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  1. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel has a history of using data and technology to tackle emerging health issues, including an early role in the Gates Foundation and a previous stint at USAID in 2011.

    Federal CIO VanRoekel moves to USAID

    VanRoekel will serve as a senior advisor focused on the Ebola outbreak

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  2. Senate bans background check contractors from reviewing their own work

    Federal background investigation contractors would no longer be able to perform a final review of their own work, under legislation passed by the Senate Sept. 18.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  3. Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan (left) speaks about the importance of climate change at the Center for American Progress Sept. 19.

    OMB chief vows continued action on climate change

    The federal government can and will continue to do more to help mitigate the damaging effects of climate change, a top administration official said.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  4. Federal Acquisition Service Deputy Commissioner Bill Sisk wrote in a blog post that the General Services Administration continues to work with AbilityOne vendors as it modernizes its programs. Staff

    Reps ask GSA to affirm commitment to AbilityOne

    Letter asks purchasing agency to ensure contracts are going to vendors employing blind and disabled persons.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  5. Border Patrol to test body cameras on agents

    Border authorities will begin testing body cameras in response to criticism about use-of-force incidents.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  6. In addition to pay schedule changes, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2013 requires the agency to assess its staffing and funding needs at every post along the border. Donna Burton

    Senate overhauls border patrol overtime pay

    New act sets up three overtime pay schedules for more predictable paychecks.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  7. The Defense Department's new Better Buying Power 3.0 strategy is based on the 'growing concern that the United States' technological superiority over potential adversaries is being threatened today in a way that we have not seen for decades,' acquisition chief Frank Kendall said. (File photo) Tom Brown/Defense News

    Pentagon unveils draft of new R&D strategy; waits for industry, hill to weigh in

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the U.S.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  8. President Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Senate approves Obama's Syria plan in funding bill

    The Senate approved Thursday the House-passed resolution authorizing the arming and training of Syrian rebels in language tucked in to a short-term funding bill to keep the federal government open.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  9. The dome of the US Capitol is seen January 4, 2013 on a cold day in Washington. High temperatures Monday will occur during the early morning hours as a cold front brings yet another shot of super cold air to the mid-Atlantic region. Temperatures on Tuesday morning will dip into the single digits. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    Congress passes government funding bill

    Agencies will be funded through Dec. 11 and federal employees will get a 1 percent pay raise in 2015 under a continuing resolution passed Sept. 18 by the Senate. The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. James Windle works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the House Committee on Appropriations, and multiple federal agencies. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of NREL or the U.S. Department of Energy. Courtesy Photo

    Governing without a budget

    A continuing resolution will keep the government going a few more weeks.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. USIS offers DHS employees credit monitoring after breach

    About 27,000 workers whose personal information was potentially exposed are eligible for the protection.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  12. Todd Park is being subpoeneaed by a House subcommittee regarding his earlier testimony about File

    Todd Park summoned to House oversight subcommittee

    Subpoena cites conflicting testimony and failure to provide critical documents on the launch.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. Changing IT systems is stressful on users, but communicative managers can ease the way. Getty Images/Wavebreak Media

    Three ways to lessen anxiety when switching to new IT systems

    Communication is the common thread.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. A two-megawatt solar panel array at Fort Carson, Colo., produces enough power for 540 homes, and is one example of the kinds of tools installations can use to achieve Net Zero energy usage. Army

    Army going green with help from GSA

    The Army is pursuing a path to being more environmentally friendly, starting with its base at Fort Carson, Colorado, where the General Services Administration is lending a hand in the effort.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  15. 21 win $7.2 billion INSCOM contract for intel

    Ten small businesses and 11 larger firms will compete for intelligence-related task orders.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  16. Artist concept of Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft approaching the International Space Station. Boeing

    NASA turns to private sector for launches

    Boeing and SpaceX will take over transportation to the ISS by 2017.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  17. A response to the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard, the effort to implement recommended reforms is well underway, according to OMB's Beth Cobert. Rob Curtis/Staff

    OMB: Agencies making strides reforming clearance process

    A response to the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard, the effort to implement recommended reforms is well underway.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  18. Some of the greatest security threats come from people with authorization to access sensitive information. Army

    How to detect an insider threat

    You can spot high-risk employees and contractors without disrupting the office, but it takes some finesse.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  19. Bill revising federal sick-leave rules for disabled vets advances

    Service-disabled veterans who become federal employees would start their careers with paid sick leave available, under legislation passed unanimously by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Sept. 17.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  20. Rep. Darrell Issa is championing a bill to strengthen the IG's office. AFP/Getty Images

    House committee passes bill strengthening IG oversight

    Inspectors general would be able to compel contractors to speak with them or provide information for investigations.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  21. The House passed a continuing resolution Sept. 17 that funds the federal government through Dec. 11. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    House passes continuing resolution to fund government through mid-December

    Federal employees would get a 1 percent pay raise in 2015 and agencies would be funded through Dec. 11 under a continuing resolution passed Sept. 17 by the House on a 319-108 vote.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  22. Proposed rule forbids contractors from banning salary talk

