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Former air traffic controller said he “knew immediately” after second plane crash that 9/11 attacks were not due to system error

20 years ago on 9/11, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was at the epicenter of trying to explain and respond to a plane crash into the Twin Towers and the realization that passenger jets had been hijacked. Two former FAA leaders recounted their experiences on that day. Gregg Dvorak, chief commercialization officer at Airio, was […]


Biden has increased diversity of senior agency executive hires, federal reporter says

The Biden administration is hiring senior agency executives at the fastest rate in decades, with at least 319 during the president’s first three months in office. Daniel Lippman, reporter for Politico, said at least 30% of the Senior Executive Service (leaders in top government positions) are racial minorities and about half are women, both increases […]


Air Force renovating office space for hybrid work environment initiative

The Air Force’s Installation and Mission Support Center has an initiative called the Office of the Future. Its goal is to combine the benefits of telework with the benefits of collaboration. Col. Kevin Mantovani (USAF), vice commander of the Installation & Mission Support Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas, said his team redesigned […]


Federal employee pay raise is “very good start,” says National Treasury Employees Union president

The White House plans to increase pay for civilian federal workers by 2.7% for 2022. That raise will go into effect in January of next year. Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), said the raise is a “very good start” but that NTEU still supports a 3.2% increase, as called for […]


United States must reduce strain on National Guard, says military researcher

The National Guard has been called on to fight wildfires, support Covid-19 missions and deploy overseas. Congress approved last minute funding for $500 million to reimburse the Guard for expenses related to securing the Capitol following the Jan. 6 attack. However, the current path is unsustainable, according to Nathalie Grogan, research assistant for the Military, […]


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 […]


Proposal for new research agency highlights federal hiring system challenges

The bipartisan infrastructure bill would create a new research agency in the Department of Transportation called the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Infrastructure (ARPA-I), but it would operate without civil service job protections. Lisa Rein, federal government reporter at the Washington Post, said the government would be establishing ARPA-I outside the normal civil service system because of […]

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