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  1. A visitor to Google's German offices looks at a three-dimensional rendering of French mountains using Google Earth software. Commercial imagery providers could soon be able to provide much higher-resolution images if suggested rule changes take effect. Adam Berry / Getty Images

    U.S. could lift commercial satellite imagery restrictions

    Limitations on resolution unpopular with companies, who say it hurts competitiveness.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  2. OPM chief hopes to raise morale with employee survey

    Last year's response rate to viewpoint survey was lower than hoped.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. Letitia Long is guiding NGIA through a transition to become a new kind of information provider.

    Next for intelligence: immersion

    NGA to lead the way toward a new intel paradigm.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  4. Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., employs civilian security officers for installation entry control to facilitate deployments for active duty airmen. The Air Force plans to cut about 2,700 civilian employees to deal with budget reductions. Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole / Air Force

    Air Force to cut civilian workforce in 2015

    Early retirements, buyouts and attrition will shrink the ranks.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  5. After a difficult five years shepherding President Obama's signature health care law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has tendered her resignation, according to two senior administration officials. Jim Watson / AFP

    HHS Sec. Sebelius resigns; Burwell to replace

    After a difficult five years shepherding President Obama's signature health care law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has tendered her resignation, according to two senior administration officials.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  6. Robert Bray will step down as director of the Federal Air Marshal Service after 39 years in law enforcement.

    Air marshal chief to retire

    Robert Bray to step down after 39 years in law enforcement.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  7. Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, commanding general II Marine Expeditionary Force, signs his donation form as part of the annual donation drive from the Combined Federal Campaign. Some new rules take effect this year. Pfc. Joshua Grant

    CFC will centralize, charge application fees to charities

    New rules also eliminate cash option.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  8. SINET's Robert Rodriguez John Todd /

    Federal Government still facing cyber brain drain

    The federal government is losing talent in cyber fields, and the problem is only going to get worse, according to one expert.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  9. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has tightened the rules on alcohol use after an incident of misconduct. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Secret Service disciplines agents suspected in Netherlands misconduct

    Incident leads to a new policy on alcohol.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  10.  Mike Morones/Staff

    Daniel Lockney

    Daniel Lockney is in the business of ensuring NASA technology is reused for practical applications like public safety, health and information technology.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  11. Rep. Darrell Issa says agencies could save $23 billion in 10 years by cutting duplicative programs. Mike Morones/Staff

    Lawmakers to agencies: Stop wasting billions on redundant programs

    A lack of transparency is a major reason that the government has many duplicative programs, according to Rep.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  12. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini seeks to 'right-size' portfolio. File

    GSA looking to streamline portfolio after years of budget cuts

    Funding restored in 2014 is inadequate to avoid need for change.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  13.  US Air Force

    Program View

    Since being named the US Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs (A8) in October 2012, Lt. Gen. Michael Moeller has helped guide the service through the short-term chaos of a sequestered budget process while planning its long-term strategy. With the 2015 budget submitted, Moeller is turning his thoughts toward a new goal: a 30-year strategy that will provide the backbone of the Air Force’s long-term vision.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  14. Tom Coburn: 'No shurtcuts' in identifying and eliminating government waste. Rob Curtis/Staff

    10 agencies, one job

    Waste report reveals duplication across the federal government.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  15. Gregory Giddens had overseen large projects at the Defense and Homeland Security departments before leading VA's Enterprise Program Management Office. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Gregory Giddens

    Executive director of the Enterprise Program Management Office, Veterans Affairs Department

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  16. OPM is making progress on reducing its retirement claims backlog. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    Pension application backlog falls

    OPM processed more claims than expected in March.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  17. The U.S. Postal Service shed 1,200 jobs in March, according to BLS. Justin Sullivan/ / Getty Images

    Federal workforce continues to shrink

    Latest statistics show numbers lost in March.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  18. Agencies are developing mobile device management policies at varying rates. Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

    Edging toward government mobile management

    Agencies are working on policies at various speeds, some leading, others struggling.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  19. NIST moves forward with cyber-focused research center

    Institute is readying a management contract.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  20. Infrastructure plan focuses on resilence, risk management

    The recently-revised National Infrastructure Protection Plan blends cybersecurity and physical security in an enterprise approach, according to Bob Kolasky, director of strategy and policy for the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Infrastructure

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  21. Sen. Tom Coburn would like to abolish the National Technical Information Service. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Agency selling free information could be axed

    Senator introduces bill to abolish NTIS.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  22. Postal Service employees used charge cards for personal bills

    IG finds thousands of dollars in inappropriate spending, including gambling, rental cars.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  23.  John Whitman

    Call to duty: The next generation

    In his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy urged Americans to participate in public service, uttering the now-famous line: '

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  24. The General Services Administration has tightened the rules on use of the Price Reduction Clause. Pictured: GSA headquarters. Staff

    GSA tightens rules on Supply Schedules prices

    A contract modification is intended to put the final nail into the coffin of a provision that some contractors still relied on even thugh GSA canceled it years ago.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  25. Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley said the service has seen an almost 30 percent loss of senior scientists in the past two years. Air Force

    Air Force faces shortage of engineers

    More than any other U.S. military service, the Air Force depends on a constant stream of technological improvements and scientific breakthroughs. But according to the service's chief scientist, a '

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  26. Sen. Tom Coburn: The administration's list of management goals does not go far enough. Rob Curtis/Staff / Federal Times

    Key areas that make or break management efforts

    Lawmakers, consultants try to diagnose management weaknesses.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  27. Jane Snowdon, Director and Chief Innovation Officer, IBM US federal. File

    6 tech trends shaping the government's future

    Cloud computing built on open standards is essential to take full advantage.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  28. Augmented government: Transforming our view of public-service delivery

    A new Transportation Security Administration officer arrives at the security checkpoint on her first day.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  29. President Obama is not taking part in a White House mobile pilot program. Getty Images

    White House mobile pilot explores other devices

    Although the White House Communications Agency is part of the Defense Department, its mobile pilot program is its own.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  30. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D.-Va., is one of three lawmakers who asked GAO to examine federal employee morale.

