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  1. Aetna, Inova, United Healthcare field new health plans for feds

    The Innovation Health Plan is a joint venture between Aetna and Inova Health Systems.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  2. Former Defense Department comptroller Bob Hale said the SES needs to be strengthened. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Former federal officials call for SES reform

    Former DoD comptroller Bob Hale, OMB controller Danny Werfel say SES is critical to effective government.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  3. The Department of Homeland Security is working to create a greater unity of effort among its component agencies. John Moore / Getty Images

    DHS faces stiff acquisition, IT management challenges, IG says

    The agency must also ensure it holds its employees accountable.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  4. The Patent and Trademark Office has been embroiled in allegations that some of its employees were paid for work they did not do. PAUL J.RICHARDS / AFP/Getty Images

    The PTO must crack down on telework abusers, lawmakers say

    Inspector general says other telework abuse investigations are ongoing.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  5. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been pressing the Office of Personnel Management on employees conducting union business while on the job. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    GAO: Agencies underestimate the cost of union activities on the job

    OPM's method to calculate time spent conducting union business such as negotiations finds lower totals than GAO's alternate approach.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  6. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the clean financial audit was a result of a greater unity of effort at DHS. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    DHS gets clean financial audit for second straight year

    DHS secretary commends hard work of agency employees.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  7. Beth Cobert, deputy director for Management, Office of Management speaks during the Annual Fall Conference of the National Academy of Public Administration held at the Doubletree Crystal City, Thursday, November 13, 2014. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Making government more effective and efficient a bipartisan issue, officials say

    As agencies work to find new ways to cut costs enhance their performance on limited budgets, they might find support from lawmakers in both parties, agency officials said.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  8. United States Postal Service Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe will be retiring Feb. 1, 2015 after 39 years with the Postal Service. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Postmaster General to retire, Postal Service appoints replacement

    Donahoe oversaw thousands of workforce cuts.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  9. Rep. Darrell Issa is pleased with the passage of legislation eliminating some reports agencies are mandated to create. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Number of required agency reports cut in newly passed bill

    The Government Reports Elimination Act has now passed both houses of Congress.

    • Nov. 13, 2014
  10. Johnson

    2015 Congress might cut federal budgets, benefits

    Republicans will take over as committee chairs, redirecting priorities

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  11. Treasury agencies see big gains in veteran hiring

    The Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the United States Mint has spent the last few years boosting veteran hiring, according to a top official.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  12. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is working to fire at least 35 department employees, and possibly many more. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    VA pursuing mass firings, restructuring

    Secretary building cases against at least 35 people that he believes should be terminated; says another 1,000 could follow.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  13. Loretta Lynch is Obama choice for AG

    The New York federal prosecutor would be the first African-American woman to hold the post.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  14. An industry-based task force has delivered a report recommending reforms to VA Secretary Robert McDonald. Getty Images

    Private-sector task force suggests VA reforms

    The Northern Virginia Technology Council suggests a redesign of the human resources and recruitment process, among other recommendations.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  15. Telework can help agencies function during bad weather or natural disasters, according to the Office of Personnel Management. JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty Images

    Telework a bright spot in an unhappy federal workforce

    Governmentwide survey shows feds increasingly like their telework programs.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  16. LGBT federal employees less satisfied, survey says

    LGBT federal employees are less happy with their jobs than the overall federal workforce, according to a governmentwide survey.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  17. Defense employees now have to deal with steep cuts to their long-term reimbursement. David McNew / Getty Images

    DoD employees receiving lower long-term travel per diems

    DoD believes the change will save about $22 million annually without harming travelers or the mission.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  18. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson sees a bigger need to gather data on international travelers. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS gathering more data on international travelers

    The Department of Homeland Security is taking more aggressive steps to gather data from travelers coming to the U.S. from countries that do not need a visa.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  19. US Navy Vice Adm. Ted Branch, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance and director of naval intelligence, has been without a security clearance for a year, which severely limits his effectiveness in the position. MC2 Martin L. Carey / US Navy

    Sources: Navy intel chief's security clearance suspended

    Ted Branch's clearance was suspended a year ago over allegations of misconduct, and his status remains in limbo.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  20. Lua is designed to allow teams to communicate in a secure environment. Lua

    Mobile efficiency and security: Finding the balance

    The days of mobile as an afterthought are long past, but agencies still struggle to make implementations user-friendly yet still secure.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  21. Dr. J. Phillip “Jack” London is the executive chairman of CACI International Inc.

