Why breaking rank is sometimes a good thing

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry recounts how one employee saved the day by ignoring agency protocol.

Former political powerhouses join Partnership's board

The Partnership for Public Service has elected former Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag and other key figures to its board of directors.

In defense of federal employees (Washington Redskins, beware!)

FCW blogger John Klossner does his part to restore the self-esteem of feds who have been the target of so many congressional attacks.

Only 10K petitions filed for H-1B visas

For the third year in a row, federal contractors and other employers are less eager to apply for H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers.

Stay updated during the shutdown

FCW will continue delivering timely information to our readers, even if the government shuts down.

New role for CSC North American Public Sector executive

Jose Jimenez, president of CSC's North American Public Sector Strategy and Development division, has been named the company's chief diversity officer, effective April 2. He will report to CSC Chairman, President and CEO Michael Laphen and the company's chief human resources officer.

TechAmerica renews drive to increase H-1b visas

With just days to go until the application period starts for this year's round of H-1b visa petitions, the TechAmerica Foundation is calling on Congress to increase access to the visas and improve procedures for adjudication

Contractors, customers both hurt by short-term budget extensions

The federal government has been operating under temporary funding measures since October, leaving many agencies and contractors in limbo in terms of spending and planning for the current fiscal year.

Changes afoot as GS-15s get younger

Government managers are becoming more youthful as a group, Steve Kelman observes.

Federal furloughs: Would you check e-mail? Would you have a choice?

Some feds say is not realistic to expect them to lose ten working days out of the year.

Why are federal employees the latest scapegoat?

Federal employees are working under a pay freeze and facing possible reductions in their numbers. What's caused the new attention?

The year in cartoons: Security certifications, insourcing and light bulb procurements

FCW cartoonist John Klossner selects his favorite editorial cartoons from 2010.

CACI automates Uncle Sam’s ‘I Want You’ enlistment process

CACI International Inc. has been awarded a three-and-a-half year, $75 million Defense Department contract from the DOD’s Business Transformation Agency to assist in processing applicants who want to join the armed forces.

Are there any good GS-9 jobs out there?

The federal government could do a better job of keeping young feds on the job if it created more opportunities for them to do interesting work, writes blogger Steve Kelman.

Do program managers belong in program offices, or in IT shops?"

Should program managers--the professionals who are best-suited to provide a results-oriented, front-line perspective on the features of the system as it is developed and released--work with program offices, or in IT shops? Blogger Steve Kelman ponders the question.

6 IT lessons learned the hard way

Even the best government IT practitioners had to fail at some point to learn the lessons that propelled them to their eventual successes. Here are their stories.

Inherently governmental remains inherently confusing

Ongoing debates about what government work is inherently government reminds FCW cartoonist and blogger John Klossner of a game he played (but not very well) as kid.

Tax cheats take note: Federal jobs may require audits

Senator proposed legislation to make anyone with seriously delinquent tax debts ineligible for a federal job.

Best places to work in the federal government

The Partnership for Public Service ranks the best -- and worst -- places to work in the federal government for 2010.

Feds like the way these agencies work it

A new survey reveals the satisfaction--or lack thereof--among the women and men who work in federal offices.