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Mitt Romney is now officially the Republican presidential candidate, getting the formal nod yesterday.
Need a quick refresher on the Republican platform GOP platform it's officially out as well. While it is unclear what the party platforms actually mean, but they it is important to be aware of them and they cover scores of issues -- retirement, what they call a vision for the 21st Century covering technology, telecommunications and the Internet, including protecting Internet freedom, the restructuring of the Postal Service and reforming TSA.One section, calls for modernizing the federal civil service, and that section starts off giving kudos to feds, recognizing the dedication of federal workers and the difficulty of their thankless task of implementing poorly drafted or open-ended legislation. It then goes on to say that there are too many feds and that they are overpaid. The GOP platform calls for a reduction through attrition in the federal payroll of at least 10 percent and pay cuts -- what they call an adjustment of pay scales and benefits to reflect those of the private sector. It also calls for overhauling the civil service system to make it more flexible. Finally, the Republican platform says they will go after any feds who have outstanding government loans or taxes.
"The federal workforce bears great responsibilities and sometimes wields tremendous power, especially when Congress delegates to it the execution of complicated and far-reaching legislation. We recognize the dedication of federal workers and the difficulty of their thankless task of implementing poorly drafted or open-ended legislation. Under the current Administration, the civil service has grown by at least 140,000 workers, while the number making at least $150,000 has doubled. At a time when the national debt has increased to over $15.9 trillion under the current Administration, this is grossly irresponsible. The American people work too hard and too long to support a bloated government. We call for a reduction, through attrition, in the federal payroll of at least 10 percent and the adjustment of pay scales and benefits to reflect those of the private sector. We must bring the 130-year old Civil Service System into the twenty-first century. The federal pay system should be sufficiently flexible to acknowledge and reward those who dare to innovate, reduce overhead, optimize processes, and expedite paperwork. Delinquency in paying taxes and repaying student loans has been too common in some segments of the civil service. A Republican Administration will make enforcement among its own employees a priority and, unlike the current Administration, will name to public office no one who has failed to meet their financial obligations to the government and fellow taxpayers."The Washington Post reports that federal labor leaders are not thrilled with the platform. NTEU president Colleen Kelly says it would undermine the government’s ability to provide the services that people demand. The SEVEN stories that impact your life for Wednesday the 29th of August
- Soon federal cybersecurity requirements could be extended to contractors. Fierce Government IT says the Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA are proposing a change to the Federal Acquisition Regulation that would require contractors to secure computer systems that contain government information.
- Can you crowdsource arms control? The State Department has launched a new challenge that is looking for creative ideas from the public to use commonly available devices to help confirm whether states are complying with treaties nonproliferation agreements. The deadline for submissions is October 26th.
- Having you been eyeing Hurricane Isaac? The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been. The agency has sent more staff to help resident inspectors at nuclear plants in Louisiana and Mississippi. The Associated Press says they plan to ride out the storm inside the plants.
- Could the federal government get smaller? Maybe. TheRepublican Party platform calls for a 10 percent reduction in the federal workforce. Federal News Radio says the Party also wants to make federal pay and benefits more in line with those of the private sector. The party unveiled its platform on the eve of its national convention, taking place in Tampa, Fla.
- The Interior Department may purchase a mobile-device management product that would allow it to remotely update, monitor and shut down employees' smartphones and tablets. Nextgov reports, Interior “has recognized a real threat to the integrity of electronic devices on international travel by curious individuals, organized crime and nationstate sponsored activities." The agency will give preference to cloud-based tools.
- It remains unclear whether the White House's "bring your own device" program for federal workers will reimburse employees for a portion of their monthly BYOD costs. NextGov says “The federal government still has more to do to address the more complicated issues related to BYOD,” the White House states in a guidance. “This includes how the government can reimburse federal employees for voice/data costs incurred when they use their personal mobile devices instead of government-issued mobile devices.”
- Between January 2009 and June 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs held 948 conferences -- about one per day -- attended by 50 or more employees. NextGov says the VA’s conference spending totaled over $100 million in fiscal 2011 and $92 million in 2009. Both Congress and the VA inspector general are conducting probes of department conferences.