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Sara Michael


FEMA's goal is to fill most vacancies

Veteran FEMA watchers are focused on tasks the agency must accomplish to ensure a flexible and trained cadre of employees.


No more pass/fail

The Labor Department learned the value of fair and consistent employee performance evaluations


No longer a performance model, TSA’s ITMS provides lessons

DHS IG finds that the contract lacked the proper performance measures


Monster roars at government market

Key hires and new advisory board signal new fed focus


VA offers School at Work

Program helps entry-level employees who need computer skills to advance


7 habits of highly effective CIOs

Experts say focus, find strengths, build bridges, talk plainly and listen


Agencies slip on e-gov progress

Latest management score cards disappoint fed program officials

Congress needs a part of PART

GAO says lawmakers should be more engaged in program review process


E-gov grades drop for six agencies

Six agencies regressed according to the latest report card on the President's Management Agenda initiatives.

Best practices under pressure

As Hurricane Katrina evacuees poured into Tarrant County, Texas, health officials tried to keep to their best practices, only on a much larger scale.


Rescue hero: Larry Bell

When Bell arrived at the Information Services Division of ATF, he quickly realized something important was amiss.


CIOs seek advice from their elders

Nonprofit mentoring program aptly named CIO-SAGE

Katrina points to national EHR system

At the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, the lack of accessible records forced officials to reach out to pharmacies and insurance companies to gather information.


GAO: Congress should help focus program management

New report says congressional staffers must be convinced of the effectiveness of the Program Assessment Rating Tool.

GAO: Agencies face collaboration barriers

Agencies face several barriers to collaboration, such as competing missions, incompatible systems and concerns over turf and resources.


CDC shuffles IT responsibilities

New information management office to oversee enterprise business systems


Feds train to achieve Six Sigma results

Discipline has saved the Navy millions on 500 projects


Navy petty officers learn 'soft skills' online

Center for Naval Analyses studies the e-learning results


California struggles with change

The California Performance Review, modeled after the Bush administration's management agenda, is still a work in progress one year later.


Critics assess IT exchange program

New venue encourages public/private job swap