Articles by Jolie Lee

  • DoD bans entertainment, swag at conferences

    No more motivational speakers, musicians or promotional swag. The Defense Department is banning entertainment-related expenses at its conferences, according to a new memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

  • HUBZone program in transition after losing 30 percent of firms

    Federal agencies already have had a hard time meeting their goal to award 3 percent of contract dollars to small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone). But the 2010 Census wiped out more than 30 percent of the HUBZone companies certified by the Small Business Administration — leaving agencies searching for new firms and decertified firms trying to figure out what’s next.

  • VIDEO: Battling brain cancer, GPO employee to compete in IRONMAN

    BethAnn Telford, an employee at the Government Printing Office, has battled brain cancer for the past seven years. But it isn’t stopping her from competing this weekend in the IRONMAN World Championship. She takes Federal News Radio inside her workout and explains her motivation before the big race.

  • EPA, USDA break through small business contracting barriers

    The federal government as a whole has consistently missed its goal to award 23 percent of its contract dollars to small businesses. But the government also has examples of agencies bucking that trend. In part two of our special report, The Small Business Dilemma, Federal News Radio speaks with several agencies’ about how they’re succeeding in the small business contracting arena.

  • DoD carries weight of governmentwide small business goal

    As the biggest spender in the federal government, the Defense Department has the greatest potential to award contracts to small businesses. But the nature and breadth of defense contracts can leave out small firms. In part one of Federal News Radio’s special report, The Small Business Dilemma, we examine how the Pentagon is taking steps to make it easier for small firms to do business with the department.

  • Federal retirements continue to exceed expectations

    For three months in a row, the number of federal retirements has exceeded what the Office of Personnel Management projected. OPM estimated it would receive 7,000 retirement claims in September. The actual number of claims the personnel agency received was 11,952.

  • Roth TSP now open to active-duty servicemembers

    As of Monday, active-duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force can now participate in the Roth Thrift Savings Plan option.

  • Lockheed, BAE say they won’t issue layoff notices if sequestration takes effect

    Lockheed Martin will not issue layoff notices — known as Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices — if the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration take effect Jan. 2.

  • VA CHCO resigns one day before IG releases conference spending report

    John Sepulveda, the chief human capital officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, resigned Sunday. The agency’s inspector general is expected to release a final report today on two human resources conferences last year that cost the department $5 million.

  • How NASA’s Curiosity rover got 1.1M Twitter followers

    The Mars rover Curiosity is breaking barriers both in space and the Twittersphere. Curiosity now has more than 1.1 million followers on the social media site. A NASA social media manager shares best practices for maintaining a Twitter account.

  • Small business contracting goal remains elusive

    The Obama administration has pushed agencies to increase contracting opportunities with small business, most notably creating a governmentwide task force to share best practices. Yet the federal government on a whole has continued to miss its 23 percent small business contracting goal. Federal News Radio examines this issue as part of our special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

  • Court puts temporary hold on STOCK Act reporting requirement

    A district court judge has put a hold on the section of the STOCK Act that requires 28,000 federal executives to publish their financial information online.

  • OPM’s innovation lab spurs new way of problem-solving

    The sub-basement of the Office of Personnel Management’s headquarters resembles more a tech start-up than a federal office building. The innovation lab, as OPM calls it, provides a brightly-lit, open room for employees to meet and tackle the “stickiest” of the agency’s problems.

  • Agencies’ Section 508 compliance mixed, survey finds

    The survey found lack of resources, awareness and training were the most common challenges in complying with Section 508. Fifteen percent of agency components said they could not identify any challenges to 508 compliance.