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Jack Corrigan

Jack Corrigan

Staff Correspondent

Jack Corrigan reports on cyber and national security issues. Before joining Nextgov in 2017, he wrote for multiple publications around his hometown of Chicago. Jack graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in journalism and economics.
Jack Corrigan reports on cyber and national security issues. Before joining Nextgov in 2017, he wrote for multiple publications around his hometown of Chicago. Jack graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in journalism and economics.
Tech

The Pentagon Has Officially Taken Over the Security Clearance Process

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency is now responsible for conducting 95% of the government’s background investigations.

Management

Delayed Security Clearance Reforms Could Increase Costs for Agencies

Continuous evaluation could remain a pipe dream as cash-strapped agencies get no guidance from the top.

Management

Senator Calls On Agencies to Streamline Programs for Entrepreneurs

The Government Accountability Office reported in 2012 that each of the 52 entrepreneur support programs at Commerce, SBA and other agencies overlapped with at least one other program.

Management

Shulkin Stresses Accountability of VA Employees While Defending His Own

VA chief says reporters did not do their homework before accusing him of wasting taxpayer money on personal excursions during a trip to Europe in July.

Pay & Benefits

OPM Loosens Restrictions on Emergency Leave Transfers

Employees can donate hours to a specific emergency, or bundle them together and let their agency decide how to allocate them.

Management

State Department Rejoins Presidential Management Fellows Program

The agency will accept a handful of fellows in 2018 after unexpectedly withdrawing from the PMF program this year.

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Women Still Underrepresented in the Highest-Paid Federal Jobs

The situation has improved over the past decade, but it remains the case that the more a job pays, the more likely it is to be filled by a man.

Management

Zinke Cracks Down on Sexual Harassment in National Park Service

Almost 39 percent of National Park Service employees say they've experienced harassment within the last year.

Management

Lawmakers Want Answers on 'Unacceptable' Security Clearance Backlog

OPM and Defense Department argue over which is better able to oversee the clearance process.

Pay & Benefits

Bill Targeting Security Clearance Backlog Advances in Senate

The legislation would reinstate backlog reporting, plus push agencies to honor each other's clearances and implement continuous monitoring.

Pay & Benefits

Senate Panel Approves 60% Increase in Buyout Payments for Feds

The $15,000 bump in VSIPs could make leaving government more appealing to employees as agencies look for ways to decrease the size of their workforces.

Pay & Benefits

Senate Overseers to Consider Bill Raising Maximum Buyout Payment By $15K

The legislation comes as agencies plan to downsize their workforces at the direction of the Trump administration.

Management

Lawmakers Open Bipartisan Investigation Into Top Agency Officials' Travel Costs

Trump says "we'll see" when asked if he will fire HHS chief Tom Price over alleged overuse of private jets on the taxpayers' dime.

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National Weather Service Develops New Career Path for Meteorologists

Initiative will help aspiring forecasters advance their careers while relieving the burden of administrators in charge of hiring and promoting.

Pay & Benefits

Veterans in Government Made $11,000 Less Than Non-Vets in 2016

Veterans are half as likely to find themselves in professional positions than non-vets in the executive branch.

Management

More than 32,000 Feds Are Responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Agencies across the government have pitched in on federal response and recovery efforts to disasters on two fronts.

Tech

GSA Awards Contract for $700B Federal Charge Card Program

Citibank and U.S. Bank will potentially run the government program until 2031.