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Park Service tackles employee training and development

Like many agencies, National Park Service is facing many challenges during tight budgetary times. Chief among NPS' challenges is how to train its next generation of leaders.

Tags: Kathy Hanson , NPS , workforce , training , retirement tsunami , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , Interior Department

Monday - 12/09/2013, 03:52pm EST
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New bill aims to cancel sequestration for DoD at cost to feds' pay and benefits

Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced a bill Tuesday to cancel sequestration for the Defense Department for two years. The bill would offset this change by using a chained CPI to calculate COLAs for federal retirement programs along with other entitlement reforms.

Tags: Jim Bridenstine , Doug Lamborn , COLAs , chained CPI , pay and benefits , retirement , budget , sequestration , House , Frank Wolf , Michael OConnell , DoD

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 04:32pm EST

Carter steps down, Fox appointed new acting deputy DoD secretary

As Ashton Carter leaves the Pentagon as its deputy defense secretary, the long-time public servant criticizes the political divisiveness in Washington as being detrimental to the readiness of U.S. forces.

Tags: Ashton Carter , Chuck Hagel , Martin Dempsey , DoD , people , Christine Fox , sequestration , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 12:31pm EST

GAO: Census Bureau making progress on field tests for 2020 decennial

The Government Accountability Office studied how well the Census Bureau is preparing for the 2020 decennial. When it comes to field testing, the bureau is making progress on following a list of key practices GAO identified.

Tags: Robert Goldenkoff , GAO , Census Bureau , mobile , technology , In Depth , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 12:58pm EST
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Satisfied workers key to one small agency's success

With a staff of about 50 workers, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps American businesses find opportunities overseas. The agency's director says her staff "has buy-in focus on the same mission," which explains their overall sense of satisfaction.

Tags: Leocadia Zak , USTDA , workforce , employee satisfaction , management , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 11/26/2013, 01:28pm EST
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Bill would strengthen whistleblower protections for military personnel

Four senators have introduced a bill to extend to members of the military the same whistleblower protections enjoyed by civilian agency employees. The bipartisan bill already has gained the support of one advocacy group -- the Government Accountability Project.

Tags: Tom Devine , whistleblower , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Mark Warner , Chuck Grassley , Susan Collins , Senate , sexual assaults , Michael OConnell , DoD

Monday - 11/25/2013, 01:41pm EST
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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 , Michael OConnell

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 , Michael OConnell

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 , Michael OConnell , 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 , Michael OConnell

Friday - 11/08/2013, 01:50pm EST
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