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Donovan focuses on morale to turn around HUD

Congress gave Department of Housing and Urban Development programs to help homeless vets a slight boost in fiscal year 2012, in what may be a sign that Secretary Shaun Donovan's plan to turn around an agency once called the "poster child for scandal-ridden, dysfunctional bureaucracy" is working. Donovan said he is emphasizing performance based on data, and demanding that HUD staff increase collaboration among themselves and with other agencies. He spoke Thursday at the Excellence in Government conference in Washington.

Tags: Shaun Donovan , HUD , Government Executive , EIG , budget , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Best Places to Work , Emily Kopp

Friday - 11/18/2011, 04:43pm EST
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FDIC, Surface Board rely on communication to take top spots on 'Best Places to Work' list

Top ranked agencies say constant contact with employees is key to success. FDIC moved from the bottom in 2005 to the top this year. Surface Transportation Board takes top spot among small agencies for second year in a row.

Tags: FDIC , Surface Transportation Board , Daniel Elliott , Martin Gruenberg , Max Stier , Partnership for Pubic Service , Best Places to Work , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 05:06am EST
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OFPP warns against cuts to acquisition workforce

Progress has been made in better recruiting and training the acquisition workforce, but budget cuts could threaten years of progress, outgoing OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said at a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , DoD , DAU , FAI , Donna Jenkins , Katrina McFarland , Roger Jordan , PSC , Dan Gordon , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 05:36am EST
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Chart: How agencies stack up year to year on 'Best Places to Work' survey

This year's "Best Places to Work" rankings include both agencies that have long topped the list and others that made made strides to reach the top 10 list.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , Best Places to Work 2011 ,

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 02:26am EST

Contract and grant transparency is 'wave of the future'

Nancy Gunderson, deputy assistant secretary for grants, acquisition policy and accountability at Health and Human Services, talks about the challenges her agency faces in contracting.

Tags: nancy gunderson , Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board , HHS , Affordable Care Act , Recovery Act , contracting , Federal Drive , grants , Michael OConnell ,

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 10:37am EST
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CHCOs create speed dating for mentors, mentees

The Chief Human Capital Officers Council will hold speed matchmaking sessions each quarter starting in 2012 to pair up mentors and those who are looking for such support. Kathryn Medina, the executive director of the CHCO Council, said the success of the first speed mentoring session earlier this year presented an opportunity to address a long-standing need.

Tags: CHCO Council , OPM , Kathryn Medina , Commerce , Fred Lang , mentoring , HCMF 2011 , Jason Miller , HR University , Pat Tamburrino , DoD

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 05:35am EST
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DCMA leads acquisition 'revolution'

The Defense Department said it intends to not just rebuild its acquisition workforce in numbers, but also make sure those employees have access to new tools that will give them the insight they need to make good decisions.

Tags: DoD , DCMA , DCAA , NCMA , 2011 GCMC , DAU , acquisition , acquisition workforce , industry , contracting , pricing , Shay Assad , Timothy Callahan , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 05:29am EST
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Wednesday morning federal headlines - Nov. 16, 2011

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

Tags: Federal Drive , USPS , Energy Department , DoD , GAO

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 08:11am EST

OPM to hire CTO to handle USAJobs, retirement system

The Office of Personnel Management faces a House subcommittee today to answer questions about its handling of the USAJobs relaunch.

Tags: OPM , USAJobs , technology , hiring , House , Emily Kopp , Patrick McFarland , Valerie Melvin , Patrick Manzo , John Berry , Stephen Lynch , Dennis Ross , Connie Mack , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Monster Government Solutions , cybersecuirty

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 01:11pm EST
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Survey names best places to work in federal government

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Surface Transportation Board top the Partnership for Public Service's annual list of best places to work in the federal government. "The survey won't give you all the answers, but it'll tell you some questions to ask," said John Palguta, the partnership's vice president for policy.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , management , John Palguta , Best Places to Work

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 02:01am EST
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