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5:23 am, April 19, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

Michael O'Connell is a web editor and general assignment reporter for Federal News Radio.

From ruby slippers to first ladies' gowns, American History Museum celebrates major milestone

2014 marks 50 years since the Smithsonian Institution opened the doors on its National Museum of American History. Federal News Radio explores the museum's beginnings through pictures and stories with the people who were there then and now.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 04:00am EDT

OPM amends CFC rule to streamline donor process, improve transparency

The Office of Personnel Management published a final rule to amend the of regulations of the Combined Federal Campaign. The changes make it easier for federal employees to contribute to the charities of their choice and increase transparency of the donor process.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 05:50pm EDT

By air and sea, military shows off hardware at Sea-Air-Space Expo

The Navy and Marine Corps provided hands-on demonstrations of some of the innovative machines they use to help them do their jobs.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 03:59pm EDT

VA reduces disability claims backlog by 44 percent

The Veterans Affairs Department reduced the number of pending disability claims by 267,000 over the last year. Veterans are also waiting 119 days less than they did a year ago for their claims to be processed.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:56pm EDT

Just a test: Anacostia-Bolling trains for active-shooter attack

The hallways of a building at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling echoed with the sounds of gunfire last month as part of a training exercise to help base law enforcement personnel prepare for an active-shooter event.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:26pm EDT

Agencies receive failing grades for processing FOIA requests

The Center for Effective Government evaluated how well the 15 agencies that receive 90 percent of all Freedom of Information Act requests from the public process those requests. It found most of those agencies receive poor or failing grades in how they are implementing FOIA.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 12:46pm EDT
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Gates: Compensation, benefits more than a third of DoD budget

When Robert Gates was secretary of Defense, he tried three years in a row to increase out-of-pocket expenses for TRICARE participants. But Congress voted that down every time.

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 05:39pm EST
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Poll: How would you fix the failing budget process?

Federal News Radio asked a panel of experts how they would solve the flawed budget process as part of our special report: Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process. See what they had to say and tell us which ideas you think would work best.

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 11:45am EST

3 agencies reap benefits of shared support functions, report says

In times of constrained budgets, agencies are cutting and consolidating services to save money and resources. Could it be the key to transforming government? A new report looks at what three agencies are doing right.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 06:00pm EST

EEOC revises procedures for sorting out EEO and HR conflicts

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking public input on significant changes to the directive that provides guidance for federal agencies when it comes to EEO policies and procedures.

Monday - 02/24/2014, 03:02pm EST

White House issues new tools to fight patent trolls

Federal CTO Todd Park and other White House officials unveiled a new set of initiatives Thursday designed to help businesses and consumers avoid unnecessary and costly patent litigation.

Friday - 02/21/2014, 04:05pm EST

Obama dumping chained CPI, which feds, employee groups strongly opposed

Today's announcement that President Barack Obama would not be including a proposal to calculate cost-of-living changes to federal retirement rates in his 2015 budget should be welcome news to federal employees, legislators and federal-employee support groups who opposed it.

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 02:46pm EST

DoD enters $40.5M joint contract for Adobe products

The Pentagon leverages the buying power of 2.6 million DoD personnel in the Air Force, Army and Defense Information Systems Agency in signing joint enterprise license agreement with CDW-G.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 04:18pm EST

IRS to pay employee bonuses at lower percentage rate

The Internal Revenue Service and the National Treasury Employees Union reached an agreement that will see the IRS pay frontline employees performance awards starting in the spring. Acting IRS chief Danny Werfel canceled payouts of the awards last July, even though the union said the agency was obligated to pay them.

Monday - 02/03/2014, 06:07pm EST

NOAA cancels hiring freeze, lifts training ban

Kathryn Sullivan, the acting under secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, sent an email to staff today announcing she was lifting the hiring freeze ban on non-mandatory training NOAA put in place last year to offset the impact of sequestration.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 01:57pm EST

Size of civilian federal workforce increases, but more feds eligible to retire

The departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security account for 94 percent of the growth in the number of civilian employees within the federal workforce, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 02:03pm EST
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GSA buildings commissioner Dorothy Robyn stepping down in March

Dorothy Robyn, the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service, will be leaving her post in March. GSA will name her replacement at a later date.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 03:13pm EST

DoD conference policy in-line with OMB guidance, GAO says

A new Government Accountability Office report says that the Defense Department's oversight of conference spending is consistent with guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 02:41pm EST

TRICARE ready to close 189 customer service centers April 1

TRICARE, the military family health care provider, is set to close 189 of its U.S. customer service centers. Customers will be able to access all of the same services online or by telephone.

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 04:51pm EST
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Which lawmakers are fed-friendly on Capitol Hill?

Federally Employed Women released its annual Voting Record Scorecard. Now, federal employees can see which lawmakers are supporting legislation that helps them.

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 03:00pm EST
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