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Some advocate for banking services as USPS savior

The Postal Service should once again offer government-backed savings and accept deposits like it did in 1911, an expert said. Those services have proved to be effective money- makers in foreign postal systems, generating up to 50 percent of their revenue.

Tags: USPS , Postal Savings System , Sheldon Garon , budget , David Partenheimer , Princeton University , New America Foundation , management

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 06:40am EDT
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House committee remains mum on federal pay raises

The Financial Services and General Government spending bill seeks to cut $2 billion from the president's request. The bill says nothing about granting feds a pay raise in 2013. The House committee follows the lead of Senate appropriators, which also remained silent on the issue.

Tags: budget , management , pay and benefits , OMB , SEC , IRS , GSA , House Appropriations Committee , Senate Appropriations Committee , Congress , Jo Ann Emerson , Norman Dicks , pay raise

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 05:43am EDT
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How federal managers can weather election-season uncertainty

The best way to prepare for November's presidential election is to avoid political distractions. Managers also should prepare a list of programs they wish to cut.

Tags: management , election , Jon Desenberg , Marc Lampkin , Performance Institute , Government Performance Summit , presidential transition ,

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 05:08am EDT
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DoD announces new mobile strategy

With the plan, defense leaders hope to harness the best that wireless technology can offer. The strategy includes goals for secure information sharing via voice, video and data feeds. It also promotes app development.

Tags: technology , mobile devices , mobile , mobile strategy , wireless , DoD , Teri Takai

Friday - 06/15/2012, 07:15pm EDT

Vendors start to see contracts slowing down with sequestration looming

Contractors warn of possible layoffs due to potential budget cuts. Some companies are in waiting mode to see what happens with Congress over the next six months.

Tags: Debbie James , SAIC , sequestration , budget , acquisition , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , industry , contracting

Friday - 06/15/2012, 05:56am EDT
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In the federal pay debate, 1 + 1 doesn't always equal 2

Researchers are struggling to agree on the best method for comparing public and private sector compensation. Some analysts say the use of differing methods results in wildly varied conclusions.

Tags: pay , pay and benefits , pay debate , workforce , Andrew Biggs , Rex Facer , Federal Salary Council , American Enterprise Institute , CBO ,

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 05:24am EDT
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DoD bolsters acquisition workforce in face of budget pressures

Tighter budgets and the threat of sequestration have not discouraged the Defense Department from increasing the size of its acquisition workforce, officials said. DoD is adding 20,000 employees to buy more efficiently.

Tags: acquisition , workforce , management , budget , DoD , Air Force , Navy , DLA , Army , Rene Thomas-Rizzo , Scott Harwood , Roy Wood , Tom Evans , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 05:09pm EDT
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Agencies must receive OPM approval to convert politicals

OPM Director John Berry reminded agency leaders that they must seek approval from his agency before placing political appointees in some jobs. The guidelines also include a ban of certain incentive awards.

Tags: political appointees , SES , John Berry , OPM , workforce , management

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:48pm EDT

OPM survey to help agencies make tough budget decisions

OPM Director John Berry said the agency changed the annual survey to give agencies more insight into the morale and thoughts of their employees. Berry said agencies in their zeal to cut budgets shouldn't forget the importance of training.

Tags: John Berry , budget , management , OPM , mentoring , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Asian American Government Executive Network ,

Friday - 06/08/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Air Force makes history, pins first female four-star general

Janet Wolfenbarger will lead the Air Force Materiel Command, which is a key organization for current and future weapons systems. She promoted the Air Force's "culture of diversity" as the reason for her new rank.

Tags: Air Force , DoD , Janet Wolfenbarger , Air Force Materiel Command , Norton Schwartz , Michael Donley , DoD Report

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 09:24pm EDT
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