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Florence Olsen


Paul Light’s government score card

Federal Computer Week talks with government scholar Paul Light about IT, the workforce and Alexander Hamilton.


IBM: Collaboration will expand CIOs' roles

The challenges the federal government will confront in 2020 will require continuous collaboration, according to the IBM Institute for Business Value.

Q&A with OPM's Kathy Dillaman

The Office of Personnel Management expanded its international investigative capabilities to keep up with increasing demand for security clearances.


Back to square one on clearances

Joint Security and Suitability Reform Team focuses on factors that cause delays and create backlogs.


Army official urges strategic use of Lean Six Sigma

Mark Von Heeringen talked at a conference about the importance of selecting process improvement projects that support the strategic vision of the Army’s senior leaders.


OPM fills in tech details behind HR line of business

Officials at the lead agency for the Human Resources Line of Business said the initiative will improve the government’s ability to manage the federal workforce.


A transition challenge: We have no money

Congress' failure to pass appropriations bills will be a factor in the transition to a new administration.

Presidential transition guide offers advice

The 66-page document is a compilation of the policies and procedures that apply during a presidential transition.


DOD gives big nod to Lean Six Sigma

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England has ordered all Defense Department components to adopt Lean Six Sigma.


FlipSide: A few minutes with...Vern Bettencourt

Bettencourt, the Army’s deputy chief information officer, will retire June 4, and he has some ideas about what the focus of CIOs will be.

Report finds understaffing in DOD IG’s office

A shortage of staff investigators has caused gaps in the oversight of the Defense Department's intelligence agencies, according to a report prepared for the Senate Armed Services Committee.


Key lawmakers impatient for security clearance reform

An OPM official said the agency's investigative services program has adequate funding to bring commercial IT into the clearance process.


CFO academy to begin this fall

The academy, which will draw students from the federal financial community, has been endorsed by the Federal CFO Council.

BIA begins phased reconnection to the Internet

A federal judge has ruled that FISMA effectively cancels a 2001 court order that prohibited the Bureau of Indian Affairs from connecting to the Internet without the court’s consent.


Student loan repayment benefits hit $42M

The federal government used student loan repayments to substantially increase its criminal investigator workforce and hire or retain 219 information technology management specialists and 143 contract specialists.


Smart phones, smart leadership?

Management becomes a 24/7 job when executives,managers and supervisors get BlackBerrys.


Battling more than demographics

Job hopping, premature promotions could be more of a threat to the acquisition workforce.


Groups choose winning workforce idea

Sixteen people offered two-minute pitches for improving the federal workforce during a Public Service Recognition Week event today.


FlipSide: A few minutes with... Larry Roberts

Roberts, former chief scientist at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, was one of the early developers of the Internet.


Managing a blended workforce

Views differ on what the government can do to handle its outsourcing challenges.