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Federal Council News

FAR Council's broad reading of counterfeit parts law causes concerns

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council would require all contractors at the prime and sub levels to report counterfeit or suspected counterfeit parts to the government.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Obama appoints new members to labor-management council

President Barack Obama has appointed four new members to the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. Leaders from the Teamsters, American Federation of Government Employees, Federal Education Association and National Association of Government Employees will advise the President on federal labor relations.

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 08:39am EDT

VA forming cadre of specially-trained acquisition workers

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, said his office will launch the acquisition corps and program management framework in the coming months to further professionalize the agency's acquisition workforce. A Federal News Radio survey of chief acquisition officers and other senior acquisition managers says workforce training and retention remain among their biggest priorities and challenges.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Lessons in federal training - straight from your garden

Training should not be about checking items off a list, says GSA Chief Learning Officer Mike Casey. It should be more like a "self-weeding garden."

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:48pm EDT
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Q&A with Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel

Steven VanRoekel, the federal chief information officer, joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss the White House's latest IT priorities. View an archived version of the discussion.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 01:00pm EDT

'1600 Penn' showcases Oval Office, Josh Gad

'1600 Penn' aims for fun, not politics, with slapstick and 'Book of Mormon' star Josh Gad

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 08:58am EST

Ex-Mass. US Sen. Brown talking to Fox about job

Former Mass. US Sen. Brown talking to Fox about contributor job, joins board of paper company

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 08:57pm EST

Super Bowl tops ratings; outage highly viewed, too

Super Bowl dominates ratings; less than 2 percent of viewers stopped watching during blackout

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 09:32am EST

Medina advocates better CHCO communication to stop budget axe

Federal chief human capital officers should develop a consistent message about the effects of budget cuts on human resources, said CHCO Council Executive Director Kathryn Medina. The goal is to explain the tangible effects of spending reductions on core agency missions.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 05:25am EDT
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Acquisition workforce, contract management top CAO priorities

Improving contract management and workforce development and training the most important areas federal chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives are focusing on in 2012.

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 09:03am EST
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OFPP boosts requirements for contracting reps

A new memo details three classifications for the new contracting officer's representative position, which replaces the contracting officer's technical representatives as of Jan. 1. The goal is to improve acquisition oversight, especially of high risk contracts.

Friday - 09/16/2011, 12:12pm EDT

OMB: Agencies to speed pay to small contractors

The Office of Management and Budget has issued new guidance to agencies that would accelerate payments to small-business contractors. OMB Director Jacob Lew directed Executive Branch agencies to cut the payment processing time from 30 days to 15 days.

Thursday - 09/15/2011, 08:48am EDT

Measuring up: New SES framework will help evaluate managers

A new governmentwide framework for evaluating the top career employees in the Senior Executive Service will be rolled out at the end of September. Steve Shih, a deputy associate director in the Office of Personnel Management, said it will bring uniformity and predictability to a process that now seems uneven.

Monday - 08/22/2011, 05:34am EDT
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HUD finds program success in review sessions

The agency is using HUDStat sessions to set, oversee and accomplish performance goals. HUD and VA are using these meetings to ensure they are meeting their joint goal to reduce homelessness among veterans. HUD's Peter Grace said getting program managers to talk honestly about their challenges has been among the biggest changes.

Thursday - 08/11/2011, 05:20am EDT
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SESers to have new metrics by September

A new memo from OPM details the efforts to standardize and improve the Senior Executive Service's performance management system. A task force of 10 agencies will develop the new process using public and private-sector best practices. Once finished, OPM expects agencies to implement the system over the next two years.

Wednesday - 08/03/2011, 11:18am EDT

OMB pushes CFOs to lead cost-cutting effort

In a memo to agency financial managers, Danny Werfel set a July 31 deadline for three broad initiatives to reduce spending. Agency CFOs also must rank their employees' SAVE Award ideas for implementation and begin sharing best practices to root out waste, fraud and abuse.

Thursday - 06/30/2011, 02:59pm EDT

Performance symposium no longer just for DoD

JD Sicilia, Director of Strategic Management and Performance at DoD and Rosye Cloud, director of Performance Improvement Council join Francis Rose for the Executive Hour on In Depth

Tuesday - 06/07/2011, 06:48pm EDT
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Agencies announce 78 cloud projects

The Federal CIO Council released Thursday a list of 78 cloud projects being completed by the 25 largest federal agencies. Starting in December 2010, each agency was required to identify three projects to move to the cloud within 18 months as part of the Obama administration's 25-Point Plan to Reform Federal IT Management.

Sunday - 05/29/2011, 10:28pm EDT

OPM touts transformation of federal hiring

One year after the President called for improvements to how agencies hire workers, OPM Director Berry said KSAs, long job descriptions and the rule of three are mostly a thing of the past. On average, agencies are hiring new employees in 105 days and most job descriptions are five pages or fewer.

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 05:31pm EDT
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How to communicate with feds to calm shutdown fears

A fast-approaching budget deadline is creating increasing anxiety among federal workers that government could shut down if Congress does not reach a deal.

Wednesday - 04/06/2011, 06:19pm EDT
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