Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.)

Sen. Hatch dives into the FAR

A key Senate committee wants to hear from vendors about how well agencies are following IT procurement rules.

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Kerry seeks talent boost from Silicon Valley

Secretary of State John Kerry called on the technology industry for help with staffing and ideas for the agency's Global Engagement Center.

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Should feds take jail threats seriously?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned rank-and-file feds at NTIA of potential adverse legal consequences of participating in a government activity that he said is expressly banned by statute.

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IG: USDA lacks internal controls on classified information

An inspector general audit revealed that the Agriculture Department does not have adequate internal controls to prevent incorrectly categorizing or improperly releasing classified information.

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GAO wants better payroll data from OPM

The Office of Personnel Management's payroll and workforce data is unreliable and needs to be made more available for use by other agencies, according to a government watchdog.

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What the next administration needs to do about the workforce

Through consultations with industry and government, ACT-IAC came up with both short- and long-term actions the next administration should take to solve federal workforce problems, particularly in the IT sphere.

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Finding ways to make federal employees want to stay

Agencies are emphasizing engagement and adding performance incentives to make government careers more attractive to the next generation of employees.

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FBI arrests contractor for stealing secrets

The FBI arrested a Maryland contractor and charged him with stealing national security data.

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4 ways RFP writing falls short

An analysis of five solicitations for contracts worth a total of $7 billion revealed a lack of clarity in agency RFPs

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Modest gains for most agencies in job satisfaction

OPM released agency-by-agency results from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, and most agencies improved.

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'Burrowing in' oversight needs improvement

Agencies say OPM's policy requiring agencies to seek approval to move political appointees to career posts is confusing, and OPM does not identify all cases.

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Watchdog: Most agencies have incomplete IT inventories

GAO said most big federal agencies do not have complete inventories of their IT assets, which means they are missing opportunities to identify savings, creating security risks and not complying with FITARA.