    Reverse the scandal trend by building character

    Lack of trust is at the heart of the issue.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  22. GSA Administrator Dan M. Tangherlini said agencies must foster a culture of innovation while encouraging risk. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    If agencies want innovation, they must accept risk

    Agencies that want to encourage innovation in the acquisition process need to show employees they won't be hung out to dry if something goes wrong, senior officials said at a conference Nov. 3.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  23. Kshemendra Paul, program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones/Staff

    The ISE at 10

    Information sharing is a problem that is never solved, but the government's ambitious attempt, launched in the wake of 2001's terror attacks, has taken some big strides.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  24. A new dashboard may help managers address low employee morale, said OMB's Beth Cobert. Rob Curtis/Staff

    OMB expands push for data-driven management

    Agency leaders plan an 'employee engagement workshop' after a governmentwide employee satisfaction survey showed worsening morale problems.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  25. Members of a joint service medical support team train to work alongside civilian counterparts to respond to the Ebola outbreak. David Cooper/ / Air Force

    Union wants Ebola controls, hazard pay for DoD civilians in Africa

    While military service members returning from African nations affected by Ebola now have safety guidelines to follow, none exist for returning civilian employees, according to a union representing DoD employees.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  26. DHS amps up security to combat global threats

    As global threats such as the Islamic State group and the spread of Ebola continue, the Department of Homeland Security is ratcheting up its responses and heightening security.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  27. Rafael Moure-Eraso is chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency. Courtesy Photo

    President's executive order on contract worker safety will save lives

    The April 8, 2011, scene was horrific: Five workers killed just inside one of a series of bunkers dug hundreds of feet deep into a side of a mountain near Honolulu.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  28. The Veterans Affairs Department is working on creating a more open culture and is encouraging employees to share ideas, said Secretary Bob McDonald. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Feds losing faith in senior leaders

    A minority of employees think their leaders generate high levels of motivation, commitment.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  29. The U.S. Postal Service wants to get into the custom grocery delivery business, a market already served by companies such as Peapod and Relay. Amazon got into the game on a trial basis in 2013, with its Amazon Fresh service shown here. (Getty Images)

    Postal Service gets green light to test grocery delivery

    The Postal Service now has approval for a pilot program to deliver groceries and packaged food, according to an Oct. 23 decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  30. Sanjeev 'Sonny' Bhagowalia was appointed as the new CIO for the Treasury Department. Colin Kelly/Army Times Publishing Co.

    Hawaii's first CIO joins Treasury

    Sonny Bhagowalia returns to federal life to lead Treasury Department's IT efforts.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  31. Sen. Charles Grassley wants to see administrative leave limited by a new law. Steve Pope/Getty Images

    Thousands of feds put on lengthy administrative leave

    For a variety of reasons, some federal employees spend months or years off the job.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  32. New roles at DOJ show cybersecurity, espionage focus

    New position created to direct efforts against state-sponsored cyberwarfare.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  33. Michael R. Avery, Chief Operating Officer, ARMA International?

    Empower NARA to fix record keeping

    Recent revelations about the unauthorized disposal of email records at the IRS reveal a serious problem with the records management policies and practices of federal agencies.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  34. Top 10 contributors to CFC campaigns

    Counting down federal agencies with the highest average donations per employee in 2013.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  35. Health, medical research most popular charity choices in 2013 CFC

    11 charities received more than $1 million in donations in 2013.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  36.  Ciaran Griffin / Getty Images

    Agencies must improve payment card security by year end

    President Obama signed an executive order Friday requiring federal agencies to strengthen card and reader security by Jan. 1.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  37. Morale at the Energy Department is falling and employees are frustrated with their workloads and managers, according to a new survey. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    Energy Department employees frustrated with workloads

    Compared to just a year ago, fewer DoE employees feel encouraged to innovate, trust their supervisers or believe promotions are based on merit.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  38. Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, speaks during the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council's symposium on the future of DHS enterprise. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS head: Cybersecurity, Unity of Effort top priority list

    Jeh Johnson seeks greater efficiency within DHS components.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  39. Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole is stepping down. AFP/Getty Images

    TSA chief announces retirement

    John Pistole served for more than four years.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
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