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Report: Lack of encouragement causes agency innovation to fizzle

The federal government is saddled with the reputation of a stodgy, stunted work environment where the status quo rules the day. But the problem isn't that federal employees don't have bright ideas for doing business differently. The problem is that too often agency leadership fails to encourage employees to think outside the box or to reward them when they do so.

Tags: management , innovation , Partnership for Public Service , Deloitte , NASA , SEC , Surface Transportation Board

Monday - 07/23/2012, 08:35pm EDT

Building personnel face new green training expectations

Employees and contractors must demonstrate core competency skills released today by the General Services Administration. GSA developed the competencies and related curriculum recommendations to meet legislative requirements.

Tags: GSA , green government , sustainability , building management , Esther Carey

Monday - 07/23/2012, 04:01pm EDT

NIST gives agencies tips to secure mobile devices

New guidelines could help agencies adopting bring-your-own-device strategies manage the potential risks smartphones and tablets could pose.

Tags: cybersecurity , NIST , Tom Karygiannis , In Depth , mobile computing , Bring your own device , Keith BieryGolick

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:29am EDT
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Sammies finalist uses new media to foster collaboration at State

Richard Boly, the director of the State Department's Office of eDiplomacy, is a finalist for the Service to America Medal.

Tags: Richard Boly , State Department , Service to America Medals , eDiplomacy , technology , collaboration , management , In Depth

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 03:39pm EDT
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DoD leads the way in student loan repayment program

DoD attracts and retains more employees through an increased involvement in the student loan repayment program.

Tags: DoJ , DoD , State , management , hiring , retention , Keith BieryGolick , John Berry , Federal Drive , DoD Report

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 07:22pm EDT

Agencies rethink business as usual in face of budget, workforce challenges

In the face of decreasing resources and increasing workloads, agencies are searching for ways to become more efficient. John Palguta, vice president for policy at Partnership for Public Service, said agencies should consider utilizing tools developed by others. Steve Lenkart, executive director and chief operating officer at the Merit Systems Protection Board, said agencies can structure procedures to manage risks of uncertainty.

Tags: workforce , budget , MSPB , Partnership for Public Service , Federal Drive , In Depth , Esther Carey , John Palguta , Steve Lenkart

Monday - 06/25/2012, 02:55pm EDT

Analysis: DoD needs to slice budget with or without sequestration

Benjamin Friedman, a CATO Institute research fellow, said sequestration prevents intelligent spending cuts, but that doesn't necessarily mean DoD lacks room to make smarter ones.

Tags: sequestration , budget , DoD , Budget Control Act , Benjamin Friedman , Keith BieryGolick , Cato Institute , Congress , In Depth

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 05:15am EDT
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Devaney: 'Long past due' for governmentwide spending oversight

Agencies and lawmakers, seeking to implement accountability and transparency practices governmentwide, are taking a page from the Recovery Board's playbook. One of the successes of the RAT Board was in changing the way agencies dealt with erroneous or improper payments, said Earl Devaney, the former chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and now a senior adviser at Reznick Government.

Tags: management , budget , oversight , Recovery Act , Earl Devaney , RAT Board , GAT Board , Recovery.gov , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 03:01pm EDT
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GAO gives Congress a hand for using data to make decisions

The 34-page guideline details how lawmakers can use performance information to ensure agencies are meeting their missions.

Tags: management , budget , GAO , Congress , GPRA Modernization , OMB , Taeja Smith

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 08:37pm EDT
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