• DHS Loses Track of its Spending

    DHS Loses Track of its Spending

    Created in 2002 to protect the nation’s people and borders, the Department of Homeland Security is still sorely lacking in some of its most basic duties over a decade later. According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, DHS has poorly tracked how much it spends on its workforce training programs and facilities each year.

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USPS Saves Millions Through Sustainability Efforts

By reducing the use of energy, water, consumables and petroleum fuel, the U.S. Postal Service saved more than $52 million last year, the agency said.

USPS said “employee green teams” were at the forefront of leading the agency into adopting more sustainable practices.

Approximately $12 million of the savings came from vehicle fuel cost avoidance, $10 million from facility energy savings, $1 million from water savings, and $4 million from a decline in supplies spending.

The agency also credited $25 million in savings to a decrease in landfill fees by recycling more than 253,000 tons of material.

“Across the country, postal employees are participating in more than 850 green teams,” said USPS Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas Day. “Motivated by a desire to be good stewards of the environment, and our sustainability call to action, ‘leaner, greener, faster, smarter,’ employee green teams are helping the Postal Service achieve positive results in energy reduction and resource conservation.”

The agency said it hopes to continue to improve sustainable practices and hopes to reduce spending on supplies by 30 percent before 2020.

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This Week on FEDtalk: Developing and Engaging the Workforce with FMA

The Federal Managers Association (FMA) will host its 78th annual National Convention & Management Training Seminar from March 13 – 16 of this year.

 

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Manager Matters

How to Manage Through and After an EEO Complaint

Managers in today’s federal government perform an increasingly difficult job. With the strides that the government has made in recent years reducing inequality and discrimination in the workplace, the occurrence of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints has steadily risen.

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