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  1. Alexander Welsh is director of the federal government practice at Notable Solutions. Courtesy

    Target print costs: An easy way to reduce spending

    The federal government has performed extensive analysis on the cost of printing and issued specific recommendations and policy on how to contain and lower these costs.

    • Dec. 18, 2014
  2. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell vowed to 'root out and prosecute corruption,' including within federal law enforcement. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    Homeland Security IG sentenced for obstructing investigations

    Mishandled investigations and cover-up led to cases with national security importance being dropped.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  3. Philip Reitinger, a former executive with the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense, thinks a central cyber campus is a valuable step. Courtesy Photo

    New campus to centralize cybersecurity workforce

    GSA secures funding for cyber campus for civilian employees.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  4. The House narrowly approved a $1 trillion governmentwide spending bill. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    House approves $554B for Pentagon

    The House on Thursday narrowly approved a $1 trillion governmentwide spending bill, but only after shouting on the floor, the changing of votes and arm-twisting behind closed doors.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. The KaBOOM antenna at sunrise. NASA

    XTAR contributes X-band to help NASA spot space debris

    In a project called KaBOOM, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is testing a phased reflector antenna array to improve detection and tracking of space junk near Earth.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  8. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid anticipates weekend work for the Senate to complete its legislative agenda. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Deadline looms for spending deal

    A government shutdown is possible, but lawmakers appear willing to approve a stopgap measure to buy more time.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Sen. Tom Coburn said the Senate will not adopt a pending National Defense Authorization Act by unanimous consent. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Congress eyes overtime as session draws to close

    Coburn will delay a vote on the NDAA, while the Senate contemplates weekend work

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Walt Francis answers reader questions about federal health insurance options. Jennifer Milbrett/Staff

    Health benefits questions answered—webcast still available

    The exclusive Federal Times webcast with Walton Francis and William Breskin—part of the Federal Times Thought Leadership series—is still available to view.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  16. Walton Francis, after participating in a Nov. 19 Federal Times webcast to answer questions from federal employees and retirees about the FEHBP Open Season, has now answered many more audience questions. Jennifer Milbrett/Staff

    Open season almost over: Your federal health coverage questions answered

    Walton Francis addresses questions that time did not allow for during a recent Federal Times webcast.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  17. 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
  18. Federal groups push back against Defense Department per diem cuts

    Federal employee groups are pushing back against drastic cuts to long-term travel per diems at the Defense Department, saying they unfairly burden feds.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  19. Republicans, angry about President Obama's executive action on immigration, propose to fund DHS only until Spring. Shown: Border Patrol agents detain an undocumented immigrant near Falfurrias, Texas. John Moore / Getty Images

    Immigration dispute prompts Republicans to propose limited DHS funding

    A bill that is now in development would fund most of government through 2015, Homeland Security only until Spring.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  20. The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 Dec.4, legislation that would affect everything from CIO operations to agency rehiring of federal retirees. STAFF / AFP/Getty Images

    House passes sweeping Defense authorization bill

    Legislation reforms CIO authority, contracting processes and retiree hiring.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Compromise Defense authorization bill rejects 2017 BRAC round

    The latest National Defense Authorization Act legislation unveiled Dec. 2 rejects the Defense Department's request for a round of base closures in 2017.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  25. OPM moves forward on self-plus-one health plan option

    The category would offer an alternative chocie between individual and family coverage.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. Walt Francis at the Gannett Government Media building, offering advice on health coverage. Jennifer Milbrett/Staff

    VIDEO: Get your federal health coverage advice from an expert

    Walt Francis breaks down the choices in an exclusive interview with Federal Times.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Tim Unruh: The ESPC program is likely to meet President Obama's ambitious targets. Alan Lessig/Staff

    Unruh: Energy-saving program on track toward ambitious goals

    The Energy Department expects to award a new IDIQ for energy-savings projects in late 2015.

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

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

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  34. Groups urge Senate action on agency nominees

    The Senate must vote on as many nominees for agency positions as possible before the end of the year, a coalition of labor, government and public interest groups said in a Dec. 1 letter.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. William Breskin answered reader question about federal health options. Victor Powell

    Medicare, TRICARE and FEHBP: How it all fits

    BCBS VP William Breskin answers reader questions about health coverage.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  39. Walton Francis, after participating in a Nov. 19 Federal Times webcast to answer questions from federal employees and retirees about the FEHBP Open Season, has now answered many more audience questions. Jennifer Milbrett/Staff

    Answered: Your federal health coverage questions

    Walton Francis addresses questions that time did not allow for during a recent Federal Times webcast.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. The Department of Veteran Affairs issued a RFI for a commercial off-the-shelf scheduling system to integrate with the existing VistA system. fotoedu / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    VA issues RFI for commercial scheduling system

    Department looking to replace system that left veterans waiting for needed care.

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

    Plaintiffs seeking financial damages against the government.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  44. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., wants to create a data commission to help boost the effectiveness of federal programs. Rob Curtis/Staff / Times New Service

    Bill would create data commission to boost agency effectiveness

    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., want data clearinghouse.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  45. The Postal Service has struggled to contain its federal employee compensation program costs. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Postal Service employee falsely claimed workers comp for 7 years, DOJ says

    Must pay back $244,000, faces jail time in plea deal.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  46. 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
  47. Walt Francis: Federal employees have money-saving health insurance options they might not be aware of. Staff

    FEHBP expert Walt Francis: Take the time to research plan options

    Federal employees have money-saving options that they might not know about.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  48. 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
  49. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said the non-disclosure agreements that contractor KBR makes its employees sign could chill whistleblowing activities. Mike Morones/Army Times

    Lawmakers say KBR non-disclosure agreements stop whistle blowers

    A non-disclosure agreement that contractor KBR has made its employees sign might violate whistleblower protection and false claims laws and prevent its employees from reporting wrongdoing, a group of lawmakers wrote in letter Nov. 20.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  50. 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
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