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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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Everybody's got a price. What's yours?

Would you take a buyout if the boss offered you one? You might want to decide now because if and when an offer comes, it won't be on the table very long, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , early retirement , buyouts , early-outs , State , IRS , DoD , VERA , VSIP

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 02:08am EDT

How will COLA affect feds who aren't retired?

Tammy Flanagan is the senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning.

Tags: Tammy Flanagan , National Institute of Transition Planning , pay and benefits , retirement , Social Security , COLA , In Depth

Friday - 10/21/2011, 05:21pm EDT
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Federal retirees get COLA bump in 2012

The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a measure of inflation that Congress adopted in the 1970s. Since then, it has resulted in annual increases averaging 4.2 percent.

Tags: pay and benefits , COLA , retirement , Associated Press

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 03:03pm EDT
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