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  • Process management
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    CBP in-person interview slows entry process

    Customs and Border Protection's programs for speeding travelers through line are yielding results, but getting people enrolled in the first place is slow going. 06/02/2014

  • steve kelman

    Media life and real life

    Steve Kelman reports on some public servants who are unlikely to make the papers. 06/02/2014

  • Workforce
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    Avoiding the Senior Executive Service

    While Congress takes potshots at pay and bonuses, top government executives say the SES is being decimated by morale problems and a reluctance of talented managers to join their ranks. 05/30/2014

  • First Person
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    David McClure: Know when to shift gears

    The outgoing leader of GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies discusses the value of moving from government to industry and back. 05/30/2014

  • Your career

    How to get ahead in government

    Technical chops and hard work are still critical, but advancing into agency leadership demands a much broader skill set. 05/30/2014

  • Defense
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    Pentagon running behind on contracting database

    Though the contracting system is relatively low-tech -- its underlying application cost less than $1 million -- it could have profound implications for DOD policy planning. 05/29/2014

  • Security
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    OPM merges security investigation databases

    The Office of Personnel Management hopes combining databases on those with access to clearance investigations will bolster security. 05/29/2014

  • Budget

    Sequestration gummed up IT plans

    Budget cuts caused several agencies to rework plans for funding IT projects or dispense with them altogether, says a GAO report. 05/28/2014

  • Cybersecurity
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    Heartbleed tested agency readiness

    A Democratic senator says "clear legal authority and processes to facilitate a seamless response" are still needed to effectively combat cyber threats, and the White House acknowledges "we still have more work to do." 05/28/2014

  • Snapshot
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    A menagerie of UAVs

    As civilian agencies expand their use of unmanned aerial systems, the vehicles themselves are as varied as the missions. 05/28/2014

  • Contracting
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    Contractors buoyant about fiscal 2015

    With a year of fiscal calm on the horizon, federal contractors are forecasting a jump in revenue, according to a Deltek survey. 05/27/2014

  • man graphs performance

    What's so scary about performance ratings?

    Of course metrics can reflect factors outside your control. But that, Steve Kelman argues, is "why God invented multiple regression." 05/27/2014

  • People
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    Who is Shaun Donovan?

    Meet the housing expert, cross-government policy leader, and trained architect who is President Barack Obama's pick to take over OMB. 05/23/2014

  • Mangement
    Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel at the Feb. 6, 2014, Igniting Innovation event

    VanRoekel bullish on OMB digital service's potential

    Congressional approval needed to staff up, CIO says, but pilots prove agencies get real value. 05/23/2014

  • Commentary
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    Tapping the potential of predictive analytics

    The Internet of Things really could change everything -- and agencies need to start preparing now. 05/23/2014