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Office of Naval Research is proof of government's technology cutting edge

With billions of dollars spent annually for government technology, is the federal government on the cutting edge or behind the curve? What's the truth behind the stereotype? Concluding our week-long series, 'The Five Fallacies of Government', Federal News Radio's Max Cacas examines the stereotype: "The government is behind the technology curve."

Tags: series , technology , mngt , U.S. Navy , Office of Naval Research , electric rail gun , free-laser program

Friday - 10/23/2009, 06:40am EDT

Contracting System Needs a Tune-Up

Op-Ed: While the government is becoming a better buyer, contracting improvements are required.

Tags: series , contracting , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight

Monday - 10/19/2009, 08:44am EDT

Vendors face smaller profit margins from government work

Experts say agencies are a tough buyer, especially when purchasing commodity or commercial items. The government's size and push for competition makes it an intelligent buyer too. The government still struggles, however, when writing requirements, long-time contracting officials say.

Tags: contracting , 5 Fallacies of Government? , series , Gary Barth , Renny DiPentima , Jeremy Grant , Acquisition Solutions , Canon , SRA

Monday - 10/19/2009, 06:30am EDT

Reality debunks the '9-to-5 Feds' stereotype

A common stereotype suggests that Federal workers enjoy cushy, 9-to-5 jobs. But is that true? Federal News Radio's Max Cacas continues our week-long special series, "The Five Fallacies of Government". Today: "Federal workers are in and out in 8 hours."

Tags: series , management , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , John Gage , AFGE , Carol Bonnasarro , SEA , John Berry , OPM , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 10/20/2009, 07:17am EDT

Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all

Anyone now working for the Federal Government or who knows someone who is a fed likely has their own story of how long it took to get the job. In some cases, it can take up to a year for some high-security jobs. But does it really have to be that way? Federal News Radio's Max Cacas continues our week-long special series, "the Five Fallacies of Government". Today: "The federal hiring process must be slow and arduous."

Tags: series , mngt , P&B , Senate Subcommittee on the Oversight of Government , federal workforce , Daniel Akaka , George Voinovich , John Berry , OPM , Jeffrey Zients , OMB , President Obama , Max Cacas , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Thursday - 10/22/2009, 07:04am EDT

IRS keeps pipeline of qualified employees flowing with interns

Tax agency officials are not overly worried about potential retirement of large number of workers. IRS sees internship programs as one way to attract entry level workers. Students receive high impact assignments from senior agency officials to ensure they gain the experience and understanding of what the agency does.

Tags: P&B , series , Linda Wallace , Susan Greer , IRS , Washington Center for Internships and Academic Sem , Partnership for Public Service , internships , Employee retirement projections

Wednesday - 10/21/2009, 07:33am EDT

Brain Drain or Trickle?

What does the War of 1812 have to do with long-running, dire warnings of a government brain drain? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey thinks he's found a direct connection which explains why this is the crisis du jour year after year.

Tags: P&B , retirement tsunami , George Cockburn

Wednesday - 10/21/2009, 04:00am EDT

The Retirement Wave

In today's look at the "5 Fallacies of Government?", FederalNewsRadio turns the focus on the "retirement wave" of the future.

Tags: series , retirement wave , OPM , OMB , Peter Orszag , Linda Springer , Diana Furchtgott-Roth , P&B

Wednesday - 10/21/2009, 04:00am EDT

Yours, mine and hours: feds weigh in on clock watching

These feds have keyboards and they're not afraid to use them!

Tags: series , GovLoop

Tuesday - 10/20/2009, 12:17pm EDT
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