Agency leaders are reviewing tens of thousands of comments from their employees and the public on ways to make government more effective and efficient. In speaking with their workforces about their ideas, most leaders say the focus has generally been on how the agency can better deliver the mission and services to the public, not on forthcoming personnel cuts.
The National Reconnaissance Office has lost its chief information officer, Donna Hansen, to the private sector, while former Bush administration appointee Scott Cameron returns to the Interior Department.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told federal employees he won’t seek workforce cuts as part of the agency-by-agency government reorganization called for by President Donald Trump.
In part one of Federal News Radio’s special report on the DATA Act, Treasury Department and Office of Management and Budget officials say the three-year implementation is going well, while agency managers breathe a sigh of relief even as they prepare for the next step in standardized federal spending reports.
Congress is once again examining the results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Lawmakers said they’re encouraged by the progress the Homeland Security Department has made, despite its continued last-place ranking.
Modernization can mean a lot of things, even if you keep your COBOL systems.
Darren Ash, the chief information officer of the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency, said over the next eight years, the FSA will make 11 petabytes of data and imagery accessible to its partners.
Karlease Kelly, the chief learning officer at the Agriculture Department and the chairwoman of the federal Chief Learning Officer’s Council, said applying shared services to agency LMSs could bring some standardization in the services and the cost to the government.
Legislation proposed by a House Republican would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency by the end of 2018. Some say it’s political grandstanding, while others suggest maybe it’s time for an update to EPA. But what would it take to dismantle a large federal agency?
The Agriculture Department’s National Finance Center, which provides payroll for 650,000 federal employees, has been hit by a tornado and is under its continuity of operations plan.
Initial shock and online backlash after a handful of federal agencies were handed down communication directives has given way to backtracking and also encouragement for federal employees to stand up for open government and whistleblowing.
The Agriculture Department National Institute of Food and Agriculture launched $5 million grant program. It says it wants to strengthen the science behind the next generation of internet-connected agricultural implements and how that could improve food production. Steven J. Thomson, Ph.D., national program leader of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly before it is announced.
Trump to nominate former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary.
Civilian agencies are having to balance progress and setbacks as they work to implement the DATA Act by its May rollout. But financial officials admit the deadline is really a starting point for standardized financial reporting.