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Telework is increasingly satisfying and less problematic, study finds

May 2, 2012 Federal employees looking for more reasons to work from home may be encouraged by the results of Telework Week 2012. The event ran from March 5 to March 9, drew 80 percent more promises to telework than in 2011, according to a study underwritten by Cisco and released Wednesday by ...

OPM promises fellows program will be better in 2013

May 1, 2012 When hundreds of aspiring young federal workers receive false acceptance letters from the government, something probably needs to be fixed -- and the Office of Personnel Management wants Congress to know something will be. In an April 19 letter to Congress uncovered Tuesday by Federal News Radio, OPM Director John ...

Around Government

May 1, 2012 Protective Details Dan Emmett’s memoir offers an unvarnished look at life in the president’s security detail without the gossip. By Andrew Lapin If you’re looking for lots of salacious material about past presidents in Dan Emmett’s new memoir about his two decades as a Secret Service agent, look again. Within ...

Cholera Crisis

May 1, 2012 During humanitarian crises, entire populations generally have to put full faith in the system to set things right, leaving little time for the bureaucracy that can plague federal management. This kind of pressure presents a host of challenges for government aid groups. Are they properly employing the latest technology to ...

No one wants to pay for TSA's new baggage screeners

April 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most of the country’s largest airports have yet to achieve the best mix of baggage screening technologies, and the Transportation Security Administration currently provides neither the funds nor the will to assist more, according to a new report. The Government Accountability Office report released April 27 outlined the steps TSA ...

Interior: No plans to implement 7 percent staff reduction

April 25, 2012 A memo sent to the Office of Management and Budget supposedly outlining potential staff reductions, obtained by Federal Times, is a “strategic workforce planning” exercise with no bearing on actual staff plans, Interior Department spokesman Adam Fetcher said. “We regularly undertake strategic workforce planning as part of our ongoing efforts ...

Salazar Doesn’t Care About the Pay Raise Anyway

April 24, 2012 When legislation last year proposed a pay raise to put Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on par with other Cabinet-level secretaries, Sen. David Vitter, R-La. vowed to block it until the agency increased the number of oil drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico to the level they were at prior ...

Today in GSA: Event contractor gets probed

April 24, 2012 Brian Miller, inspector general for the General Services Administration, has set his sights on another prominent figure in the Las Vegas conference scandal, briefing federal prosecutors on event contractor Michael Jahn. Jahn, managing partner of Washington-based hotel search firm Location Solvers, reportedly violated federal bribery laws, according to emails, official ...

GSA Roundup: Want to steal money from GSA? Turns out it’s pretty easy

April 23, 2012 With this many skeletons in the General Services Administration’s closet, the agency won’t have to do any Halloween shopping this year. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that between 2008 and 2010, government contractor Coleen Newton-White and her husband took nearly $300,000 from GSA by stealing agency credit cards from ...

Defense asks Congress to improve civilian danger-zone benefits

April 20, 2012 The Defense Department wants federal employees to head into foreign combat zones and other prickly situations with better benefits. The department is pushing Congress to standardize and improve the benefits package for federal civilian employees assigned to dangerous overseas areas, The Washington Post reported Friday. The request, which is not ...