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Another furlough Friday, relief possible for some

Thousands of federal employees at four separate government agencies are required to take an unpaid furlough day July 5. Meanwhile, employees at two government agencies could see a diminished impact of furloughs.

Tags: workforce , management , furloughs , sequestration , HUD , IRS , EPA , OMB , AFGE , Eddie Eitches , EEOC ,

Friday - 07/05/2013, 10:29am EDT

SBA implements stricter requirements for size certifications

The SBA updated regulations governing how small businesses represent their size and status in order to guard against businesses falsely representing themselves as "small" to garner government contracts.

Tags: contracting , industry , small business , SBA , Small business size standards ,

Monday - 07/01/2013, 08:34pm EDT

Alternative energy key to DoD's battlefield strategy

The Department of Defense is looking to utilize alternative fuel sources in order to respond to changing operational energy needs on the battlefield.

Tags: DoD , renewable energy , green government , technology , Sharon Burke , operational energy , In Depth ,

Monday - 07/01/2013, 06:52am EDT

Supreme Court's DOMA decision grants thousands of feds access to benefits

With the Supreme Court's overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex spouses of both federal employees and military personnel will be eligible for the same benefits previously only available to opposite-sex couples.

Tags: workforce , management , pay and benefits , same-sex marriage , DOMA , Chuck Hagel , Elaine Kaplan , defense , NTEU , AFGE , OPM ,

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 07:30pm EDT

Faulty data may be driving Pentagon's BRAC request

The metrics used by the Defense Department to help determine whether it needs an official round of Base Realignments and Closures (BRAC) is in need of an update, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Current procedures lack the precision needed to give the Pentagon accurate data on the number of excess properties it actually owns.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Brian Lepore , GAO , Base Realignment and Closure , BRAC ,

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:53am EDT

Open data key to interagency, private sector innovation

Compiling government data cuts costs and fosters technological advancements, according to Lisa Schlosser, deputy associate administrator in the Office of E-Government and Information Technology. She is calling for agencies to re-envision data as a product to be shared.

Tags: technology , Lisa Schlosser , OMB , Open data , , MobileGov , Project Open Data ,

Monday - 06/24/2013, 07:01pm EDT

NIST to set standards for biometric recognition technology

In an effort to incorporate iris, facial and fingerprint recognition technologies across the government, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee pressed the National Institute of Standards and Technology to set a date for the release of national biometric recognition standards.

Tags: technology , Congress , John Mica , Oversight and Reform Committee , Charles Romine , NIST , John Allen , FAA , Brenda Sprague , State Department ,

Friday - 06/21/2013, 05:10am EDT

NSA leak case gives vendors reason to reevaluate personnel

Intelligence community contractors, similar to Booz Allen, likely are reevaluating employees who have access to classified information in order to identify any questionable personnel, according to Steve Ryan, leader of government strategies practice group at McDermott, Will and Emery law firm.

Tags: industry , workforce , management , Steve Ryan , McDermott, Will and Emery , Rob Levinson , Bloomberg , Security clearances , NSA , NSA leaks ,

Monday - 06/17/2013, 06:45pm EDT

Security clearance process in need of makeover, expert says

In the wake of the NSA security leak, questions are being raised about the security clearance process for which Edward Snowden was subjected. One security clearance expert tells Federal News Radio, that while the process for granting security clearances has become more efficient over the past few years, it has not become more effective.

Tags: Security clearances , Evan Lesser , , Edward Snowden ,

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 05:28pm EDT
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