The Stories You May Have Missed Over Winter Break – DorobekINSIDER

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  • Government is at a crossroad as it attempts to maintain basic citizen and customer services in an increasingly austere environment of “doing more with less”. ACT-IAC has created Smart Lean Government (SLG) Practical Guide to help. We talk to two of the authors.

The SEVEN stories that impact your life

  1. Washington Post: In Congress, 2014 begins with shrunken ambitions. Members of Congress from both parties introduced fewer bills last year than in similar legislative years over the past decade. They cast fewer votes than usual. And, as has been noted, they passed fewer laws than in any other year in recorded congressional history.

  2. The Washington Post: Federal employee unions lay out 2014 priorities. Pay, morale and engagement top the list.

  3. Federal News Radio: DHS gives Eagle II protesters a second look. DHS awarded 15 companies a spot under EAGLE II's functional category one unrestricted portion of the contract-by-and-large the most competitive and sought after part of the seven- year, $22 billion umbrella of contracts.

  4. FCW: 2020 Census is counting on technology. The Census Bureau's goal is to have at least 60 percent of responses for the 2020 census submitted electronically, driving down the cost for postage, paper and employees' time, said CIO Brian McGrath.

  5. NextGov: Defense Leaders Say Cyber is Top Terror Threat.  Forty-five percent of respondents to the Defense News Leadership Poll named a cyberattack as the single greatest threat—nearly 20 percentage points above terrorism, which ranked second.

  6. Government Executive: TSP ends 2013 on a positive note. Nearly all the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan were in the black during the last month of 2013.

  7. Politico: Budget Battle Nears Finish Line. House-Senate negotiators are slated to meet Monday in hopes of narrowing their last differences over a $1 trillion-plus omnibus spending bill that attempts to fill in the blanks after December’s budget deal and avoid another shutdown next week.

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  • First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas: Bexar County in Texas has opened a new $2.3 million library called BiblioTech. It doesn't have physical books, only computers and e-reader tablets. It is the first bookless public library system in the U.S.  - Slash Dot

  • Just feels like it: Guardian: Blue Monday: There is no such thing as ‘the most depressing day of the year’

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