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  1. The Postal Service has struggled to contain its federal employee compensation program costs. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Postal Service employee falsely claimed workers comp for 7 years, DOJ says

    Must pay back $244,000, faces jail time in plea deal.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  2. Developing a category system for acquisition is a 'work in progress,' says Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Lesley Field. Staff

    GSA adopts agile acquisition for government marketplace

    The multi-agency effort will reduce duplication, enhance savings, officials promise.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  3. Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP manager at GSA, leads the team that approves cloud providers, such as Microsoft Office 365, as secure vendors. Colin Kelly / Federal Times

    Microsoft 365 first cloud email to gain FedRAMP approval

    With ATO, partner InfoReliance will start migrating Health and Human Services' email to the cloud.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  4. GSA is looking for feedback on draft terms and conditions for an independent cloud SIN on IT Schedule 70. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

    Draft terms released for cloud SIN

    GSA wants comments on how best to create a distinct spot on IT Schedule 70 for cloud offerings.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  5. Hundreds of thousands of feds can join multimillion shutdown lawsuit

    Plaintiffs seeking financial damages against the government.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  6. Mark Norton (left), DoD senior systems engineer, said derived credentials won't replace CAC but will simplify sending secure emails on mobile devices. Thomas Brown/Gannett Government Media Corp

    Derived credentials to roll out across DoD by July 2015

    The credentials allow mobile devices to send secure emails without need for a common access card to authenticate the user.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  7. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., wants to create a data commission to help boost the effectiveness of federal programs. Rob Curtis/Staff / Times New Service

    Bill would create data commission to boost agency effectiveness

    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., want data clearinghouse.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Walt Francis: Federal employees have money-saving health insurance options they might not be aware of. Staff

    FEHBP expert Walt Francis: Take the time to research plan options

    Federal employees have money-saving options that they might not know about.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said the non-disclosure agreements that contractor KBR makes its employees sign could chill whistleblowing activities. Mike Morones/Army Times

    Lawmakers say KBR non-disclosure agreements stop whistle blowers

    A non-disclosure agreement that contractor KBR has made its employees sign might violate whistleblower protection and false claims laws and prevent its employees from reporting wrongdoing, a group of lawmakers wrote in letter Nov. 20.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  12. Chris Cummiskey is the CEO of Cummiskey Strategic Solutions LLC and a former Acting Under Secretary for Management at DHS. Courtesy

    DHS making strides to improve acquisition

    Secretary Jeh Johnson and former Under Secretaries for Management Elaine Duke and Rafael Borras have vastly improved DHS's ability to successfully manage large-scale acquisitions.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  13. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Left), R-Utah, will be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee while Mac Thornberry, R- Texas, will head the Armed Services Committee. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chaffetz, Thornberry to head House oversight and armed services committees

    The new leaders will replace Reps. Darrell Issa and Howard McKeon, respectively.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  14. Transgender advocates want OPM to require transgender care in federal health insurance plans. Sheila Vemmer/staff / Gannett Government Media

    Groups push OPM to require transgender care in federal health plans

    The Office of Personnel Management must do more to end discrimination against transgender employees and ensure federal health insurance covers transgender care, an advocacy group said.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  15. The Defense Health Agency aims to save $3.5 billion on pharmaceutical expenses by fiscal 2024 by streamlining logistics and managing the cost of medications. Nick Wilson/ / Air Force

    Defense agencies hope logistics can lower pharmaceutical costs

    A data-driven supply chain enables accurate ordering on a large scale.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  16. Rafael Borrás is a Senior Advisor at A.T. Kearney. Previously he was Under Secretary for Management and Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. DHS

    Government agencies should adopt enterprise-level risk management programs

    The corporate world can teach the government a thing or two about risk strategies.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  17. 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
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    • Nov. 19, 2014
  19. 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
  20. GSA GWAC program Deputy Director Marcelo Olascoaga says a special item number for cloud on Schedule 70 will provide structure and organization. Aaron Boyd/Staff

    Cloud to get original SIN on IT Schedule 70

    Industry's transition from the current distribution of cloud services through several item numbers to a single, dedicated number, will be complicated, GSA official warns.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  21. 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
  22. Marty Heinrich, director of information management at Array Information Technology.

    5 ways to minimize risk in the cloud

    The migration of information to the cloud is largely regarded as a next major step in enabling organizations to work faster, cheaper and more efficiently.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  23. Marc Marlin is a director at the technology solutions and aerospace/defense investment bank KippsDeSanto & Co. Courtesy / DC Photographer - Mark Finkensta

    Large companies with big appetites for M&A

    Public companies looking for acquisition targets are thirsty for deals that move the needle financially.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  24. 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
  25. Doug Bourgeois is vice president of end user computing, U.S. public sector, at VMware. Courtesy

    Mobile computing done right: Not the risk we suspected

    For many agencies, the conventional wisdom about the connection between mobility and security is off the mark.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  26. To recruit more health care providers, VA Secretary Robert McDonald has proposed pay hikes for VA doctors and dentists. Getty Images

