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GSA Wants to Offer Employees Early Retirements, Buyouts

The General Services Administration has requested permission from the Office of Personnel Management to offer early retirements and buyouts to the GSA’s employees, according to Government Executive. The GSA will extend the offers to nearly five percent of its workforce if OPM grants the request. A GSA spokesperson said several …

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USDA Announces Office Closures

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has unveiled a plan to close 259 of USDA’s domestic offices, labs and facilities, Government Executive reports. USDA will close about seven foreign offices as well. “The USDA, like families and businesses across the country, cannot continue to operate like we did 50 years ago,” Vilsack …

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Senate Panel OKs Resolution for FBI Move

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously Thursday for a resolution to have the General Services Administration, landlord of the federal government, move the FBI away from the J. Edgar Hoover Building to a new site in greater Washington. “The sheer overcrowding at the J. Edgar Hoover Building …

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OMB Says 23 of 24 Agencies Have Finances in Order

The Office of Management and Budget recently announced financial books were in order at 23 of 24 applicable federal agencies for the first time in 20 years, as reported by Government Executive. Ratings for the Department of Homeland Security are noted as qualified while the Pentagon is the only department …

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HHS Announces $1B Grant to Innovate, Create Health Care Jobs

Government Executive recently reported that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced a $1 billion grant program to identify innovations that both improve medical care and create jobs. In a press conference, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Health Care Innovation Challenge and said that “in recent weeks, …

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NASA to Offer Buyouts and Early Retirement Packages to Employees

Multiple NASA locations, including its headquarters in Washington, are offering buyouts and early retirement packages to employees,” according to a report from Government Executive. The Kennedy Space Center in Florida offered 150 buyouts to departments including budget and legal offices, information technology and general administrative personnel. NASA Spokesman Allard Beutel …

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DOE to Use Federal Energy Saving Performance Contracts to Reach Sustainability Goals

The Energy Department is using federal energy savings performance contracts to reach sustainability goals. Jake Wooley, deputy director of the department’s information technology management office, told Nextgov.com these contracts “in the past have been something the facilities managers and energy managers have been aware of, but this is the first time in …

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Lawmaker Wants Smoking Sections Gone from Federal Buildings

Federal employees who smoke may have to find someplace else, other than their workplace, to smoke if one lawmaker’s idea gets traction on Capitol Hill. Last week, Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) introduced the Smoke-Free Federal Buildings Act (H.R. 3382), which would ban smoking inside and 25-feet around all federally-owned buildings …

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Report Says Agencies Should Treat Telework, Office Work Equally

The Merit Systems Protection Board recently released a report advising federal agencies to treat teleworkers and non-teleworkers equally. According to GovExec, the report found teleworking improves employee work-life balance, reduces the need for physical office space and real estate costs, and enhances an organization’s intangible relationships with employees through increased …

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House Panel Clears Govt. Transparency Bill

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has cleared a bill that requires agencies to post government spending numbers on specific programs on government performance data websites, NextGov reported. According to Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H), who introduced the bill this month, the Government Results Transparency Act “would build a bridge …

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