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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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Homeless rate steady in latest government estimate

A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy. The federal government and local communities have greatly increased the number of beds available to the homeless over the last four years, either through emergency shelters or through government-subsidized apartments and houses. But the struggling economy contributed to the number of homeless people in the United States remaining stable between January 2011 and January 2012.

Tags: VA , veterans homelessness , Eric Shinseki , Mark Johnston

Monday - 12/10/2012, 12:47am EST

Kirit Amin heads to Commerce as deputy CIO

Amin spent the last eight months as HUD's chief technology officer.

Tags: exclusive , technology , people , Kirit Amin , Commerce , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/09/2012, 11:49am EST

HUD, VA test revamped performance management system

HUD is one of five agencies piloting a performance management system, called GEAR. The new approach aims to eliminate a disconnect between organizational goals and employee performance.

Tags: GEAR , Veterans Administration , Joseph Smith , Larry Ables , performance management , workforce , management , Ruben Gomez , National Council on Federal Labor Management Relat , Federal Labor Management Relations Council

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 05:34am EDT
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Oversight and compliance challenges

Host Roger Waldron talks government oversight with Ken Donohue of the Reznick Group.
July 17, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , compliance , oversight , Ken Donohue , Reznick Government , mortgage crisis , government market , fraud and waste , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 09:05pm EDT
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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 , homelessness , veterans , Mark Johnston , Service to America Medals , Federal Drive , management , Esther Carey

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 04:22pm EDT
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Obama administration sets housing agency pay caps

As the White House clamps down on excessive pay at public housing authorities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to set a maximum salary ceiling of $155,000 for public housing agency officials.

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Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 02:48am EDT

HUD seeks 'data-driven' approach to grants

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has unveiled a series of new online tools designed to streamline and modernize the way local communities apply for HUD grants. The eCon Planning Suite is a set of data and mapping technologies released to the 1,200 local communities that vie for HUD block grants, as well as to the public at large.

Tags: technology , Jack Moore , Mercedes Marquez

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 05:44pm EDT

Online tool lets VA employees conceive career paths

John Sepulveda, the Veterans Affairs Department assistant secretary for human resources and administration, said the portal lets employees assess their skill gaps and create a plan to move up the career ladder. HUD and DLA also have initiatives to create high performing employees and organizations.

Tags: workforce , VA , John Sepulveda , Defense Logistics Agency , Brad Bunn , Karen Newton Cole , retention , training , high performance organization , FedSMC Conference , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 05:12am EDT
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