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Jack Corrigan

Jack Corrigan is an editorial fellow at Government Executive and Nextgov. He recently graduated from Northwestern University, where he studied journalism and economics. He’s previously written for a number of publications around his hometown of Chicago.
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FEMA to Standardize Misconduct Policies for Temporary Relief Workers

July 27, 2017 The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin documenting policies and procedures for dealing with misconduct among temporary employees, potentially addressing a major cause of low morale. As the federal government’s disaster-response organization, FEMA employs 22,000 permanent and temporary workers. Temporary employees often act as first responders when disaster strikes and...

IRS Asks Congress to Renew Its Best Path for Hiring Techies Fast

July 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asked Congress to reinstate a hiring authority that lets the agency fill important technical positions faster and at salaries above the federal pay cap. Reinstating the Streamline Critical Pay provision would help the IRS recruit and retain top talent without the cumbersome process required to exercise...

IRS Asks Congress to Renew Expired Authority to Exceed Salary Cap

July 27, 2017 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen asked Congress Wednesday to reinstate in fiscal 2018 an old provision allowing the agency to quickly hire highly-skilled employees for important technical positions at salaries above the federal pay cap. Reinstating the Streamline Critical Pay provision would help the IRS recruit and retain top talent...

IRS Pilot Lets You Settle Tax Disputes From Home

July 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The IRS will debut a new online pilot program that gives people the option to resolve tax disputes face to face with an IRS representative. The program will use Cisco’s WebEx secure screen-sharing platform to connect any taxpayer with a remote appeals officer, allowing both parties to video chat and...

HUD Secretary Praises Career Employees for Help in Transition

July 23, 2017 Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson praised career civil servants Thursday in a speech at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, saying they have been crucial in maintaining HUD operations despite a vacuum in the agency’s political leadership. “People have been doing two or three jobs at a time,”...

How to Get Your Devices and Data Ready for Summer Vacation

July 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow People face a number of risks when traveling: some minor, like sunburn, while others are more sinister. Travelers make a great target for online wrongdoers who know people on-the-go are easier to hack. “[Travelers] may be tempted to cut corners,” Nat Wood, associate director of consumer and business education at...

New Law Aims To Cut Red Tape

July 19, 2017 An Obama-enacted law aimed at strengthening federal program management was hailed as “a gift to the Trump administration,” aligning with the president’s mission to cut through bureaucratic red tape and make government more efficient. But achieving the law’s aims may be hampered by vacancies in the White House Office of...

House GOP Takes Cue From Trump, Targets Federal Retirement

July 18, 2017 The House Republican budget blueprint introduced Tuesday would reduce retirement benefits for federal employees in an effort to save billions of dollars over the next decade, mirroring some of the same cuts presented in President Trump’s budget in May. However, it does not spell out the changes in as much...

Despite Visits from 'Passport Pete,' Overtime Requirement Takes Toll on State Department Employees

July 17, 2017 With passport applications spiking, the State Department has required many passport employees to work mandatory overtime for more than six months. The agency has implemented initiatives to mitigate the effects of the surge — including deploying a stuffed animal mascot to local offices — but some workers complain that the...

Survey: Feds Still Use Shadow I.T. to Do Their Jobs

July 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than half of federal IT employees think implementing digital workspaces could increase their weekly productivity by four or more hours, a new survey shows. The online survey, conducted by FedScoop and underwritten by VMware, found employees frequently use personal electronic devices like laptops and smartphones to access work information,...