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Lawmakers push potty parity

May 12, 2010 Lawmakers can't hold it any longer. They're pushing for potty parity again in the federal workplace. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members expressed support during a May 12 hearing for the 2010 Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Building Act (H.R. 4869), which would require new or renovated federal buildings ...

Census Director Groves says computer glitches fixed

May 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top Census Bureau executive said on Tuesday that the agency has fixed glitches that caused major outages in a computer system that manages information collected by census takers. Census Director Robert Groves told Nextgov that the bureau enlisted developers to work with agency staff to solve the problem. The ...

Private employees face barriers entering the federal workforce, observers say

May 11, 2010 Dawn Lim/GovExec.com NIH recruiter Chris Pugh (right) fields questions at a May 8 job fair on the National Mall. Private employees don't understand the government hiring process, recruiters and human resources observers said this week. Although the federal market has outpaced industry in job creation, according to Gallup's Job Creation ...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Box

May 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new online inbox to solicit anonymous comments from service members and their family members about the impact of reversing the ban on openly gay soldiers in the military went live this month. The input will be reviewed by the task force studying the effects of repealing "don't ask, don't ...

Administration to announce hiring overhaul Tuesday

May 10, 2010 The Obama administration on Tuesday will unveil a major overhaul of the federal hiring process, the Office of Personnel Management announced. The hiring reform memorandum will ask agencies to do away with hand-graded knowledge, skills and abilities essays by Nov. 1, at least in the early stages of the hiring ...

Cybersecurity bill would penalize agencies for noncompliance

May 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House bill introduced on Thursday would give the government more authority to enforce cybersecurity measures in federal agencies, but it also contains elements that could be contentious. The 2010 Executive Cyberspace Authorities Act would establish a national cyberspace office, create a cyberspace director subject to Senate confirmation and penalize ...

Broadband Legal Battles Loom

May 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A legal battle looms on the horizon after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski released plans today on how the agency would fight to restore regulatory powers over the Internet. His statement follows the D.C. Circuit's Comcast v. FCC ruling last month, which stated that the commission did not have ...

President honors top feds

May 6, 2010 Each year the president holds up an exclusive group of top senior executives as prime examples of dedication to good government by awarding them the Presidential Rank Award. The 2009 winners represent a wide range of professionals working to save time, money and lives through better health care and financial ...

First lady applauds USAID employees

May 6, 2010 Dawn Lim/Govexec.com First Lady Michelle Obama visited the U.S. Agency for International Development on Wednesday to praise its employees for their work in Haiti and Afghanistan. "Much of the work that you do is quiet," she said, "but I do think the events of the last few months have given ...

Building The Oil Spill Crisis Map

May 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Texts, tweets and e-mails from those who have felt the effects of the Gulf Coast oil spill will be mapped out with new crowdsourcing technology, giving the federal government another look at the impact of the crisis. The map was created using the Ushahidi open source software by students at ...