Brenda Marie Rivers

Gov’t Contractors Facing Cash-Flow Deficit Amid Shutdown

The federal government’s partial shutdown is slated to run for a third week, affecting around 800,000 government employees and resulting in potential cash-flow deficit for contractors, Federal Times reported Friday. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president of the Professional Services Council, said a cash-flow shortage will result from contractors not getting paid by the government despite having workers needing to perform services under contract.

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Margaret Weichert: Trump Administration Integrating Federal Workforce Efforts in 2019

Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the Trump administration aims to integrate workforce efforts through executive councils and agencies in 2019, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. Weichert noted that the government will focus on the collaboration of agencies in workforce initiatives such as reskilling federal personnel, fostering employee engagement and shortening hiring procedures.

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Rep. Mark Takano Promises Greater Oversight as Incoming House VA Committee Chair

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., will assume leadership of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee next month following the recent appointment of Robert Wilkie as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, MilitaryTimes.com reported Tuesday. During an interview with Military Times, Takano said he aims to provide “more vigorous oversight” on the VA and foster bipartisanship as the House committee’s new chairman.

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Allen Hill Named Director of GSA’s Telecom Services Office

Allen Hill, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was appointed director of the Office of Telecommunications Services within the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, FCW.com reported Thursday. Hill serves as the deputy director of information technology services at the office of the Department of Education’s chief information officer and will assume his new role on Dec. 23. He worked for CACI International and Verizon prior to his current position.

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Navy to Hold Christening for Marinette Marine-Built St. Louis LCS

The U.S. Navy will christen the future USS St. Louis built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Saturday at the company’s Marinette, Wis. facility, the Department of Defense said Thursday. The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship can operate in open-ocean and near-shore environments and is designed to thwart threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

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Larry Leopard Named Engineering Head of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Larry Leopard, a 28-year veteran at NASA, was appointed director of the Engineering Directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., NASA said Friday. The move follows Preston Jones’ appointment as the center’s associate director and designates Lisa Watson-Morgan as the directorate’s new deputy director.

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