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5:40 am, December 22, 2014

Workforce News

Coming up: Retirement - an opportunity to re-invent ourselves

Career transition coach Mike Townshend takes your calls and emails about retirement planning.

Updated 40 minutes, 15 seconds ago

Paying for the Next Generation of Federal Managers

Following President Obama's announced reforms to the Senior Executive Service, Doug Criscitello, managing director at Grant Thornton, says SES pay limits have made it difficult to attract top-quality managers across government.

Updated 1 hours, 50 minutes ago

Obama makes 2015 federal pay raise official

Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and members of the military, among other feds, will get a 1 percent pay raise in January. Late Friday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for the increases.

Saturday - 12/20/2014, 03:00pm EST

The federal workforce year in review

Debra Roth hosts a roundtable discussion of the "hot" federal workforce topics in 2014, and what will be the big issues in 2015.
December 19, 2014

Friday - 12/19/2014, 07:48pm EST
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IRS imposes hiring freeze, eliminates overtime to deal with budget cuts

Budget cuts are forcing the IRS to impose a hiring freeze, except for emergencies, and eliminate almost all overtime. Commissioner John Koskinen said the cuts could also delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:04am EST

Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him, he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases one in the federal sector and one in the private.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:24am EST
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Washington's secret (until now) shutdown squad

Who are the decision makers in Washington, D.C.? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not who you think.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:00am EST

Reaction to President Obama's meeting with the SES

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, will give her thoughts on President Barack Obama's speech to members of the Senior Executives Service.
December 17, 2014

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 07:13pm EST

OPM updates closure procedures; no excused absences for pre-approved paid leave

Under new dismissal and closure procedures issued by the Office of Personnel Management today, federal employees who are on pre-approved paid leave during a government closure will no longer be given an excused absence.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 01:35pm EST

Daniel R. Elliott III, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

The news from this year's "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list is not that great. It shows federal employees' morale at the lowest point in the last 11 years. But it's not doom and gloom for every agency, and there are some encouraging signs. The Surface Transportation Board was number one among smaller agencies on this year's list. How did they do it? STB chairman Daniel R. Elliot III joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:28am EST
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Executive morale: A blast from the past

Washington is a place where politicians from all sides are unveiling "new ideas." Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says whether an idea is new or a reinvention of the wheel, there are people out there ready to praise or savage it.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:00am EST

OPM proposes changes to SES performance standards

The goal of the proposed rule is to clarify and update the three-year-old performance appraisal system for senior executives, and provide more oversight.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:32pm EST

OPM sets deadline for agency SES requests

The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to forecast how many Senior Executive Service positions they'll need for the next two fiscal years.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 11:09am EST

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

Consider yourself someone who likes to pitch in and help others? If you do, you might find the Peace Corps' list of top volunteer producing-states and metro-areas interesting. Especially since Washington, D.C. makes a notable appearance this year. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss recruiting, as well as explain some of the most exciting changes and trends on this year's list.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:04am EST
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with some new faces yet to be voted in for important oversights roles such as chairman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what federal employees should expect in 2015 - from senior executives to civil service reform.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:00am EST
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Planning for several reasons

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein discusses year-end planning and benefit opportunities in 2015.
December 15, 2014

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:25pm EST
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Six years of waiting, cyber bills abound

The passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks and hire the people to do that critical work.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:51am EST

Fun stuff: walk through a winter wonderland

Federal News Radio speaks with Recreation News Editor Marvin Bond about fun things to do in and near the nation's capital.

Saturday - 12/13/2014, 08:03am EST
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Character counts!

CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. Jack London will talk about his book: "Character: The Ultimate Success Factor".
December 12, 2014

Friday - 12/12/2014, 05:34pm EST
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Congress OKs Border Patrol overtime pay reform bill

The goal of S. 1691, or the 2014 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, is to address and streamline Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO), the extra pay agents receive when their work demands they remain on the job beyond scheduled hours.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:07pm EST
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