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 Programs & budgets

  1. 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
  2. Sen. Tom Coburn's 2014 Wastebook report details $25 billion in spending, tax breaks and grants. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Coburn's latest 'Wastebook' finds $25 billion in questionable agency spending

    Ranking member's last report as senator hits Defense Department, Postal Service.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  3. 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
  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. HHS awards contract to develop Ebola vaccine

    The Health and Human Services Department wants to develop an Ebola vaccine within the next two years, according to an agency announcement.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  6. Most management fellows want agency jobs, but problems remain

    Most of the 2014 presidential management fellows were satisfied with the experience and would like a career in the federal government, according to a new survey.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  7. Sen. Ben Cardin pushed for a rule change to allow feds to keep money in a flexible spending account from one year to the next. AFP/Getty Images

    How your health spending account carry-over rules are changing

    In 2015, feds will be able to keep up to $500 unspent and carry it over to the next year.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Government employees can use the Catalog of Caring to decide which charities will receive their donations. Combined Federal Campaign

    CFCs optimistic about topping shutdown-plagued 2013 season

    Campaigns expect donations to bounce back after last year's record low.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  10. 'Universal Giving Program' opens CFC contribution options

    In an effort to bring new and younger donors into the fold, regional Combined Federal Charity campaigns are reaching out on social media and making new contribution options available that take into account the broader global world in which we live.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  11. 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
  12. GSA canceled several large conferences in recent years, including the 2013 and 2014 editions of its expo. GSA

    Breakfast, lunch events growing in popularity

    As agencies clamp down on attending large conferences, small events draw crowds.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  13. Bryan Sivak, the Chief Technology Officer and Entrepeneur-in-Residence at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mike Morones/Staff

    HHS IDEA Lab redefines innovation

    CTO Bryan Sivak oversees a fertile breeding ground for experimentation.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  14. 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
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