Bullying in the Workplace and Making Mobility Work by GovLoop Insights
Happy Wednesday March 21st 2012... So much to get to today!!!
On Tuesday, the House Republicans unveiled their version of the fiscal 2013 budget. There is a lot of stuff in there, as you might imagine. The budget wars are heating up again. GovExec says the plan includes an extension of the federal pay freeze and a reduction in the federal workforce. http://bit.ly/GJaz0T
Let’s be honest... just as the Obama administration’s version of the fiscal 2013 budget is really just a vision document, this plan isn’t going to get passed as is. But it is an important read because it gives you a real sense as to the issues in the debate. We’ll have more on this ahead, but we have a link to the budget document itself online...
Today marks the 6th birthday of Twitter -- the now ubiquitous collaboration platform where people share 140 characters of information. It was on On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey (@jack) sent the first Tweet.
And it’s GovLoop -- we’re looking for your insights... How has Twitter changed government? how you do your job? how you get information?
Happy 6th birthday Twitter- how has it changed your job? On today’s program...
Bullying doesn’t stop in middle school. Tips for dealing with a workplace bully with the Partnership for Public Service.
Making mobility work...its not an easy 1,2,3...but you can do it, with some tips from our expert panel of federal CIOs and CTOs.
We’ll talk about the New iPad... my first impressions...
And how is your March Madness bracket doing? Not great? Well... we’ll tell you about the bracket that GSA has going on... it’s cool stuff...
All that ahead...But as we do each day, we start with the stories that impact your life for Wednesday the 21 of March, 2012... your government world in 120-seconds...
The Republican party’s version of the fiscal 2013 budget would have a impact on government workers. The proposal was released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Tuesday -- and we have a link to the document online... DorobekINSIDER.com. The bill makes cuts well below the agreed to$1.047 trillion dollar cap Republicans and Democrats passed into law seven months ago.. The National Journal saysthe Republicans proposal cuts discretionary spending to $1.028 trillion for fiscal year 2013.
Congressman Ryan’s budget proposal would also make big changes to your federal pay and benefits. The Washington Post says the blueprint would extend the federal pay freeze through 2015. It would also increase retirement contributions, having feds pay for half of their pensions. The proposal also calls for the federal workforce to shrink by 10 percent over three years. GOP leaders said the plan would save nearly $400 billion in 10 years, but the White House called it unbalanced and that it failed the test of shared responsibility.
2011 might go down in the history books as the year of the hacker. But that doesn’t mean all these attacks yielded many results. The National Journal saysgovernment efforts prevented cyberattacks from having any major effect on Defense Department systems. General Keith Alexander, who heads up US cyber command, says while several loosely organized bands of hackers like Anonymous targeted defense networks and websites, Cyber Command successfully blocked the attacks.
Major budget cuts to the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Office of Special Counsel could make it tougher for the departments to resolve personnel disputes and whistleblowers may have a tougher time getting a fair hearing. Federal News Radio says leaders of the Merit Systems Protection Board and Office of Special Counsel told senators they have no more fat to cut. MSPB chairman Susan Grundmann warned case resolution time would stretch beyond its current 98 days. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner pointed out 89 percent of her budget went to people and rent.
After two years the Obama administration’s national broadband plan failed to add many new broadband users. A group of technology CEOs released a study showing the percentage was stuck in the 68 percent range. TechNet, says industry and federal efforts to push broadband have been un-coordinated. The stagnant broadband adoption rate persisted even as millions more Americans acquired smartphones.
A number of State Department employees are stuck at home for the second day in a row after a fire yesterday morning brought productivity to a stop. The Washington Post saysthe fire broke out on the fifth floor of the building at 2401 E Street, which is across the street from the main Harry S. Truman building. No word yet on what started the fire.
And over on GovLoop, Do you watch the NBC Show Parks and Rec? No, its a comedy starring Amy Poehler. The show follows the workings of a local government’s park and recreation department. GovLooper Jon Flood says the show might actually be having an impact on the way the Americans views public service. Its a really cool post and its garnering a lot of comments so head over to the site and check it out.