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  • 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

    President Obama said the public should be able to trust the science informing public policy decisions. He assigned his science advisor to come up with a plan to achieve scientific integrity. He’s also reaching out…

  • 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.’

  • Senate committee hears from two more Labor nominees

    Two more high-level jobs at the Labor Department have nominees. The President has selected Seth Harris for Deputy Secretary of Labor and M. Patricia Smith for Solicitor of the Department of Labor. The two nominees…

  • Defense Secretary Gates in Afghanistan

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates got a first-hand look at operations in Afghanistan last week. He met with U.S. forces there, and with local leaders who are working with American forces. He took a break from…

  • FEMA head nominee on hold

    Hurricane season is a couple of weeks away and Louisiana Senator David Vitter has put the FEMA chief’s nomination on hold. By all accounts, Craig Fugate is well-qualified to hold the position. In our weekly…

  • DorobekInsider.com: Comments – I get comments about comments (or the lack there of) – but soon, you can post ‘em yourself

    I get a lot — and fairly regular… and sometimes bordering on angry — comments the lack of commentability on FederalNewsRadio.com, and, specifically, on the DorobekInsider. In the months since I moved the DorobekInsider over…

  • Federal frugality

    President Obama has asked Congress to trim 121 federal programs, saving $17-billion dollars in the coming budget year. But critics contend that’s just a drop-in-the bucket, since the total budget exceeds $3-trillion dollars. Brian Riedl…

  • Justice: Funding for Openings and Closings

    Appearing before the Senate Appropriations Commerce, Science and Justice subcommittee hearing on the FY2010 budget proposal for the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder faced repeated questions from lawmakers about his plans for closing Guantanamo.…

  • DorobekInsider: Godspeed Paul Nolan, husband of AFCEA’s Becky Nolan

    I mentioned on Federal News Radio 1500 AM today the sad news that AFCEA International vice president Becky Nolan’s husband, Paul, passed away today unexpectedly. Here is the note from Kent R. Schneider, AFCEA International’s…

  • Former DHS Secy Chertoff: lessons learned

    We bring you lessons learned from former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. He talked with Randy Larsen and Dave McIntyre, hosts of Homeland Security: Inside & Out about his priorities during…