Government officials are starting to brag that, despite budget cuts and hiring freezes, the Obama administration will have achieved an ambitious hiring goal by the end of next month: To add 100,000 new employees with disabilities over a five-year period.
MSPB Chair Susan Tsui Grundmann took aim at a recent law and the legislation it’s spawned. The year-old Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 curtails the due process rights of Senior Executive Service members in the Veterans Affairs Department. Just recently, the House passed legislation to extend the measure to the rest of the VA’s workforce.
Four associations representing federal contractors sent a polite, but terse, letter to the White House Tuesday saying they’ve had enough with executive orders issued by President Barack Obama that target their member companies.
The Postal Service reported a net loss of $586 million for the quarter that ended on June 30, an improvement over a $2 billion loss recorded during the same period last year
At the Health and Human Services Department, chief information officers are so concerned with operating IT networks that they skimp on cybersecurity, according to report by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It says chief information security officers should report to agencies’ top lawyers.
From IT offices to law enforcement bureaus, the federal government says it needs more cybersecurity specialists. But competition is tough. Several federal agencies treated winners of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition as VIPs when they visited Washington in late July. Stops on the tour included the National Security Agency, the Pentagon and the Cyber Crimes Center, part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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Following the hack of Office of Personnel Management databases, a group of tech-industry experts is offering to help the government secure its computer networks. The IT Alliance for Public Sector assembled a task force made up of 20 big companies like Symantec, Microsoft and Lockheed Martin. The group says the government must act boldly and alter its culture and approach. Pam Walker is the senior director of Homeland Security at I-TAPS. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to review the group’s recommendations.
Agencies have problems with recruitment, training, leadership development and succession planning. That’s not an outside criticism. It’s coming from their own employees. The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte analyzed the most recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to come up with some ideas for improving the employee experience. David Dye is the director of Federal Human Capital Services at Deloitte. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to analyze the latest snapshot.
Employment discrimination isn’t just limited to race and gender; it can take many forms. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s annual EXCEL conference next week is a chance for both government and private industry to take a closer look at employment law. This year the conference is being held here in Washington, D.C., to mark the commission’s 50th anniversary. Dexter Brooks is the associate director of the Office of Federal Operations at the EEOC. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the celebration and conference.
The Senate Judiciary Committee mediates a crisis caused by a Justice Department legal opinion that says inspectors general should not automatically get access to all records they need for their investigations.
The National Academy of Public Administration concludes that time-and-attendance fraud is neither widespread nor unique to teleworkers at the Patent and Trademark Office.
The executive branch has gotten the DATA Act off to a good start by meeting its first deadline, Obama administration officials, auditors and lawmakers agree. But persistent problems with the data itself threaten to undermine the financial transparency at the heart of the law.
The year-old DATA Act is forcing agencies to standardize their financial data. And, even without a law, Congress and regulatory agencies slowly are doing the same with legislation and regulations.
The Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command will be in charge of hiring a contractor to provide identity-protection services to victims of the breach on the Office of Personnel Management’s background-investigation database. NAVSEA will issue an RFQ early next week. GSA was supposed to send it out this week.