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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: CIO switching DHS components, HUD stuck in 2005

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Another senior technology official at DHS is on the move; HUD quietly extended the HITS contracts to Lockheed Martin and HP Enterprise Services; Defense CIO Teri Takai doesn't have a lot of good things to say about the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act and a new DHS office will raise the level of focus on critical infrastructure security.

Friday - 02/28/2014, 05:03pm EST

HUD's Danzig heading to OMB to lead performance office

Lisa Danzig is slated to become OMB's associate director for personnel and performance. She would replace Shelley Metzenbaum, who left in May.

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 04:12pm EST

Feds expected to report Tuesday even if shutdown occurs

Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even if the government shuts down.

Monday - 09/30/2013, 06:15pm EDT

Cloud gives agencies a leg up in FOIA deluge

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency each put their respective Freedom of Information Act systems in a private-sector cloud. HUD said it's saving as much as 25 percent a year as compared to its in-house system. OCC said it's answering requests more quickly and effectively.

Friday - 08/23/2013, 05:53am EDT
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HUD drops last 2 furlough days

The Department of Housing and Urban Development canceled its last two furlough days after its employee union agreed to drop a grievance over the agency's alleged violations of its earlier furlough agreement.

Friday - 08/09/2013, 06:04pm EDT

Senate to debate transportation, housing budgets

Senate to debate bill boosting transportation, housing budgets despite automatic cuts

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 07:00pm EDT

Another furlough Friday, relief possible for some

Thousands of federal employees at four separate government agencies are required to take an unpaid furlough day July 5. Meanwhile, employees at two government agencies could see a diminished impact of furloughs.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 10:29am EDT

It's not just about spending!

Most politicians say they want a leaner, more efficient government. That they want to eliminate waste and duplication. Many of them actually mean it, unless it comes to a program or facility based in their home state or congressional district.

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

HUD buying into shared services; renewed push to merge DoD's CIO

In his Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Monday - 06/24/2013, 05:29am EDT
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HUD reorg plan violates furlough agreement, union says

The American Federal of Government Employees says the Housing and Urban Development Department's plan to reorganize to save costs runs counter to an agreement it has with the union over employee furloughs.

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 01:02pm EDT
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5 percent of federal workforce to be furloughed Friday

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Management and Budget and the Environmental Protection Agency will all shut down Friday because of widespread employee furloughs giving feds a four-day holiday weekend. The Labor and Interior Departments also are telling employees to stay home.

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 05:40pm EDT

EPA, HUD search for ways to keep mid-career feds

Mid-career employees are a scarcity in government. While agencies are awash with employees at the early career stage and those with 20-plus years of federal service, there aren't enough in the middle stages, and that has federal managers worried. Agencies like EPA and HUD are taking matters into their own hands. Both are launching new efforts aimed at keeping mid-career feds from leaving government for the private sector.

Tuesday - 05/07/2013, 05:44am EDT
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HUD reorganization will close dozens of field offices, affect 900 workers

A major restructuring at the Department of Housing and Urban Development will close or consolidate dozens of the agency's field offices nationwide and affect 10 percent of its 9,000-member workforce. HUD officials said the current organizational model is not sustainable given the constrained budget the agency faces.

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 07:58pm EDT

HUD CIO Jerry Williams takes new job at Education

Jerry Williams will become the new chief information officer at the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid. Patsy Garnett, HUD's acting deputy CIO for IT and business modernization, also is heading to a new agency.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 09:43am EDT

Sequestration to force HUD to shut down for 7 days

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will furlough all 9,000 of its employees for seven days between May and August in a bid to reduce costs due to sequestration. All employees, including career employees, will be furloughed the same number of days, which will effectively result in a shutdown of the department on those days.

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 02:48pm EDT

Federal workers owe $3.5 billion in back taxes

The number of federal workers and retirees who owed delinquent income taxes jumped by nearly 12 percent in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.

Saturday - 03/09/2013, 12:00pm EST

Grassroots group trying to improve employee morale at HUD

The Department of Housing and Urban Development ranked at only number 20 this year on The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey by the Partnership for Public Service. However, a budding grassroots group of agency employees called the Under 5 Group seeks to improve its agency's morale, inch up those rankings and find ways to keep their newest hires aboard and not from wanting to jump ship.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 06:23pm EST

Agency collaboration founded in personal relationships

Several departments are seeing the benefits from governmentwide collaboration. The interagency National Intellectual Property Coordination Center used its relationships to get the word out more quickly about counterfeit air bags that potentially could explode on impact. HR University absorbed millions of dollars in performance management training courses from an agency who on the CHCO Council.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 06:01am EST
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Homeless rate steady in latest government estimate

A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy. The federal government and local communities have greatly increased the number of beds available to the homeless over the last four years, either through emergency shelters or through government-subsidized apartments and houses. But the struggling economy contributed to the number of homeless people in the United States remaining stable between January 2011 and January 2012.

Monday - 12/10/2012, 12:47am EST

Kirit Amin heads to Commerce as deputy CIO

Amin spent the last eight months as HUD's chief technology officer.

Friday - 11/09/2012, 11:49am EST
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