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SSA facing potential budget cuts, IT delays

Agency officials say the House's proposed budget could mean furloughs and layoffs. Reduced funding also could slow the construction of SSA's new data center. Officials say the current computer center poses a high risk for outages that would impact critical operations.

Tags: management , technology , GSA , House Ways and Means Committee , budget cuts , furloughs , national computer center , AFGE , Patrick O'Carroll , Kelly Croft , David Foley , Witold Skwierczynski , Meg Beasley

Tuesday - 02/22/2011, 08:02am EST
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Causey: What you should know in case of a shutdown

Mike Causey discusses the last shutdown and lessons learned in case it happens again.

Tags: shutdown , continuing resolution , Mike Causey , budget , Dorobek Insider , furlough

Friday - 02/18/2011, 05:13pm EST
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SSA sets up e-mail for regulatory suggestions

As the president calls on agencies to streamline its regulatory process, the Social Security Administration has set up an e-mail account to take ideas from the public.

Tags: Collaboration Center , technology , e-mail , regulation reform , Barack Obama , open gov , Gov 2.0

Tuesday - 02/01/2011, 11:00am EST

Downsizing, Relocations, Benefit Reductions Up Next?

If you want a preview of coming attractions in your own agency, check out what is happening in the giant US Postal Service. It is looking at a major cutback of administrative personnel, consolidating post offices and relocating employees, not to mention possible pay and benefit changes. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you could be next.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , USPS , pay rates , pension , downsizing , Interior , GSA , Commerce , High-3

Wednesday - 01/19/2011, 04:00am EST

Partnerships forming for health care reform

As the Nation implements recently enacted health reform legislation, our regional businesses are uniquely qualified to assist the federal government to transform Health IT. Maryland is home to HHS, NIH, FDA, NIST, SSA, and the new Cyber Security Command Center and all of these agencies work with businesses to innovate health information technology. Montgomery County's Barbara Ashe tells us about a way to bring the sectors together.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , contracting , Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce , Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation , Barbara Ashe , HHS , NIH , FDA , NIST , Cyber Security Command Center , health care reform

Tuesday - 01/18/2011, 10:30am EST
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SSA continues to face daunting IT challenges

The Social Security Administration continues to face several IT management challenges -- none bigger than its move to a new data center.

Tags: collaboration , Collaboration Center , VOIP , Social Security Administration , Patrick O'Carroll

Tuesday - 12/28/2010, 06:00am EST

Will Black Friday be a day off for feds?

What do federal workers and Thanksgiving turkeys have in common? Mike Causey thinks he knows and you aren't going to like the answer.

Tags: pay and benefits , Thanksgiving , vacation , annual leave , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Monday - 11/08/2010, 04:00am EST

SSA speeds up the fast-track process

New rules will help reduce the time it takes to decide applications for disability benefits from those persons with the most severe disabilities. Commissioner Michael Astrue explains.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , Fast Track , Michael Astrue , Jamie Blanco

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 09:31am EDT
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OPM shakes up retirement office to improve claims processing

The backlog of claims by federal employees who are retiring is growing larger. OPM said it takes more than 100 days to process a claim. OPM Director John Berry said the agency is increasing the claims processing staff and looking at ways technology can improve the process.

Tags: pay and benefits , technology , John Berry , William Zielinski , Matt Perry , Vivek Kundra , OPM , OMB , Retirement Systems Modernization , retirement benefits processing , Jason Miller , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 10/20/2010, 03:06pm EDT
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OMB asks agencies for self-assessments

The administration conducts its first set of reviews of the three-to-eight high priority goals each agency set last year. OMB is encouraging agencies to conduct their own reviews in order to keep focus on meeting the objectives. All agency performance information eventually will be made public through a new portal, Performance.gov.

Tags: management , Shelley Metzenbaum , OMB , GSA , PBGC , performance management , Performance.gov , high-priority goals , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/15/2010, 07:13am EDT
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