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2:09 am, October 26, 2014

Jolie Lee Reports

Jolie Lee is a web editor and general assignment reporter at Federal News Radio.

Feds file discrimination complaint against Forest Service

Multiple current and former Forest Service employees say they've faced sexual harassment and physical assault while on the job, and some have lost their positions for speaking up. Now, they are fighting back by filing a class action EEOC complaint for unfair treatment. The Agriculture Department, the parent agency of the Forest Service, says it is tackling a history of discrimination with more training and accountability as part of a cultural transformation program.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 05:00am EST
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New 9/11 gallery highlights a revved-up National Guard

A new gallery at the National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., opens Monday to commemorate the role of the National Guard since 9/11.

Friday - 11/16/2012, 06:00am EST

Tips for Open Season 2013

Benefits consultants Walton Francis and Ed Zurndorfer offer top tips for federal employees considering a new health plan. Open Season runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.

Monday - 11/12/2012, 12:43pm EST
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TSA workers ratify first union contract

A historic labor agreement covering 45,000 transportation security officers has been ratified.

Friday - 11/09/2012, 12:35pm EST

Who will stay and who will go in Obama's second term?

President Barack Obama is gearing up for a second term in office, but some members of his Cabinet are on their way out, experts tell Federal News Radio. The legwork for these top- tier changes and others is already in motion behind-the-scenes.

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 03:50pm EST
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Telework helps PTO employees stay productive through Sandy

Despite the federal government closing its offices to the public on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was still able to average 70 percent productivity, thanks to its telework policy.

Friday - 11/02/2012, 03:15pm EDT

FEMA pays initial costs of Sandy-related power, transportation operations

The federal government is picking up the tab to restore power and provide transportation in the areas hardest hit by Post- tropical Cyclone Sandy.

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 02:13pm EDT
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Federal buildings after superstorm Sandy

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 02:37pm EDT

OPM details 2013 health plan premium increases

Federal employees will see a slight increase averaging 3.4 percent in what they pay towards their 2013 health plan premiums.

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 09:41am EDT

USPS pension surplus due to wrong salary assumptions, IG finds

Currently, more than 70 percent of postal craft employees have already reached the top of their pay scale, according to the USPS Office of the Inspector General.

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 02:37pm EDT

New federal oversight of subways, buses replaces state 'patchwork'

The Federal Transit Administration now has the authority to set safety standards under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act or MAP-21.

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 09:54am EDT
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IRS urged to create IT skills inventory

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recommends IRS' chief technology officer create an "inventory list" with the skills needed for each IT position, as well as a process for evaluating an IT employee's skills.

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 02:37pm EDT

USDA fighting discrimination legacy with more training, accountability

The Agriculture Department is addressing long- standing discrimination claims by minorities and women with better workforce training, more accountability and a deeper look at its data. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack shares with The Federal Drives recent efforts to address the agency's shaky civil rights history.

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 08:00am EDT
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FDA checking high-risk medical apps for safety

Last year, the FDA proposed a policy to test apps that included "very high-risk interventions" that did not cause any unintended consequences. The agency is now expected to release final policy by the end of this year on which apps it will oversee.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 02:51pm EDT
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DoD bans entertainment, swag at conferences

No more motivational speakers, musicians or promotional swag. The Defense Department is banning entertainment-related expenses at its conferences, according to a new memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 11:30am EDT

HUBZone program in transition after losing 30 percent of firms

Federal agencies already have had a hard time meeting their goal to award 3 percent of contract dollars to small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone). But the 2010 Census wiped out more than 30 percent of the HUBZone companies certified by the Small Business Administration leaving agencies searching for new firms and decertified firms trying to figure out what's next.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 05:00am EDT

VIDEO: Battling brain cancer, GPO employee to compete in IRONMAN

BethAnn Telford, an employee at the Government Printing Office, has battled brain cancer for the past seven years. But it isn't stopping her from competing this weekend in the IRONMAN World Championship. She takes Federal News Radio inside her workout and explains her motivation before the big race.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 04:47am EDT

EPA, USDA break through small business contracting barriers

The federal government as a whole has consistently missed its goal to award 23 percent of its contract dollars to small businesses. But the government also has examples of agencies bucking that trend. In part two of our special report, The Small Business Dilemma, Federal News Radio speaks with several agencies' about how they're succeeding in the small business contracting arena.

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 05:00am EDT

DoD carries weight of governmentwide small business goal

As the biggest spender in the federal government, the Defense Department has the greatest potential to award contracts to small businesses. But the nature and breadth of defense contracts can leave out small firms. In part one of Federal News Radio's special report, The Small Business Dilemma, we examine how the Pentagon is taking steps to make it easier for small firms to do business with the department.

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 08:00am EDT

Federal retirements continue to exceed expectations

For three months in a row, the number of federal retirements has exceeded what the Office of Personnel Management projected. OPM estimated it would receive 7,000 retirement claims in September. The actual number of claims the personnel agency received was 11,952.

Friday - 10/05/2012, 11:56am EDT
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