    Federal contractors would not be able to prevent employees from discussing salaries with each other, under a proposed rule published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  23. Feds spending 5 percent of IT budgets on cloud in 2014

    IDC predicts cloud investment will significantly exceed OMB's forecast.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  24. Sen. Mark Warner introduced a bill to eliminate 53 unneeded reports. Getty Images

    Senate passes bill cutting outdated reports

    The proposed law would eliminate 53 reports from agency mandates.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  25. Beth Cobert is the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget Staff

    Progress on security and sustainability

    One year after the Navy Yard shootings, the government is making strides toward improving employee suitability and contractor fitness evaluations.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  26. Howard Steinman is a principal with A.T. Kearney and a leader in the firm's Public Sector, Aerospace and Defense practice in North America. He has almost 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on coaching and advising senior executives in the areas of strategy, policy, governance, organizational effectiveness, budgets, performance measures, and program and portfolio management for clients including Department of Homeland Security, various National Security Agencies, the Missile Defense Agency, and numerous commercial clients. Courtesy Photo

    Performance management pitfalls

    There are many ways to go wrong with metrics; avoid these common traps.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  27. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    Why competition is hard to improve

    Despite the clear beneifts of competition, it appears to be difficult to consistently maintain.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  28. Christopher Miller: The path to a new EHR has been a 'rotten road.'

    DoD health records effort 'not about technology'

    The push to implement the management program is in the home stretch.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  29. Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to compel the CEO of USIS to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Mike Morones/Staff

    Lawmaker wants to subpoena USIS CEO over security lapses

    CEO Sterling Phillips has been refusing for months to answer written questions about recent high-profile incidents, Rep. Elijah Cummings says.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  30. Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants the Forest Service to step up timber harvesting on the Tongass National Forest. File

    Senator wants Tongass National Forest management retooled

    Timber harvest has met only 16.8 percent of the target amount, causing economic harm, Murkowski says.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  31. Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a DHS processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. Eric Gay-Pool/Getty Images

    Immigration surge pressures DHS budget

    DHS reallocates funding to address flood of minors.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  32. HUD CIO Rafael Diaz believes 'shadow technology' is unavoidable, but that there are better ways to manage it than blanket prohibition. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    CIOs adopt varied approaches to 'shadow IT'

    Is rogue tech a problem, or a solution?

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  33. Interior Department CIO Sylvia Burns. Lars Schwetje

    VIDEO: Interior Dept.'s new strategy for IT services

    The department soon will be selecting various bureaus and offices to serve as shared services providers.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  34. Sylvia Burns . Lars Schwetje

    Interior's cloud drive: New CIO shares her vision.

    Sylvia Burns expects success for the department's cloud GWAC.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  35. Jessica Klement, legislative director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, fears any delay in the implementation of phased retirement could demoralize federal employees. File

    Agencies dragging feet on phased retirement programs

    OPM rules would allow applications by November, but most agencies are unprepared.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  36. House passes bill making it easier to fire senior execs

    Agencies would be able to more easily fire or suspend members of the senior executive service, under legislation passed by the House on a voice vote Sept. 16.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  37. OPM chose not to renew two USIS contracts worth about $2.74 billion, a decision that could lead to delays in processing security clearances.. Defense Department

    USIS flap may delay background checks

    Other contractors and internal resources will have to take up the slack from ousted firm.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  38. Administration, GSA welcome newest innovation fellows

    VA's digital landscape comprises a prominent part of this year's agenda.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  39. Security is top priority for Victor Gavin, the Navy's PEO for Enterprise Information Systems. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Security tops Navy PEO-EIS priority list

    Victor Gavin also emphasizes 'speed to market' as a key component.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  40. Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

    Protecting the public's interest: a model

    The Postal Regulatory Commission is unique among federal regulatory agencies because our enabling statute, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, requires the designation of an officer to represent the interests of the general public in each of it

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  41. Andy Wakefield, Director of Government and OEM Solutions, Lutron Electronic Thomas Wolf

    Microgrids can lead to energy savings, sustainability

    The national electric grid is stressed. At their core, energy microgrids reduce reliance on an increasingly frail external power supply, improve energy reliability and contribute to self-sustainable operations.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  42. DHS' Suzanne Spaulding testified to the Senate that the agency's cybersecurity center has processed over 612,000 cyber incidents so far this fiscal year. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

    Racy celebrity pics and the federal cloud

    Security breach exposing private photos renews security fears.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  43. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which is employing a variety of cloud-based services, provides oversight of all federal funding, such as a multibillion-dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina, above. Army Corps of Engineers

    Agencies work to recover from cyber attacks

    The focus turns to resilience as 100-percent prevention proves to be impossible.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  44. Union calls on Congress to restore DoD employee appeal rights

    Employees disqualified from holding sensitive but unclassified postions currently have no recourse to the MSPB.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  45. Editorial: Another sign that the GS has to go

    Federal pay and job classifications are severely out of whack with the national labor market.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  46. Program View

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  47. Executive One-on-One

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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