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Tracking feds' morale, changes to General Schedule part of 2015 budget plan

The Obama administration is calling on agencies to get smarter about tracking employee morale and engagement. The administration plans to roll out an "engagement dashboard" this year that agency supervisors can use to track the mood of their workforces. It's just one part of a planned overhaul of federal management called for in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget blueprint. Other initiatives include a revamp of the General Schedule personnel system, real-time performance reviews of management efforts and enhanced training for senior executives.

Tags: OPM , HRStat , management , workforce , employee morale , 2015 budget , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Budget seeks largest increase in federal civilian workforce since 2009

After years of flat or even declining staffing levels at agencies across the federal government, the Obama administration wants most agencies to begin staffing up again. In fact, President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposes the largest governmentwide staffing increase since 2009.

Tags: 2015 budget , workforce , hiring , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/10/2014, 04:25pm EDT

Time to fix the federal spending house of (reporting) horrors

Despite the billions spent investing in systems, financial processes are such that when you add up all the layers, it takes something akin to archaeology for a citizen to unearth a specific fact about where and how money was spent, says Federal News Radio host Tom Temin.

Tags: financial management , accountability , DATA Act , Tom Temin , commentary ,

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 12:46pm EST

With budget release, OMB seeks stability for federal workforce

The Office of Management and Budget says the President's fiscal 2015 budget proposal released this week represents an attempt to move beyond the budget gridlock of the past few years. In an exclusive Federal News Radio interview, OMB Deputy Director Brian Deese discussed proposals boost funding for federal-employee training programs and to overhaul way individual agencies' programs are funded.

Tags: OMB , management , Brian Deese , In Depth , Francis Rose , 2015 budget , Jack Moore , exclusive

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 07:26pm EST
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Even defense hawks are pessimistic about DoD 2015 request for extra funds

The Obama administration says the Defense Department needs an additional $26 billion in excess of next year's Defense spending caps in order to carry out DoD's mission. But even the staunchest defenders of the Pentagon budget on Capitol Hill acknowledge that the extra funding is unlikely to materialize.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Chuck Hagel , Martin Dempsey , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/07/2014, 03:52am EST
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Budget proposal fleshes out OMB's management agenda

In the fiscal 2015 budget, the White House laid out initiatives that fall under each of the four pillars of the management agenda. The federal IT budget would drop to $79.1 billion in 2015 -- down from $81.4 billion in 2014.

Tags: management , technology , OMB , Beth Cobert , Steven VanRoekel , management agenda , PortfolioStat , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 05:09pm EST
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Pentagon, Senate lawmakers already at odds over 2015 budget cuts

DoD's cost savings proposals for 2015 and beyond include something for every lawmaker to hate. The process of selling the budget on Capitol Hill officially kicked off Wednesday, and the reception was not exceptionally warm.

Tags: DoD , Congress , pay and benefits , Martin Dempsey , Robert Hale , Chuck Hagel , Senate Armed Services Committee , workforce , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 04:12am EST
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GAO seeks budget hike to restore staffing from rock-bottom levels

The Government Accountability Office is requesting about $525 million for fiscal 2015, an increase of about 4 percent, or $19 million, above current levels. The additional funding would allow the agency to continue staffing up the agency from the nearly rock-bottom levels it hit over the past few years. The additional funding would also allow GAO to make upgrades to its aging IT infrastructure and do long-deferred building upkeep and and maintenance

Tags: Congress , House , 2015 budget , GAO , Gene Dodaro , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 04:33pm EST

Gates: Compensation, benefits more than a third of DoD budget

When Robert Gates was secretary of Defense, he tried three years in a row to increase out-of-pocket expenses for TRICARE participants. But Congress voted that down every time.

Tags: Robert Gates , DoD , Quadrennial Defense Review , TRICARE , In Depth , benefits , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 05:39pm EST
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White House budget breakdown: FY 2015 agency-by-agency funding levels

President Barack Obama released his fiscal 2015 budget blueprint Tuesday. The budget proposal lays out the administration's spending priorities for next year, but Congress holds the final purse strings and is likely to balk at several of the proposals. Track the Obama's administration's proposed funding levels for federal agencies below.

Tags: White House , Barack Obama , budget levels

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 11:13am EST
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