The Circuit


Questioned by Congress? Try to share the fun.

When a fellow witness before a congressional committee sits by quietly without one question to answer and you’re taking the heat on a subject—say, sequestration of federal money—you don’t want to hog all the attention, right?

Danny Werfel, controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management at the Office of Management and Budget, must be a generous guy. He was under questioning by the House Budget Committee April 25 about the looming sequester and what the president planned to do about it while the Government Accountability Office’s Deputy General Counsel Susan Poling was asked essentially nothing.

Werfel, presumably wanting to share the fun, tried to direct a question about taxes to Poling.

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) asked him about taxes in the president budget proposal, but he was out of Werfel’s line of sight.

“I can’t see you and I want to make sure you’re directing the question to me,” he told the congressman, while gesturing toward Poling. 

It didn’t work.

“Well, I thought I’d give it a try,” he said.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on May 02, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


Telework is hot, telework centers are not

Federal telework is  hot, but telework centers are not, according to speakers at the Telework Exchange Town Hall on May 2.

Some federal agencies had opened regional telework centers as alternatives to home offices. But the facilities, intended to blend the efficiencies of telework with the capabilities of an office, were not popular. The General Services Administration opened more than a dozen telework centers in 2007, but discontinued funding in 2011.

“Just because you build it, it does not mean they will come,” commented Peter Tseronis, chief technology officer at the Energy Department, a moderator at the event.

Posted by Alice Lipowicz on May 02, 2012 at 12:11 PM1 comments


Tinston steps into PEO role at Defense Logistics Agency

William Tinston, has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and will take over as program executive officer for information operations at the Defense Logistics Agency, based in Fort Belvoir, Va.

According to a DOD release, Tinston previously served as an information technology specialist at DLA; he’s also served as DLA’s deputy program executive officer, a stint during which he received an FCW Federal 100 award in 2011.

Posted by Amber Corrin on May 01, 2012 at 12:11 PM1 comments