Federal News Countdown: Succession planning, pay overhaul and the new DoD strategy

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:
Alan Balutis, the director of Cisco Systems’ Business Solutions Group

Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach, Partnership for Public Service

Alan Balutis’ stories

#3 FBI’s Beleaguered Sentinel Project Delayed Again
From Information Week:


An FBI project to develop a digital case-management system to replace outdated, paper-based processes has been delayed again, despite the agency’s decision to use agile development to hasten its completion. The system, called Sentinel, is now due to be deployed in May, eight months later than the FBI planned when it embarked on the agile development strategy.

#2 Air Force to offer second round of buyouts
From Government Executive:

The Air Force will offer another round of buyouts and early outs to civilian employees beginning Jan. 9, the service announced Tuesday. Part of an overall effort to return civilian funding to 2010 levels, this follows 6,000 buyout offers in September 2011 and a hiring freeze that lasted from August to December.

#1 ‘Obama, Panetta note Defense Department cuts but offer few specifics
From Washington Business Journal:

As expected, President Barack Obama and defense Secretary Leon Panetta provided few specifics about programs cuts at the Department of Defense during a briefing on DOD’s strategy released Thursday, but pointed to a continued effort to reduce the cost of doing business.

Tim McManus’ stories

#3 New performance system could lead to General Schedule overhaul
From Federal Times:

Early steps toward overhauling the six-decade-old General Schedule pay system for federal employees are being taken now at six agencies.

#2 Will 2012 be the year agencies focus on succession planning?
From Federal News Radio:

While it may not be a tsunami yet, there’s good reason to believe more federal workers retired at the end of 2011 than in recent years. With the increase in retirements, pressure is growing on agencies to draft and implement succession plans.

#1 OPM Must Create a Federal Intern Database
From Nextgov:

President Obama on Dec. 31 signed legislation that requires the government to create and maintain a centralized database of people who have finished or are about to finish internships at federal agencies.