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Senate passes Acquisitions Improvement Act

The bill aims to improve acquisition workforce training, increase accountability and expand the use of the Acquisition Workforce Training Fund.

Tags: Susan Collins , Acquisition Improvement Act , acquisition , procurement , contracting , budget , OFPP , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 01:20pm EST

Senate omnibus bill includes 2-year pay freeze

The $1.1 trillion Senate omnibus bill would authorize President Obama's pay freeze proposal. But it protects against furloughs or reductions-in-force. The Senate's bill would replace the House's version, which is a continuing resolution. Lawmakers must approve a bill before Dec. 19 when the current CR expires.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay freeze , pay debate , omnibus , Congress , House , continuing resolution , furloughs , Jason Miller , Jolie Lee , management , contracting

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 07:28pm EST

VTC Round-up: New telework law provides opportunity for agencies to increase VTC capabilities

With the new telework bill signed into law, federal employees will soon have more opportunities to telework, and agencies have more incentive to invest in or increase their telepresence options. After the Senate passed the bill in September, the House followed suit in November. It was signed into law last week, and encourages federal employees to telework. Currently, about 5 percent of federal employees participate in some sort of telework plan, and agencies will have to improve their existing technology capabilities and options to meet the increase in participating employees. "We're talking about bringing the government into the 21st century from a technology point of view and every other point of view," said bill sponsor Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) in an interview with Federal News Radio last month. "The technology is moving so aggressively there's no reason not to have a good telework policy," Wolf said. Video teleconferencing is already a component of telework programs at many agencies, and has in some cases enabled greater allowance for teleworking. At the Defense Information Systems Agency, the desktop- and laptop- based telepresence has "enabled our telework program to thrive, allowing DISA employees to fully participate in meetings, no matter where they are located," Colonel Brian Hermann, chief of the Net-Centric Enterprise Services branch. "It allows off-site employees to "participate fully in small-group meetings, including the use of whiteboarding and sharing presentations," Hermann said. Will other agencies follow suit? Stay tuned. Navy adding telepresence at National Naval Medical Center The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda is looking to install a video teleconferencing room which will serve as the Admiral's Conference room. The conference room will be used for executive-level video teleconference and Board of Directors meetings, among others according to a solicitation posted to FedBizzOpps.gov.

Tags: technology , Video Teleconferencing Center , telework , Cisco , TANDBERG , DISA ,

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 02:55pm EST

Va. Republicans look for challenger against Sen. Webb

Although no one has announced their candidacy yet, western Prince William Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th), former Gov. George Allen and Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart are positioning themselves for a run.

Tags: Jim Webb , Bob Marshall , George Allen , Corey Stewart

Saturday - 12/04/2010, 02:36am EST

Voinovich: Agencies must improve federal management

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Oh.) speaks to Jason Miller about ways agencies can improve federal management.

Tags: George Voinovich , Jason Miller , management , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Dorobek Insider , Federal Drive

Monday - 11/22/2010, 05:21pm EST
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Telework bill passes House, headed to Obama

The House passes the Telework Enhancement Act.

Tags: telework , House , Barack Obama , Telework Enhancement Act , Congress , Frank Wolf , John Sarbanes , Gerald Connolly , NTEU , FEW , Telework Exchange , Jolie Lee , ROWE

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 04:14pm EST
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Defense authorization bill back on Senate docket

The Defense authorization bill has been on the Senate calendar, and off the Senate calendar. Now it's on again. The Senate majority leader is now promising to bring a 2011 defense authorization bill to the floor for a vote.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , defense spending , defense spending bill , Senate Armed Services Committee , Harry Reid , Joe Lieberman , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 03:38pm EST

Carper bill allows USPS to recoup billions

A bill by Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) aims to save the Postal Service from mounting debt with the POST Act.

Tags: USPS , Tom Carper , Congress , POST Act , retirement , pay and benefits , management

Friday - 09/24/2010, 12:10pm EDT

Lawmakers try to stop JFCOM shutdown

A week from today --the Senate Armed Services Committee is going to have a hearing about Pentagon's plans to close the Joint Forces Command headquarters in Norfolk to save money. Va. Sen. Jim Webb, who is a former Navy Secretary has pushed to get the hearing because they are concerned that the JFCOM closure will hit Virginia and the Tidewater region hard from an economic perspective. Webb and the rest of the Va. Congressional delegations are said to be exploring options to stop the shutdown.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Congress , Navy , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 09/21/2010, 11:31am EDT

OMB targets fixes for mission critical IT projects

The Office of Management and Budget is throwing a lifeline, of sorts, to 15 agencies who have IT projects that are on its high-risk list. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said the 26 projects on his new high priority list are mission critical. He said some extra attention now could reap dividends down the road when those projects finally realize their long-awaited potential.

Tags: management , technology , OMB , Vivek Kundra , OPM , Matt Perry , DOJ , Vance Hitch , Bernie Mazur , Interior , NARA , David Ferrierro , Tom Carper , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , FBI, Sentinel , RSM , High Risk list , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 08/24/2010, 06:19am EDT
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