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NIST to speed up hiring for critical positions

Changes to the The National Institute of Standards and Technology's hiring protocol will update its 13-year-old Alternative Personnel Management System. The new rules will let NIST have direct-hire authority to expedite hiring for critical functions.

Tags: management , NIST , hiring , OPM ,

Wednesday - 01/05/2011, 02:26pm EST

OMB wants classified systems assessed

Agencies must evaluate their security systems to ensure classified information remains secret. OMB, with guidance from ISOO and ODNI, has a battery of questions for agency heads in their second memo after the release of documents on WikiLeaks.

Tags: management , Technology , Jacob Lew , OMB , ODNI , Information Security Oversight Office , WikiLeaks , Cybersecurity , best practices ,

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 03:34pm EST

Commerce solidifies security of Internet

Commerce and several partners are ready to launch the Domain Name System Security Extensions that is expected to enhance Internet security and stability.

Tags: Technology , Commerce , NIST , Patrick Gallagher , Lawrence Strickling , Cybersecurity , ICANN , DNSSEC , VeriSign ,

Tuesday - 07/27/2010, 06:17pm EDT

SSA takes state furloughs to Congress

The Social Security Administration organizes and funds state disability programs, yet states have begun furloughs of these employees. SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue discusses what is behind this trend and why his agency is proposing a law to stop it.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , SSA , Michael Astrue , furlough ,

Tuesday - 07/27/2010, 09:39am EDT

Smart Grid ending before it starts?

Maryland recently denied Baltimore Gas and Electric Company authorization to deploy smart meters, arguing the potential financial and technological risks to consumers outweighed the benefits. Is this the beginning of the end for the Smart Grid? We ask Lisa Margonelli, director, Energy Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , Cybersecurity , Lisa Margonelli , Smart Grid , New America Foundation ,

Tuesday - 07/13/2010, 10:30am EDT

Census director wraps up 2010 count, looks ahead

With the 2010 census winding down its more public face, officials are double-checking their work as the bureau looks toward the final decennial population count. The Census director peers into his crystal ball as he begins to consider how the 2020 census will be conducted.

Tags: Technology , management , database , Census , Robert Groves , 2010 census , Max Baucus

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 06:55am EDT

FEMA struggles with financial systems controls

A new Inspector General audit finds FEMA failed to resolve some ongoing weaknesses. Inspectors also found a host of new vulnerabilities around cybersecurity and data backup.

Tags: Technology , management , Jean Etzel , FEMA , DHS , inspector general , Cybersecurity , financial systems , FFMIA ,

Wednesday - 06/30/2010, 06:51am EDT

DoD calls on industry to help it save money

Undersecretary Carter says vendors providing services and weapons systems must figure out how to do more with less. He says DoD will create a preferred supplier program.

Tags: contracting , Ashton Carter , William Lynn , DoD , efficiency initiative , cost savings , management , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 04:01pm EDT

NLRB's biggest decision lies ahead

The National Labor Relations Board reached its full five-member strength for the first time in years, so now it's back to business as usual. But at this point, what would that be? We talk with the board's chair, Wilma Liebman.

Tags: Federal Drive , NLRB , Wilma Liebman , management ,

Friday - 06/25/2010, 09:08am EDT

Interior Sec. Salazar outlines restructure at MMS

Secretary says agency "no longer exists" and details new agency's responsibilities.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , management , Ken Salazar , Diane Feinstein , Lamar Alexander , Wilma Lewis , Michael Bromwich , Interior , Senate Appropriations Committee , MMS , Gulf oil spill , Reorganization ,

Thursday - 06/24/2010, 07:54pm EDT
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