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Army offers early retirement in effort to reduce force size

Active-duty and reserve soldiers with between 15 and 20 years of service could be eligible for early retirement, the Army announced this week. The service is offering temporary early retirement authority (TERA) to military officers who have not been selected to move on to the next grade as well as noncommissioned officers identified by selection boards for involuntary separation. The service aims to shed 80,000 soldiers from its active component by the end of 2017.

Tags: DoD , Army , pay and benefits , early retirement , Gerald Purcell , workforce

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 06:48pm EDT

DISA plots out five year plan to keep DoD's cyber edge

The Defense Information Systems Agency's recently released five-year strategic plan takes a multi-pronged approach to building what DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins calls "information superiority." Tony Montemarano, director of DISA's Strategic Planning and Information Directorate, joined Pentagon Solutions hosted by Francis Rose, to discuss how DISA leaders developed the new guidance.

Tags: DISA , technology , DoD , cybersecurity , Tony Montemarano , Ronnie Hawkins , In Depth , Francis Rose , Pentagon Solutions ,

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 04:12pm EDT
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Tips for creating a data-driven workplace

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for the Business of Government says data analytics could transform federal management much the way the proliferation of smartphones and mobile technology has reshaped society at large. But that will require a full-scale culture change at agencies, with both managers and rank-and-file employees willing to sign on.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , IBM Center for the Business of Government , data analytics , technology , best practices ,

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 06:11pm EDT
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More than $18B spent on 'outdated and outlandish' projects, Coburn report says

Sen. Tom Coburn's report on government waste details spending on 100 government projects, programs and initiatives at a cost of $18 billion. The report also points to potentially systemic issues affecting federal management, such as the lack of strategic sourcing in federal acquisition and the General Services Administration's outdated contract schedules.

Tags: Tom Coburn , waste , budget , wasteful spending , GSA schedules , strategic sourcing ,

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 06:18pm EDT

Uptick in disability discrimination claims could jeopardize hiring goals, firm says

In a July 2010 executive order, President Barack Obama pushed agencies to hire more people with disabilities, aiming for 100,000 workers by 2015. Agencies have made steady progress toward that goal. However that progress could be in jeopardy: Complaints alleging disability discrimination in federal hiring and appointments have ticked upward over the past five years, according to an analysis by the law firm Tully Rinckey.

Tags: workforce , hiring , disability hiring , EEOC , John Mahoney , Tully Rinckey , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Monday - 10/15/2012, 09:07pm EDT
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GOP lawmakers urge Obama to drop cyber executive order

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate wrote to President Barack Obama urging him to not issue an executive order setting voluntary cybersecurity standards for private-sector operators of critical infrastructure.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , cybersecurity , cybersecurity legislation , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Fred Upton , House Energy and Commerce Committee , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Cybersecurity Act of 2012 , CISPA ,

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:39pm EDT

Tracking the 2013 Budget

Congress has made quick work, so far, of the 12 annual bills setting agency spending for fiscal 2013. Over the past few months, the House Appropriations Committee has approved 10 of the bills, and the full House has OK'd five of them. The full Senate has approved no appropriations bill so far this year, however the committee has reported out eight bills.

Tags: budget , House , Senate , appropriations , House Appropriations Committee , Senate Appropriations Committee ,

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 02:52pm EDT

Six-month CR makes extension of fed pay freeze official

The six-month stopgap spending bill unveiled by the House Appropriations Committee this week officially continues the federal pay freeze until at least March. The continuing resolution, which runs through March 27, gives lawmakers more time to make appropriations for the coming year and staves off the threat of a government shutdown. When a broad CR was first announced last month, the full Congress had not yet approved any fiscal 2013 spending bills. President Barack Obama proposed last month a 0.5 percent pay raise that would only take effect once Congress passed a 2013 budget a de facto extension of the current two-year freeze. The CR makes the extension official.

Tags: Congress , budget , House , Senate , CR , Hal Rogers , Daniel Inouye ,

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 08:37pm EDT

Is sequestration a paper tiger?

Stan Collender, a budget expert and partner at Qorvis Communications, said nobody should panic just yet about possible automatic, across-the- board cuts. They won't be enacted immediately, he told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris. And Congress could still wiggle out of them.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , supercommittee , management , Federal Drive , Qorvis Communications , Stan Collender , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , sequestration ,

Friday - 11/18/2011, 09:41am EST
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House committees demand transparency, 'insight' into sequestration

Congress is demanding more answers about how $1.2 trillion in budget cuts set to take effect in January will be applied across the government. The House Budget Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bill directing the Obama administration to provide Congress a report that provides specific details about how the spending cuts will affect federal agencies and programs. Meanwhile, the House Armed Services Committee formally requested that the head of the Office of Management and Budget, Jeff Zients, testify before the committee on the "mechanics and impact" of the automatic cuts.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , DoD , OMB , Jeff Zients , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , House Budget Committee , Paul Ryan , Chris Van Hollen , sequestration ,

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 09:40pm EDT
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