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  1. This chart, extracted from the Partnership for Public Service report, shows the slow but steady decline of innovation measures. Partnership for Public Service

    Feds see innovation decline within government

    Even the leading agencies are declining, survery shows.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  2. The IRS awards millions of dollars in bonsues to employees who have been disciplined for tax compliance problems and other conduct issues, according to an audit. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    IG: IRS awarded bonuses to employees disciplined for misconduct

    Millions paid to nearly 3,000 questionable employees

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  3. A plan to privatize poultry inspection would be detrimental to food safety, union argues. USDA

    Union chief cries foul on poultry inspection privatization

    Plan would allow 'filthy chicken on your dinner plate,' leader charges.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  4. The center building at DHS headquarters construction on the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus .May 15, 2013 in Washington DC Thomas Brown/Staff Gannett Government Media Corp

    GSA gears up for next phase of DHS consolidation

    The General Services Administration is gearing up for the next phase of its consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security into one location, according to a presolicitation posted on FedBizOpps.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  5. The Department of Veterans Affairs mailed personal informatio to the wrong recipients, one of many examples of a federal data breach. Sheila Vemmer/staff / Army Times Publishing Co.

    Misdelivery, email gaffes top government security issues

    Report analyzes nearly 65,000 incidents.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  6. CFPB wins plain language award

    Meanwhile, another agency gets an 'award' for the most complex, confusing document.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  7. Chuck Brooks serves as vice president/client executive for DHS at Xerox. He served as the first director of legislative affairs for the Science & Technology Directorate at DHS. Chuck was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught homeland security and he also spent six years on Capitol Hill as a senior advisor to the late Sen. Arlen Specter. Courtesy of Chuck Brooks

    How S&T drives innovation at DHS

    The new undersecretary is an excellent choice.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  8. Jordon Sims is director of organization relations and programs for the Project Management Institute (PMI)  www.pmi.org. He leads the PMI global government and corporate relations team, along with the PMI Global Executive Council. He formerly served as an active-duty submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, and he has held numerous positions within the Pentagon, Capitol Hill (appropriations), and Energy Department. File

    Why procurement reform is still needed

    Congress should pass FITARA.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  9. Marc Pearl is president and CEO of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council. File

    Competing for IT talent is crucial, despite constraints

    If budget tightening impedes hiring the best, government needs to find other solutions.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  10. Contractors must adopt new standards for securing federal cloud solutions. NSF.gov

    GSA sets deadlines for adopting revised cloud standards

    Providers must adopt standards in order to continue federal business.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  11. Andrew Borene American University

    Typed passwords are no defense

    A call for biometrics for greater security.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  12. Electronic waste Courtesy of the General Services Administration

    Proposed GSA rule tackles electronic waste

    Agencies would be prohibited from throwing out electronic waste in landfills, according to a proposed rule released by the General Services Administration April 22.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  13. Editorial: An underused tool for building a better government

    Starting this month, federal employees will again get the opportunity to sound off on their workplaces and managers by filling out the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS).

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  14. Ed Hammerlsa

    Secure data, not the device

    Earlier this year, Federal Times reported the Air Force was seeking better ways to secure smartphones and tablets without diminishing performance.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  15. Program View

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  16. Typed passwords are no defense

    A call for biometrics for greater security.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  17. Honoring government workers

    In conjunction with Public Service Recognition Week, Federal Times wants pictures worth a thousand words.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  18. The Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, Calif., is one of 20 that GSA is seeking to renovate in an effort to consolidate federal offices in 19 cities. Wikimedia Commons

    Feds in 19 cities to be relocated, GSA says

    The agency is renovating buildings with an eye toward moving nearby employees into a single facility in each locale.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  19. The Old Post Office in St. Loius was built in 1884. Constructed of Red Missouri granite and gray Maine granite, the fortress-like design reflects the uneasiness that permeated the nation following the Civil War. The Old Post Office is a National Historic Landmark and was listed as a City Landmark in 1971.

    IG: Postal Service should better track historic buildings

    Records don't decoument preservation costs for some USPS buildings.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  20. NOAA Director of Acquisitions and Grants Mitchell Ross discusses the significant strategic sourcing initiatives within the agency. Johnny Bivera

    Mitchell Ross

    Director, Acquisition and Grants Office, NOAA

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  21. Rep. Blake Farenthold wants feds who defy Congress to suffer consequences. Mike Morones/Federal Times

    Bill would withhold pay from feds held in contempt of Congress

    Any federal employee found in contempt of Congress would not be paid, under legislation introduced April 15 by Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  22. GAO: IRS's belt tightening lengthens wait times, reduces oversight

    The IRS has been forced to lay off thousands of employees, cut services and delay IT projects because of Congressional budget cuts, according to an April 21 Government Accountability Office report.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  23. President Barack Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing from Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration, in the Oval Office, Jan. 31, 2012. Part of the briefing was done using a tablet computer. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Technology's evolving role in White House intelligence

    Tablet computers are one innovation among many to improve presidential briefings.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  24. Executive One-on-One

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  25. The Energy Department's Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center, formerly known as the Teapot Done Field, is up for sale. Energy Dept.

