According to the Veterans Affairs Department’s new reports detailing all major disciplinary actions for its workers, VA is on track to fire fewer people in 2017 than it has during the past six fiscal years. Federal employment experts say the new adverse action reports lack some significant details about VA’s efforts to improve accountability and transparency.
Walter Shaub’s resignation leaves a hole in an already small office, and a question mark about what direction the ethic’s agency will go under a new leader.
The Office of Special Counsel urged the General Services Administration to follow recommendations and put stronger financial controls on the use of Acquisition Services Fund dollars.
The Army spends in the neighborhood of $20 billion a year to develop and buy weapons. But it has trouble developing sound requirements, and now it has an issue with its requirements workforce. Marie Mak, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, offers insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The National Taxpayer Advocate and Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) released their respective reports, highlighting actions the IRS needs to take to improve customer service and strengthen IT security.
Two months after the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act implementation, the DATA Act is proving to not only be a source of financial accountability, but a beacon, platform, and self-help tool for managing government.
The General Services Administration’s inspector general concluded former administrator Denise Turner Roth retaliated against former FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe after he made protected disclosures about potential waste, fraud and abuse.
The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee stayed quiet on federal pay in its 2018 bill. Without action from Congress, federal civilian employees would receive a 1.9 percent raise next fiscal year. The appropriations bill also includes significant spending cuts to key priorities at the General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management.
Friday is D-Day, as in Decimation Day, when federal agencies are supposed to unveil and reveal their downsizing plans, which will mean buyouts, early outs and layoffs for some.
Both Henry Kerner, the president’s pick to be the U.S. Special Counsel at the Office of Special Counsel, and Claire Grady, the nominee to be the undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, say they both share similar workforce priorities.
In a couple of months, managers across government will know how their agencies fared in the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. In the meantime, the Partnership for Public Service had released some advice on getting ready for and making good use of the results. Mallory Barg Bulman, director of research and evaluation at the Partnership, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some advice to agencies.
The Homeland Security Department’s E-Verify program is supposed to keep illegal aliens from taking jobs in the United States. But the identification system still has many flaws and that fact alone has cost a half million legal workers their jobs. David Bier, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the major implications of the floundering system.
The Senate is in a large debate over its health care insurance bill unveiled Friday, June 23. It’s an important debate, according to David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the upcoming week on the Hill and the likelihood the bill will pass as quickly as majority leader Mitch McConnell wants.
Since 2010, the Improper Payment Elimination Reporting Act has required inspectors general to tell whether their agencies are doing what they’re supposed to in order to reduce debt by error. But the Government Accountability Office has found a few flaws in the IG reports. Beryl Davis, director of financial management and assurance at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate.
The General Services Administration has a lot of vacancies in its acquisition pantheon. And there’s no administrator yet – or even an appointment. In a situation like this, contractors need a strategy. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to give some tips.