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Multiple roles more help than hindrance, say agency CAOs

The Government Accountability Office looked at how agencies were complying with the Services Acquisitions Reform Act of 2003. It discovered that while many chief acquisition officers had assumed duties far beyond what the act intended, that might not be such a bad thing.

Tags: GAO , Bill Woods , CAO , acquisition , SARA , OFPP , Chief Acquisition Officer , management , In Depth , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 12:55pm EDT
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Obama memo bolsters protections for vets reentering workforce

President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Thursday calling on agencies to comply with protections laid out in The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 when hiring returning veterans.

Tags: Barack Obama , Veterans Affairs , Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act , OPM , DoD , Joining Forces Initiative , workforce , hiring , Joining Forces , Returning Heroes Tax Credit , Wounded Warrior Tax Credit , Michael OConnell

Friday - 07/20/2012, 11:17am EDT

7 agencies make progress on implementing 'cloud first,' GAO says

The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB's requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year's end.

Tags: Cloud First , OMB , GAO , HHS , GSA , DHS , Treasury , USDA , SBA , technology , information technology , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:42am EDT

Open Season creates opportunities for tax savings

Ed Zurndorfer, a registered employees benefits consultant, recommends that feds consider possible tax deductions when choosing a health insurance plan. But hurry, open season ends Dec. 12.

Tags: Pay & Benefit , Ed Zurndorfer , supercommittee , tax breaks , Open Season , Michael OConnell

Friday - 12/02/2011, 01:04pm EST
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Treasury's paperless initiative means no more paper benefit checks

Those who are already receiving paper checks for federal benefit payments have until March 1, 2013, to sign up for direct deposit or direct express.

Tags: Treasury , Walt Henderson , paperless , Green government , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , pay and benefits

Friday - 03/02/2012, 10:23am EST
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Debilitating storm? No sweat for teleworking feds

While some federal agencies in Washington, D.C., struggled to get their work done on Monday due to power outages caused by a recent storm, thousands of Patent and Trademark Office employees worked remotely as part of the agency's successful teleworking plan.

Tags: Danette Campbell , In Depth , telework , USPTO , workforce , management , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 01:29pm EDT
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TSP numbers bounce back in June

All 10 Thrift Savings Plan funds finished the month of June with positive figures, ending a several month slide into the red. The I Fund grew from -11.40 percent in May to 7.08 percent on June 30.

Tags: TSP , retirement , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 09:38am EDT

New SES evaluation process 'important step forward,' expert says

John Palguta, vice president for policy, at the Partnership for Public Service, says the new appraisal process for senior executives is weighted toward obtaining results.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Pubic Service , OMB , John Berry , Jeff Zients , OPM , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 11:15am EST
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USPS executives shift to fill interim positions

Joseph Corbett, the Postal Service's chief financial officer, is filling in for Chief Information Officer Ellis Burgoyne, who is on extended sick leave.

Tags: USPS , Federal Drive , management , Joseph Corbett , Ellis Burgoyne , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 10:51am EDT

USPS overpays pension obligations by $13.1B, report says

A new inspector general audit revealed that the Postal Service has overfunded its pension benefit obligations by nearly 105 percent. While this might seem to be good news for the cash- strapped agency, legislative action will be required for USPS to get back the $13.1 billion surplus it paid into its employees' pensions.

Tags: USPS , retirement , benefits , FERS , CSRS , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , inspector general

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 07:15am EDT
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