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If Only Everyone Wore Diapers

January 19, 2012 The Agriculture Department will herd kids who attend their day care center to new pastures this spring. USDA intends to close the child development center available to its employees by May 31 due to "facility issues," which one employee described to Government Executive as "sewer problems." "Part of it is ...

Feds to get better access to personal health data

January 19, 2012 All employees insured under plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program soon will be able to see, download and store their personal health data with the click of a mouse. The tool, known as Blue Button, already is available to many employees, including veterans, military service members, and Centers ...

Agencies try out new performance management system

January 18, 2012 More details emerged Wednesday about a pilot program that aims to improve the performance management system for all government employees, with some agencies pledging to start the first training sessions this spring. The Office of Personnel Management will begin training managers on the new system by March or April, OPM ...

White House: Performance chief to serve as acting head of OMB

January 17, 2012 Deputy Director for Management and Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients will serve as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, the White House announced Tuesday. The announcement comes after OMB Director Jack Lew was named White House chief of staff last week. Zients was confirmed by the Senate ...

Unions wary of Obama’s consolidation plans

January 13, 2012 Federal employee unions Friday responded with reserved skepticism to President Obama's proposal to merge several federal trade- and business-related functions throughout government. The Consolidation Authority Act, which would allow Obama to fast-track through Congress a plan to whittle away at six major departments and agencies that handle business and trade, ...

New senior executive performance measurements emphasize ‘leadership qualities’

January 11, 2012 PhotoDisc The new performance management system recently announced by the Office of Personnel Management will require all federal agencies to favor the demonstration of leadership qualities over more technical performance measures, according to a member of the system's working group. Agencies already consider Executive Core Qualifications to evaluate Senior Executive ...

GSA requests buyout authority

January 10, 2012 The General Services Administration on Tuesday submitted a request to the Office of Personnel Management seeking permission to offer voluntary early retirement authority and voluntary separation incentive payments to a select number of its employees, according to a GSA spokesman. If OPM approves the request, voluntary early retirement authority and ...

Veterans of Clinton administration, Wall Street floated as possible OMB directors

January 9, 2012 A former Office of Management and Budget official and a counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner were among the names floated Monday as replacements for outgoing OMB Director Jack Lew. According to the National Journal, Democrats mentioned OMB official and Wall Street veteran Josh Gotbaum and economic adviser Gene Sperling ...

Administration unveils new senior executive performance measurements

January 6, 2012 This story has been updated. The Office of Personnel Management on Friday unveiled a new performance management system for the Senior Executive Service. Originally slated for completion in September 2011, the new measurements aim to streamline the way top managers in the federal government are evaluated. "Under the new system, ...

Pentagon plan will affect personnel; details to come in budget request

January 5, 2012 A strategy to downsize the Pentagon's budget over the next decade unveiled by Obama administration officials Thursday deferred details about possible reductions in military salaries and benefits, but the Defense Department made clear the new approach would include reductions affecting personnel. The review, released weeks before the Pentagon unveils its ...