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Smart design can make federal offices more productive places to work

Even stodgy old federal buildings can benefit from the smart design the latest technological advances offer today's building designers.

Tags: Larry Melton , GSA , federal buildings , workspaces , Federal Drive , A New Era in Technology , technology , Green buildings ,

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 02:25pm EST
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Postal Service posts $5B loss; CFO says USPS in 'precarious position'

Postal officials called on Congress to lift a 2006 congressional requirement that it make annual $5.6 billion payments to cover expected health care costs for future retirees.

Tags: Joseph Corbett , Patrick Donahoe , USPS , budget , Congress ,

Friday - 11/15/2013, 04:08pm EST

More oversight needed to achieve billions of dollars in IT savings

The Government Accountability Office looked at two initiatives that are supposed to help get information technology spending under control. GAO found that both initiatives are coming up short.

Tags: David Powner , GAO , PortfolioStat , operations and maintenance , technology , information technology , IT spending , Federal Drive , budget , management

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 04:50pm EST
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Young leaders find new avenues to help advance their careers

Young Government Leaders helps young professionals find classes and mentors that can help them to learn new skills and advance in their careers.

Tags: Miguel Joey Aviles , Young Government Leaders , leadership , mentoring , Senior Executives Association , Senior Executive Service , managing , workforce ,

Friday - 11/08/2013, 01:50pm EST
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House panel targets DoD acquisition reform, but will that be enough?

The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it's also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Bill Greenwalt , In Depth , DoD , acquistion , acquisition workforce , Acquisition reform , House , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Mac Thornberry , DHS ,

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:29pm EST
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Federal building security at risk due to lax training, oversight

A new report from the Government Accountability Office fueled a House subcommittee hearing that revealed security concerns regarding the training and certification of contract guards employed by the Federal Protective Service.

Tags: DoD , DHS , House , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , GAO , Jeff Duncan , FPS , Eric Patterson , Mark Goldstein , Greg Marshall , security , House Homeland Security Committee

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:33pm EDT
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Senate bill calls for random background checks for clearance holders

Five senators introduce bipartisan bill aimed at enhancing how the Office of Personnel Management handles the clearances of federal employees and contractors to access classified information. If enacted, the legislation would require OPM conduct random, automated reviews twice every five years of public records and databases for information about individuals with security clearances.

Tags: Senate , Susan Collins , OPM , Claire McCaskill , Kelly Ayotte , Heidi Heitkamp , security clearance , background checks , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins ,

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:55pm EDT

DoD's top officers lack skills needed to lead tomorrow's military, report says

Twelve years of warfighting has left the military's generals and admirals without the necessary training and experience to deal with their new roles as enterprise managers.

Tags: DoD , management , training , workforce , David Barno , Center for a New American Security , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 10/28/2013, 02:00pm EDT
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GSA needs more transparency over high-valued leases, report says

A new Government Accountability Office report says greater transparency in the way the General Services Administration handles its high-value leases would lead to better decision making and generate more cost savings.

Tags: GSA , GAO , property , management , transparency ,

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:19pm EDT

Snowden case threw 'hand grenade' into government secrecy, openness expert says

Despite progress by some agencies in processing FOIA requests, Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org says its difficult to measure how open the government really is.

Tags: Patrice McDermott , OpenTheGovernment.org , transparency , openness and transparency , Edward Snowden , NSA , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 04:47pm EDT
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