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FITARA implementation: bad grades not necessarily a bad start

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The first round of grades for agency implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act are out, and they are not very good. But it appears the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and even the…
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Listen (John Batchelor): WashPost gives VA Secretary 4 Pinocchios

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The Washington Post awards Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald four Pinocchios out of four for his comments about how many VA employees the agency has fired. The agency paid big bonuses to employees who were later parts of various…
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Watch (NC8): Push to digitize immigration coming up short

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U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has spent more than $1 billion on a project to replace its old, inefficient system. Now, a new report by The Washington Post shows not much progress has been made. I talked about that, and the…
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Transitions: my exit from Federal News Radio

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This report in the Washingtonian is accurate. WTOP and its sibling station, WFED, have laid off four employees, General Manager Joel Oxley told staffers Friday, and it will not fill five other open jobs. Digital chief John Meyer, evening producer…
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Visit to the Hill: Gerry Connolly on pay raise, OPM breach, shutdown, and more

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I visited Congressman Gerry Connolly’s office today to talk about a wide range of topics federal agency leaders care about. I recorded the conversation and will play it on my show later this week. You shouldn’t miss it, because Rep. Connolly…
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Listen (John Batchelor): Good news & bad news for VA

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The Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs believes over 300,000 veterans may have died while waiting for approval to receive health care from the VA. The Denver VA debacle isn’t the only one, as the Army Corps of…
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Sergeant Major Dailey USA: sequester, poss. benefits cuts making enlisted uneasy

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I visited the Pentagon today to meet and interview the Sergeant Major of the US Army, Dan Dailey. We discussed how the sequester and budget debate in Congress is affecting enlisted personnel; how recruitment sometimes overshadows retention, especially in a…
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Watch (NC8): Countdown to end of FY15: Federal spending spree coming

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Tuesday marks the beginning of Uncle Sam’s push to spend the rest of its 2015 funding. Why are agencies rushing to the finish line? I discussed the time-honored tradition, plus new federal pay raises, with Morris Jones on Capital Insider.