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A sizable majority of federal employees believe they have the skills to do their jobs and fulfill their agency missions, according to the 2012 “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report released by the Partnership for Public Service.

Among 10 workplace categories that drive employee satisfaction working for government, employees government-wide gave the match between their skills and mission the highest rating, with a score of 77.3 on a scale of 100. This was a slight drop from 2011 when the score was 78.6.
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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has released results of the 2012 Employee Viewpoint Survey, deemed the largest administered since first launched a decade ago.

Results indicate the federal workforce remains resilient, hardworking, motivated and mission-focused amid many challenges. But they also reflect a dip in morale for the second straight year. Keep reading →

Federal professionals have uncovered crucial terabytes of data that are now serving as the latest tool for entrepreneurs to create innovative mobile apps aimed at improving safety amid America’s streets, highways, railroads and consumer products.

Safety professionals across government “all want to set our data free,” said Jo Strang, the community leader for, and the chief safety officer for the Federal Railroad Administration. Keep reading →

This is the second in a series of articles examining how DOT, among other government agencies, is infusing innovation into the federal workplace.

These days, building a bridge can be compared to constructing Legos on the weekend. Keep reading →

As we head into a holiday weekend in which millions of travelers are expected to take to the skies across the U.S., it’s hard to fathom the task at hand for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA): keep travelers safe without causing long, annoying lines and bringing holiday travel to a grinding halt.

This week, former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley sat down for a podcast interview with Chris Dorobek to discuss what TSA has done right and wrong over the past 10 years and what it can do to improve security in the future. Keep reading →

Transportation spending accounts for 2.7%, or $234 billion, of the 2012 proposed federal budget. Only $8.3 billion is slated for the Federal Railroad Administration. Although the White House has stated that its goal over the next 25 years is to give 80% of Americans access to high speed rail, the development of mass and rapid transit systems faces many roadblocks, both financial and cultural.

With the exception of New York City, where 54% of workers commute via public transportation, every metropolitan area in the United States has one preferred means of transportation: the car. Keep reading →

This article is adapted from a blog post on, the website of the U.S. chief information officer and the Federal CIO Councils. Nitin Pradhan is CIO of the Department of Transportation.

President Obama unveiled the National Open Government Action Plan today to highlight the Administration’s commitment to open government. The Status Report is currently available on the White House Open Government Initiative blog and reports on the progress made towards transparency, participation, and collaboration with the public over the past two-and-a-half years. Keep reading →

In the latest installment of his “On the Go” series, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood answers questions submitted by the public via Facebook, Twitter, and his blog.

His efforts to use social media are part of a management style that has also earned him a relatively high degree of clout in social media circles. Keep reading →