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Agencies setting priorities for 2012

How will telework, cloud computing, cybersecurity and other priorities fare in austere era?

Peace Corps introduces expanded telework options

Peace Corps leaders expand telework abilities in revised policy.

DHS loses senior exec

Homeland Security Department Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal is leaving.

The best of the federal blogosphere

Smart phones for behavioral health care; Who are Fannie and Freddie?; Invasion of the photo snappers; Art unplugged.

VA would keep 97 percent of employees working during shutdown

The Veterans Affairs Department released a contingency plan and field guide today describing what steps will be taken in the event of a government shutdown.

Federal websites might be unattended or go dark during furloughs

Many questions were raised today on how, and if, federal websites would function and whether any of them would go offline during a federal shutdown.

Japan's earthquake shows strength of social networking in crisis

Social networks across the globe bonded to help with rescue efforts and information dissemination in Japan after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake.

Take these steps to spark innovation at your agency

Federal agencies wanting to answer President Barack Obama's recent call for greater innovation should create a space online for employees to collaborate and volunteer to join initiatives they are passionate about, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

Snow-day telework rules loosen up

The Office of Personnel Management announced a new "unscheduled" telework policy for federal workers who are unable to commute to work due to severe weather or other emergencies.

Is an unhappy employee likely to spill your secrets?

In the wake of the WikiLeaks incident, national security officials are asking agencies if they've thought about employee mental health and job satisfaction as indicators of trustworthiness.

Feds have mixed view of security, survey finds

A recent survey found federal executives generally take good security precautions on the job, even when working remotely, but have a mixture of opinions on the need to strengthen measures for remote workers.

Federal IT employees face good prospects in commercial job market

Federal IT employees interested in moving to the private sector should have no problem finding a job, as long as they tailor their résumés to specific positions and keep pace with new technology developments.

House passes agency performance bill

The House approved a bill to improve the tracking of federal agency performance late Tuesday after some procedural maneuvers.

Agency funding rules could challenge Obama's IT reform plan

When Federal CIO Vivek Kundra unveiled the White House IT management reform plan earlier this month, he said one of its toughest elements would be aligning the budget process with the technology cycle.

Government's new IT career path is critical, sources say

The Obama administration is proposing the creation of a specialized career path for IT program managers who will lead projects from start to finish.

DOE freezes contractor employees' pay

The Energy Department will implement a two-year freeze on salary increases and bonuses for department contractors who manage day-to-day operations at certain agency sites, including national laboratories.

Agency performance bill falls short in House

A bill to improve the tracking of federal agency performance didn’t get enough votes to pass.