Posts Tagged: office

Recovering from the Recovery Act: Part 4

While “austerity” is the buzz word in the federal government today, just three years ago the government had launched a massive recovery operation to stem the tide of what looked like a bottomless recession by spending $787 billion as fast as possible. How did career feds make it happen right? While there are debates asRead… Read more »

OMB’s Push for Evidence-Based Budgeting Reinforces Value of Program Performance Research

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) just issued a memo calling for all federal agencies to submit evidence-based budgets that will prove program performance. According to the memo, “Agencies should demonstrate the use of evidence throughout their Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget submissions. Budget submissions also should include a separate section on agencies’ mostRead… Read more »

Feds Don’t Always See Mobile as Cost Saver, Senate Confirms New Contracting Policy Chief, and Fed CTO Wants to Liberate Government Data

Welcome to the weekly news kick off post from the FedConnects blog. With the long holiday weekend behind us, it is time to re-enter the working world. And what better way to get acclimated to your professional life than by arming yourself with all the actionable news you need to be the smartest and mostRead… Read more »

How to Grow Mushrooms in the Office

Before you think this article is one you perhaps shouldn’t be reading as a government professional, let me define office mushrooms for you. I’m not talking about the fungus, but rather the saying about how some companies treat their employees – keeping them in the dark and feeding them garbage. It’s a good way toRead… Read more »

Changing the government IT landscape with CloudStore

On Sunday, February 19, the Government Procurement Service officially launched CloudStore for UK central government and local authorities. The UK government first proposed the G-Cloud initiative over two years ago with the goal of bringing a wider range of cloud suppliers to the public sector while increasing the flexibility of procurement contracts. The programme wantedRead… Read more »

Things Not to Do at Your Government Office Holiday Party

It’s that magical time of year, when lights are strewn, carols sang and way too many sugary treats are eaten. For most offices, it also means that some kind holiday party will be held. With cash short on hand in most government offices today, that means even more parties will be taking place right thereRead… Read more »

DOD confirms US Army Civilian Force Reduction – MetroDCites affected

The 2012 Presidential Budget requires the US Army to reduce civilian employees to comply with funding decrease demands. The Department of Army announced today it is moving forward with plans to reduce the size of its civilian employee workforce. The intended 8,700 civilian employee reduction will be completed by 30 September 2012. According to theRead… Read more »

Going Postal – The Economic Impact of Resisting Change

Even when the inevitable stares us in the face, our natural inclination is to want things to stay the same. It is safe. We understand the rules and in the routine we find security. Nothing conjures up a sense of stability, reliability, and community more than the US Postal Service. And nothing is more inRead… Read more »

Government Books: Gifts You Can Open Again and Again

In this busy holiday season many are looking to simplify their lives and give more meaningful gifts. With many of us pitching in to buy retirement gifts for our fellow govies who are taking early out offers and the continued salary freeze for government salaries, our gift-giving budgets are tight. So if you are lookingRead… Read more »