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SSA, AFGE sign off on final contract

After more than two years of tough negotiations, the Social Security Administration and its largest union, The American Federation of Government Employees, have signed off on final contract. The contract includes changes to office travel and vision benefits.

Tags: AFGE , workforce , management , Witold Skwierczynski

Monday - 05/07/2012, 05:27pm EDT

DoD, Social Security aim to speed up wounded warrior benefits

A new project lets SSA disability case processing sites take in DoD electronic medical records originating in multiple locations. That capability went nationwide this week. The centers simply log onto a single DoD website.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 09:41am EDT

Half of federal websites working on mobile strategy

The results of a ForeSee poll also show one-third of the 40 federal websites surveyed already have launched mobile initiatives.

Tags: ForeSee Results , e-government , technology , federal websites , HHS , DHS

Monday - 04/23/2012, 02:47pm EDT

Agencies lay out plans for Open Gov 2.0

Every agency issued updated open government plans, updating progress and detailing new initiatives for the next two years. NASA will change the way it designs and builds its websites. SSA will focus on health IT and putting services online.

Tags: technology , management , cloud computing , open gov , OIRA , NASA , Cass Sunstein , Chris Vein , Michael Astrue , citizen services , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/09/2012, 05:38pm EDT

Legislative changes needed to make bigger dent in improper payments

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the computer matching provisions in the Privacy Act make it harder for agencies to share information that would make stopping or finding waste, fraud and abuse easier. Senate lawmakers agreed they need to update the law to protect information but reduce the complexities.

Tags: management , financial management , Danny Werfel , Tom Coburn , Tom Carper , OMB , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , GAO , HHS , CMS , Recovery audits , improper payments , waste, fraud and abuse , IRS , Tax delinquent contractors , industry , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Frank Baitman takes over as HHS CIO

The Department of Health and Human Services taps Frank Baitman to be its new chief information officer. He comes to HHS from the Food and Drug Administration where he was an entrepreneur-in-residence.

Tags: Frank Baitman , FDA , HHS , Jason Miller , technology

Friday - 03/09/2012, 04:11pm EST

AFGE, SSA reach 'conceptual agreement' on new contract

A long-fought negotiation between the American Federation of Government Employees and the Social Security Administration seems to be over as the two sides agree to terms of new national contract.

Tags: Witold Skwierczynski , John Gage , AGFE , workforce , management , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 12:28pm EST
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OPM highlights hiring reform best practices

Agencies are measuring their progress towards hiring reforms and implementing technology to track applications and identify bottlenecks. Those are some of the best practices shared in a memo from the Office of Personnel Management. Overall, it said, agencies are progressing toward the governmentwide goal of filling vacancies in 80 days or less.

Tags: hiring reform , OPM , Angela Bailey , Emily Kopp , best practices , CHCO Council , Energy , DHS , DoD , TSA ,

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 05:34pm EST

Analytics helps agencies turn data into decisions

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and IBM's Public Sector Business Analytics and Optimization Practice points to the importance of analytics in measuring agency performance. But the report emphasizes that data collection is only the first step in turning facts and figures into usable information.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , data analytics , IBM , management , best practices , GPRA , FAA , CMS , HUD , VA , John Palguta , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 07:00am EST
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Retirement planning checklist

Benefits expert John Elliott joins Your Turn with Mike Causey with advice for federal employees after pre-retirement preparation.

Tags: NITP , John Elliott , Your Turn , Mike Causey , retirement , pay and benefits , TSP ,

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 02:30pm EDT
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