    New data show long wait times remain at many VA hospitals

    More than 600,000 veterans — 10 percent of all the Veterans Affairs patients — continue to wait a month or more for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, according to data obtained by USA Today.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  27. State Department's Heather Higginbottom asks for emergency Ebola response funding, the majority of which would support humanitarian efforts in West Africa. Senate Appropriations Committee

    Officials call on Congress for Ebola response funding

    Most of the $6.2 billion requested would go to support humanitarian aid in West Africa.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  28. Phase II of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program builds on the identity, credential and access management side of cybersecurity, including personal identity verification cards (shown) and authentication. Kendra Fulton/ / Air Force

    CDM Phase II centers on monitoring user privileges, activities

    'Least privilege and infrastructure integrity' is the watchword for the latest cybersecurity push.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  29. Longtime defense acquisition critic Sen. John McCain is widely considered to be the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sean Gardner/ / Getty Images

    Republican Senate takeover could pave way for Defense acquisition reform

    The shakeup of key committees changes the legislative landscape.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  30. You can retire at your MRA with 10 years of service; however, your annuity would be reduced by 5 percent for every year you were under age 62. Staff

    10 questions all soon-to-be-retirees ask

    Federal Times expert Reg Jones has the answers.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  31. The State Department is the most recent federal agency to admit to a breach of its cyber networks. Wikimedia Commons

    State Department hit in cyberattack that also compromised White House

    State Department's email system shut down this weekend to shore up affected network.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  32. Editorial: The millennial challenge

    Survey reveals the depths of the government's difficulties in retaining young employees.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  33. It's time to look at how the GSA uses Multiple Awards Schedules, said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Big changes may be awaiting GSA's schedules program

    Officials plan to rethnk the role of the program in today's procurement environment.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  34.  Alan Lessig/Staff

    Anne Rung: Simplifying contracting is job one

    Duplication and ineffeciency still plague the procurement system. OFPP's new leader wants to change that.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  35. The Fish and Wildlife's National Fish Hatchery Service is unable to keep up with its maintenance demands. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Federal hatchery system faces $167 million backlog

    The National Fish Hatchery System within the Fish and Wildlife Service faces a maintenance backlog of more than $167 million, according to the agency.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  36. 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
  37. Veteran Affairs CIO Stephen Warren noted that all veteran data compromised in October was the result of human error, not cyberattacks. Colin Kelly/Staff

    Cybersecurity about people, not technology, VA numbers show

    Leaks of personally identifiable information are more likely to come through lost devices or mishandled paperwork than hacking attempts.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  38. BOEM approved the first right-of-way grant for a wind energy farm in federal waters, similar to this wind farm in the North Sea, near Borkum, Germany. David Hecker/Getty Images

    First ROW grant for wind farm in federal waters

    Deepwater Wind gets closer to building first renewable energy installment in federal waters off coast of Rhode Island.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  39. IG: Justice needs to better measure program performance

    The Justice Department needs to do a better job measuring the performance of hundreds of programs across the agency, according to a Nov. 10 inspector general memo.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  40. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt Rey Sedantes, of the 61st Civil Engineering and Logistics Squadron at Los Angeles Air Force Base, receives instruction on how to operate the Princeton bi-directional electric vehicle charging stations from vehicle operations contractor Oscar Machado. Tech. Sgt. Sarah Corrice / Air Force Space Command

    Los Angeles AFB unveils all-electric vehicle fleet

    The 42-car fleet, the first all-electric fleet in the Defense Department, use 'vehicle-to-grid' technology.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  41. 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
  42. A public-private partnership would put NOAA data -- like this weather photo -- in a public cloud. NASA/NOAA satellite image

    NOAA asks industry to fund open data program

    Private sector wants access to the data and is willing to pay to put it in a public cloud.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  43. The Postal Service has seen an increase in package delivery from Internet sales. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    Is the Postal Service struggling? It depends on who you ask

    Is the Postal Service an ailing organization tottering on the brink of bankruptcy or a thriving agency that overcame difficult financial times and is now growing? You will get different answers from different groups.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  44. 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
  45. Johnson

    2015 Congress might cut federal budgets, benefits

    Republicans will take over as committee chairs, redirecting priorities

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  46. Lawmakers want a moratorium on the Postal Service plan to consolidate mail processing centers and to reduce service letters. Stephen Lam / Getty Images

    Lawmakers, Postal Service employees protest service cuts

    Reps. Elijah Cummings and Stephen Lynch urged Congress to bar the Postal Service from closing processing centers and reducing service levels.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  47. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent letters to several private corporations asking for details on recent cyber breaches. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Rep. Elijah Cummings requests details on private industry data breaches

    Ranking member of Oversight Committee looking for information to help steer government policy.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  48. An investigation has added weight to allegations that Sandia National Laboratories violated federal regulations when it used federal money to fund lobbying efforts to keep noncompetative contracts. Randy Montoya

    Report: Sandia violated rules in lobbying for contract extensions

    Investigation showed evidence of a coordinated campaign to influence officials funded with taxpayer money.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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