DOD to centralize, automate clearance investigations

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday announced sweeping changes to the way the Pentagon conducts background investigations for more than 2.5 million military, civilian and contractor personnel who currently hold security clearances.

New IT strategic plan has work cut out for agencies

The Office of Personnel Management released its strategic IT plan this week, fulfilling a promise Director Katherine Archuleta made when she was first sworn in — that she would assess the state of IT in government and create a plan within her first 100 days.

Budget breakdown: Windfall for workforce, R&D and STEM education

Despite what many consider a very modest pay raise for government employees, the budget request for fiscal year 2015 appears to actually invest in the federal workforce. Unveiled March 4, the FY 2015 budget request proposed a 1 percent pay increase for government employees, but emphasized more significant investments in training, development and recruitment initiatives for the federal workforce.

Intelligence workforce planning hampered by lack of data

More than a decade of fighting terrorism around the world, along with federal funding constraints and hiring freezes, has led the U.S. intelligence community to rely more heavily on private contractor personnel to fill key positions in everything from cybersecurity to language translation.

Federal telework eligibility sees nearly 50% spike

Teleworking is becoming more prominent in the federal sector and is leading to costs savings for some parts of the government, according to a survey of 88 agencies by the Office of Personnel Management.

Feds’ happiness with job still declining

The Office of Personnel Management’s annual study of federal employees released Nov. 8 found a continuing drop in employee satisfaction from 2012.

FedWire: green tech, sharing in government, and new virtual institute

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Telework could save government $11 billion yearly

As the government ramps up efforts to cut costs, new research suggests telework in the federal government could save taxpayers up to $11 billion a year.

OMB releases guidance memo amid looming threat of government shutdown

The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday issued a memorandum to heads of executive departments, advising them on how to prepare for a possible government shutdown.

FedWire: Mueller on cyber, robot competition and BlackBerry ATO

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Records management makes inroads among agencies

Federal agencies have seen progress in the last year with managing their records, but challenges persist, according to a new report by the National Archives and Records Administration.

5 must-read stories of the week

Roundup of the top 5 must-reads from the past week

OPM, agencies fall short on telework tracking

Tracking and measuring success of government telework programs is proving to be a difficult task for the Office of Personnel Management

DOMA’s gone: How will that affect federal employees?

The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down Defense of Marriage Act, in what could be an exciting, but challenging, opportunity for the federal government to embrace fair employment.

FedWire: Night rockets, new tools and a formidable rival to the GPS

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After Snowden, will the security clearance process finally change?

As Edward Snowden continues to leak classified documents (as recently as Friday), the public and congressional spotlight has finally turned on a process even people in charge call underfunded and unclear.

New rule helps prevent government brain drain

The Office of Personnel Management proposed June 5 a rule to implement a human resources practice permitting full-time employees to work on a part-time basis, while beginning to draw retirement.

Federal job search made easier with new OPM apps

In an effort to carry out the White House’s Digital Government Strategy, the Office of Personnel Management has launched new mobile apps, along with open data application programming interfaces for USAJobs.gov and the Washington, D.C.-area operating status.

IG: GSA handed out $160K in unauthorized bonus system

A new report from Inspector General Brian Miller found the “Peer-2-Peer” awards lacked transparency and hid some of its practices from the Office of Personnel Management.

FedWire: CIO openings, cyber and NSA

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