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Medina advocates better CHCO communication to stop budget axe

Federal chief human capital officers should develop a consistent message about the effects of budget cuts on human resources, said CHCO Council Executive Director Kathryn Medina. The goal is to explain the tangible effects of spending reductions on core agency missions.

Tags: workforce , CHCO , budget , Partnership for Public Service , Grant Thornton , Kathryn Medina ,

Friday - 08/10/2012, 05:25am EDT
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Taskforce extends deadline for ideas on cloud ID management

The goal is for federal websites to accept third- party ID management credentials. The Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) Tiger Team wants to know more about existing commercial products and services that can help.

Tags: technology , GSA , Deb Gallagher , identity management , cloud computing , industry , Federal Cloud Credential Exchange , cybersecurity ,

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 05:38am EDT
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Johnson planning bill to change VA small business contracting process

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) believes a VA contracting program that requires service-disabled vets control 100 percent of their company's decision-making to qualify is too onerous. And he wants to ease the requirements.

Tags: Bill Johnson , VA , Scott Denniston , Thomas Leney , contracting , acquisition , oversight , Service disabled veteran-owned small business ,

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 05:34am EDT
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TSP plans RFP to improve data center security by year's end

The contract includes "very stringent" IT security requirements. The announcement follows a data breach that affected 123,000 TSP participants in 2011.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , TSP , Greg Long , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Daniel Akaka , Greg Wilshusen , Mary Ellen Callahan , Privacy Act , DHS , GAO ,

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 05:29am EDT
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Lawmakers say VA contracting rule squeezing out vet-owned firms

The rule, aimed at preventing fraud in the VA service-disabled veteran-owned small business program, requires that veterans control 100 percent of company decisions, even if they maintain just partial ownership. VA is taking suggestions for changing its rules.

Tags: Vetearns Affairs , Service disabled veteran-owned small business , Congress , House Committee on Veterans Affairs , acquisition , Thomas Leney , Phil Roe , Joe Donnelly , Bill Johnson , oversight , Esther Carey ,

Friday - 08/03/2012, 07:35pm EDT
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USAJobs passes independent cybersecurity test

Auditors found no security weaknesses that present an immediate threat to the jobs portal or user information housed in its database. The test represented the site's first independent security evaluation since OPM took control over USAJobs.gov from Monster Government Solutions in Oct. 2011. Under MGS management, hackers broke into the portal twice in 17 months.

Tags: OPM , cybersecurity , technology , USAJobs , oversight , Fishnet Security ,

Friday - 08/03/2012, 05:51pm EDT

DHS IG partners with CBP, ICE to investigate workforce corruption

The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general partnered with both Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel to investigate an increasing number of cases. Leaders of all three reported to a House subcommittee hearing that the collaboration has benefited the investigation process.

Tags: DHS , ICE , CBP , management , oversight , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Charles Edwards , David Aguilar , Daniel Ragsdale , Esther Carey ,

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 05:27am EDT
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USPS: We will default on $5.5B payment due this week

The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency's solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink. With cash running perilously low, two legally required payments for future postal retirees' health benefits - $5.5 billion due Wednesday, and another $5.6 billion due in September - will be left unpaid, the mail agency said Monday.

Tags: budget , USPS , Congress , House , Senate , Patrick Donahoe , Esther Carey ,

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:48pm EDT
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Agencies increase proportion of Hispanics in workforce

Hispanics accounted for more than eight in 100 civilian federal employees in 2011. The minority group also made gains in the Senior Executive Service and represented the third largest ethnic group in the federal government.

Tags: workforce , OPM , Hispanics , Hispanic hiring , hiring , retention , John Berry ,

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:47pm EDT

Federal CTO plans new networking tool to spur innovation

The Innovation Networking Project will supplement traditional, face-to-face, networking with the goal of connecting federal visionaries, Todd Park said. He hopes the end result will remove stovepipes that have prevented big thinkers from finding each other.

Tags: Todd Park , OSTP , innovation , networking , Innovation Networking Project , Carmen Medina , GovLoop , Next Generation of Government Summit

Friday - 07/27/2012, 07:57pm EDT
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