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6:40 pm, May 29, 2015

Michael O'Connell Reports

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

GAO finds highs, lows in agencies' human capital management

Yvonne Jones, the Government Accountability Office's director of strategic issues, tells a Senate panel human capital management is critical to improving government's performance.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 05:29pm EDT
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New guidance streamlines agency handling of unclassified information

The Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration has published a new guide to help agencies manage and label unclassified information.

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 05:03pm EDT
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13 new cities to see locality pay increase in January

Beth Cobert, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, told members of a federal employee union Friday, that feds at 13 cities would see their pay adjusted based on labor market conditions.

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 02:10pm EDT

GAO: Most agencies meeting requirements to improve records management

The Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives issued a set of requirements in 2012 for agencies to improve their electronic records management. A new Government Accountability Office report says most agencies are meeting those requirements, but some still have more work to do.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 11:39am EDT
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USPS ready to replace aging delivery fleet

The Postal Service told a House panel Thursday that it's become too expensive to maintain its aging delivery fleet and it needs to purchase up to 180,000 new vehicles. USPS spends $4,200 annually on maintenance per vehicle to keep the fleet running.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 09:50am EDT

Want to help feds do their jobs? Stop attacking them

The Senate subcommittee that oversees federal management hosted a hearing Wednesday on how agencies can better address 21st century problems. Two employee representatives had an answer for Congress: Stop attacking the federal workforce.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 03:28pm EDT

Conversation between agencies and industry evolves beyond sequestration

Sequestration and the government shutdown dominated the focus of agency and business leaders in 2013 when Rick Holgate became president of the American Council of Technology. About to step down, he sees a changed landscape.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 05:36pm EDT
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New bill aims to improve oversight of FEHBP prescription drug benefits

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced a new bill that would improve federal oversight of the prescription drug benefits of federal employees and retirees and reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 06:30pm EDT

Work of Cancer Genome Atlas leads to breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis, treatment

The Partnership of Public Service recently named Jean C. Zenklusen, Carolyn Hutter and the Cancer Genome Atlas Team as finalists for the 2015 Science and Environment Medal.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:56pm EDT

Studio Y - Recent grads recruit young people to federal service

Emily McConnell of the Partnership for Public Service and Michelle Marcarelli talk to Studio Y about recruiting high-performing interns through the Federal Student Ambassadors program.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 07:00am EDT

MSPB clears up a few workforce misperceptions

A new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board clears up some misperceptions about due process and the protections federal employees have when facing adverse actions such as a job removal.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:00am EDT
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New board to advise OPM director on federal retirement plans

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta will appoint a board to make recommendations about and advise on issues affecting federal retirement plans.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:52pm EDT

Non-binding budget plan omits retirement contribution hike

Republican leaders in the House and Senate passed a compromise bill that seeks significant cuts to agency operating budgets, while boosting Defense spending. Absent from the non-binding plan is mention of an increase in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:43pm EDT

CMS, SSA evacuating Baltimore offices

The Baltimore offices of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be closing early today. Social Security Administration also will be evacuating its Baltimore headquarters.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 11:43am EDT

Feds choose to stay longer, creating new retirement bubble

The retirement tsunami has long been the "boogeyman" of federal HR managers -- that baby boomers would be leaving the civil service in droves as they became eligible for retirement. An exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals that something else may be going on. In part 1 of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we explore why federal employees are opting to stay on the job longer even though they are eligible to retire.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 02:00am EDT

DHS continues to face acquisition management hurdles

Only two of the 22 Homeland Security Department programs the Government Accountability Office reviewed were on track to meet initial schedule and cost parameters. However, the GAO report's author is "cautiously optimistic" about DHS' efforts to improve its acquisition management.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 06:17pm EDT

Hackathon generates Section 508 resources, playbook for agencies to use

Office of Science and Technology Policy and the General Services Administration's 18F lab take part in hackathon focused on developing solutions for digital accessibility problems.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 05:08pm EDT

Federal employees help their own after Oklahoma tragedy

In the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City terrorist bombing, the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund helped federal families recover, including sending 200 children to college.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:19am EDT

NIH awards $20B CIO-CS acquisition contract for IT

The National Institutes of Health awarded its Chief Information Officer - Commodities and Solutions Governmentwide Acquisition Contract Tuesday to 65 vendors.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 01:12pm EDT

From the Old Post Office to FBI headquarters, GSA gets creative with federal property

As the government's landlord, the General Services Administration is coming up with creative approaches for how agencies can consolidate their workforces, rethink their office spaces and dispose of excess properties. In our latest special report, Federal News Radio takes an in-depth look at two projects receiving a lot of buzz: the renovation of the Old Post Office building and the relocation of the FBI headquarters.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 02:51am EDT
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