    For sale: The Teapot Dome oil field, scandal not included

    A plot of land that has become synonymous with corruption and scandal will be up for sale by the end of the year and it could be yours.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  26. GSA has released a request for information to industry for the next iteration of Networx. Staff

    GSA seeks input for follow-on Networx contracts

    The General Services Administration is gearing up for the next iteration of its Networx contracts, aimed at meeting the government's growing telecommunications needs through 2028.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  27. Federal employees and their families will soon be eligible for a discount on tuition at the University of Maryland University College. Wikimedia Commons

    OPM partners with college to offer feds tuition discount

    Program to launch in the summer.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  28. Rep. Darrell E. Issa testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during a hearing on 'Solutions to the Crisis Facing the U.S. Postal Service' at Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. (Mike Morones/Federal Times) Mike Morones/Army Times

    Lawmakers ask OMB to intervene on new CFC rules

    The Office of Management and Budget should revisit new Combined Federal Campaign regulations by the Office of Personnel Management, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote in an April 17 letter.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  29. GSA innovation official steps down

    David McClure, the associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration will be stepping down, according to the agency.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  30. NOAA Director of Acquisitions and Grants Mitch Ross promises the Pro-Tech contract by September. Johnny Bivera

    NOAA to issue Pro-Tech RFP by September

    Contract will be worth up to $5 billion

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  31. 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
  32. OPM chief hopes to raise morale with employee survey

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

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  33. Rippert. File

    Data: The new supply chain

    Connecting various sources of data is a vital step.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  34. Victor Gavin is hopeful for a September end to NGEN migration. Navy

    Navy accelerates NGEN completion

    After delay, service wants to finish ahead of schedule.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  35. 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
  36. One of the launch pads used in the Apollo program will be turned to commercial activities by a private company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. - / AFP/Getty Images

    NASA lends historic launch pad to private company SpaceX

    Pad 39A launched Apollo 4 in 1967, and many flights after that.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  37. QualComm says its new technology can quadruple the speed of WiFi connections.

    WiFi speed could soon get faster

    Qualcomm is touting a technology born from 7 years of research.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  38. NIST has released a tool to ease the management of vetting apps for agency use. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    NIST releases mobile app vetting tool

    AppVet manages the analysis of apps to determine whether they are suitable for agencies.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  39. 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
  40. DHS plans for single awards under $6B cyber contract

    Next 6 task orders expected to be big business for awardees.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  41. The Army's Harry Hallock says times are tough and expects them to stay that way. Army

    Army contract spending plummets

    Strategic sourcing, contracting reform key goals

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  42. How Healthcare.gov showcases procurement predicament

    Using the right contract in the first place solves many contracting problems.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  43. The Obama administration is working to expand cyber information sharing through executive action, says Michael Daniel, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator.

    Government says cyber sharing won't violate antitrust laws

    FTC, Justice trying to ease companies' fears in absence of cybersecurity legislation.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  44. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. File

    Put the contracting focus on best practices

    Program reductions are part of today's contracting reality. Best practices can help mitigate the effect.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  45. Dan G. Blair serves as President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration. Previously, Dan served as Chair and Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission and OPM Deputy Director and Acting Director. Prior to his executive branch appointments, Dan served in senior staff positions on the civil service and postal oversight congressional committees in the U.S. House and Senate. File

    Shared problems demand shared solutions

    Federal, state and local governments have to collaborate to improve service delivery.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  46. James Miller, former Pentagon policy chief, will join cybersecurity firm Endgame. Courtesy

    Former Pentagon policy chief joins Endgame board

    James Miller has been president of Adaptive Strategies since leaving DoD.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  47. Richard Ginman, Deputy Director, Contingency Contracting and Acquisition Policy at DoD, is concerned that Defense often gets higher prices through the GSA schedules than do other buyers. Staff

    DoD to scrutinize GSA prices

    Schedules do not always bring the value they should to Defense buyers, official says.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  48. The pay disparity between male and female federal employees is narrowing, but still exists. EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP/Getty Images

    OPM: Women still paid less than men

    Women working in the federal government made $0.87 for every dollar a man was paid, a new pay study shows.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  49. 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
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