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In the federal government, they wield spreadsheets, strive for "clean audit opinions", and are the first line of defense in accounting for the spending of taxpayer dollars. "They" are the top federal CFOs and financial managers, and yesterday, they met here in Washington to discuss their profession.
Ever since the founding of the Transportation Security Administration, two federal employee unions have vied for the right to organize and represent TSA screeners at the bargaining table. Now, one of those unions has filed a petition to do just that, even though neither TSA or its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, have yet to officially endorse collective bargaining for the screeners.
Many federal government watchers think the former Harvard Law Professor has turned OIRA into a 'living laboratory' for writing government regulations based on behavioral economics.
Declassifying 400 million classified documents. That is the task at hand for the newly created National Declassification Center at the National Archives. An archivist whose job just became part of the National Declassification uses recently declassified documents from the early days of the Cold War confrontation over West and East Berlin in a lecture on the challenges of making public that which has been secret for so many years. A Federal News Radio exclusive.
In Washington, even an inch of slushy snow is enough to cause havoc with commuters. It's a big factor in whether or not the Federal Government will open for business here in Washington, D.C. FederalNewsRadio's Senior Correspondent Mike Causey broke the news that the Office of Personnel Management will now have a decision on whether to open or close the government on bad weather days by 4 am, instead of 5 am. Yesterday, the head of OPM held a first-ever, "behind the scenes" look at how that decision is made.
Regardless of the trial's outcome, security, facilities and procedural requirements will put government workers through a financial, labor-intensive, emotional wringer.
Anyone now working for the Federal Government or who knows someone who is a fed likely has their own story of how long it took to get the job. In some cases, it can take up to a year for some high-security jobs. But does it really have to be that way? Federal News Radio's Max Cacas continues our week-long special series, "the Five Fallacies of Government". Today: "The federal hiring process must be slow and arduous."
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OMB wants federal employees to submit ideas for how to reduce spending and make agency services more efficient. The winner will present their idea to the President and it will be included in the 2011 budget.
Is a one-time, one-and-a-half month, uptick in car sales for some car dealers worth the full, economic costs of the Cash for Clunkers program?