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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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    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