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  • Ideas for fixing the federal acquisition workforce

    By Dorothy Ramienski Internet Editor FederalNewsRadio In the federal government, there is too much emphasis on on awarding acquisition and too little on actually making sure the awards are achieving their goals. That’s the conclusion…

  • Committed to E-Verify?

    Beginning in September, federal contractors will need to confirm the identities of their 4 million workers through Homeland Security’s E-Verify program. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano further strengthened E-Verify by announcing the Administration’s support for regulation…

  • DorobekInsider: Coming and going – A new DOT CIO (mostly confirmed), Frank Puglese, former SSA CIO Tom Hughes, Young Government Leaders

    A number of people comings & goings in the past few days… * DOT CIO Nitin Harban I mentioned this a few days ago — at that time unconfirmed — that there was a new…

  • DorobekInsider: A picture worth almost 1,000 words – Obama and the IT dashboard

    Giving credit where credit is due right up front — Aliya Sternstein over at NextGov posts a great photo of President Obama checking out the new federal IT dashboard, which was officially opened to the…

  • DorobekInsider: New DOT CFO nominee… and a possible DOT CIO nominee

    The Obama administration has nominated Christopher P. Bertram to be the Transportation Department’s chief financial officer, otherwise known by the wonderful title of Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs. From the White House write-up: Christopher…

  • DorobekInsider.com: Catching up on the past week while I was away — dashboards, salaries, and a USA.gov PSA

    I’ve been working throughout the day to catch up on what I missed over the past week while I was away with some time off. (I often post while I’m away. It is somewhat surprising…

  • Solving the problem of contaminated water at Ft. Detrick

    Contamination of groundwater due to toxic waste dumping is a problem affecting many parts of the country, but in places like Frederick, Md., the problem is compounded when an Army base that made weapons is…

  • A different yellow ribbon

    When wounded service members come to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington for treatment, they and their families should not feel like they are tied down to the northwest DC campus. That’s the goal of the ”Yellow Ribbon Fund”. The Organization provides free rental cars to family members through local car dealer Jack Fitzgerald, and also a mentor/internship program where a service member can learn job skills.

  • Preserving Babylon.

    In Iraq, soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 172nd Infantry Brigade are helping historians, preservationists and documentarians maintain ancient Iraqi history. The brigade provides transportation and security for the World Monuments Fund in the ancient city of Babylon, home of the famed Hanging Gardens. Along with preserving the past, soldiers are trying to insure Babylon’s future as a possible tourist destination

  • Will insourcing work at every agency?

    One of the hottest buzzwords in federal management these days is “insourcing”, the commitment by President Obama to return more jobs that had been done in recent years by contractors back to full-time federal workers.…

  • Ask the CHCO: Justice Department

    Mari Barr Santangelo CHCO July 1, 2009

  • National Sovereignty Day in Iraq

    An explosion rocked Kirkuk in the wake of the planned pullout of U.S. troops from all Iraqi cities today. While the Iraqis have declared June 30 as National Sovereignty Day, many analysts are concerned that…

  • The gift with the Presidential touch!

    President and Mrs. Obama recently drove to Fort McNair here in Southwest DC to help stuff napsacks for military children attending the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple summer camps. They packed those 15,000 bags with snacks, books, and even a baseball trading card of presidential pooch ”Bo”. Its is part of the President’s ”United We Serve” summer volunteer initiative.

  • Daddy, do you have to go again?

    Multiple deployments can be tough on military familes, but they’re especially tough on the children. School work suffers, and surveys show behavioral problems increase. The Pentagon tries to help with the Military Family Live Consultant program, which makes counselors available to families. There are resources available online at the Military One Source, Military Homefront and the Military Community and Family Policy websites.