• As Weichert Releases OPM Reorganization Plan, Stakeholders Voice Concerns

    As Weichert Releases OPM Reorganization Plan, Stakeholders Voice Concerns

    Last week the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Acting Director Margaret Weichert and Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Acting Director Russ Vought released the legislative proposal and business case for transferring much of OPM’s duties to the General Services Administration (GSA) and OMB. While some elements of the plan received praise, criticisms have also arisen ahead of today’s hearing in the House Subcommittee on Government Operations within the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

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Clinton to Call Congress to Return and Address Zika Funding

from the hill

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will call on Congress to return from recess and approve emergency funding to fight Zika during her campaign stop in Miami, according to a campaign aide.

DOD Brings on More Silicone Valley Innovators

Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Eric Schmidt

In an effort to join together innovation and disruptive thinking at the Defense Department, LinkedIn Executive Chairman Reid Hoffman, former U.S. Special Operations commander Bill McRaven and the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson will join Alphabet’s – formerly known as Google – Eric Schmidt on the DoD’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board.

DoD Rolls Out Plans for Phased Retirement

the beach is calling

Last month, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it would begin offering phased retirement to its employees and components are now working on implementation plans.

GAO Report Urges Improved DOD Security Measures for Internet of Things Devices

from the hill

A July 27th report released by the Government Accountability Office entitled Internet of Things: Enhanced Assessments and Guidance Are Needed to Address Security Risks in DOD found that, “Although DOD has begun to examine security risks of IoT devices through its infrastructure-related and intelligence assessments, the department has not conducted required assessments related to the security of its operations.

Hiring Reforms Introduced to Increase DOD’s Civilian Workforce

the pentagon

In an effort to grow the department’s civilian workforce, Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill to treat non-permanent employees as career workers when applying for internal, merit-based promotions at the Department of Defense.

Legislation Takes Aim at Federal Contracting Process

man signing contract

A recent bill introduced by Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Don Beyer (D-VA) would modify the federal contracting process, aiming to cut back on incessant use of lowest-price technically acceptable (LPTA) in procurement proceedings.

OPM Lands CIO from the Pentagon

bridge

The Defense Department’s Principal Deputy CIO, David DeVries, is leaving the Pentagon to run OPM’s IT department.

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