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When the going gets tough, good leaders lead

Times of tight budgets, impending sequestration and a possible government shutdown require good leaders who can make tough decisions. But who are those leaders? Federal News Radio asked our readers to nominate people they work with who demonstrate the qualities of good leadership. You responded, we listened and a panel of judges picked the five Top Leaders in Federal Service.

Tags: Bev Godwin , Michael Parker , Marcia Pelberg , Charles Rothwell , Thomas Williams , Top Leaders in Federal Service , leadership , Loren Gary , John Baldoni , Max Stier , management , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , workforce , exclusive

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:00am EST
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OMB to test agency readiness to move to financial shared services

Danny Werfel, the OMB controller, will issue a new policy in the coming weeks that will mandate agencies simplify their requirements before upgrading their general ledger systems. The policy also will require agencies to strongly consider one of the four federal shared service providers. OMB said it has learned lessons from the previous attempts to move agencies into these common financial management infrastructures.

Tags: technology , OMB , Danny Werfel , shared services , financial management , Treasury , CFO Council , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 02/22/2013, 05:43am EST
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National Cancer Institute feels the budget pinch

John Czajkowski, deputy director for management at the National Cancer Institute, is this week's guest on Agency of the Month.

Tags: John Czajkowski , NCI , HHS , Agency of the Month , management , NIH , budget , sequestration , grants , research , cancer , exclusive

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 05:22am EDT
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CFOs remain tepid on financial shared services

An exclusive Federal News Radio survey of federal CFOs and deputy CFOs finds 55 percent of the respondents rated spending money more wisely as their top priority. But at the same time, 36 percent rated moving to the Internet Payment Portal or other financial management shared services as their fourth highest priority. CFOs also say they are using data to make better decisions and budget reductions, not sequestration, is their biggest concern.

Tags: financial management , CFO Council , Adam Goldberg , Treasury , OMB , Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation , shared services , sequestration , budget , CFO survey , In Depth with Francis Rose , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 10:14am EDT
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FAA's deputy CIO Cooper to leave government

Steve Cooper will head back to the private sector to his former management consulting business.

Tags: technology , people , Steve Cooper , FAA , Strativest , mobile computing , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 01/25/2013, 06:35pm EST

DHS's Locatis leaving after only 9 months

Mike Locatis, the DHS Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, is returning to Colorado after serving in the federal government for more than two years.

Tags: exclusive , people , technology , DHS , Mike Locatis , Rand Beers , Bobbie Stempfley , Jeff Eisensmith , ICE , cybersecurity

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 03:53pm EST

Survey: CHCOs feel effect of budget crunch on recruiting, training

Budget constraints are top of mind for agency chief human capital officers. And with good reason. CHCOs say they are feeling the effects of the budget crunch, particularly in recruiting, retaining and training employees, according to a Federal News Radio survey. Eugene Hubbard, head of the National Science Foundation's Office of Information and Resource Management, told Federal News Radio the budget squeeze and shrinking workforces mean agency employees are doing more with less to keep pace with the mission.

Tags: Eugene Hubbard , NSF , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore , management , budget , workforce , CHCO , HR , pay freeze , morale , recruiting , retention , hiring , exclusive

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 07:46pm EST
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Feds file discrimination complaint against Forest Service

Multiple current and former Forest Service employees say they've faced sexual harassment and physical assault while on the job, and some have lost their positions for speaking up. Now, they are fighting back by filing a class action EEOC complaint for unfair treatment. The Agriculture Department, the parent agency of the Forest Service, says it is tackling a history of discrimination with more training and accountability as part of a cultural transformation program.

Tags: USDA , Joe Leonard , Forest Service , Elaine Vercruysse , Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Jonel Wagoner , Alicia Dabney , Lesa Donnelly , USDA Coalition of Minority Employees , EEOC , civil rights , discrimination , Jolie Lee , workforce , exclusive

Monday - 12/03/2012, 05:00am EST
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New technologies key to Postal Service revitalization

From digitization of mail to GPS tracking, the Postal Service is investing in new technologies to help it grow revenue. Ellis Burgoyne, the agency's chief information officer, says his department is concentrating on five main projects in 2013 that will help the Postal Service cut costs while improving efficiency and customer service. USPS ended fiscal 2012 with $15.9 billion of debt.

Tags: Ellis Burgoyne , USPS , information technology , CIO , technology , Intelligent Mail , identity management , exclusive

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 02:18am EST
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New marketing chief helps USPS practice what it preaches

Nagisa Manabe hasn't spent her entire career with the Postal Service but, after just six short months, she's making her presence known. Under her direction, the agency has committed to spending 15-20 percent of its marketing dollars on direct mail the same amount it recommends to its own customers. Her goal getting the Postal Service out of the red through the development of new innovative products and the use of effective marketing techniques. The new chief marketing and sales officer brings with her a career's worth of experience from the private sector including jobs with powerhouse companies like Coca-Cola, Campbell's Soup and the liquor industry.

Tags: Nagisa Manabe , USPS , marketing , Agency of the Month , Julia Ziegler , innovation , Metro Post , exclusive

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 03:10am EST
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