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Treasury's fixes to USASpending.gov begin with mapping, navigation

Christina Ho, the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, said Treasury developed short-and long-term plans to improve the spending portal. She said DATA Act requirements fit well in the department's strategy.

Tags: technology , USASpending.gov , Christina Ho , Treasury Department , DATA Act , contracting , information sharing , Jason Miller ,

Friday - 09/26/2014, 04:57am EDT
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Complex ethics environment pushes OGE to focus on basics

Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, said the agency is focusing on three areas in order to improve ethics training across government: communication, direct support to agency ethics officials and oversight.

Tags: management , Office of Government Ethics , Walter Shaub , training , oversight , Jason Miller ,

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:51am EDT
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TechAmerica dismisses Mike Hettinger as head of public sector practice

The industry association is once again in turmoil as it gets rid of Mike Hettinger, who was brought in to stabilize the association after a tumultuous year. TechAmerica brings in two consultants, Larry Allen and Bill Greenwalt, to handle the day-to-day activities of the organization in the meantime.

Tags: industry , management , Mike Hettinger , Steve Ostrowski , TechAmerica , CompTia , Todd Thibodeaux , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 01:54pm EDT

OGE Director Shaub wants a stronger, more transparent ethics community

The National Government Ethics Summit, sponsored by the Office of Government Ethics, highlighted basic and advanced training for federal ethics officials, as well as broader subjects, such as whistleblower retaliation, the Hatch Act and other legal issues. Walter Shaub, the director of OGE, wants training sessions such as these to bring the federal ethics community closer together.

Tags: management , Office of Government Ethics , Walter Shaub , workforce , Craig Holman , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:11am EDT
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It happened to me: Diplomats recount stories of crisis and survival

Diane Dillard picked up the pieces of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon after it was bombed in 1983. Ambassador Bill Brown found himself at the heart of a Soviet Union spy scandal. And John Limbert survived the infamous 444-day Iran hostage crisis. In the inaugural edition of Federal News Radio's new feature, Federal Voices, we hear from each of them, in their own words, about what those experiences were really like and how they survived to tell the tale.

Tags: Diane Dillard , Stu Kennedy , Bill Brown , John Limbert , State Department , foreign service officers , Beirut , embassy , Clayton Lonetree , Iran hostage crisis , Emily Kopp , Federal Voices , Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training , Foreign Service Institute , George Shultz ,

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

IRS' approach to big data focuses on business outcomes

The office of compliance analytics at the IRS uses information, tools and analysis to help mission offices solve problems. Dean Silverman, a senior adviser to the IRS commissioner, said his office is trying to use these tools and approaches to improve the agency's outcomes and to create a data-driven decision-making culture.

Tags: management , Dean Silverman , IRS , data analytics , improper payments , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:16am EDT
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Archuleta studying best ways to ensure OPM continues HR evolution

Katherine Archuleta has spent her first few months as director at the Office of Personnel Management learning, listening and asking questions to figure out how to ensure continuous improvement. Archuleta said she expects a new plan to improve the agency's technology by the end of February.

Tags: Katherine Archuleta , OPM , workforce , human resources , retirement claims processing , Jason Miller , retirement , management , hiring reforms ,

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 04:16am EST
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GSA changes plans, will keep service schedules open after all

The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it's necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Tiffany Hixson , schedule contracts , industry , Transportation Department , Jason Miller ,

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:17am EDT
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GSA applying its IT model to overhaul of services schedules

Tiffany Hixson, the Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate seven professional services schedules, such as MOBIS, FABS and professional engineering, into a handful of schedules. She said GSA is using the same approach for services as it did with IT by awarding the OASIS contracts to compliment the professional services schedule modernization.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Tiffany Hixson , professional services , OASIS , Alliant , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 03:57am EDT
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Despite 50 years of progress, morale gap among LGBT workers persists

Despite a series of efforts to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal workers by the Obama administration, LGBT feds, who comprise about 3 percent of the federal workforce, are less satisfied, feel less empowered on the job and are less likely to rate their agency's senior leaders and management as highly as their non-LGBT counterparts, according to a recent survey.

Tags: hiring , OPM , DOJ Pride , MSPB , sexual orientation , LGBT , management , Chris Elias , Robyn McCutcheon , Doug Nierle , Jeff Neal , Jack Moore , Lisa Kove , GLIFAA , DOD Federal Globe ,

Sunday - 07/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT
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