Almost half of all federal employees were deemed eligible to work in 2012, compared to only a third the previous year, the Office of Personnel Management says in its Dec. 18 telework report.
The Defense Department could improve its acquisition process by relying more on cost-reimbursement contracts for systems developments, among other things, a Dec. 17 Center for the Business of Government paper says. The report, Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition, was authored by former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Jacques Gansler and University of Maryland professor William Lucyshyn.
More than a thousand businesses that contract to Internal Revenue Service owe hundreds of million dollars in taxes, a recently released Sept. 25 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says.
Chief Acquisition Officers can no longer waive required certification for federal project and program managers under new Office of Federal Procurement Policy guidance. Under the new requirements (.pdf), managers must meet all the Federal Acquisition Certification requirements and prerequisites no matter how many programs they've successfully completed.
FierceGovernment is proud to announce our second annual Fierce 15--a recognition of federal employees and teams who have done particularly innovative things.
Most of the civil servants recognized in the Fierce 15 won't be found keynoting event after event across Washington. Instead, they handle behind-the-scenes orchestration of some of the most progressive projects underway in government and work tirelessly to make government more efficient, service- and mission-oriented, and accountable. See the list...
After three canceled markups in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this year, Postal reform won't be happening in 2013. The committee had scheduled one last markup Wednesday to move the legislation (S.1486) through, but it was cancelled – that's the third time it's happened since November.
The disparity between federal- and private- sector job satisfaction is the widest since the Office of Personnel Management started in 2009 collecting data making that comparison possible.
A comparable private sector worker's salary is 35.4 percent higher than that of the typical federal employee, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The disparity is up from 34.6 percent in 2012, 26.3 percent in 2011 and 24.1 percent in 2010. The comparison is limited to salaries, so it does not account for benefits.
One hundred federal projects, inlcuded space pizza, were included Tuesday in Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) annual Wastebook that documents what he calls low-priority spending.
Defense Department and Homeland Security officials defended building security progress made in the wake of the September Navy Yard shooting, but told a Senate panel Dec. 17 that metal detectors would be a step too far. Since the Navy Yard attack, the Pentagon has conducted and internal reviews of gaps and deficiencies and shared other agency best practices.
The Postal Service lacks the staff and vehicles to handle projected growth in package delivery due to more online purchases, a Dec. 11 USPS inspector general report says. Currently, the Postal Service handles about 3.7 billion packages a year, and that total is expected to rise to about 4.6 billion in fiscal 2017, the report (.pdf) says.
Veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury will soon be able to receive disability pay for Parkinson's disease, seizures, dementia, depression and diseases related to hormone deficiency.
The Senate voted to end debate on the two year budget deal Tuesday, which paves the way for the legislation's passage. The bill (H.J. Res. 59), which sets discretionary spending topline for the current fiscal year at $1.012 trillion and fiscal 2015 at $1.014 trillion, was advanced in a 67-33 vote. Twelve Senate Republicans joined all 55 Democrats and Independents in voting for to end debate.
As part of President Obama's push to boost American manufacturing, the Economic Development Administration is looking for 12 communities around the country to become hubs for high-paying manufacturing jobs, a Dec. 10 Federal Register notice says.
By the end of 2013, the Interior Department plans to make the first offers to buy back American Indian land from individuals in an effort to help tribes consolidate ownership.
The National Guard didn't validate its need for more personnel through the Defense Department's standard external review process, a recently released Nov. 12 Government Accountability Office report says.
Lawmakers and industry executives stressed the need for the government to help build a network to train workers for high-skilled manufacturing jobs, in a Dec. 12 House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on research and technology hearing. The hearing was prompted by legislation Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) introduced in August that would establish a $600 million National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.
The House on Thursday, approved a defense spending bill that would, among other things, ensure troops will receive a 1 percent pay raise in 2014 and ease restrictions on transferring Guantanamo Bay prisoners to other countries.