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  1. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was a principle author of the 2015 NDAA and lent his name to the bill's full title, along with Rep. Buck McKeon (CA-25). Allison Shelley/Getty Images

    What the NDAA means for feds

    The defense spending bill includes a number of policy changes for civilian agencies.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  2. Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Mikulski said the bill found a compromise without 'capitulation on prinicple.' Mark Makela/Getty Images

    Funding bill passes House, shutdown still looms

    Senate given two days to debate $1 trillion spending bill.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  3. President Barack Obama speaks at an event for the Senior Executive Service at a hotel in Washington. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    President to create SES reform council, development program

    Advisory council will focus on strengthening recruiting, hiring and retaining of top talent.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  4. More than 3,000 senior federal managers gathered together to hear President Obama talk about federal service. Andy Medici/staff

    President Obama to feds: Thank you for your service

    President highlights achievements of federal employees across government.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  5. NASA continues to be one of the best places to work in government.

    NASA, Commerce among the best places to work; who's worst?

    Survery shows a drop in respect for senior leadership among federal employees.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  6. Congress is working to finish the 2015 NDAA and send it to President Obama for his signature. Alan Lessig / Military Times

    15 things to know about the NDAA

    A crash course on the most relevant parts for federal employees.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  7. Many federal employees will get a four-day weekend under the new executive action. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Obama gives federal employees the day after Christmas off

    Holiday cheer can linger just a little longer in government workers' homes this year.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  8. The reorganization at the Department of Defense would be a good step forward according to Beth McGrath, director for Deloitte Consulting and former Defense Deputy Chief Management Officer. Laura Bertocci/Gannett Government Media Corp

    DoD management would be reorganized in NDAA

    New Under Secretary position would be in charge of business operations and IT management.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  9. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has been under pressure to fire poorly performing VA employees. Lauren Victoria Burke / AP

    VA has fired more than 500 employees since July

    Veterans groups want VA to send a message to bad employees.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  10. Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., were pleased with the version of FITARA included in the 2015 NDAA. U.S. House of Representatives

    Lawmakers strike deal on sweeping IT reform bill

    FITARA included in DoD authorization

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  11. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the DATA Act can transform how agencies manage their programs. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Lawmakers press agencies to meet DATA Act goals

    Congress vows continued focus on meeting implementation deadlines as agencies report progress.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  12. Published reports say Ashton Carter will be nominated as the next US defense secretary. Staff

    Reports: Ash Carter tapped as next defense secretary

    Ashton Carter, the former deputy defense secretary, will be nominated to be the next defense secretary to replace Chuck Hagel, sources have told CNN and The Associated Press.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  13. William Evanina, the current director of the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive will also serve as the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

    New counterintelligence agency gets first director

    The newest agency in the intelligence community is picking up steam.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  14. The State Department spends millions on gifts of alcohol and candy; the agency says the expenditures support the mission of outreach in foreign countries. File

    State Department spent millions on gifts of wine, chocolate

    Agency's spending on gifts far outpaces that of any other agency; officials defend it as a necessary part of the diplomatic mission.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  15. Kevin R. Smith is a senior program manager at Integrity Management Consulting. Courtesy

    Making the business case for cybersecurity

    Even with the growing cyber threat, agencies are being asked to defend their IT portfolios and adapt new technologies in order to reduce IT spending.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  16. Wayne Bobby is the vice president of Federal Government Solutions for Infor. Courtesy

    How IT reform saves government resources

    Cloud computing is a key component.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  17. A big year coming for Federal Times

    A new FederalTimes.com is about to debut, and still more changes lie ahead.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  18. Ash Carter has worked both as the Pentagon's top weapons buyer and budget official. Defense Department

    Ex-DoD official leads list of SECDEF candidates

    Within an hour of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation announcement, defense watchers began looking to potential nominees to replace him. Within two days, two of the top contenders removed themselves from that list.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  19. Bob Work is the US deputy defense secretary. Defense News With Vago Muradian

    Interview: Bob Work, deputy defense secretary

    America's adversaries are increasingly harnessing fast-moving, commercial and defense technologies to counter U.S. capabilities.To stay ahead of rising adversaries, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently unveiled the Defense Innovation Initiative.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  20. Rear. Adm. Elizabeth Train has been nominated to replace Vice. Adm. Ted Branch as the director of naval intelligence. Navy

    Navy nominates replacement for hamstrung 3-star intel boss

    After a year in limbo, the Navy has decided to move ahead and replace the service's top intelligence officer, whose tenure has been hamstrung by suspected ties to a disgraced defense contracting firm.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  21. VA fires official at heart of falsified wait list scandal

    Director of the VA Phoenix healthcare system was on administrative leave for more than 200 days.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  22. Immigration and Customs officers could see their pay and workforce structure shifted to reflect increased criminal investigation, location and prosecution duties. ICE

    President orders review of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer pay

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers may see their pay and job duties change as the result of a workforce reorganization, according to a Nov. 20 memo.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  23. Hundreds of thousands of feds can join multimillion shutdown lawsuit

    Plaintiffs seeking financial damages against the government.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  24. Former Defense Department comptroller Bob Hale said the SES needs to be strengthened. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Former federal officials call for SES reform

    Former DoD comptroller Bob Hale, OMB controller Danny Werfel say SES is critical to effective government.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  25. Aetna, Inova, United Healthcare field new health plans for feds

    The Innovation Health Plan is a joint venture between Aetna and Inova Health Systems.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  26. The Department of Homeland Security is working to create a greater unity of effort among its component agencies. John Moore / Getty Images

    DHS faces stiff acquisition, IT management challenges, IG says

    The agency must also ensure it holds its employees accountable.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  27. The Patent and Trademark Office has been embroiled in allegations that some of its employees were paid for work they did not do. PAUL J.RICHARDS / AFP/Getty Images

    The PTO must crack down on telework abusers, lawmakers say

    Inspector general says other telework abuse investigations are ongoing.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  28. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been pressing the Office of Personnel Management on employees conducting union business while on the job. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    GAO: Agencies underestimate the cost of union activities on the job

    OPM's method to calculate time spent conducting union business such as negotiations finds lower totals than GAO's alternate approach.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  29. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the clean financial audit was a result of a greater unity of effort at DHS. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    DHS gets clean financial audit for second straight year

    DHS secretary commends hard work of agency employees.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  30. Beth Cobert, deputy director for Management, Office of Management speaks during the Annual Fall Conference of the National Academy of Public Administration held at the Doubletree Crystal City, Thursday, November 13, 2014. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Making government more effective and efficient a bipartisan issue, officials say

    As agencies work to find new ways to cut costs enhance their performance on limited budgets, they might find support from lawmakers in both parties, agency officials said.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
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