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Obama salutes Iraq war vets at White House dinner

The President thanked those who fought its battles by sitting down to a candlelit meal with a small cross section of the million-plus who served there over the past nine years.

Tags: DoD , Barack Obama , Iraq

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 11:00pm EST

2013 budget: Staffing levels remain mostly flat

The size of the federal workforce has been an issue of political discussion for the past couple years. But amid everything else in the official 2013 budget request unveiled Monday, the overall size of the federal government, in terms of staffing levels, will remain relatively constant.

Tags: budget , 2013 budget , workforce , staffing cuts , management , hiring , retention , workforce cuts

Monday - 02/13/2012, 09:07pm EST

OPM defends yo-yo effect of pay, benefits proposals

Director John Berry said the proposition in the 2013 budget request to increase pay by 0.5 percent and increase the contributions employees pay to their retirement by 0.4 percent is "responsible" and "protects the benefit." OPM also would have to figure out how best to meet its mission with a flat budget next year. Berry said his top priority is reducing the backlog of retirement claims.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , OPM , John Berry , retirement contribution , pay raise , Congress , Barack Obama , retirement claims processing , budget , rehired annuitants , jason miller

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 05:37am EST
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White House doesn't support sequestration, sees it as forcing function

The 2013 budget request reduces half of the agency's discretionary spending. All agencies could face deeper cuts if Congress and the administration don't agree on a plan for deficit reduction in the next 11 months.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , OMB , 2013 budget , discretionary spending , sequestration , jason miller , Gene Sperling

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 05:34am EST
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CTO Aneesh Chopra to step down

Aneesh Chopra, the White House's first chief technology officer, is stepping down, the White House has confirmed.

Tags: Aneesh Chopra , CTO , technology , people

Friday - 01/27/2012, 12:26pm EST

Obama wants small-business bill this year

Tags: Barack Obama , tax , Congress

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 06:49pm EST

Obama to push spectrum development for first responders

The White House will push Congress to "finish the job" on spectrum policy, Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said. First responders still are using analog communications to talk to each other during emergencies.

Tags: technology , Aneesh Chopra , Congress , D-block , spectrum , emergency responders , public safety , 9/11 , NIST , Emily Kopp , Politico Pro ,

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 05:09am EST
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OMB to expand permit-tracking initiative

President Obama told the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Tuesday the administration would create performance metrics, track progress and adapt best practices for reducing the red tape for businesses.

Tags: technology , mangement , Barack Obama , OMB , permitting dashboard , Jeffrey Zients , Interior Department , BLM , USDA , Forest Service , Council on Jobs and Competitiveness , jason miller

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 07:55pm EST

Deputy cyber coordinator leaving the White House

Sameer Bhalotra spent 18 months on that role, but is moving back to California with his family.

Tags: technology , people , cybersecurity , Sameer Bhalotra , jason miller

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 12:46pm EST

White House concerned over online piracy bills

The Obama administration expressed concerns over bills it says would undermine "the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

Tags: Aneesh Chopra , Victoria Espinel , Howard Schmidt , cybersecurity , piracy , OMB , technology , Congress , Senate

Saturday - 01/14/2012, 02:37pm EST
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