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GSA aims to make agency websites more user-friendly

December 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is dedicating the first Friday of every month to ensuring agency websites are more user-friendly. GSA cautiously and quietly launched the program in August, but success has placed its services in high demand lately. The First Fridays Product Testing Program provides discounted testing to agencies whose...

GSA aims to make agency websites more user-friendly

December 13, 2010 The General Services Administration is dedicating the first Friday of every month to ensuring agency websites are more user-friendly. GSA cautiously and quietly launched the program in August, but success has placed its services in high demand lately. The First Fridays Product Testing Program provides discounted testing to agencies whose...

Volunteers give back to service members this holiday season

December 10, 2010 Nonprofits this holiday season are offering alternative gift-giving ideas that support the troops and give volunteers the opportunity to honor their loved ones. "Men and women in uniform give to their country every single day," said Kate Kohler, former Army captain and chief operating officer for the Pentagon Federal Credit...

Congress passes bill allowing military families and retirees to keep their doctors

December 9, 2010 On Thursday, the House passed legislation allowing military families and retirees covered under Medicare and TRICARE to continue seeing their regular doctors. The Senate approved the bill on Wednesday. The bill, the 2010 Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act, would amend the Medicare physician payment formula -- which also sets payment...

Washington reacts to Obama’s federal pay freeze

November 30, 2010 President Obama's two-year pay freeze for federal employees has sparked reaction on both sides of the political aisle. Here's a list, in no particular order, of statements from some of the players in the federal pay debate: Federal employees who support the president's pay freeze Jacob Lew, director of the...

OMB releases preliminary guidance on plain writing

November 23, 2010 The Office of Management and Budget published preliminary guidelines on Monday to help federal agencies meet the requirements set out in the 2010 Plain Writing Act. The law requires OMB to produce a more thorough set of guidelines by April 13, 2011, but Monday's memorandum provides a formal definition of...

Awards honor plain language and condemn jargon

November 18, 2010 An organization dedicated to ridding government and business of jargon announced on Wednesday it's accepting nominations for the best -- and worst examples -- of communication in those two fields. The Center for Plain Language, a research and advocacy organization aimed at making government and business documents easy to understand...

Board to revisit more aggressive default funds for TSP participants

November 16, 2010 The board that oversees the Thrift Savings Plan soon could revisit the idea of making life-cycle funds the default investment for participants who don't specify where they want their money invested. During a monthly Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board meeting on Tuesday, Chairman Andrew Saul said he wanted to reopen...

Veterans learn the power of the pen

November 11, 2010 Award-winning poet Jehanne Dubrow, author and assistant professor of English at Washington College in Maryland, spent several Saturdays this fall teaching creative writing to a unique group of students: military veterans. "Learning how to put emotion on paper, with control and intellectual vigor, can be therapeutic," Dubrow said. Most of...

Watchdog calls for reform of Justice travel policies

November 9, 2010 The Justice Department should change its travel polices to stop some U.S. attorneys from gaming the system, according to a new report from the department's inspector general. In a review of travel expenses filed by U.S. attorneys that exceeded government lodging rates, the IG found policy inconsistencies and poor oversight...

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