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Army cuts size, increases efficiency of its vehicle fleet

At the end of fiscal year 2012, the Army's vehicle fleet numbered around 70,800 vehicles, which is about 12,000 less than it had in 2009. As it cuts back on the number of overall vehicles it has, the Army is also assembling a greener, more environmentally friendly fleet.

Tags: Edward Moscatelli , Army , DoD , green acquisition , environmentally friendly , Federal Drive , GSA , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 12:48pm EST
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Timing of Unified Agenda release draws criticism from Issa

While Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, criticized the Obama administration for turning in the Unified Agenda nine months late, one researcher says its more important to focus on the contents of the document rather than the timing of its release.

Tags: Unified Agenda , Darrell Issa , Jerry Ellig , George Mason University , Mercatus Center , regulations , Obama administration , deregulation , management , Congress , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/31/2012, 02:22pm EST
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25 years later, FERS still 'excellent' plan for feds

Arthur Stein, a financial planner and former federal manager, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp Wednesday that FERS has been a boon for feds, both young and old.

Tags: Arthur Stein , FERS , FERS: 25 Years Later , CSRS , retirement , benefits , Federal Drive , TSP , Roth TSP , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 12:13pm EST
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'Best Place to Work?' -- Not so much

The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released the 2012 Best Places to Work in Federal Government rankings today. While some agencies improved their employee satisfaction rankings, the majority did not, resulting in the greatest overall change -- a 3.2 point drop -- since the rankings began.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , Best Places to Work 2012 , Deloitte , Hay Group , Max Stier , employee satisfaction , workforce , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , NASA

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 06:36am EST
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Agencies turn to social media to engage public in an emergency

During Hurricane Sandy, agencies like FEMA and NOAA used various social media platforms to communicate with the public. They were able to dispel rumors and follow the situation on the ground as it unfolded.

Tags: Justin Herman , Federal Drive , technology , SMS message , texting , Facebook , Twitter , social media , Hurricane Sandy , Michael OConnell , Federal Social Media Registry , GSA

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 12:37pm EST
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Senate unanimously passes Hatch Act update

On Friday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill updating the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activities of federal employees.

Tags: Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Senate , Congress , Daniel Akaka , Carl Levin , Joe Lieberman , workforce , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:55am EST

New TSP rules help Hurricane Sandy victims

Under temporary rules issued by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, feds can continue to contribute to their Thrift Savings Plan. FRTIB will waive a rule that prevents contributions for six months after taking a hardship withdrawal.

Tags: TSP , FRTIB , retirement , benefits , Michael OConnell

Friday - 11/23/2012, 12:19pm EST

Export-Import Bank gives while other agencies take

Fred Hochberg, the Export-Import Bank president told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that unlike other agencies, his agency has been able to pay money to the government rather than take money from the government.

Tags: Fred Hochberg , Export-Import Bank , Federal Drive , industry , workforce , management , Michael OConnell , financial management , Treasury

Friday - 11/16/2012, 12:48pm EST
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Air Force report falls short in fighting sexual assaults, victim advocate says

Jennifer Norris, a victim advocate at the Military Rape Crisis Center in Maine, said the Air Force report released Wednesday investigating the widespread scandal at Lackland Air Base made recommendations but didn't address the military culture that allowed the sexual assaults to occur.

Tags: Jennifer Norris , Military Rape Crisis Center , Air Force , DoD , Lackland Air Force base , sexual assaults , Federal Drive , workforce , Michael OConnell , Edward Rice

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 12:11pm EST
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Hurricane Sandy offers Army lesson in social media best practices

The Pentagon's Office of the Chief of Public Affairs is training the military's social media practitioners how to get information out quickly, securely and, most importantly, accurately during emergencies like the recent superstorm that hit the East Coast.

Tags: Hurricane Sandy , social media , Twitter , Facebook , Dale Sweetnam , Army , DoD , technology , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 09:35am EST
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