DoD Aims to have New Employee Rating System in Full Swing by October 2018

Performance management is an area in which everyone in all stages of their profession can relate. Whether you are just starting a new, exciting career or have been working in Federal workspaces for decades, everyone longs to be recognized for their hard work and contributions. The DoD clearly recognizes the importance of making sure all employees receive proper recognition for their accomplishments. That is why they are introducing the Defense Performance Management and Appraisal Program, which will gradually be rolled out over the next several years.

Sequestration Still a Hot Topic among Senior Leaders

Just as the old saying goes, “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” As for the Department of Defense (DoD), sequestration is that historical event from which we all must learn. On February 25, 2016 Secretary of Defense Ash Carter addressed the House Appropriations Committee-Defense regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Budget Request. He spoke about the warfighter, investments in Europe and elsewhere, and potential future threats worldwide.

DoD Financial Management Hits GAO's High Risk Report

Google ‘federal government waste’ and you’ll get almost 230 million hits on this topic. Countless stories abound about waste and mismanagement of U.S. tax dollars.  Even the late Senator Fred Thompson remarked, “You wonder if anyone is even trying to [fix it]”.  Can anything be done to remove “government waste” as the most superfluous phrase in the American lexicon?

Federal Employees “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of Social Media

Federal employees may want to think twice before they “like” certain posts and political propaganda on social media. That’s because the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency, has released new guidance to federal employees regarding their use of social media during elections. The guidance has been published in a five-page frequently asked questions (FAQ) format.

St. Michael’s Migrates to a Professional Services Schedule (PSS)

One of the ways that potential clients can acquire St. Michael’s services is by utilizing a Federal Supply Schedule. This type of contracting is covered in detail under the Federal Acquisition Regulation’s Subpart 38.1-Federal Supply Schedule Program. Under this program, the Government makes Multiple Award Schedules to qualified vendors. St. Michael’s has held a Financial and Business Solutions (FABS) General Services Administration (GSA) schedule since September of 2009. In September of 2014, we were awarded five more years under our schedule.


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