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VA innovates innovation ideas

Winners have been announced in the most recent effort under the VA's Innovation Initiative, a department-wide program that brings the most promising innovations to VA's most important challenges by involving employees and the private sector in the creation of visionary solutions in service to Veterans. VA CTO Dr. Peter Levin has details.

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , management , innovation , VA , VHA/OIT Innovation Competition , Peter Levin , CTO , best practices , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 06/21/2010, 11:09am EDT
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Indiscretions spur organic changes

The New York Times reports that the Agriculture Department has banned a leading American inspector of organic foods in China for conflicts of interest.

Tags: Federal Drive , USDA , management , organic , Miles McEvoy

Monday - 06/21/2010, 10:40am EDT
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SES finds equal footing unfamiliar ground

It doesn't happen as often as the federal workforce might like, but sometimes senior career executives find themselves on an equal footing with political appointees. How do you navigate that situation? We ask Shelby Hallmark, director of the Office of Workers Compensation at the Labor Department.

Tags: Federal Drive , SEA , management , Executive Update 2010 , Shelby Hallmark , Labor

Monday - 06/21/2010, 10:31am EDT
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White House tells agencies to use data analysis to reduce improper payments

President Obama has issued a memo detailing the steps agencies must take to do pre-and post-award audits on who gets federal funds. By the fall, agencies will have to check several databases to ensure the recipient is permitted to get money.

Tags: management , Improper payments , OMB , Do Not Pay list , Barack Obama , Peter Orszag , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/18/2010, 05:19pm EDT
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Rep. Moran: require manager training at all agencies

A new House bill would require agencies to invest significant time and resources in training managers. We talk with Rep. Jim Moran about the Federal Supervisor Training Act of 2010.

Tags: Federal Drive , Congressional Spotlight , Jim Moran , management , Suzanne Kubota

Friday - 06/18/2010, 10:08am EDT
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CMS Senior Exec says it's all about the outcomes

"Performance management isn't just a good government idea, it quite frankly is a matter of surviving and hopefully thriving," says Michelle Snyder, deputy chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Tags: Federal Drive , CMS , Michelle Snyder , Executive Update 2010 , leadership , management , SES , outcomes

Friday - 06/18/2010, 10:02am EDT
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DHS women convene inaugural diversity forum

Women who work for the federal government, like their private sector counterparts, face unique challenges in balancing their personal lives with their careers. For the first time in its 6-year history, the Department of Homeland Security convened a diversity forum designed to give agency women an opportunity to discuss common challenges.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , DHS , Vicki Brooks , CHCO , White House Council on Women and Girls , Barack Obama , Max Cacas , Rachel Stevens

Friday - 06/18/2010, 06:22am EDT
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Carper pushes energy efficiency standards

Legislation calls for agencies to adopt computer power savings techniques, implement advanced metering technology and create energy data standards.

Tags: management , Tom Carper , VA , Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee , green government , energy efficiency , Meg Beasley

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 07:14pm EDT
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