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1:44 am, April 24, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

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

Navy honors Tatigian's 70 years of service

Sarkis Tatigian enlisted in the Navy as a 17-year-old sailor in 1942. After the war, he continued his service to the department in various jobs in and out of uniform. Now, he is being recognized for his seven decades of dedication to the Navy.

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 02:14pm EDT

Senators call for bipartisan push to prevent sequestration

Six senators sent a letter to their Senate leaders asking for a bipartisan effort to end the threat of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts due to take effect in January.

Tuesday - 09/25/2012, 08:13am EDT

Cool Roofs Initiative helps agencies achieve energy-saving goals

Agencies are installing white, reflective roofs, solar panels and plant-filled green roofs to cut down on energy costs and save taxpayers money. This is all in response to President Barack Obama's executive order requiring agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 03:26am EDT

Agencies, colleges share top recruiting tips in tight budget times

Tighter budgets are impacting agencies' ability to recruit new employees, according to the results of an exclusive Federal News Radio survey. But while budget dollars may be dwindling, agencies still need new hires to fill vacancies caused by retirements and others leaving civil service. Federal recruiters and college advisers say there are certain cost-effective and innovative techniques that work better than others when it comes to finding the next generation of federal employees.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 05:30am EDT
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Coming soon to YouTube -- Videos about TSP accounts

Kim Weaver, director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, told In Depth with Francis Rose feds will soon be able to access videos online explaining some of the more complicated aspects of their Thrift Savings Plan accounts.

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 07:34am EDT
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Fired GSA Buildings Service commissioner finds new job

Bob Peck, who was fired in April after an inspector general's report revealed excessive spending at a GSA conference, was hired by the Gensler consulting group to lead its D.C.-based office.

Friday - 08/24/2012, 06:03am EDT

Fed pay raise on hold until after continuing resolution expires

President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Tuesday that he was implementing a 0.5 percent pay increase for federal employees that would go into effect next April. Congress is expected to pass a Continuing Resolution when it returns to Washington in September to avoid an Oct. 1 government shutdown. Obama extended the pay freeze through the duration of that CR.

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 06:56am EDT

Cox elected AFGE national president

At their National Convention, members of the American Federation of Government Employees elected a trio of new officers: J. David Cox as national president, Eugene Hudson Jr. as national secretary-treasurer and August Thomas as national vice president for women's and fair practices.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 06:45am EDT

Flynn starts 'dream job' as new DIA director

New director of the Defense Intelligence Agency challenges his workers to better serve their customers both military and private sector by being more responsive, timely and relevant.

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 11:41am EDT

Senators ask DoD to consider debarment for P&WC

Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to the Defense Secretary Panetta and Secretary of State Clinton asking them to consider further actions against contractor Pratt & Whitney Canada. P&WC pleaded guilty in June to illegally exporting military software to China.

Monday - 08/13/2012, 10:39am EDT

Analysis: $5.5B default fails to inspire urgency over Postal Service bill

Although the word "default" might elicit a sense of urgency in most people, it doesn't appear to be inspiring lawmakers to take action on the proposed Postal Service bill. USPS is expected to default on $5.5 billion in pension costs that it owes to the Treasury.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 12:28pm EDT
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Multiple roles more help than hindrance, say agency CAOs

The Government Accountability Office looked at how agencies were complying with the Services Acquisitions Reform Act of 2003. It discovered that while many chief acquisition officers had assumed duties far beyond what the act intended, that might not be such a bad thing.

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 12:55pm EDT
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Obama memo bolsters protections for vets reentering workforce

President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Thursday calling on agencies to comply with protections laid out in The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 when hiring returning veterans.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 11:17am EDT

7 agencies make progress on implementing 'cloud first,' GAO says

The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB's requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year's end.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:42am EDT

Debilitating storm? No sweat for teleworking feds

While some federal agencies in Washington, D.C., struggled to get their work done on Monday due to power outages caused by a recent storm, thousands of Patent and Trademark Office employees worked remotely as part of the agency's successful teleworking plan.

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 01:29pm EDT
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TSP numbers bounce back in June

All 10 Thrift Savings Plan funds finished the month of June with positive figures, ending a several month slide into the red. The I Fund grew from -11.40 percent in May to 7.08 percent on June 30.

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 09:38am EDT

USPS executives shift to fill interim positions

Joseph Corbett, the Postal Service's chief financial officer, is filling in for Chief Information Officer Ellis Burgoyne, who is on extended sick leave.

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 10:51am EDT

USPS overpays pension obligations by $13.1B, report says

A new inspector general audit revealed that the Postal Service has overfunded its pension benefit obligations by nearly 105 percent. While this might seem to be good news for the cash- strapped agency, legislative action will be required for USPS to get back the $13.1 billion surplus it paid into its employees' pensions.

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 07:15am EDT

Reverse auctions not all a bed of roses, one expert says

Defense analyst Robert Levinson told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that while reverse auctions can generate significant savings for the federal government, they do have their downside.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 11:49am EDT
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Bid protesting system helps agencies police themselves

Steven Maser, a professor of public policy and administration at Willamette University, recently completed a study on the bid protest process. While he acknowledged that the number of bid protests were on the rise, he didn't necessarily think that was a bad thing for agencies and contractors.

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 12:25pm EDT
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