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Task force recommends crackdown on CFC management

Working group suggests CFC managers codify a ban on expenses for meals, beverages and entertainment. The recommendations follow an inspector general report that questioned more than $700,000 in spending, including a jazz band and chair massages.

Tags: CFC , CFC-50 Commission , OPM , Keith Willingham , Shannon Hamm , Ana Urrechaga , Lew Lewis , oversight , management , waste ,

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 12:19pm EDT
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DHS underscores efforts to battle corruption

The Customs and Border Protection directorate wants to weed out agents who "go bad" years into their careers, using more lie detector tests. Background checks at the Transportation Security Administration have kept more than 5,000 potentially bad actors from joining the TSA workforce. At Immigration and Customs Enforcement, leaders emphasize the importance of employee outreach and education to prevent corruption.

Tags: corruption , oversight , management , ICE , CBP , DHS , Thomas Winkowski , James Duncan , Timothy Moynihan , Michael McCaul , House Homeland Security Committee , Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management , ethics ,

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 05:00am EDT
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Navy takes industry feedback to heart in NGEN RFP

The Navy tried to ensure it properly addressed industry concerns as it developed its final solicitation for the $5.4 billion network contract. Some comments involved cost-reduction. Others related to fairness in competition.

Tags: NGEN , NMCI , Stephen Hendricks , contracting , acquisition , technology , Navy , industry

Monday - 05/21/2012, 04:37pm EDT

USPS moves ahead with closings, staff reductions

The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with plans to close and consolidate 229 mail-processing facilities. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe (pictured) said the postal service can no longer wait for Congress to decide how to cut postal costs, and the processing network had simply become too big and too costly. The consolidations are expected to reduce the USPS workforce size by 28,000 employees.

Tags: USPS , budget , Patrick Donahoe , NPMHU , APWU

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 02:11pm EDT
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Hatch Act reform could put more feds in the hot seat

State and local investigations make it difficult for investigators to probe possible Hatch Act violations by federal employees, said Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner. The Office of Special Counsel is asking Congress to remove OSC's duty of policing state and local issues, so it can focus on federal cases.

Tags: Congress , OSC , management , Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Carolyn Lerner , Elijah Cummings , Daniel Akaka ,

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 08:17pm EDT
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Senators probe GSA financial controls after conference scandal

The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave the acting GSA administrator 21 days to answer 41 multi-part questions about the agency's efforts to prevent waste, fraud and abuse following the now infamous Western Regions Conference. Senators also recommended the agency review all other recent GSA conferences for possible problems.

Tags: Dan Tangherlini , Brian Miller , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , GSA , conference spending , waste , fraud , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , financial management , Shakeup at GSA ,

Tuesday - 05/15/2012, 09:38am EDT

CIO Council prepares new talent pool for IT hiring

The Chief Information Officers Council soon will allow agencies to hire technology fellows under a new initiative to help the government compete with the private sector for IT talent. The Technology Fellows Program, part of the 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal IT Management, will give agencies fast-track hiring authority.

Tags: workforce , technology , Technology Fellows Program , Presidential Management Fellows Program , hiring , Steven VanRoekel , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council ,

Monday - 05/14/2012, 02:50pm EDT
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Fun stuff: agriculture and adventure

Federal News Radio's Beth Reardon speaks with Recreation News Editor Marvin Bond about fun things to do in and near the nation's capital.

Tags: Recreation News , Beth Reardon , Marvin Bond

Saturday - 05/12/2012, 10:11am EDT
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OPM finalizes rules for new intern, hiring programs

The Pathways Program aims to help federal agencies compete with other sectors that recruit and hire interns and recent graduates. The program targets current students, recent graduates and professionals interested in becoming federal managers.

Tags: workforce , recruiting , interns , hiring , John Berry , Robert Shriver , Pathways Program , OPM , Recent Graduates Program , Presidential Management Fellows Program , internship program ,

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:39am EDT
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Fun stuff: the faire and fare

Every week, Federal News Radio's Ruben Gomez speaks with Recreation News Editor Marvin Bond about fun things to do in and near the nation's capital.

Tags: Recreation News , Marvin Bond ,

Saturday - 05/05/2012, 01:49pm EDT
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