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5 percent of federal workforce to be furloughed Friday

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Management and Budget and the Environmental Protection Agency will all shut down Friday because of widespread employee furloughs giving feds a four-day holiday weekend. The Labor and Interior Departments also are telling employees to stay home.

Tags: workforce , furloughs , sequestration , IRS , OMB , EPA , Labor , Interior , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 05:40pm EDT

EPA, HUD search for ways to keep mid-career feds

Mid-career employees are a scarcity in government. While agencies are awash with employees at the early career stage and those with 20-plus years of federal service, there aren't enough in the middle stages, and that has federal managers worried. Agencies like EPA and HUD are taking matters into their own hands. Both are launching new efforts aimed at keeping mid-career feds from leaving government for the private sector.

Tags: Shaun Donovan , DHS , Janet Napolitano , EPA , Bob Perciasepe , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Partnership for Public Service , Public Service Recognition Week , employee morale , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/07/2013, 05:44am EDT
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HUD reorganization will close dozens of field offices, affect 900 workers

A major restructuring at the Department of Housing and Urban Development will close or consolidate dozens of the agency's field offices nationwide and affect 10 percent of its 9,000-member workforce. HUD officials said the current organizational model is not sustainable given the constrained budget the agency faces.

Tags: reorganization , Sean Donovan , Maurice Jones , Eddie Eitches , workforce , Jack Moore

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 07:58pm EDT

HUD CIO Jerry Williams takes new job at Education

Jerry Williams will become the new chief information officer at the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid. Patsy Garnett, HUD's acting deputy CIO for IT and business modernization, also is heading to a new agency.

Tags: technology , people , Jerry Williams , Education Department , Patsy Garnett , NRC , workforce , Jason Miller , exclusive , CIO

Friday - 04/19/2013, 09:43am EDT

Sequestration to force HUD to shut down for 7 days

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will furlough all 9,000 of its employees for seven days between May and August in a bid to reduce costs due to sequestration. All employees, including career employees, will be furloughed the same number of days, which will effectively result in a shutdown of the department on those days.

Tags: furloughs , workforce , sequestration

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 02:48pm EDT

Federal workers owe $3.5 billion in back taxes

The number of federal workers and retirees who owed delinquent income taxes jumped by nearly 12 percent in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.

Tags: IRS , GPO

Saturday - 03/09/2013, 12:00pm EST

VA moves mobile from concept to reality with veteran homelessness app

The Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development departments created a mobile app in two weeks to improve the process for counting homeless veterans. The successful development effort puts the notions detailed in the Digital Government Strategy into practice.

Tags: technology , VA , David Peters , Lisa Schlosser , OMB , Rick Holgate , ATF , mobile computing , Federal Mobile Computing Summit , agile development , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 07:07am EST
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Grassroots group trying to improve employee morale at HUD

The Department of Housing and Urban Development ranked at only number 20 this year on The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey by the Partnership for Public Service. However, a budding grassroots group of agency employees called the Under 5 Group seeks to improve its agency's morale, inch up those rankings and find ways to keep their newest hires aboard and not from wanting to jump ship.

Tags: Under 5 Group , Charlie Francis , Laura Kunkel

Friday - 12/21/2012, 06:23pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 20, 2012

Lisa Dezzutti of Market Connections explains the survey results of contractors who were asked not only what they think about sequestration, but what they plan to do in case it happens. HUD's Laura Kunkel talks about a recently developed grassroots program called the Under 5 Group, which seeks to improve morale particularly among new hires. Eli Dourado, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, provides a bird's eye view of the recent World Conference on International Communications in Dubai.

Tags: Federal Drive , Lisa Dezzutti , Laura Kunkel , Eli Dourado , Market Connections, Inc. , Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 08:28am EST

Agency collaboration founded in personal relationships

Several departments are seeing the benefits from governmentwide collaboration. The interagency National Intellectual Property Coordination Center used its relationships to get the word out more quickly about counterfeit air bags that potentially could explode on impact. HR University absorbed millions of dollars in performance management training courses from an agency who on the CHCO Council.

Tags: management , collaboration , DHS , VA , CHCO Council , Kathryn Medina , Lisa Danzig , Lev Kubiak , Dennis Blasius , Consumer Product Safety Commission , National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center , Jason Miller , HR University , veteran homelessness

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 06:01am EST
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