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Performance improvement has 'turned the corner' in government

Shelley Metzenbaum said agencies are doing a better job in setting outcome-based goals and using data to measure their progress. OPM is finalizing guidance and training to use the competence models for performance improvement positions. Treasury and DHS are setting their own path to using data to meet their mission goals.

Tags: management , OMB , Shelley Metzenbaum , OPM , Andrea Bright , Richard Beck , Interior , Treasury , Kevin Donahue , DHS , Amy Culbertson , performance management , GPRA Modernization Act , performance improvement officer , Performance Improvement Council ,

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 05:55am EDT
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Exclusive: State's Toler joins DHS to run network resilience office

Danny Toler becomes the second State Department official to go to the Homeland Security Department's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications since January. He also is the second high ranking official to join DHS in the last week.

Tags: DHS , State , NPPD , technology , people , Danny Toler , cybersecurity , Mike Locatis , John Streufert , Bobbie Stempfley ,

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 07:54pm EDT

White House wants tighter rules for cyber information sharing

The administration has tried to get in front of the debate over the information sharing aspects of one of the cybersecurity bills up for debate in the House Thursday. Democratic lawmakers and industry groups expressed concern over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) arguing its provisions on what information is to be shared and with whom are too broad.

Tags: technology , White House , Mike Rogers , Dutch Ruppersberger , cybersecurity , information sharing , Critical infrastructure protection , Congress , House , Senate , Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act ,

Monday - 04/23/2012, 08:24pm EDT

House to add small business flavor to DoD authorization bill

The committee will focus on making it easier for small firms to do business with the Pentagon. The military missed three of five small business goals in 2010. The Panel on Business Challenges in the Defense Industry made several recommendations to improve the success of small firms that want to do business with DoD.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , DoD , Bill Shuster , House Armed Services Committee , Small business contracting , Defense Authorization Bill , Federal Drive

Monday - 04/23/2012, 05:46am EDT
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The silver lining in the GSA scandal

Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.

Tags: management , GSA , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , oversight , whistleblower protection , Shakeup at GSA

Friday - 04/20/2012, 05:47am EDT
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GSA cancels one of Oracle's IT schedule contracts

The software company received more than $357 million in sales from its schedule contract in 2011.

Tags: contracting , industry , GSA , Oracle

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 06:28pm EDT

EXCLUSIVE: Energy CIO Locatis heads to DHS

Mike Locatis will become the new assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate. He replaces Greg Schaffer who left in March.

Tags: technology , people , Mike Locatis , DHS , Energy , cybersecurity ,

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 01:03pm EDT

Sen. Brown wants the NOAA chief fired for agency misconduct

The Massachusetts Republican said in a letter to the President that the misconduct and violations at NOAA are much worse than those at GSA. He said the IG found unethical behavior and broken procurement rules.

Tags: management , oversight , NOAA , Scott Brown , Jane Lubchenco , GSA ,

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 02:20pm EDT

Analysis: GSA's scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds

From Darleen Druyun to Jack Abramoff to wartime contracting, history shows the Public Buildings Service's lavish spending is small potatoes. Experts say the energy and time Congress has put into hearing on the GSA conference near Las Vegas could be better used to address bigger, most costly problems.

Tags: Shakeup at GSA , management , oversight , GSA , Paul Posner , GAO , George Mason University , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , Congress ,

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:45am EDT
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McCaskill bill would add new rules for agency conferences

The Accountability in Government Act would require agency leaders to sign off on any conference costing more than $200,000.

Tags: management , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , Claire McCaskill , oversight , Congress , conference spending

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 06:00pm EDT
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