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Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Tags: technology , OMB , Lisa Schlosser , Mikey Dickerson , Haley Van Dyck , agile development , U.S. Digital Service , PortfolioStat , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , acquisition , Marina Martin , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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Threat to discipline 1,000 VA employees draws cheers and jeers

The biggest reorganization effort in VA history is underway, says Secretary Bob McDonald. His reform plan includes hiring a Chief Customer Service Officer and imposing disciplinary action on more than 1,000 employees. And while some praise McDonald's quick and decisive actions, others are urging a different approach that gives the accused an opportunity to respond.

Tags: Robert McDonald , management , workforce , Carol Bonosaro , John Salamone , In Depth , Francis Rose , Matt Wingfield , oversight

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 10:56am EST
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White House challenge puts the quest to go green in feds' hands

The government wants to go green and it's soliciting employee suggestions to help do it. It's a top-to-bottom effort though, as federal agencies also released their annual sustainability plans and the President announced a new GreenGov Symposium.

Tags: environment , EPA , CEQ , GreenGov initiative , GreenGov Challenge , GreenGov Symposium , sustainability , GSA , CDC , GreenGov Presidential Awards , cross-agency priority goals , workforce , Matt Wingfield , HUD , green government

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:22pm EST

When is the best day for you to retire?

The NITP's Tammy Flanagan will discuss the best days to retire and Andy Medici with the Federal Times new problems at the VA, and the high cost of workers compensation.
October 8, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , Tammy Flanagan , NITP , best date to retire , annual leave , federal retirement , Federal Times , Andy Medici , workers compensation , charitable giving , USPS , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 06:54pm EDT
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OMB turns to the people-solution to fix troubled IT programs

As part of President Barack Obama's second term management agenda, agencies are testing new hiring authorities for technology experts and an industry-government exchange program. The Office of Management and Budget also worked with agencies to benchmark the cost effectiveness of back-office functions.

Tags: technology , workforce , OMB , Beth Cobert , Steve VanRoekel , Mike Dickerson , GSA , Sloan Gibson , 18F , Digital Service Office , Jason Miller

Monday - 09/15/2014, 03:41am EDT
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New VA secretary promises flatter, more open organization

Robert McDonald, the new secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. He's promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages dissent.

Tags: Robert McDonald , management , oversight , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:56am EDT
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VA building on My HealtheVet successes with mobile apps

The Veterans Affairs Department will release the Summary of Care and Blue Button applications for mobile devices this fall. The release is part of a burgeoning effort to create connections with patients outside of the traditional office visit.

Tags: technology , Neil Evans , mobile computing , My HealtheVet , health IT , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 03:49am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contract

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract

Tags: Inside the DoD Reporter , DoD , DISA , Veterans Affairs , inspector general , contracting , technology , Robert McDonald , Jennifer Carter , oversight , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:47pm EDT

VA to start accepting bids for new patient scheduling system

VA, which has been eyeing a replacement for its scheduling system long before the current scandal, plans to issue a final request for proposals by the end of next month and make an award by the end of the year.

Tags: Veterans Affairs Department , technology , VistA , Stephen Warren , Robert McDonald , Jared Serbu , health IT

Monday - 08/25/2014, 05:18pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Tags: Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , DHS , GSA , HHS , DoT , cybersecurity , acquisition , technology , contracting , Buyers Club , T4 , Stan Lowe , Maria Roat , Charles De Sanno , Jenny Menna , Matt Goodrich , Bobbie Stempfley

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT
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