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  1. 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
  2. Top 10 contributors to CFC campaigns

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

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

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

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  4.  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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    VA secretary defends discipline record

    Robert McDonald challenges critics in Congress who who allege laxity, slowness.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  9. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants the Defense Department to be prepared for rising sea levels.

    Climate change could alter the defense landscape

    Rising seas, extreme weather are expected to affect supply chains and, potentially, increase stress on equipment.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  10. The morale at DHS has historically been low, but the agency is taking measures to improve it, according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS employee morale, satisfaction drops again in 2014

    Employees at the Department of Homeland Security are increasingly unhappy about their work environments, career opportunities and their bosses, according to new survey results.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  11. OPM: Cost of feds doing union work on the job tops $157 million

    The cost of federal employees conducting union business while working increased by $1.6 million in fiscal 2012 to $157.2 million, according to a report released by the Office of Personnel Management Oct. 7.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  12. A recent IG report found the Energy Department lacks a software asset management system and a full inventory of licenses. Randy Montoya

    Energy continues to overspend on software purchases

    IG report shows some progress in following the department's software purchasing policy, but not enough.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  13. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC Inc. Mark, who and holds the distinction of being the federal government's first CIO and administrator for E-Government and IT, possesses over 29 years' experience in IT and acquisition reform in the legislative and executive branches of government as well as in industry.

    6 fundamentals of project-management success

    TASC's Mark Forman shares the commom traits of successful project managers.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  14. Robert Cardillo is the incoming director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Staff

    NGA gears up for new director

    Robert Cardillo will take over at NGA Oct. 3.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  15. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned her post, according to DHS. Getty Images

    Secret Service director resigns

    Julia Pierson steps down after serious White House security breaches.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  16. OMB sets standard metrics for grants and awards

    The Office of Management and Budget has set out standardized metrics for how agencies should track and measure financial awards, according to a Sept. 30 blog post.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  17. The CIA has permission to delete some emails. File

    CIA gets permission to destroy certain emails

    NARA allows deletion of messages as part of email migration.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  18. Authorities respond after Omar Gonzalez somehow got onto the White House grounds and into the building before being stopped. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Secret Service reform called for after security lapses

    The success of the White House fence jumper shows weaknesses in the president's protection, lawmakers say.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  19. The IG recommends improvements to GSA's purchase card management. File

    IG: GSA must strengthen purchase card controls

    The agency could create a process to cancel cards more quickly when needed.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  20. US Attorney General Eric H. Holder will wait for a replacement before officially resigning. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Attorney General Eric Holder to step down

    Departure will wait until Senate confirms a replacement.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  21. 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 wants to break into food delivery

    Customized delivery service would bring food to customers in the pre-dawn hours.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  22. Federal Employee of the Year Rana Hajjeh (right) poses with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. Sam Kittner/ / Partnership for Public Service

    Feds honored for great dedication to public service

    The Service to America Medals are awarded every year to federal employees who achieve amazing results and epitomize public service.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  23. Before she became a successful professional comedian and actress, Wanda Sykes worked as a contracting specialist at the National Security Agency. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

    12 famous people and their not-so-famous careers as federal employees

    From humble beginnings in agencies have come comics, poets and presidents.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  24. The Postal Service has agreed to hire 9,000 union clerks following a win by the American Postal Workers Union in mediation. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    Postal service agrees to hire 9,000 clerks to staff post offices

    The jobs, resulting from a union arbitration victory, will be created within 90 days.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  25. Feds recognized for outstanding achievements in public service

    For years Rana Hajjeh worked to convince 60 countries around the world to help vaccinate their populations against meningitis and pneumonia and ultimately prevented millions of childhood deaths and disabilities.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  26. 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
  27. 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

    Greenhouse gas emissions from federal buildings and vehicles are among the targets for reduction.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
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