Budget

  • IT Boost Along the Border

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced a major initiative to improve security along the US-Mexico border, and IT is going to get a boost. In a press conference last week, Secretary Napolitano said the…

  • Ed DeSeve to join the Obama administration

    Ed DeSeve, the former acting Office of Management and Budget deputy director of management during the Clinton administration and Chairman of Strategy and Solution Partners, is going to join the Obama administration, Federal News Radio’s…

  • The CIO Council’s 2009 Azimuth Award goes to… Marty Wagner and Symantec’s John Thompson

    At the end of FOSE, the CIO Council holds an awards dinner to present its Azimuth Award. The Azimuth is essentially the compass on a boat that guides people. And so the CIO Council’s Azimuth…

  • Water, water everywhere!

    The Water Quality Investment Act of 2009 would authorize $18.7 billion through 2014 to clean up water pollution. Reuters reports that the Congressional Budget Office says the bill will cost the federal government a hefty…

  • Budget Talk

    The Pentagon Budget will be front and center in about a month. Among the programs and issues on the bubble are the Army’s Future Combat systems. The GAO also recommended that Congress not approve full…

  • Putting a stop to ‘stop-loss’

    The Army is phasing out the controversial practice of involuntarily extending tours of duty, known as “stop-loss”. Defense Secretary Gates has sought to end the practice since he began his term in the last administration.…

  • A ‘stimulating’ new Army hospital

    Fort Hood, Texas, is getting something from the Stimulus Bill: 621 million dollars for a new military hospital. Fort Hood has outgrown the Carl Darnall Army Medical Center, built in the days of Vietnam, and…

  • Changing of the Guard

    Have DHS’s priorities changed when it comes to the southern border? DHS secretary Janet Napolitano seemed to suggest they have. Meeting with reporters Napolitano said DHS is still focused on fighting illegal immigration and drug…

  • Was I unfair to GSA? Maybe a bit, but…

    I’ve received a number of calls and e-mails about yesterday’s post about GSA halting the use Facebook as a collaboration application. This is typical: I think the headline isn’t quite accurate and conveys the wrong…

  • GSA renames regional administrators as ‘regional commissioners’ — the first step to a broader reorg?

    Acting Administrator Paul Prouty sent out a memo last week to GSA offices announcing that he is changing titles for assistant regional administrators and deputy assistant regional administrators. Here is the memo sent out March…

  • More, More, More

    The FY 2009 budget has passed and some agencies are seeing an increase in money. The Washington Post reports that the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration are going to get…

  • Second life for fed whistleblower shield bill

    Defending feds who ’speak the truth’

  • GAO says DoD lacks leadership on management issues

    Proper implementation of Chief Management Officer is key to improvements

  • Woman’s Touch at War

    Think of it as the ‘woman’s touch at war’. The 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine regiment has a not-so-secret weapon in the battle of hearts and minds in southern Afghanistan: an all-female Marine team. The women…