engineering, into a handful of schedules. She said GSA is using the same approach for services as it did with IT by awarding the OASIS contracts to compliment the professional services schedule modernization.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Tiffany Hixson , professional services , OASIS , Alliant , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 03:57am EDT
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Despite 50 years of progress, morale gap among LGBT workers persists

Despite a series of efforts to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal workers by the Obama administration, LGBT feds, who comprise about 3 percent of the federal workforce, are less satisfied, feel less empowered on the job and are less likely to rate their agency's senior leaders and management as highly as their non-LGBT counterparts, according to a recent survey.

Tags: hiring , OPM , DOJ Pride , MSPB , sexual orientation , LGBT , management , Chris Elias , Robyn McCutcheon , Doug Nierle , Jeff Neal , Jack Moore , Lisa Kove , GLIFAA , DOD Federal Globe , exclusive

Sunday - 07/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT

VA forming cadre of specially-trained acquisition workers

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, said his office will launch the acquisition corps and program management framework in the coming months to further professionalize the agency's acquisition workforce. A Federal News Radio survey of chief acquisition officers and other senior acquisition managers says workforce training and retention remain among their biggest priorities and challenges.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , workforce , Ford Heard , Veterans Affairs , training , program management , suspension and debarment , strategic sourcing , T4 , CXO Surveys , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Senate lawmakers to extend greater power to CIOs

Senate legislators will introduce and markup its version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Wednesday, with a focus on giving CIOs full IT budget and contracting authority. The House and Senate bills differ in several ways, including how to limit the title CIO.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 01:40pm EDT
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DoD procurement chief Dick Ginman planning to retire

Pentagon's most senior contract policy official is set to retire soon, but schedule is uncertain.

Tags: DoD , Richard Ginman , Shay Assad , people , acquisition , Jared Serbu , exclusive

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:03am EDT

VanRoekel not confident IT reform bill would be effective

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel says good management policies should be enough to improve how agencies buy, operate and deliver technology.

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , technology , management , OMB , PortfolioStat , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , FITARA , IT reform , Congress , Jason Miller , Ask the CIO , exclusive

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 06:09pm EDT
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