• Just call her ‘Captain Fitness’.

    Air Force Captain Charlotta Blalock says she gets some strange looks from people when she’s on a plane, and will drop to the deck and start doing push ups at 14,000 feet. Blalock, who is aide de camp to General Roger Brady, head of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, is now a competitive bodybuilder, after deciding four years ago to step it up when it came to her fitness. She scores ”excellent” in the Air Force fitness test. I’m Max Cacas.

  • Reviewing NSPS –

    The Pentagon is teaming with the Office of Personnel Management for a review of the National Security Personnel System. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn and OPM’s new director, John Berry, will ask the Defense Review Board to set up a task force to look at NSPS. DoD has held off on converting military organizations to the new pay system pending the review. NSPS currently covers more than 200 thousand Pentagon staffers. I’m Max Cacas.

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  • Census nominee: blunt response to mixing politics and the count

    President Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. Census Bureau responded in the bluntest terms possible to questions regarding the politicization of the 2010 census. Senate leaders expect to vote on the nomination before adjourning for the Memorial Day recess.

  • House Subcommittee examines contracting jobs for vets

    Some veterans and some states have been complaining about how federal contractors are providing job opportunities to veterans, and how the Labor Department and Veterans Affairs Department are monitoring compliance with several laws. Two panels…

  • More civil servants to come

    The Federal Government could be hiring as many as 600,000 workers over the next four years. We learn more from Tim McManus with the Partnership for Public Service.

  • Retired Marine Corps General likely pick for NASA head

    Pick is also former astronaut and likely to meet with the President on Monday.

  • DorobekInsider: The USDA CIO to go to a career person – Chris Smith

    We’ve been hearing pings for awhile, but it now seems to be common knowledge within the halls of the Agriculture Department: The new USDACIO post will go to the current acting CIO Chris Smith. We…

  • Did DHS respond properly to H1N1 flu threat?

    Some lawmakers called the Homeland Security Department’s decision not to let transportation and border workers use masks during H1N1 virus outbreak unacceptable. One lawmaker even threatened to legislate the right of these federal employees to…

  • NCMA discusses goals, challenges

    One organization is working to develop leaders in the contracting industry. The National Contract Management Association recently saw its third class graduate. John Wilkinson, Director of Education and Certification at the NCMA, tells us more…

  • Making transparency and collaboration work in your office

    ‘Transparency’ and ‘collaboration’ are the watchwords for this administration. But managers have to be careful to not use collaboration just for collaboration’s sake. We learned about this when we talked with Morton Hanson, the author…

  • Union of Concerned Scientists speaks about President’s plan

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  • Secy Gates makes changes to U.S. command in Afghanistan

    A change is being made in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a senior administrator with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will take the place of Gen. David McKiernan…

  • Performance council to lead new program evaluation approach

    White House outlines replacement for PART program to focus on ’meaningful measures and quantitative targets.’