Julia Pierson, 1st female director of the Secret Service – Plus the DorobekINSIDER’s 7 Stories

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  • It’s Telework Week here on the DorobekINSIDER and Jennifer Glass says she is shocked by Mayer’s decision because employers get more out telework than even the employees do. Click here for the full recap.
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The SEVEN stories that impact your life

  1. The Atlantic reports, a day after Julia Pierson became the first woman director of the Secret Service, it was learned that the head of the CIA’s most secretive division has its first female chief as well. Except no one will get to meet her, because like everyone else in her department, she’s an undercover agent whose identity must remain secret. She was made the acting head of the Clandestine Service last month, just one week before John Brennan took over the agency’s top job. The Clandestine Service oversees all of agency’s undercover spies and their most cover operations.
  2. Federal News Radio reports, Office of Management and Budget has repeated its calls for agencies to stop building new financial management systems. It says they should share in systems already up and running. The latest memo comes from Controller Danny Werfel. He says use of Federal Shared Service Providers will let agencies focus more on their core missions. And it could improve financial reporting and data quality. OMB handed Treasury the task of surveying existing service centers and seeing where the gaps are. OMB has been pushing for more shared services since early in the Bush administration.
  3. Thrift Savings Plan managers may tweak the automatic enrollment program. Government Executive reports, new figures from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the plan, show some feds aren’t saving as they should. That’s perhaps because of how the automatic enrollment feature works. When you join the government, 3 percent of your pay goes into the G-Fund unless you opt out. That fund is the most stable offering. It’s geared toward those closer to retirement. And some say 3 percent is not the right amount of money to automatically invest.
  4. The Associated Press reports, NASA is warning contractors they may have to find other work. The director of Langley Research Center in Norfolk, Va., has told her staff she may have to reduce the 1,700-strong contract workforce, because she’s already cut back on travel and monetary awards. Meanwhile, the independent NASA.com has published an internal agency memo revealing that NASA is suspending education and public outreach activities pending review. This includes events aimed at getting kids interested in science careers.
  5. NextGov reports budget cuts could halt e-verify. If there is any consensus on how to handle the nation’s 11 million undocumented aliens, it is that employers should be required to confirm their foreign hires are eligible to work using an accurate E-Verify system. E-Verify is a website that lets organizations voluntarily check employees’ personal information, including Social Security numbers, against federal databases to confirm immigration status.
  6. Government Computer News reports, the Securities and Exchange Commission has signed a $17.5 million contract with IO Government Services, making good on plans made last year to outsource the data center services that support its EDGAR financial records database operations, according to a report in Data Center Knowledge.
  7. And on GovLoop. You can now register for the April edition of DorobekINSIDER Live. We’ll be talking citizen engagement. Register for the free event here.

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