With day one of the government shutdown over, furlough notices are out and some feds have been sent home. But the answers aren’t as clear cut as they might seem, as employees at one federal agency have discovered.
Managing what’s left of the office during a government shutdown can be difficult, but keeping morale high and refocusing the agency’s agenda is critical in shutdown mode.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is responsible for billions of financial trade records a day, but it took the agency weeks and months and analyze them. The SEC quietly found a way to speed up that process — and save about $3 million at the same time. In part four of our special report, ,Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio goes behind the scenes of the Securities and Exchange Commission to examine the work federal employees are doing on a daily basis, resulting in millions of dollars going straight into the federal coffers.
The Air Force offers a third and final round of early retirement and buyout offers this fiscal year. The service said this time it’s targeting civilian employees, mostly at Air Force headquarters.
On the latest episode of Studio Y, producer Michael O’Connell talks to Steve Ressler, the founder of Young Government Leaders and Gov Loop, who organized the upcoming Next Generation of Government Training Summit.
Former Defense Department Comptroller Bob Hale wants Congress to learn from the past five years of budgetary turmoil. Congress has about 10 work days when it gets back from recess Sept. 8. – with no immediate sign of a budget deal for fiscal 2016.
Campaign leaders hope a renewed sense of optimism will spur federal employees to dig deep on donations.
The State Department wants industry to help it write a new playbook for government cybersecurity best practices. State’s Bureau of Information Resource Management, Information Assurance (IRM/IA) is looking for “specialized cybersecurity experts” who can write a how-to guide for responding to cyber attacks and coordinating offensive cyber activities.
The Office of Personnel Management made a small dent in its retirement claims backlog in August. The inventory dropped from 16,455 claims last month to 16,350.
Federal CIO Tony Scott said because of the wide-spread use of legacy IT systems, agencies should consider a similar approach to cybersecurity to one that manufacturers use when addressing product defects.