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Army prepares to undergo its first large-scale financial audit

The Army hopes to follow behind the Marine Corps in successfully passing a partial audit of its financial statements. While the service acknowledges it's unlikely to get a clean opinion on the first go-round, it is confident enough in its internal controls to give it a try.

Tags: DoD , Army , audit readiness , financial management , Kristyn Jones , Jared Serbu , AFCEA , Marine Corps

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:08am EDT
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Unions hope new tools will help labor-management forums be more effective

The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations is getting ready to launch new tools to help partnerships between agency management and federal-employee unions better measure their effectiveness. A handful of agencies are months late in compiling metrics on the use and effectiveness of the forums, according to a report presented at a meeting of the labor-management council Wednesday. Unions are frustrated with the haphazard data collection.

Tags: workforce , OPM , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , Bill Dougan , NFFE , David Holway , NAGE , Katherine Archuleta , Beth Cobert , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT

Reforming the General Schedule does not have to mean pay for performance

Many smart, well-informed and thoughtful people assume that the only alternative to the General Schedule is pay for performance, but Jeff Neal, former CHCO at the Homeland Security Department disagrees.

Tags: performance reviews , General Service , workforce , commentary , Jeff Neal

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 01:07pm EDT

White House backs 13 recommendations to improve security clearance process

Six months after 34-year-old IT contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard killing 12 people, concerns about missed red flags in his background and gaps in the security clearance process are now turning into action. The Obama administration released the findings of a interagency review of the federal security clearance process Tuesday. Among the 13 recommendations for shoring up the system are continuously evaluating clearance holders rather than relying on infrequent check-ups and improving investigators' access to state and local police records.

Tags: OPM , oversight , DoD , security clearances , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , Beth Cobert , Katherine Archuleta

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:28pm EDT

Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill

The FOIA Act of 2014 would amend the Freedom of Information Act in 12 ways. It calls for the online portal and requires more oversight by agency inspectors general. But some agency FOIA officers say the bill only would improve the information disclosure process minimally.

Tags: Transparency , Darrell Issa , Ali Ahmed , Lauren Barlow , Krista Boyd , Nathan Hallford , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Judiciary Committee , FOIA , Sunshine Week , American University Washington College of Law , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 06:19am EDT
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Conversations with Authors Series with Trevor Brown & David Van Slyke

What are the challenges of acquiring complex products? What lessons can be learned from the Coast Guard's Deepwater program? How can government executives most effectively manage complex acquisitions? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions through the works Trevor Brown and David Van Slyke authors of several IBM Center reports on federal acquisition.

Tags: Trevor Brown , David Van Slyke , Business of Government Hour , IBM Center for the Business of Government ,

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 10:54am EDT
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Updating GS pay system key to attracting new talent

Steve Condrey, chairman of the Federal Salary Council, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that the key to bringing in new talent -- and making sure they stay -- is modernizing the aging General Schedule system. Congress devised the GS system in 1949.

Tags: pay , pay and benefits , Federal Salary Council , Steve Condrey , In Depth , Francis Rose , best practices , GS system , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 11:07am EDT
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Agencies need to change tactics to attract younger workers

As the government looks to diversify its workforce with younger employees, a new study shows interest is high among college students. The challenge lies in positioning the government so the best and brightest will find those opportunities.

Tags: workforce , recruitment , Partnership for Public Service , Tim McManus , In Depth , Pathways Program , Jason Fornicola

Monday - 03/17/2014, 02:52pm EDT
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Is discrimination to blame for employees' sinking satisfaction with training opportunities?

Budget cuts, alone, can't explain employees' sinking satisfaction with training, according to a new analysis prepared by the Tully Rinckey law firm in Washington, D.C., which specializes in federal employment law. As dissatisfaction with training opportunities has intensified in recent years, the number of Equal Employment Opportunity complaints alleging discrimination in training opportunities have also shot upwards, according to the firm's analysis.

Tags: training , Tully Rinckey , John Mahoney , workforce ,

Monday - 03/17/2014, 10:47am EDT

OMB's Cobert says new performance goals to 'drive tangible outcomes'

In the fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress, the White House detailed 15 cross-agency priority goals and almost 100 agency-specific goals. The goals and new strategic plans are laying the groundwork for agencies to continue to improve mission delivery and operations over the next two years.

Tags: performance management , Beth Cobert , OMB , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , budget , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , data driven reviews , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 03/14/2014, 03:45am EDT
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