Officials from OPM and GAO say they are particularly interested in the thinking behind which skillsets agencies decide to keep through their reform plans.
AT&T and FirstNet say they are working to secure traffic on the first responder network, and are building a fleet of cell tower trucks ready for deployment.
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.
Gary Morton, AFGE’s VERA/VSIP lead negotiator, says employees also need to consider what budget cuts could mean for themselves and the agency in 2018.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said his agency’s budget reflects the priorities of the overarching fiscal 2018 budget.
The Small Business Administration is scrutinizing every FTE recruitment request, to ensure maximum employee performance and use of resources.
Experts within the Defense Department are urging their fellow feds to follow the example of the entire government and understand that it’s ok to fail.
President Donald Trump unveiled details about his plan to privatize air traffic control. Instead of the FAA handling all aspects of general aviation, a non-profit entity would handle shift service and “route efficiency,” and leave safety to the federal government.
The Small Business Administration’s new chief said she is focused on streamlining operations, mentoring entrepreneurs and launching a new marketing program.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General in its FY 2017 management challenges report, said the agency needs to get a better handle on its workforce and workload, otherwise it’s “unclear” whether the loss of personnel is really all that bad for the agency. Cybersecurity, and oversight of states, territories and tribal areas, are also issues facing the department.
John O’Grady, president of AFGE Council 238, which specifically represents EPA employees, says cutting the agency’s budget by one-third will impact federal, state, and local levels of public health, not to mention hurt employee morale.
Since the Government Publishing Office, a legislative branch agency, changed its name from the Government Printing Office in 2016, it’s been continuing its efforts at modernizing. GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks outlined some of these changes during yesterday’s visit to Capitol Hill. Federal News Radio’s Meredith Somers shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In part two of Federal News Radio’s special report on the DATA Act, experts say the common spending standards can help agencies with their missions, and are trying to understand what it will take to reach full compliance by 2022.
Passport Services also plans on rolling out push notifications for application renewals, as part of its efforts to reduce the burden on customer service phone lines.
The spending package gives the Homeland Security Department about $1.5 billion for border security activities for the remaining five months of the fiscal year. For civilian agencies, here are six other areas to take note of in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.