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OPM: Pay flexibilities will help attract STEM talent

In an effort to close skills gaps in the federal science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, workforce, the Office of Personnel Management is encouraging human capital officers to begin using pay flexibilities.

GAO: Feds needs greater private-sector input in tech transfer process

A federal clearinghouse responsible for helping private-sector customers identify potential opportunities to commercialize technologies developed at national labs isn't doing a good enough job communicating with them, congressional investigators said.

IG: USPS needs to tailor business to customers of the future

The U.S. Postal Service needs to be more proactive outside of its core business of mail delivery and collaborate more with established brands to succeed in servicing customers of the future, a Sept. 29 USPS inspector general report says. In a partnership with consulting firm Monitor Deloitte, the IG used scenario planning to understand the needs and expectations of such customers, and how the Postal Service could effectively meet those changing needs.

DOI, CIA lauded for Twitter engagement

The Interior Department and CIA are among several federal entities praised for their ability to engage citizens on Twitter in a new guide for good government tweeting published by the social media platform. In the handbook (pdf), Twitter credits the DOI with an account that is responsive to Twitter users.

Kendall: DoD must better invest in technology through BBP 3.0

The Defense Department isn't making the investment it should be in technology, but plans to fix that with the third iteration of its Better Buying Power initiative, said DoD Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall at a Sept. 19 Center for Strategic and International Studies event.

Archuleta: Innovation Lab booked for months

The Office of Personnel Management's Innovation Lab has been so booked that even the agency's director needs to book months ahead of time. "The word is spreading not only as a place where good conversations happen, but also good work in solving difficult issues happen" OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said in a Sept. 3 speech to the Association for Talent Development. "It is so booked that for me to use that in that space and those resources in the lab, I have to schedule it months in advance."

OMB: Top-notch federal customer service could lead to performance awards

Federal workers who give top-notch customer service could get performance awards in the future, according to a June 30 Office of Management and Budget update of cross-agency goals. The award structure is slated to be completed by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and expected to launch by the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the update says.

IG: Postal Service could make hundreds of millions of dollars as 3D printing rises in popularity

The Postal Service could benefit financially from the rise of 3D printing because of a rise in shipping packages short distances rather than from large warehouses across the country, a July 7 USPS inspector general report says. The total 3D printing industry was valued at around $3 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018, the report (pdf) says.

OSTP directs agencies to improve access to scientific information

The White House directed agencies to improve public access to scientific information as part of its third annual Open Government Plan. The Office of Science and Technology Policy released the third version of the transparency strategy (pdf) June 1. It builds on earlier versions released in 2010 and 2012.

NRC says NASA not on track to land a human on Mars

A National Research Council report says NASA's current strategy won't result in a human landing on Mars anytime in the near future. To continue on its current path is to "invite failure, disillusionment, and the loss of the longstanding international perception that human spaceflight is something the United States does best," the June 4 report says.