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EPA, GSA perfect students of sustainability

June 15, 2012 Federal agencies on Friday released their sustainability report cards for fiscal 2011, monitoring how well each has adhered to a 2009 executive order directing the government to meet energy, water, pollution and waste reduction targets. For each of seven metrics, every agency receives one of three stoplight-style grades: green, yellow ...

U.S.-India Joint Commission Touts Open Government Platform

June 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government representatives from the United States and India had high praise for the two countries’ Open Government Platform partnership at Monday’s second joint commission meeting on science and technology cooperation between the nations. “It has truly been awesome and it has truly been inspiring, and those are words I don’t ...

Fill career positions with care in election year, OPM advises

June 11, 2012 John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, sent a memo Friday to the heads of federal executive departments and agencies reminding them that all personnel appointments during a presidential election year must “remain free of political influence or other improprieties and meet all relevant civil service laws, rules ...

Selective Service not equipped to handle a draft, watchdog finds

June 8, 2012 After years of Defense Department neglect, the Selective Service System doesn't have enough personnel or resources to induct service members in the event the military draft is reinstated, according to a Government Accountability Office investigation. The report, sent Thursday to the heads of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, ...

GSA to clear schedules of typewriters and other ‘outdated’ offerings

June 7, 2012 The General Services Administration announced Thursday that it plans to phase out contractors that offer typewriters, photographic equipment, trophies and other “outdated” products from its Multiple Award Schedules. Each of the more than 8,000 obsolete contracts costs at least $3,000 per year to administer, according to the GSA press release, ...

Coast Guard investigates animal testing video

June 7, 2012 The U.S. Coast Guard says it is investigating the contents of a video that depicts trainees operating on live goats. The private contractor that a watchdog group says administered the exercise has previously violated Agriculture Department animal research protocol, documents show. The video, an undated, undercover recording of a Coast ...

Postal commission clarifies role on contentious closure issues

June 6, 2012 The Postal Regulatory Commission emphasized its advisory role to the U.S. Postal Service during a public meeting Wednesday in explaining why it has not taken a larger role in debates over whether to focus on rural or urban post office closings. The conversation surrounding possible operation-shrinking initiatives for USPS has ...

Supreme Court: Secret Service agents cannot be sued

June 5, 2012 Secret Service agents are entitled to the qualified immunity of government officials and cannot be sued, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday. The decision, as reported by The New York Times, comes in response to a lawsuit filed against Secret Service agent Virgil Reichle by environmental consultant Steven Howards, ...

FEMA official emphasizes 'team effort' as hurricane season begins

June 4, 2012 As the 2012 hurricane season begins, one Federal Emergency Management Agency executive wants to remind American citizens that the onus for keeping them safe doesn’t rest entirely with FEMA. “It’s a team effort,” FEMA deputy administrator Richard Serino told Government Executive. “It’s not just FEMA. It’s really all of government ...

Government lost 5,000 jobs in May

June 1, 2012 New employment numbers released Friday show a shrinking federal workforce. Federal employment in May dipped by 5,000 workers from April, to 2.8 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number is down from the same period in 2011, when the federal government employed 2.87 million workers. The BLS ...