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  • Top Dems Correct the Record on President Trump’s Multiple Unsubstantiated Claims Against Amazon
    Posted in News on June 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Transportation, Technology, Good Government

    Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Gerald E. Connolly, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to President Donald Trump in response to troubling reports that he is using his authority as president to launch political attacks against Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, and to pressure the Postal Service to raise its rates for Amazon. “We are writing in response to troubling reports ... Read more

  • Commentary: Preventing Gang Violence
    Posted in News on June 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Education, Gun Safety, Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration

    Gerald E. Connolly, U.S. Representative (VA-11) Families throughout our community have been shaken by the recent rise in gang activity across the Washington region. This is a serious issue that must be addressed with collaboration and cooperation from all levels of government. We know the problem, and now we must find the right solution. Fairfax County offers a model for what our country can do to fight gang violence. When I was chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, we worked wit... Read more

  • Trump’s New Executive Orders Make It Easier To Fire Federal Workers
    Posted in News on May 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Good Government

    Antonia Blumberg President Donald Trump on Friday signed a series of executive orders that could make it easier to fire federal government employees, potentially undermining the unions that represent them. The three executive orders Trump issued would reduce the timeframe for firing poor performers, curtail the amount of paid time federal employees can receive for union work and direct agencies to negotiate more restrictive union contracts in a timely fashion. By signing the orders, the preside... Read more

  • House Adopts Three Connolly Amendments to the FY19 NDAA
    Posted in News on May 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Veterans, Foreign Policy, Technology, Good Government

    Today, the House adopted three amendments offered by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to the FY 19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Connolly’s amendments addressed North Korea reporting requirements related to family reunification, Korean War POW remains recovery efforts; procurement reform; and increased funding for security cooperation monitoring programs. The NDAA passed the House on a vote of 351-61. North Korea Reporting Amendment: Connolly’s amendment requires a report on Korean... Read more

  • Official time: What everyone agrees on is what they don’t know
    Posted in News on May 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Good Government

    Nicole Ogrysko When it comes to the official time, there’s little that members of Congress, the Trump administration, and scholars and experts who study the topic, agree on. But the one area they do agree on is despite attempts by the Office of Personnel Management to accurately report on official time, no one knows how many federal employees use it, how much time they actually use and how much it all costs. Majority members of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by subcommitte... Read more

  • Pay freeze, retirement cuts trump discussion of president’s management agenda
    Posted in News on May 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Good Government

    Joe Davidson Even President Trump can have a decent thought now and then. Take his President’s Management Agenda, which outlines ideas to improve the federal government. The chapters cover general themes that any administration could endorse, such as “Improving Customer Experience with Federal Services,” “Getting Payments Right” and “Sharing Quality Services.” Decorated with color photos of happy citizens and dedicated federal workers, it conveys a “let’s do better” message with little hint of ... Read more

  • U.S. and Virginia join case against Silver Line contractor accused of manufacturing defective concrete panels
    Posted in News on May 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation, Technology

    Lori Aratani and Faiz Siddiqui A pedestrian bridge at Innovation Station, part of Phase II of Metro’s Silver Line expansion to Dulles International Airport and beyond, is under construction July 26, 2017 in Herndon, VA. Newly unsealed court documents allege that the company that made the pre-cast concrete panels that make up the exterior walls at five of the stations knew the materials were defective. Concrete panels for several of the new Silver Line stations do not meet safety or reliability ... Read more

  • It's not just Amazon, Northern Virginia also wants a bite of Apple
    Posted in News on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Technology

    Jessica Guynn and Mike Snider The high-tech corridor outside the nation's capitol isn't just a potential lure for Amazon. Apple may be in the mix. Northern Virginia is one of 20 finalists for Amazon's second headquarters, and the region has invited Apple to consider it for a 20,000-person campus the iPhone maker is planning for somewhere in the U.S. Apple is seeking 4 million square feet of office space, economic development officials and real estate executives told The Washington Post. That's ... Read more

  • Trump Signs Order to Overhaul Government’s Computer Systems
    Posted in News on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    John D. McKinnon President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to help accelerate long-delayed efforts to modernize the government’s patchwork of aging computer systems. The federal government spends as much as $90 billion a year on information technology, but much of that money is wasted on maintaining costly and duplicative legacy systems that are often 10 to 20 years out of date, according to critics on both sides of the aisle. One reason is a lack of funds for modernizing the gov... Read more

  • Trump executive order boosts agency CIO role
    Posted in News on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    Chase Gunter President Donald Trump signed an executive order on May 15 aimed at empowering agency-level CIOs. Much of the order aligns with the wish-list of items federal CIO Suzette Kent laid out for her agency counterparts: authority to hire, direct-report relationships to agency leadership, increasing collaboration across agencies and increasing the visibility of CIOs within their agencies. The order directs agencies to make CIOs "voting members of bureau-level IT governance boards." It als... Read more

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