Some 1,150 housing contracts expired during the 35-day government shutdown, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development said the situation could have been avoided if its contract management system wasn’t more than 30 years old.
Furloughed and excepted federal employees said the government shutdown is prompting them to make tough decisions about their bills, mortgage and family obligations.
With the Office of Management and Budget soon to release the draft version of its federal data strategy, forward-thinking agency program offices see opportunities to leverage their data to get a better sense of how much performance they get out of each dollar in their budgets.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development launched a special website to highlight the people who benefit from the agency’s services.
At first glance, this year’s results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey might not show many significant improvements. But several large and small agencies, including the Housing and Urban Development Department and the Office of Special Counsel, made noticeable improvements in employee engagement this year.
Rafael Diaz, the chief information officer of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said by enforcing standards and a portfolio management approach, he now can better manage systems and network spending and modernization efforts.
Nani Coloretti, the HUD deputy secretary, said the 8 point increase in the 10th annual Best Places to Work rankings can be traced to listening to employees and communicating changes.