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Award finalist reduces appeals backlog at Department of Veterans Affairs

For years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has faced lengthy delays with its disability benefits program. Congress responded with a new law to expedite and streamline the appeals process, but the backlog remained at over 270,000 appeals. Then Mary Frances Matthews stepped in, helping reduce the backlog by 87%. Matthews, assistant decision review operations […]

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New recordkeeping system allowing Thrift Savings Plan board to decrease budget

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) has a slightly smaller budget for fiscal 2022. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board approved the budget of $496 million for the next fiscal year. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, said the board’s transition to a new recordkeeping platform, which will go […]

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United States Postal Service hiring effort reflects country’s labor shortage

The United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to hire 100,000 new employees by the end of this calendar year. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy also hopes to reduce the high turnover rates in the department. Danny Werfel, managing director and partner at Boston Consulting Group, former controller at the Office of Management and Budget and former […]

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New agency initiative would use data to improve injury prevention and control

The CDC wants to create a new team to support training at its National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). The training would improve data collection and analysis across the organization. Linda Degutis, lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health and former director of the NCIPC, said the new effort would train doctors […]

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Former chief information officers support idea to consolidate role at federal agencies

Representatives Gerry Connolly and Darrell Issa want to consolidate the chief information officer (CIO) role across the federal workplace. The idea to reduce each agency to one CIO has been discussed for almost a decade. Karen Evans, partner at KE&T Partners and former CIO for the Department of Energy, said the suggestion comes up periodically […]

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FEMA requiring proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 tests for first responders

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake and a tropical storm in Haiti leave thousands of residents seeking aid. This disaster comes in the middle of hurricane season, on top of the ongoing pandemic, for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Dave Grant, former acting deputy administrator at FEMA, now partner at Potomac Ridge Consulting, said the organization has […]

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Addressing climate change financial risks will reduce costs for federal agencies, says audit partner

A White House executive order directs federal agencies to identify and mitigate the financial risks of climate change. The order requires creating a government-wide strategy to combat climate risks. Corinne Dougherty, partner for federal audit at KPMG, said implementing the order is a monumental but doable task and will save money for the federal government […]

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