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    Office of Naval Research is Proof of Government's Technology Cutting Edge

    Office of Naval Research is Proof of Government's Technology Cutting Edge
    Another convenient stereotype attached to all things related to the Federal Government is the notion that somehow, all those billions of dollars spent annually still result in technology that is "behind the curve". Several years ago, DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, sponsored the DARPA Urban Challenge, to spur college students, inventors, and industry to develop autonomous robotic vehicles for ...
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    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security

    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security
    When the Office of Management and Budget's Peter Orszag put out a memo in June saying "the Federal hiring process needs to be reformed. The current process is lengthy and encumbered by burdensome requirements and outdated technology systems," DHS was listening. Read the OMB memo here Homeland Security is well on its way to hiring as many as 1,000 cybersecurity experts, ...
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    Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all

    Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all
    For Jeffrey Zients, the chief performance officer at the Office of Management and Budget and long-time D.C. entrepreneur and businessman, his first job in the Federal Government offers an opportunity to cast this judgement on the process by which almost all civilian employees of the government are hired: "In my experience, the best talent doesn't loiter for five months," he told ...
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    Full Speed Hiring (but not so fast)!

    Full Speed Hiring (but not so fast)!
    Before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, most U.S. airport security was aimed at making sure people didn't bring guns on board or try to hijack aircraft to Cuba or Libya. These were serious concerns because they had happened before. Editor's Note: Mike's column today is part of FederalNewsRadio's special report, 5 Fallacies of Government? All this week we examine commonly held beliefs ...
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    GSA Makes Its Case That The Government is a Good Buyer

    As commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, I often hear the phrase, "The government is a bad buyer." I have a different perspective. FAS works with more than $50 billion a year in taxpayer money. By serving as the government's central acquisition source, the General Services Administration has for six decades provided customers with efficient and best value products, services and ...
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    Vendors Face Smaller Profit Margins From Government Work

    You can tick off a list of federal project failures from the FBI's Virtual Case File to the Homeland Security Department's E-Merge program that dot the history of acquisition. Add to that the famous examples such as the $500 hammer and the $1,000 toilet seat, and you can see how the perception that the government can't buy economically even if the ...
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    The Government Really is a Good Buyer

    You've heard the horror stories. A nearly 10-year delay in acquiring new aerial refueling tankers. Big cost overruns on the electronic fence between the U.S. and Mexico. A failed interagency contract to build a system for handling Veterans benefits claims. It's all enough to make anyone ask, can the government buy anything right? Do taxpayers ever get their money's worth? Such ...
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    The Retirement Wave

    The Retirement Wave
    Predictions have been made about a coming wave of retirements as baby boomers reach their 60's. Census Bureau estimates show that 78 million baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964 and they are now beginning to hit early retirement eligibility. But a funny thing has happened on the way to retirement. Inside the Federal Government and in workplaces all across ...
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    Tailor Your Job Interview for Specific Audiences

    Tailor Your Job Interview for Specific Audiences
    When you travel overseas, ever notice how native speakers welcome your efforts to communicate in their language? While no one may take you for a local, people appreciate when you show respect for their culture and point of view. Similarly, if you’re interviewing for a job these days, chances are good that you’ll be meeting with people in multiple areas of ...
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    Are Federal Workers Overpaid?

    Are Federal Workers Overpaid?
    The Cato Institute, a libertarian leaning think tank, suggests that the average federal worker is paid more than the average private-sector employee, especially when fringe benefits like health insurance and pensions are factored in. Nancy Folbre, Economics Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in a recent New York Times article, wanted to explore if there was any merit to these ...
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    The Care B.E.A.R. Will Save You

    The Care B.E.A.R. Will Save You
    One of the best part of serving in the Military is playing with cool toys. Newsweek has compiled some of the best and strangest ones in a photo gallery they call, ahem, Weapons Porn. Gadget blog, Gizmodo, has picked a favorite. It's the Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot aka the Care B.E.A.R. I think this would be appropriate to extract over-served interns during ...
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    Want Government Work? You Have to Get Specific

    Want Government Work? You Have to Get Specific
    Question: Washington, D.C.: Why does the government actively advertise jobs on their job site that are reserved for people within the agency? I am very tired of applying for jobs only to be told, months later, they have decided not to fill the position. I am told this is because the person they wanted to promote from within somehow didn't get ...
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    Management Matters: Turn Styles

    Management Matters: Turn Styles
    The broad, sometimes little-defined concept of change - especially as it relates to improving government management - was a central theme of the 2008 presidential election. Now our new president is faced with having to make good on the promise of change during one of the most challenging economic environments the nation has seen since the Great Depression. The question is ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    Feds to Hire 600,000 Employees by 2012

    Feds to Hire 600,000 Employees by 2012
    600,000 over three years. 273,000 deemed mission-critical. That's how many people the Partnership for Public Service projects the federal government will need to hire by 2012 to fill growing needs as well as replacing a baby-boomer workforce set to retire. These numbers and other hiring projections are listed just in time for some Labor Day reading in the third edition of ...
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    What Not to Say During an Interview

    The truth is most people sabotage their own interviews. Instead of putting their best foot forward, they put off the interviewer by acting cocky, unsure of their talent, having bad manners, or by simply acting weird. GovCentral has interviewed several recruitment experts to bring you unbelievable true stories of what actually happens behind interview doors. If you want to land ...
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    20 Career Lessons from Celebrities

    Celebrities. We love to hate them. We also love to watch their every move, laugh at their mistakes and scrutinize their decisions. Like them or not, their celebrity status means not only have they achieved career success, they’ve also got a hell of a lot to lose. And sometimes, whatever actions have helped catapult them to fame or rendered them ...
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    It's Time to Unleash the Monster

    In the midst of what is being called the “great recession”, we know that government agencies and organizations are facing a challenging time. Government and education institutions are facing a vastly changed landscape, requiring a revamp in HR communications and training to create high performance workforces. As our customers are navigating an ever changing landscape, issues of recruiting, retaining and maintaining ...
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    Top Ranked Federal Agencies to Work For

    Top Ranked Federal Agencies to Work For
    Washington, D.C. – The 2009 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government":http://data.bestplacestowork.org/bptw/index rankings released on May 20, 2009 evaluated employee satisfaction across government in 278 federal agencies and subcomponents. Overall, employee satisfaction is up 2.4 percent, from 61.8 to 63.3, with 71 percent of agencies improving their Best Places to Work index score since the last rankings in 2007. The ...
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    Chris McConnell Joins GovCentral, Leading Government Job Website, as Editor

    Chris McConnell Joins GovCentral, Leading Government Job Website, as Editor
    WASHINGTON - Chris McConnell, 27, of Washington, D.C. has joined GovCentral as Editor and General Manager. McConnell comes most recently from MIQCIE Strategy & Development LLC, a boutique consulting company focused on political, logistical, and communications strategy and development. As founder, McConnell worked with clients to create innovating outreach strategies targeting Congress and Federal Agencies to obtain measurable results. As Editor ...
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