Colleen Kelley remains the National Treasury Employees Union president.
She was re-elected Aug. 9, receiving 86 percent of the votes from delegates from agencies across the country. She had one challenger.
Kelley was first elected to NTEU's top office in 1999 and now begins her fourth four-year term.
The union's delegation also re-elected Frank Ferris as national executive vice president for his fourth term.
NTEU represents 150,000 employees in 31 agencies and departments.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
President Barack Obama has chosen Michael Horowitz to be the Justice Department’s inspector general, the administration said July 29.
Horowitz is currently a partner at the Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft law firm. His practice deals with white-collar defense, internal investigations and regulatory compliance.
In the government, Horowitz was a commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 2003 to 2009.
He has also worked in the Justice Department. He was deputy assistant attorney general and then chief of staff for the department's criminal division from 1999 to 2002. Before that, Horowitz was an assistant attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He worked as chief of the public corruption section.
The Senate must confirm Horowitz to be the IG.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Aug 01, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Say bye bye to the box -- the employee suggestion box, that is, advises Patrick Ibarra, cofounder and partner of the management consulting firm Mejorando Group.
Speaking at the Next Generation of Government Summit July 28, Ibarra joked that feds should get rid of the suggestion box because it is only used to make three suggestions: "fire my boss," "bring hot food" and "raise my pay."
Instead of the box, Ibarra said feds should engage in discussions with their coworkers about how to be more innovative, stretch their imaginations and be curious about the world beyond the walls of their agency.
Posted by Alyah Khan on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM7 comments
U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team Director (US-CERT) Randy Vickers has resigned, Federal News Radio reported after obtaining an internal Homeland Security Department email.
The email said that Vickers’ resignation is effectively immediately and that US-CERT Deputy Director Lee Rock will serve as acting director. No reason was provided as to why Vickers is resigning, according to the report.
US-CERT is the operational arm of the National Cyber Security Division at DHS and works to improve the nation’s cybersecurity position by coordinating cyber information sharing and managing cyber risks.
Posted by Alyah Khan on Jul 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Martha Johnson, administrator of the General Services Administration, said she often has to explain to people that GSA doesn’t stand for the Girl Scouts of America.
Many people don’t know exactly what GSA does, despite its “huge operational authority,” Johnson said at 1105 Media’s FOSE Conference July 21.
However, that is all changing now that the government is facing a budget crunch.
Johnson said the “tipping point” occurred five weeks ago when she started getting phone calls from the heads of federal agencies desperate to have a conversation about how GSA can help them find additional resources for programs.
During those lengthy discussions, Johnson said everything is on the table, including rent and costs stemming from printers, fleet, supply chain and travel.
“GSA is right in the middle of the maelstrom of this budget situation,” she said.
Posted by Alyah Khan on Jul 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Roslyn Mazer is President Barack Obama’s nominee for inspector general of the Homeland Security Department, the White House announced July 19.
Mazer is currently the IG of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). She manages inspections, audits and investigations of ODNI’s programs and operations. She is also serving concurrently as chair of the Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum.
The previous DHS IG, Richard Skinner, retired in March. Read about Skinner.
Mazer has worked in oversight jobs throughout government. She held senior positions at the Justice Department from 1993 to 2009 and was in the IG’s office there for seven years. There, she led reviews of the FBI’s use of national security letters and conducted investigations of misconduct by high level department officials and employees.
Mazer also served as associate deputy attorney general and as the attorney general’s representative to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel.
“I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people,” Obama said in a statement.
Mazer must be confirmed by the Senate for the DHS IG position.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jul 20, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments