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A look at federal hiring reform, 20 months on

December 16, 2011 As federal agencies struggle to adapt hiring procedures in a changing world, there is more pressure than ever to make the application process as efficient as possible. In a memo recently issued on the Chief Human Capital Officers Council's website, Office of Personnel Management Deputy Associate Director Angela Bailey outlined...

Government safety board recommends ban on use of electronic devices in cars

December 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended that all states and the District of Columbia pass laws banning use of any electronic devices while driving. The recommendation comes after years of research demonstrating the necessity for distraction-free driving, said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman, who noted that more than 3,000...

Government safety board recommends ban on use of electronic devices in cars

December 13, 2011 The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended that all states and the District of Columbia pass laws banning use of any electronic devices while driving. The recommendation comes after years of research demonstrating the necessity for distraction-free driving, said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman, who noted that more than 3,000...

Retirement applications up 24 percent from last year

December 13, 2011 Retirement applications for the first 10 months of 2011 are up 24 percent from the same period in 2010, according to statistics from the Office of Personnel Management and as reported Monday by Federal Times. Federal Times said 92,000 applications have been filed so far this year, and a total...

Nation states seen as biggest cybersecurity threat

December 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A prominent cybersecurity expert and the Estonian ambassador to the United States cautioned government insiders Thursday to be mindful of the significant threat that coordinated attacks by nation states can pose to a country's digital infrastructure. Speaking at a breakfast hosted by Government Executive and the European Affairs journal, Dmitri...

Fraud persists within U.S. Postal Service

December 7, 2011 As the U.S. Postal Service continues its financial downward spiral, its inspector general issued a report this week revealing dozens of letter carriers who have violated agency policy or the law. The report, as spotlighted by The Washington Post, reveals postal workers who have stolen and burned mail and collected...

For Feds, There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch

December 6, 2011 On Thursday, the social networking site GovLoop will take to the streets to feed hungry federal workers, who may be pinching pennies due to the pay freeze. GovLoop will commandeer two Washington-area food trucks stationed near the L'Enfant Plaza and Federal Triangle metro stops to hand out 500 free lunches...

Pearl Harbor Survivors Association to Disband

December 6, 2011 Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and it will also be the last official anniversary its survivors will share together. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will disband on Dec. 31, due to the declining health of its remaining members. Today's anniversary will mark their...

FAA chief resigns

December 6, 2011 Jerome Randolph "Randy" Babbitt, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, resigned from his post Tuesday after being arrested this weekend for drunk driving. Babbitt, who had taken a leave of absence Monday following news of the arrest, issued a statement late Tuesday. "Serving as FAA administrator has been an absolute...

FAA head Babbitt takes voluntary leave of absence

December 5, 2011 This story has been updated. Jerome Randolph "Randy" Babbitt, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, is taking a voluntary leave of absence from his post after being arrested over the weekend for drunk driving, according to the Transportation Department. Babbitt was charged with drunk driving Saturday night by police in...

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