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It's Hatch Act Season

September 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's election time, so that means it has to be Hatch Act time, too. At least two federal employees are entangled in the nuances of the law, which prohibits federal employees from running in partisan elections. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Friday that Christopher Newcomb, identified only as a...

Sammie Winners Rely on Tech

September 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Partnership for Public Service handed out its top honor to federal employees on Wednesday, awarding eight individuals with its Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Check out the the winners, and the descriptions for why they won. What jumps out at me is that many of the recipients...

Turning to Interns

September 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government Executive reports the Army is looking to hire hundreds of entry-level and midcareer contracting specialists and insource more than 4,000 acquisition-related jobs during the next five years. The civilian contracting workforce of 5,300 employees is expected to grow about 25 percent, GE reports. The Army is aware that there...

Obama: IT Improves Government

September 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama plans to send a memo to senior executives in government urging them to focus on the administration's Accountable Government Initiative, which aims to cut waste, reform contracting and close the information technology gap, among other goals. And IT is at the center of the reforms. The Washington Post...

What's the Future of Cyber Spending?

September 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tim Stevens, a blogger and researcher in the War Studies Department at King's College in London, pondered on Monday at risk the United Kingdom's cybersecurity budget may be in the future given the nation's tight budget and poor economic outlook. Writing for, Stevens says despite the promises to spend...

Flu Shot Time, or Maybe Not

September 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From the Cobbler's Children Have No Shoe File. Delawareonline reported on Monday that 25 percent of all health care workers in the state's seven acute-care hospitals did not receive a flu vaccinated in 2009. That's about 4,000 health care professionals. In one hospital, St. Francis in Wilmington, nearly 55 percent...

Gingrich on Meaningful Use

September 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, weighed in on electronic health records on Monday in an article he co-authored for Gingrich, and co-author Jeff Kao, who is general manager of NCR Healthcare, a member of Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation, write that the meaningful use definition the federal...

Techies Want Flexibility

September 13, 2010 Technology jobs continue to be in high demand, which has fueled an increase in higher salaries and signing bonuses, according to, a website that posts technology and engineering jobs. But in its September jobs report, it notes another (surprising) demand from technology job seekers that the federal government may...

Video Gaming 101

September 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here's something every teenager will just love: The Council for Industry and Higher Education in London released a report on Friday that concluded children should take classes on computer games as a way to improve the United Kingdom's competitiveness in the information technology (or what they call information and communications...

Techies Want Flexible Work Options

September 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology jobs continue to be in high demand, which has fueled an increase in higher salaries and signing bonuses, according to, a website that posts technology and engineering jobs. But in its September jobs report, it notes another (surprising) demand from technology job seekers that the federal government may...

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