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No New Fed Websites for Rest of This Year

A freeze on new federal websites will continue through the remainder of this calendar year, said a memo on behalf of new federal chief information officer Steven VanRoekel. The freeze is part of a White House effort to streamline the federal government’s online services and maintain efficiency. The White House …

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EEOC & OPM Vow Equal Pay Enforcement in Letter

Equal pay laws for federal employees will be rigorously enforced, says an Aug. 18 letter from both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Personnel Management. A 2009 report from the Government Accountability Office found the gender wage gap for federal employees declined from 28 cents on the …

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Treasury Will Lend to Small Businesses in 11 States & D.C.

The Treasury Department will lend more than $360 million to support small businesses in 11 states and Washington, D.C., it was announced Tuesday. The Treasury said it approved applications for funds from the State Small Business Credit Initiative, supporting small-business lending programs at the state level. The SSBCI was created …

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Former Fed CIO Kundra Reflects on Public Service in Paper

Vivek Kundra’s last day as federal chief information officer was Friday. He will serve a joint fellowship this fall at Harvard University. Kundra posted a 12-page paper on Harvard’s website Monday, covering his nearly 10-year career working in local, state and federal governments. Prior to joining the White House, Kundra …

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Sec. Panetta: Look Beyond Pentagon for Budget Cuts

Congress must look beyond cutting the Defense Department’s budget in trying to attain fiscal responsibility, Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with students at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Frank Sesno, former CNN correspondent, moderated the discussion. Both the …

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FDIC Must Improve Financial Data Protection, GAO Report Says

The agency responsible for protecting deposits in U.S. banks has weak information security controls, threatening the security of financial data, a Government Accountability Office report says. The report, published Aug. 12, examined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s controls designed to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its financial systems …

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Commerce Offering Employees Early Exits

The Commerce Department is offering buyouts and early retirement to employees in several agencies within the department. Government Executive reports Scott Quehl, chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration, notified Commerce employees in eight agencies of the offers in an e-mail Thursday. The department’s authority to offer buyouts and …

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Army Announces Restructuring Commission

A new Army restructuring commission has been charged with finding ways to make the Army more agile and cost-effective, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday. The Institutional Army Transformation Commission will build on the work of an earlier short-term task force that examined the Army’s organizations and business practices. The …

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Military Retirement Remaining Status Quo

The 20-year military retirement system will not change in the near future, Defense Department officials said. AFPS reports Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told troops in Afghanistan July 31 there was no immediate plan to affect retirement. A small group of Defense Business Board …

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