Bureau leadership has relied heavily on ideas from the workforce as the agency pushes ahead with its first major reorganization in 50 years. The goal is to create a more efficient and effective Census Bureau, officials say.
Current and former federal employees, not hardened criminals, committed most acts of workplace violence, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board. The federal workplace was also more violent when compared with the private sector.
Agency leaders take steps to show they’re serious about employee fraud. Too often, they’re relying on the inspector general’s office to detect corruption.
Departments face challenges with contracting, hardware and policies, two years after OMB included agile development in its 25-point IT reform plan. The approach aims to make development more effective and efficient, but the switch itself has been far from agile.
The Office of Personnel Management announced 2013 premiums for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program are set to increase 3.4 percent. That’s slightly below last year’s increase of 3.8 percent, which had been the lowest since 2008. In 2010, premiums rose 7.3 percent.
Labor groups hoped to see more progress by now. But the administration has failed to live up to expectations about pay, benefits and government service.
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) believes a VA contracting program that requires service-disabled vets control 100 percent of their company’s decision-making to qualify is too onerous. And he wants to ease the requirements.
Auditors found no security weaknesses that present an immediate threat to the jobs portal or user information housed in its database. The test represented the site’s first independent security evaluation since OPM took control over USAJobs.gov from Monster Government Solutions in Oct. 2011. Under MGS management, hackers broke into the portal twice in 17 months.
The Innovation Networking Project will supplement traditional, face-to-face, networking with the goal of connecting federal visionaries, Todd Park said. He hopes the end result will remove stovepipes that have prevented big thinkers from finding each other.
HUD is one of five agencies piloting a performance management system, called GEAR. The new approach aims to eliminate a disconnect between organizational goals and employee performance.
The agency spends thousands of dollars per user on computers for contractors and task force officers. ATF’s chief information officer said those individuals could easily use their own devices to access virtual desktops that provide the same functionality.
Longstanding problems with integration put DHS’ mission to protect the country at risk, former leaders and lawmakers said. Nine years after it was created, the department still struggles to make its many components and agencies work as one.
Defense leaders say the Pentagon should skip buying IT for some major systems until contractors finish production. Many big projects take years to complete, meaning the technology inside becomes outdated by project completion.
Managers should consider allowing employees to solve problems in other parts of government. Doing so is an effective way for agencies to improve workers’ skillsets and maximize resources, said retiring Energy Department HR chief Mike Kane.