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Obama, DoD order reviews of security procedures

In the wake of the shooting in which 12 civilian and contract employees were gunned down at the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of security procedures at all Defense Department bases worldwide.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , Navy , Navy Yard , Charlie Allen , Wendell Shingler , Aaron Alexis , Federal Drive , In Depth ,

Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 07:17pm EDT
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IG cites major flaws with Navy's vetting of contractors

In an effort to reduce costs, officials at the Navy put in place a system for granting contractors access to installations that ended up allowing as many as 52 convicted felons access to bases, according to a Defense Department inspector general report released Tuesday. The IG found the system, called Rapidgate, failed to comply with federal standards and that background checks were conducted using only publicly accessible databases. The security of Navy installations was thrown into the spotlight Monday after 34-year-old contractor Aaron Alexis entered the Washington Navy Yard Monday morning where he shot and killed 12 people.

Tags: Navy , Navy Yard , Navy Commercial Access Control System ,

Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 06:31pm EDT

Payroll snafu leads to delayed paychecks for many feds

Employees at multiple federal agencies, who would normally receive a direct deposit electronic paycheck today, will have to wait until Tuesday because of a mix-up by the Interior Business Center, one of the largest federal payroll processors. Affected agencies include the National Archives and Records Administration, NASA, the National Transportation Saftey Board, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Tags: pay and benefits , Interior Business Center , pay , payroll processing , Linda Rihel-Todd ,

Friday - 09/13/2013, 04:13pm EDT

Obama's second-term management agenda to focus on people power

Speaking before the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology at the National Academy of Sciences Thursday morning, Steven VanRoekel, the federal chief information officer, said the President's second-term management agenda is building on past successes to make lasting change ordinary American citizens can feel in their everyday lives.

Tags: management , management agenda , technology , Steven VanRoekel , Todd Park , PCAST ,

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 03:39pm EDT
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House CR funds gov't through Dec. 15, gives agencies flexibility to avoid furloughs

The House Appropriations Committee unveiled a stopgap spending measure late Tuesday that would fund agencies slightly below current budget levels through Dec. 15. The bill gives agencies some additional spending flexibilities and includes a measure that could help agencies stave off furloughs in the first few months of fiscal 2014.

Tags: House , Congress , CR , sequestration , Hal Rogers , House Appropriations Committee , government shutdown ,

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 01:05pm EDT

House Dems plan CR that replaces sequestration

House Democrats have crafted their own plan to temporarily fund federal agencies when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee announced Thursday he plans to introduce a Democratic alternative to the GOP continuing resolution that would replace automatic budget constraints set to continue into fiscal 2014.

Tags: House , budget , Congress , sequestration , CR , Chris Van Hollen , Tom Coburn , Eric Cantor ,

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 06:40pm EDT

Size of the federal workforce dips as number of new hires tumbles

Federal hiring declined last year, with new government hires dropping to fewer than 90,000 in fiscal 2012. The dip in hiring caused the size of the federal workforce to retract slightly to about 2.1 million federal workers about on par with 2009 levels, according to new government data compiled by the Partnership for Public Service.

Tags: workforce , hiring , retention , Partnership for Public Service , veteran hiring , diversity ,

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 05:47pm EDT

Lawmakers question officials' use of personal, secret email accounts

Current and former Obama administration officials' use of personal email addresses and secret, secondary email accounts to conduct official business came under scrutiny Tuesday at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said her use of a secret account was to do her job more efficiently.

Tags: House , oversight , technology , records management , NARA , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Gary Gensler , Lisa Jackson , Andrew McLaughlin , David Ferriero ,

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 05:14pm EDT

Government charge card abuse a firing offense under new OMB guidelines

Federal employees who make illegal or improper purchases with government charge cards could face dismissal under new guidelines from the Office of Management and Budget. In a memo to the heads of agencies, OMB Director Sylvia Burwell laid out new steps to curb charge-card violations as part of the implementation of the 2012 Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act.

Tags: management , financial management , charge card abuse , OMB , Sylvia Burwell , Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act ,

Monday - 09/09/2013, 01:33pm EDT

Retirement backlog falls in August after OPM restores employee overtime

The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement applications than expected last month -- for the first time since April. The enhanced processing power is thanks to a year-end budget review that allowed OPM to restore limited overtime for employees working in its Retirement Services Offices, OPM said. The agency had suspended employee overtime beginning in April, citing the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

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Thursday - 09/05/2013, 12:34pm EDT
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