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Why Morale Matters, Proving Gov’s Innovative Abilities and One Gov’t Worker Taking Nevada by Storm

Managing Morale, Government Catalyst for Innovation and Gov’t employee making a difference in Nevada by GovLoop Insights

On today’s program for Monday April 16th 2012:

  • With all that is happening out there — GSA, now the Secret Service… we’re going to talk about how the moral in your organization. How is it these days? Clearly team building exercises involving bikes are now out of the question. So what can you do to improve moral in your organization.
  • We talk about innovation a lot, and despite all the innovation that has come out of the government, it is still challenging to be innovative within government. But we’re going to talk to an expert in innovation.
  • Talk about doing more with less… we’re going to talk to somebody who is at the epicenter of doing more with less — she has one of those every day government jobs that we often take for granted — she holds public records in Las Vegas, Nevada. When she came to that post there was a backlog — a three year back log of data… We’ll talk to her about how she got it done.

The SEVEN stories that impact your life in YOUR GOVERNMENT COUNTDOWN:

  1. 11 secret services agents were put on administrative leave on Saturday in Colombia after they allegedly brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms. The Defense Department says and additional five military service members were suspended for breaking curfew and unspecified “inappropriate conduct.” The Washington Post says the agents were assigned to the area, before President Obama went to Colombia for a diplomatic mission. The President has expressed outrage if this allegations are true and has already launched an inquiry into the matter.
  2. The GSA’s inspector General is asking the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation on the man who is being largely blamed for the 2010 Western Regions Conference — Jeffrey Neely. The Washington Post reports, Neely a career senior executive, took various electronic items for his personal use from a GSA storeroom. The inspector general also wants prosecutors to be on the lookout for possible contracting violations.
  3. A new email scam is targeting military personnel and Vets. The Washington Post says the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), which manages accounting and financial operations in the Defense Department, has issued a warning about scam e-mails seeking personal information. The bogus messages appear to come from a DFAS employee with a dot mil address. The email says anyone who are receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs can get more money from the IRS. DFAS is looking into who is behind the bogus emails.
  4. New York’s top technology officer has resigned. The New York Times says Carole Post resigned after clashing repeatedly with a deputy mayor over the management of several costly and troubled technology projects — like the cities updated 911 emergency call system.
  5. You might remember last year’s failed online privacy bill SOPA. Tech groups are gearing up in opposition to another bill — this one about cyber-security. The Hill Newspaper says House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers has proposed a bill which encourages private companies and the federal government to share information related to cybersecurity threats. Rogers says the bill is different that SOPA — but there is already growing opposition, including civil liberty groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, and some tech groups.
  6. With the political season ramping up Congress is considering changes to the Hatch Act. Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings is pushing his Oversight and Government Reform Committee to consider the Hatch Act Modernization Act this week. Federal News Radio says the bill would give the government new options for dealing with feds who break the rules about political activity.
  7. And right here on GovLoop — did you finish your taxes? Yes — tax day. And GovLoop has the story about the IRS going mobile — the IRS updated its mobile Web site. You can’t quite pay your taxes from your smart phone yet, but… really, it’s only a matter of time, right?

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