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  • 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.

  • DorobekInsider.com: White House nominates Borras as DHS under secretary for management

    The White House today nominated Rafael Borras as Homeland Security Department’s under secretary for management. According to the White House, Borras currently serves as a vie president of construction services for the Mid-Atlantic region for…

  • DorobekInsider.com: Government 2.0 down under — the Australia Gov 2.0 Task Force

    Often, it is so easy to forget that the U.S. government is not alone. I often think the “ahead” or “behind” distinctions are fairly superfluous — different organizations are in different places in their evolutions…

  • Learning how the NTSB works

    The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating what caused the Metro crash yesterday. The NTSB is the independent agency that handles all large transportation accidents. Ted Lopatkiewicz is the director of public affairs for…

  • DorobekInsider.com: Senate approves Zients as the new chief performance officer

    The Senate Friday confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Zients to be the OMB deputy director of management and the Obama administration’s chief performance officer. The Senate Homeland Security Committee had signed off on his nomination…

  • DorobekInsider.com: The Obama transparency initiative – phase III launches today

    The White House today will launch the third and final part of the Obama transparency and openness initiative where the White House CTO’s office will invite the public to “collaborate on crafting constructive proposals to…