Esther Carey

  • Think tank points to valuable Recovery Act lessons

    The IBM Center for the Business of Government released a report examining the lessons from the execution of the stimulus over the last three years.

  • Sustainability Efforts: The grades are in

    Federal agencies released FY 2011 sustainability scorecards indicating overall progress.

  • Wartime contracting reform bill reintroduced

    Senators Claire McCaskill and Jim Webb gain bipartisan support on legislation designed to decrease wasteful spending. Some provisions in the bill regarding accountability have been strengthened.

  • USPS offers work option to retired postmasters

    Part-time work will be available to postmasters eligible for optional retirement and those under the current Voluntary Early Retirement offering. Participation will not affect annuity payments.

  • Report encourages cooperation to increase veteran hiring

    Employing veterans is good business for companies. A recent Center for a New American Security report examines why and offers recommendations on what agencies can do to help make the hiring process easier.

  • GSA pounded for not moving excess property faster

    Lawmakers at a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held at the Georgetown Heating Plant, blasted the General Services Administration for its handling of excess federal properties.

  • NIH director voices concerns about sequestration

    National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on Health shared concern about effects of potential sequestration on the agency, specifically in the area of funding grants.

  • Agencies rethink business as usual in face of budget, workforce challenges

    In the face of decreasing resources and increasing workloads, agencies are searching for ways to become more efficient. John Palguta, vice president for policy at Partnership for Public Service, said agencies should consider utilizing tools developed by others. Steve Lenkart, executive director and chief operating officer at the Merit Systems Protection Board, said agencies can structure procedures to manage risks of uncertainty.

  • Pathways offers departments access to fresh talent

    New Pathways Program begins July 10, and officials hope it will open doors to bring in and train new talent for agencies. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, said that departments should take advantage of the opportunity to tailor-train potential employees to fit their long-term needs.

  • Senate committee makes quick work of real property, Hatch Act bills

    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved six bills that would affect the day-to-day workings of the federal government.