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How managers can salvage training during tight budgets

One of the first victims of the budget axe is often professional training, says Linda Petersen, a former longtime Office of Personnel Management official now with Graduate School USA. Petersen, who joined In Depth with Francis Rose said too often training, which carries long-term benefits is not viewed as being part of an agency's strategic vision.

Tags: Francis Rose , Linda Petersen , training , workforce , retention , management , best practices

Monday - 07/23/2012, 05:37pm EDT
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Services hit recruiting goals

All four active services and the six reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals through the third quarter of fiscal 2012, according to recently released Defense Department data.

Tags: workforce , hiring , recruiting , retention , DoD , DoD Report , Francis Rose

Monday - 07/23/2012, 06:40pm EDT

Civilian Navy employee charged in connection with sub fire

A civilian employee of the Navy faces up to life in prison for allegedly setting fire to the USS Miami, a nuclear-powered attack submarine while it was dry docked in Maine. The fire caused more than $400 million in damages, mostly to the torpedo room and command area inside the submarine's forward compartment. The Miami was dry docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine for a complete overhaul.

Tags: DoD , Navy , DoD Report , Francis Rose , submarine fire

Monday - 07/23/2012, 06:35pm EDT

Report finds mixed progress on plain language

A new report details mixed progress on a law requiring agencies to write using plain language when dealing with the public. The Center for Plain Language awarded the Agriculture Department an "A" for its efforts, the highest score of 12 large agencies and departments it surveyed. The Veterans Affairs Department, however, earned an "F" for its mostly incomplete progress.

Tags: Francis Rose , plain language , Plain Writing Act , Annetta Cheek , USDA , VA , management

Friday - 07/20/2012, 09:28pm EDT
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Marine base camp construction lauded for safety milesone

More than one million man hours have gone into building a new Naval Hospital at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton without any "DART" incidents. That means there have been no injuries severe enough to workers to cause them days away from work, restriction of their work activities or transfer to a another type of work because of injury. The Marine Corps calls it a "safety milestone."

Tags: Francis Rose , DoD , Marine Corps

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 02:57pm EDT

In Depth interviews - July 18

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: Francis Rose , Stephen Shih , OPM , Causey Awards , Daniel Donohue , Husch Blackwell , Bob Suda , Suda and Associates

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 01:22am EDT

Step 2 of EHR rules focuses on security

Tougher cybersecurity regulations could be the final step for Stage 2 of the HITECH Act, which aims to implement electronic health records. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services want hospitals to prove their EHRs are encrypted and secure.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , HITECH Act , EHR , health IT , Francis Rose

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 01:39pm EDT

Defense company executives warn of layoffs if cuts go through

A slate of defense industry executives lined up to testify before the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration would be devastating to their businesses and could lead to mass layoffs. The lack of action by Congress, so far, to avert the cuts has led to a "fog of uncertainty" even now, five months away from when sequestration would take effect, the CEO of Lockheed Martin testified.

Tags: budget , industry , DoD , defense industry , Pentagon Solutions , Robert Stevens , Lockheed Martin , Pratt & Whitney , David Hess , EADS North America , Della Williams , Williams-Pyro , Sean O

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 10:06pm EDT
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Senate expected to vote on cybersecurity bill next week

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to bring a stalled cybersecurity bill up for a floor vote by the end of next week. Lawmakers are still haggling over the final details but the bill's sponsor, Sen. Joe Lieberman, believes he'll have enough votes to pass the revised bill that includes compromises lessening the impact for private industry.

Tags: Congress , Senate , cybersecurity , Joe Lieberman , Francis Rose , technology , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 05:00pm EDT

NIST gives agencies tips to secure mobile devices

New guidelines could help agencies adopting bring-your-own-device strategies manage the potential risks smartphones and tablets could pose.

Tags: best practices , cybersecurity , NIST , Tom Karygiannis , mobile computing , Bring your own device , Keith BieryGolick

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:29am EDT
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