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Prepackaged Ch. 13 Bankruptcies

I found this article interesting for two reasons (1) it gives a good description, as far as I can tell, of the issues and problems associated with the servicing related to defaulting loans and (2) presents a novel idea towards solving the ‘underwater’ property issues. Abstract: “The housing crisis threatens to destroy hundreds of billions… Read more »

Government Employees Teleworking?

Interesting article below, it asks if govt workers are ready to telework (article raises the question in light of swine flu developments…) Having just returned yesterday from Guadalajara, Mexico — where I teleworked for GovPartner and saw first hand the tremendous effect a potential epidemic like this would have on our daily activities — the… Read more »

Corporate/Government Training Classes

Taken any training classes recently? Being in IT we take classes every year to keep abreast of the new technology, even if it’s only to learn a new Microsoft operating system that will be gone in three years. We also get management courses. How to manage people, projects, time, whatever. The instructors aren’t called “instructors”… Read more »

Feds gear up

There’s been plenty of quick action so far to ratchet up the government’s response to the swine flu outbreak. It’s all over the federal government – There are websites from multiple federal agencies. Congress is planning emergency hearings this week on the outbreak and government command centers have been enacted to keep track of and… Read more »

Federal Eye: Swine Flu Exposes HHS Vacancies

At Sunday afternoon’s White House press briefing on the administration’s efforts to combat and control a potential swine flu outbreak, press secretary Robert Gibbs was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, deputy national security adviser John Brennan, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acting director Dr. Richard Besser. Noticeably absent on stage was… Read more »

A Reality Check on Mortgage Modification

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/business/26gret.html Interestingly, servicers who originated loans that may have violated federal or state law could use the modification process to avoid liability if they securitized the mortgage but retained the servicing rights. The author writes that this may be an unintended consequence of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 (H.R. 1106, passed… Read more »

Hiring Federal Web Project Manager (Management Analyst)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is looking to hire a talented Web Project Manager (Management Analyst). The position is located in Washington, DC, in the Web Services Staff. The Web Services Staff supports the agency’s Internet, intranet, and emerging Web 2.0 strategy. The position… Read more »

Web 3.0 and the Virtual Proposal Manager, part 1

Web 3.0 and the Virtual Proposal Manager, part 1 by Donna L. Quesinberry, Washington Business Examiner As an evolving field of expertise, proposal management and the ‘process life-cycle’ are entering yet another augmentation. The newest capture planning and business development solutions profile involves an ability to remain both an active and dynamic participant, while promoting… Read more »

Federal Eye: Napolitano Apologizes Directly to Vets Group for Report

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized directly today to Commander Dave Rehbein, head of the American Legion, after a recently leaked DHS intelligence report suggested that right-wing extremist groups might recruit military veterans returning from overseas deployments. The 45-minute meeting occurred at DHS headquarters in Washington this afternoon. A detailed account of the meeting from… Read more »

Federal Eye: Singing Bureaucrats

If you hear some big band sounds coming from a conference room at EPA headquarters today, do not be alarmed. It’s just the EPA Band, holding their regularly scheduled Friday lunchtime rehearsal. The group of of 15 to 20 employees has played together for at least 10 years, according to EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan, most… Read more »