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VA creating A-Team to tackle complex projects

The Veterans Affairs Department is creating an acquisition cadre to work on complex projects. Glenn Haggstrom, VA's principal executive director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction, said the goal is to match experts with the needs across the department.

Tags: acquisition , workforce , VA , Glen Haggstrom , Data mining , project management , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 06:13am EDT

Agencies fight uphill battle to retain critical knowledge and skills

Even though a massive federal retirement tsunami has been a no-show, even a moderate uptick in retirements could pose challenges for agencies -- especially as they face decreasing budgets and declining staffs. In part three of our special report, "Retirement Conundrum," Federal News Radio examines how agencies plan to retain institutional knowledge and fill critical skills gaps as longtime employees head for the exits.

Tags: Retirement Conundrum , retirement , GAO , Robert Goldenkoff , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Jeff Neal , HUD , Sheila Wright , Cathy Biggs-Silver , VA , virtual learning , Jack Moore , Peter Leeds , MSPB

Friday - 05/31/2013, 02:41am EDT

Tips, techniques to write in plain language

It's been two years since the Plain Language Writing Act became law. While agencies are doing a better job, more work needs to be done. A federal expert on plain language is offering agencies the writing tips he employs on a daily basis. At the same time, a new bill in Congress would extend the plain language act to cover federal regulations.

Tags: management , Bruce Braley , Robert Agnello , DoD , TRICARE , Plain Language Act , Center for Plain Language , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 05:59am EDT
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Coalition for Government Procurement 2013 Spring Conference

Attendees at the 2013 Coalition for Government Procurement's Spring Conference will engage in a government-industry "Mythbusters" dialogue with acquisition leadership from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration and others about key procurement issues that impact members' government business.

Tags: Coalition for Government Procurement , Roger Waldron , Iris Cooper , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 05:07pm EDT

Graduate School USA bringing EA back into vogue

Brian Moran, a lecturer at the Graduate School USA, is leading an effort to reinvigorate the enterprise architecture curriculum.
February 28, 2013

Tags: technology , management , Brian Moran , Graduate School USA , enterprise architecture , cloud computing , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller , Top Leaders in Federal Service

Friday - 03/01/2013, 02:04pm EST
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Sequestration cuts force GSA to cancel two more conferences

The annual SmartPay and FedForum conferences have been canceled this year due to cuts to agency travel and training budgets under sequestration.

Tags: GSA , sequestration , conferences , SmartPay , FedForum , industry , management , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/18/2013, 03:30pm EDT

DoD constructing offensive, defensive cyber teams

U.S. Cyber Command is putting together dozens of groups to defend the military's network, to work with combatant commanders on offensive tactics and to respond to attacks against the nation. Gen. Keith Alexander, however, said budget cuts will delay DoD's ability to recruit and train team members.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DoD , Keith Alexander , Robert Kehler , workforce , Senate Armed Services Committee , sequestration , Jason Miller , U.S. Cyber Command

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 06:13am EDT
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DoD's recovery from sequestration-related cuts will take months, years

With sequestration now in effect, the Defense Department says it will have to begin to make decisions that cross the threshold between "reversible" cuts to military capability and those that will have long-lasting impacts.

Tags: sequestration , DoD , Chuck Hagel , Ashton Carter , industry , acquisition , Air Force , Army , Navy , workforce , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/04/2013, 05:21am EST
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IT reform bill needs to 'beef up' people section, experts say

Rep. Darrell Issa plans to formally introduce the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act before the end of March. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its second hearing on the draft bill. Current and former federal officials say the bill should place a stronger emphasis on project management and workforce issues.

Tags: technology , management , Richard Spires , DHS , Darrell Issa , John Mica , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , program management , workforce , Stan Soloway , PSC , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:02am EST

Pentagon tears down final barrier for women in combat

On Thursday, DoD eliminated its Clinton-era policy that excluded women from serving in many front-line jobs. But full implementation will not happen immediately.

Tags: DoD , Army , workforce , Martin Dempsey , Leon Panetta , Robert Cone , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/25/2013, 05:15am EST
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