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Campaigning for Cuts

January 11, 2012 Here is our series of infographics parsing through each of the Republican presidential candidate's stated plans to restructure the federal government. We initially ran the graphics in the first days of January. Rick Perry (No longer running) Rick Santorum Jon Huntsman (No longer running) Ron Paul Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney

CSC to offer cloud service for federal agencies

January 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow PhotoXpress Computer Sciences Corp., a private technology company, is stepping into the government cloud with a platform designed specifically for federal agencies, Government Computer News has reported. CSC CloudCompute for Government initially will provide infrastructure-as-a-service offerings before transitioning to other cloud services. Additionally, CSC says CloudCompute for Government will employ ...

CBP and the Office of Disability Employment form alliance

January 6, 2012 Customs and Border Protection on Friday signed an agreement to form an alliance with the Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The alliance is intended to increase agency hiring of people with disabilities, in accordance with Executive Order 13548, which President Obama signed on July 26, 2010. The order ...

Coast Guard lacking in equal employment opportunities, GAO finds

January 6, 2012 Though the U.S. Coast Guard has made progress in its efforts to remove barriers to equal employment opportunities, more improvements are needed, according to a new report. The Coast Guard lacks a systemic approach to identifying EEO barriers in the workplace, as the Government Accountability Office reported in December 2011. ...

IRS management is relatively diverse, IG finds

January 4, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service is strong in Senior Executive Service diversity, a new report has found. Among senior executives, the IRS "was more diverse than other federal agencies" in eight of 12 of the Office of Personnel Management's diversity categories, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report ...

Congress passes federal internship program reform

December 23, 2011 New legislation concerning the federal internship program has passed both chambers of Congress and is awaiting President Obama's signature. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., sponsored the measure, which recently passed through Congress after being lumped into a larger Defense authorization package. The measure seeks to standardize to the way federal agencies ...

Transportation rejects NTSB's suggested cellphone ban for drivers

December 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Department will not back the National Transportation Safety Board's recommended ban on all cellphones while driving, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. In a press conference Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the U.S. government would not enforce the NTSB proposal, which includes a ban on hands-free ...

Transportation rejects NTSB’s suggested cellphone ban for drivers

December 22, 2011 The Transportation Department will not back the National Transportation Safety Board's recommended ban on all cellphones while driving, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. In a press conference Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the U.S. government would not enforce the NTSB proposal, which includes a ban on hands-free ...

Congress calls on Defense to revamp investment review boards

December 21, 2011 The fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization Act lawmakers approved last week includes a provision requiring the Pentagon to overhaul its investment review boards, Federal News Radio reported. Congress has set a March 2012 deadline for the Defense Department to reconfigure the process by which its panels sign off on business systems ...

Stimulus money to weatherize houses has been well-spent, GAO finds

December 19, 2011 The Energy Department is effectively using stimulus money to help low-income families weatherize their homes, a recent report found. As of September, 58 state-level grant recipients reported having spent $3.46 billion in money allocated to weatherization by the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the Government Accountability Office said in ...