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The White House's acting budget director Jeffrey Zients said the “government needs to be leaner, smarter, and more consumer-friendly."

Obama sends up draft bill for reorganization authority

OMB letter to House speaker promises Congress a continuing role in consolidation effort.

Labor Department to consolidate field offices

Move is estimated to save $19 million in two years.

First lady surprises White House tourists

Michelle Obama shakes hands with visitors and introduces them to her dog, Bo.

Tax cut deal boosts retirement contributions for new feds

Democrats stave off proposal that would have required all employees to contribute more to their pensions to pay for unemployment insurance extension.

Women in government report more satisfaction than male colleagues

More men than women, however, perceive agency leadership as fair and empowering.

SBA redefinition of small business draws mixed reactions

New guidelines will qualify 8,000 more firms for federal programs.

Obama's plan will "help break down government silos and promote greater collaboration on common goals,”  Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said.

New agency performance goals called helpful but incomplete

Stewards of government modernization act call for more specific data on progress, more consultation with Congress.

OPM proposes part-time work as step toward retirement

Program could help save $720 million in 10 years, Federal Times reports.

Making Young Employees Feel at Home

Good managers can make a difference in sharpening the critical thinking skills of ‘digital natives’ used to having the answers at the click of a button.

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

There was a vastly underrated road trip movie last year starring Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. called Due Date. Downey plays an uptight businessman and Galifianakis plays a goofy but lovable stoner. They take a cross-country trip together. Hilarity ensues.