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House lawmakers uneasy about hiring reforms

Senate passes a bill that calls for many of the same changes the administration is asking for. House committee wants more answers about how the reforms would affect the hiring of veterans. OPM promises more answers in 90 days.

Tags: pay and benefits , John Berry , Stephen Lynch , Jason Chaffetz , Eleanor Holmes-Norton , Daniel Akaka , OPM , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , VA , NTEU , hiring reforms , veterans preference , USAJobs.gov , Federal Career Internship Program , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/20/2010, 06:54am EDT
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Sen. Voinovich to agencies: Stand up for yourselves

The Republican said lawmakers too often don't understand management, and that impacts agencies' resources, especially around training. Voinovich said feds should be more vocal in explaining their need for support in reforming agency management. Voinovich is retiring after 12 years in the Senate, including the last six as ranking member of the subcommittee that oversees federal workforce issues.

Tags: management , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , training , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 07:15am EST
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Voinovich: Agencies must improve federal management

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Oh.) speaks to Jason Miller about ways agencies can improve federal management.

Tags: Jason Miller , management , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Dorobek Insider , Federal Drive

Monday - 11/22/2010, 05:21pm EST
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Shrinking security clearance times: how to keep up the momentum

Government making progress on cutting clearance times, but member of Congress fear backsliding.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Daniel Akaka , Chris Coons , Jeffrey Zients , James Clapper , John Berry , Beth McGrath , Brenda Farrell , security clearance

Monday - 11/22/2010, 03:08pm EST

Bill could federalize some private security guards

Eight reports to Congress over the last six years have pointed out numerous shortcomings in the Federal Protective Service. The issues include inadequate training and supervision of contract guards, insufficient staff and budget, and security breaches that have allowed bomb-making materials to be smuggled into supposedly secure buildings. Now, lawmakers say enough is enough, and have introduced legislation designed to modernize and reform the FPS, which is responsible for security in 9,000 federal buildings and courthouses.

Tags: management , FPS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Daniel Akaka , building security , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 09/22/2010, 05:03pm EDT
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Lawmakers seek a better presidential transition

The recent presidential transition from the Bush to Obama Administrations has been called one of the best in history. But lawmakers are considering legislation that would further streamline the peaceful hand-off of governmental authority. Would a reduction in the number of political appointees requiring Senate confirmation be part of that streamlining?

Tags: management , transition , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Daniel Akaka , Ted Kaufman , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service

Friday - 04/23/2010, 07:16am EDT
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Sens. Akaka, Voinovich call for new security clearance oversight council

New bill hopes to address remaining challenges to improve the security clearance process. The legislation would require this new council to submit a new strategic plan and technology plan.

Tags: management , Daniel Akaka , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , GAO , OMB , security clearances , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Thursday - 12/03/2009, 03:14pm EST

Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all

Anyone now working for the Federal Government or who knows someone who is a fed likely has their own story of how long it took to get the job. In some cases, it can take up to a year for some high-security jobs. But does it really have to be that way? Federal News Radio's Max Cacas continues our week-long special series, "the Five Fallacies of Government". Today: "The federal hiring process must be slow and arduous."

Tags: series , fallacies , mngt , P&B , Senate Subcommittee on the Oversight of Government , federal workforce , Daniel Akaka , John Berry , OPM , Jeffrey Zients , OMB , President Obama , Max Cacas , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Thursday - 10/22/2009, 07:04am EDT
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Telework Update

What Congress is doing to keep feds off the roads and on the cyberhighways.

Tags: P&B , telework , Paul Sarbanes , Gerry Connolly , Frank Wolf , OPM , Daniel Akaka ,

Monday - 03/30/2009, 07:53am EDT
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