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Backing Up Whistleblowers

February 2, 2011 After another major blow on Capitol Hill, federal whistleblowers might have to look elsewhere for support. A bill that would have increased protections for federal employees who come forward about problems at their agencies looked like a done deal late last year, but it fell just short. Perhaps real change...

Backing Up Whistleblowers

February 1, 2011 Protecting workers who speak out starts with agency leaders. After another major blow on Capitol Hill, federal whistleblowers might have to look elsewhere for support. A bill that would have increased protections for federal employees who come forward about problems at their agencies looked like a done deal late last...

On Offense

January 12, 2011 The number of bid protests filed by contractors is on the rise. In the Government Accountability Office's fiscal 2010 bid protest report to Congress, the watchdog agency said the number of protests filed in fiscal 2010 was up 16 percent from fiscal 2009, and 73 percent from fiscal 2006. Despite...

Betwixt and Between

January 5, 2011 It's hard to imagine a more unstable budget environment for federal agencies. The government ran on a continuing resolution for months after fiscal 2011 started, and as a new Congress rolls into Washington, a wide range of budget battles seem imminent. In late November, when announcing his opposition to an...

Betwixt and Between

January 1, 2011 Agencies are poised to juggle a continuing resolution along with New Year's resolutions. It's hard to imagine a more unstable budget environment for federal agencies. The government ran on a continuing resolution for months after fiscal 2011 started, and as a new Congress rolls into Washington, a wide range of...

Balancing Risk

December 1, 2010 Contractors shouldn't bear the burden of cost overruns alone. Since taking the reins of federal spending, the Obama administration has been clamping down on open-ended cost-reimbursement contracts, saying that limiting their use could save taxpayers billions of dollars. The assumption is the lack of constraints allows contractors to drive up...

Balancing Risk

December 1, 2010 Since taking the reins of federal spending, the Obama administration has been clamping down on open-ended cost-reimbursement contracts, saying that limiting their use could save taxpayers billions of dollars. The assumption is the lack of constraints allows contractors to drive up the government's tab through no fault of agencies. One...

Mea Culpa

November 17, 2010 Jeffrey Zients, the government's chief performance officer and acting Office of Management and Budget director, seems to be taking a cue from Domino's Pizza. For months, the pizza giant has been running ads saying, "We're sorry, we know we weren't very good before, but we're doing better." The commercials air...

The Happiness Factor

November 3, 2010 When the Partnership for Public Service released its annual "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" study in September, it proclaimed employee satisfaction to be on the rise. One of the primary drivers improving morale was effective leadership, according to the analysis. In compiling the list, the Partnership...

Fixing Reform

November 1, 2010 Increasing employee satisfaction is a constant uphill climb for managers. When the Partnership for Public Service released its annual "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" study in September, it proclaimed employee satisfaction to be on the rise. One of the primary drivers improving morale was effective leadership,...

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