Laura Williams, an eDiplomacy liaison officer with the State Department’s Bureau of Information Resources Management, was nominated for her work improving staffing in the agency’s IT department.
DoD attracts and retains more employees through an increased involvement in the student loan repayment program.
Michelle Bernier-Toth is the managing director of Overseas Citizens Services in State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and a finalist for a Service to America Award.
In a first-ever interview, key officials from the Departments of Defense and State responsible for planning the transition to a diplomatic-led mission in Iraq discuss how the two agencies coordinated one of the largest overseas logistical operations since World War II. The article is the first part in Federal News Radio’s special report, Trial by Fire: Overseas Contracting in Transition, part of the series, Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer.
When the Defense Department began contingency contracting operations on a large-scale in Iraq in 2003 it was largely a trial by fire. Despite the best planning, DoD lacked the programs and practical solutions to handle the environment, officials say. Since then, commissions, panels and lawmakers have offered fixes and DoD has evolved to try to create “rock-solid” reforms. Federal News Radio examines these issues in the next part of our series, Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer.
The State Department’s share of overseas contingency contracting has grown over the last few years as the department took on new activities and functions as the military departed Iraq. Still, the budget shows, the Defense Department is the main player in overseas contingency contracting. And there’s no guarantee Congress won’t turn to the foreign affairs budget in its efforts to dramatically reduce the deficit.
Federal employees were less satisfied with their pay after the two-year pay freeze went into effect in 2010, according to a report by the Partnership for Public Service. Although higher-ranking feds were most satisfied with their pay, the highest-ranking feds — those at the SES level — had the biggest dip in pay satisfaction over the previous year.
A survey of nearly 60,000 college students found some federal agencies rank high as ideal employers post-graduation.
The Partnership for Public Service took a closer look at the data from the 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and discovered that feds aren’t too happy with their leaders. Senior leaders especially received low rankings from federal employees.
Danny Toler becomes the second State Department official to go to the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications since January. He also is the second high ranking official to join DHS in the last week.