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Salaries barely changed from fiscal 2013. But 12.2 percent more SES members received performance awards.
Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy says the agency is in the process of disciplining agents involved in the scandal, but some lawmakers and watchdogs say the incident is just one example of a governmentwide problem.
Social media makes it easier than ever to violate the Hatch Act, the law that bans feds from using their positions to influence political campaigns.
Beth Cobert has not testified before Congress since becoming acting director of OPM in July. From the data breaches to workforce issues, senators have plenty of material to draw upon.
While new laws and programs have focused on patients, employee morale remains low at the Veterans Health Administration. As long as that remains the case, patients will not get the best from the VA’s health system, says VA Under Secretary of Health Dr. David Shulkin.
Congress came out swinging last week, with some lawmakers calling on the IRS chief’s impeachment, while House Republicans passed a bill that would give private debt collectors some of the responsibilities currently held by the tax agency. Report cards were also issued from Capitol Hill, and there was a lot of red.
The newest Gov Con hall of famer was inducted last night. Paul Lombardi got his start at the Energy Department and Navy. He then went on to lead major contractors like DynCorp. He tells Federal News Radio’s Francis Rose what the honor means to him.
The Senate has passed a bill to protect major cyber attacks. It’s known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. And it’s been pretty controversial. Dave Wennergren, senior vice president of technology for the Professional Services Council, views it through the lens of the contracting community.
The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They will tackle some of the most complex management and policy issues in government and report to Congress. Joshua Gotbaum is a member of the new class. He’s the former head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and is now a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.
Last night’s Gov Con awards were a way for the contracting community to honor its own. It was sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council. Before it got going, one of the hosts, the chamber’s Jim Corcoran, spoke with Federal News Radio’s Francis Rose.
A couple problems have plagued the Homeland Security Department over the years. Its 22 separate agencies have had trouble working together. And, partly as a result, its employees are some of the least satisfied in the government. Enter the Unity of Effort Awards. It’s the department’s attempt to honor employees who have bridged those gaps. Senior Biodefense Advisor Aaron Firoved is one of eight people who won it for their response to last year’s Ebola crisis. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin now.
The measure would preserve VA employees’ rights to appeal disciplinary decisions, while shortening the appeals process. VA leaders says they do not need another law, while the White House has threatened to veto the bill out of concern for employees’ due process rights.
How a bill becomes a law is a subject we all learned once, maybe from teachers or Schoolhouse Rock. Missing from that lesson was the role that federal agencies play. Chris Walker is a law professor at the Ohio State University. He has written a report to the Administrative Conference of the United States on the subject. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin via Skype with more.