    Lawmakers urge GAO review of employee morale

    After three years of pay freezes, furloughs and other setbacks, are federal workers losing heart?

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  31. The Obama administration laid out a new set of surveillance rules Thursday that would transfer the storage of millions of telephone records from the government to private phone companies. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Obama unveils plan to change NSA data collection

    The Obama administration laid out a new set of surveillance rules Thursday that would transfer the storage of millions of telephone records from the government to private phone companies.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  32. TSA screening will become easier for new groups of federal employees eligible for the Pre-Check program. Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

    TSA expands Pre-check to DoD civilians, Coast Guard

    More people will become eligible to speed through airport security.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  33. Louis Freeh, shown during a 2012 press conference, was an FBI agent before becoming a federal judge, later leaving the bench to become FBI director. A coalition of groups is asking senators to aim for a diversity of professional backgrounds in the federal judiciary. William Thomas Cain / Getty Images

    Groups: Federal judiciary needs greater professional diversity

    A coalition of more than 30 groups is asking the Senate to aim for a broad range of professional backgrounds among judges.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  34. The IT workforce could be in the midst of a tech-fueled evolution. USDA

    Some IT professionals losing relevance

    USDA CIO is trying to figure out how technology is reshaping the IT workforce.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  35. Members of the U.S. Secret Service Counterassault Team walk towards the U.S. presidential motorcade after arriving Wednesday at Brussels National Airport in Zaventem. Three Secret Service agents tasked with protecting President Barack Obama during his visit to Amsterdam this week were sent home after a night of drinking, with one found passed out in a hotel hallway, the Washington Post reported. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Secret Service agents sent home from Obama trip

    More trouble for the Secret Service on a presidential foreign trip.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  36. Robert J. Carey, the Defense Department's deputy CIO, is leaving the post.

    Longtime DoD official Carey to step down

    Deputy CIO announces imminent exit.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  37. Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, said that the military and civilian cuts are 'designed to maintain a smaller, more streamlined, ready and capable force in the future.' Mike Morones/Air Force

    AF civilians have another shot at early retirement, separation

    The Air Force said March 26 it will offer a second round of early retirements and voluntary separation payments to civilian employees.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  38. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta reports significant improvements to claims processing backlog. Mike Morones/Staff

    OPM works to improve pension processing

    Average processing time has dropped significantly.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  39. Alan Balutis is a distinguished fellow and senior director, U. S. Public Sector, Cisco Systems. His 28 years in the federal sector were spent at the Department of Commerce, where he headed its management and budget office for over a decade and was its first CIO.

    The challenges of management reform

    Does the 2015 budget contain a refresh, or just a rehash?

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  40. U.S. Naval Academy mascot Bill the Goat spins a prize wheel at an anti-hunger charity booth during the Department of the Navy Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kickoff ceremony at the Pentagon. CFC gives federal workers the opportunity to donate to any of more than 4,000 pre-screened charities. This year's CFC season runs through Dec. 15. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote/Released) MC1 Brett Cote / Navy

    CFC pledges fall 19 percent in 2013

    Donations fall $49 million to lowest levels since 1998

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  41. Facing limits on its relational data bases, NSA plans to expand its cloud presence. Army

    NSA to expand cloud capabilities

    Limitations on internal databases nudged intelligence agencies to the cloud.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  42. Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe plans to let the Postal Service's workforce shrink by 10,000 through attrition. Mike Morones/Army Times

    'Billion-dollar bet' on Postal Service

    IT modernization, new business ventures planned to transform USPS

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  43. Scott Quehl leads Accenture Federal Services Strategic Government Efficiency offering. He formerly served as Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    How savings dashboards confirm and catalyze results

    Defining 'savings' is the first step.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  44. Many federal agencies learning to rely on space-based signals for mobile communications in remote locations. David McNew/ / Getty Images

    Agencies discover satellite power

    Mobile phone signals get a boost from orbit

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  45. DIA opens doors for small firms

    Needipedia, Gateway help innovators, intel agencies meet.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  46. Former OMB controller Danny Werfel has found work in the private sector. Gannett Government Media Corp

    Former OMB controller joins consulting company

    Danny Werfel 'brings an exceptional track record' to new employer.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  47. 18F is the General Services Administration's own start-up venture. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    GSA hub brings startup methods to government

    Successful tech startups know how to meet their customers' needs and can quickly adapt to change.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  48. Energy seeks new contractor for national lab

    The Energy Department issued a request for proposals March 20 for the selection of a contractor to manage its Brookhaven National Laboratory.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  49. Report: Half of agency FOIA regulations out of date

    Many agencies have fallen behind changes to the freedom of information laws.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  50. A new climate data portal will provide maps and information for the public, drawing on government data sets.

    White House launches climate data portal

    The administration is building on its climate change mitigation efforts by launching a climate data portal to boost awareness and provide greater transparency.

    • Mar. 20, 2014
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