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DoD's plans to boost cyber workforce could hit hiring, training snags

The Defense Department plans to boost the ranks of cybersecurity professionals, increasing cyber staff at U.S. Cyber Command by more than five times to some 4,900 employees. But DoD's plan is daunting in more ways than one. The job qualifications and skills needed for the kinds of positions the Pentagon wants are rare and often require years of training and hands-on experience. And even if DoD looks outside the confines of the Pentagon to fill these roles, it's not entirely clear where the new cyber pros would come from.

Tags: DoD , U.S. Cyber Command , cybersecurity , cybersecurity hiring , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , Ron Marks , In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 07:20pm EST
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Did OPM flub Monday's delayed arrival announcement?

OPM announced federal offices would be open Monday on a "delayed arrival" schedule. It was the first time the agency has used the classification since it revamped its closure policies last year. But it didn't go off without a hitch - OPM updated the operating status language twice and some federal employees said they were confused by OPM's communication.

Tags: OPM , operating status , NTEU , AFGE , John Berry , Thomas Richards

Monday - 01/28/2013, 04:00pm EST

Amid widespread decline, fed membership in unions down slightly

Of the more than 3.5 million workers employed by the federal government in 2012, about 956,000 - or 26.9 percent - were members of unions, according to the BLS data. That's a slight decline from 2011, when 28.1 percent of federal workers were union members.

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Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 03:36pm EST

Defense workforce caps put key skills at risk

The Government Accountability Office questions whether the Defense Department has done enough to ensure core competencies and key skills aren't lost or left unfilled as the department complies with the workforce caps.

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Monday - 01/21/2013, 07:47pm EST

White House: Information sharing a 'key ingredient' in cyber efforts

The White House's new national strategy for information sharing highlights the concept of collaboration in cybersecurity efforts. Michael Daniel, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, told the Federal Drive information security and information sharing are "mutually reinforcing."

Tags: cybersecurity , Michael Daniel , information sharing , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , cyber legislation

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 08:05pm EST
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USPS aims to boost revenue with special projects, but losses loom large

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service can't only cut its way to financial viability. In an increasingly digital world of declining mail volume, it also must find ways to increase revenue, the Government Accountability Office stated in a new report. Currently, USPS is pursuing 55 new initiatives designed to boost revenue.

Tags: USPS , GAO , budget , postal reform ,

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 06:26pm EST

House rejects agency budget cuts in Sandy relief bill

The House soundly rejected an amendment to the Superstorm Sandy aid bill that would have required an across-the-board 1.63 percent cut to agency spending to offset the emergency funding. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) introduced the amendment last week along with a separate proposal to revoke a mass-transit subsidy for federal workers.

Tags: Congress , House , Mick Mulvaney , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , budget , Superstorm Sandy ,

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 07:15pm EST

Sandy relief proposals 'unfairly target' feds, union says

A series of cost-savings amendments to the Superstorm Sandy aid bill the House will consider this week has drawn the ire of a federal-employee union who say the proposals "unfairly target" government workers. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) has proposed defraying some of the costs of the $50 billion recovery package by rescinding a mass-transit tax benefit for federal employees and by ordering more across-the-board agency budget cuts.

Tags: pay and benefits , mass-transit subsidy , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Mick Mulvaney , budget ,

Monday - 01/14/2013, 04:26pm EST

Warner seeks to 'clean house' on outdated agency reports

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said he plans to introduce legislation allowing for the elimination or consolidation of outdated or redundant agency reports. Cutting back on unnecessary reporting requirements is part of the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act.

Tags: Congress , management , best practices , GPRA Modernization Act , John Warner , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 05:35pm EST
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Survey: PIOs turn focus to quality, not quantity

Performance improvements officers say agencies are getting better at the measuring part using data to driver better performance. Overall, 71 percent of agency PIOs who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio survey said their agency makes good use of performance data.

Tags: HHS , Matthew Piester , PIO survey , management , best practices , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 03:19pm EST
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