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8:51 am, July 29, 2014

Management News

Kimberly Holden, OPM

Most federal agencies have shaved weeks, even months, off of their hiring times in response to a 2010 presidential memo. Most hires are now completed within 80 days. But faster doesn't necessarily mean better. The Office of Personnel Management has revised its reporting requirements to focus on quality. Kimberly Holden is OPM's deputy associate director for Recruitment and Hiring. She spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. She says hiring time is just one measurement of how well agencies are filling positions.

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 07:45am EDT
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Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, CSBA

Judging from the Defense authorization bills that have passed the House and been marked up in the Senate, Congress seems to have made a hash out of Pentagon plans to meet its budgetary goals. Todd Harrison is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to help sort out the reality of where Defense spending is headed and who will benefit.

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 07:40am EDT
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OPM expanding HRstat to help agencies parse workforce data

In a memo to agency chief human capital officers, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said eight additional agencies have signed on HRstat. The data-driven review sessions aim to help agencies better parse out HR data and trends and use them to assess their performance.

Monday - 05/26/2014, 02:05pm EDT

The Problem with the Senior Executive Service

It's clear that the Senior Executive Service never became what its creators envisioned, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But in many respects, some of those hopes for the executive corps were never realistic to begin with.

Monday - 05/26/2014, 09:34am EDT

Landing that federal job -- a recruiter's perspective

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss how to get a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
May 23, 2014

Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:50pm EDT
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Performance management and the DATA act

Jon Desenberg from the Performance Institute, Bethany Blakey of the Performance Improvement Council, and Hudson Hollister of the Data Transparency Coalitition will participate in a roundtable discussion of federal performance management and the DATA Act.
May 23, 2014

Friday - 05/23/2014, 05:47pm EDT
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Veterans transitioning to civilian life

How does the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs promote employment opportunities for veterans? What is VA doing to enhance opportunities for veterans to obtain knowledge and skills to properly transition into civilian life? What programs provide opportunities for veterans to obtain, retain and adapt at home? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Curtis Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - on a Memorial Day Edition of The Business of Government Hour.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:21am EDT

Panel: How rank-and-file feds, managers can restore trust in the workplace

As part of Federal News Radio's special series, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees three federal employees at different stages in their careers one a newer, younger employee, another who recently came from the private-sector, and the third a 40-year veteran shared their views with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on how to restore in the federal workplace.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 03:00pm EDT
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GSA's Office of Government-wide Policy focused on identity security, cybersecurity

GSA Office of Government-wide Policy Chief of Staff Stephanie Rivera discusses efforts to create a standardized operating process for all agencies, and the challenges and opportunities that go along with it.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 02:02pm EDT

Panel Discussion: Trust across a federal employee's career

The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp hosted a panel discussion on the topic of trust in the workplace. They spoke to three federal employees at different stages of their careers.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 12:36pm EDT

Federal HR reforms demand an inside/out strategy

Several agency chief human capital officers say wholesale changes to the federal hiring, recruiting, retaining and firing processes are needed now more than ever. It's no longer just a matter of using the authorities available, they say.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Obama vows fix to veterans' health care troubles

Amid mounting outrage, Obama pledges to repair vets' health care; House OKs firings authority

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 02:50am EDT

'Best in Show' federal agencies

Every year, different groups, associations and magazines publish their lists of best federal agencies, best places to work, etc. A few places are always near the top but the lists do change. Partly because some places try harder and get better and partly because if the rankings didn't change, there would be no reason for a list, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So who's on your personal best list?

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

What's the latest on Capitol Hill?

NARFE's Chris Farrell joins host Mike Causey to talk about some of the bills introduced in Congress that affect federal workers.
May 21, 2014

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 05:43pm EDT
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SSA agrees to let overpayments slide for victims of fraud

Social Security's inspector general revealed beneficiaries being unfairly charged due to unauthorized account changes. SSA will make policy changes to not hold beneficiaries liable for penalties due to fraudsters stealing or taking their payments without authorization.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 04:45pm EDT

Analysis: Trust doesn't exist without employee engagement

Bob Tobias, director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation, sees trust as a symptom of whether employee engagement exists or not.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:08pm EDT
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Insider threat programs must find the right 'trust but verify' balance

NSA, State and nearly every other agency are developing "fixes" to protect unauthorized employees from taking data. Experts say employees need to understand why the rules are in place and how they benefit both the organization and worker. OMB says one way to improve the situation is by reducing the number of federal employees with security clearances-an initiative that already is underway.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:56am EDT
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HR leaders, CHCOs demand that Congress let them 'Make the Cuts'

The Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton LLP release the report "Embracing Change," in which interviewers questioned 62 federal CHCOs and HR leaders on the challenges facing the federal workplace and their proposed resolutions.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:59pm EDT

Are you violating the Hatch Act and you don't even know it?

Under the Hatch Act, federal employees face a number of restrictions when it comes to their political activity on and off the job. The law was originally designed to protect feds from political coercion.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Whistleblower hotlines changing the way IGs respond to waste, fraud and abuse

Across the federal government, the officials who run hotline programs in agency inspector general offices say they're finding ways to cut their backlogs of incoming cases and get vital information into the hands of investigators more quickly. In part, it's because those officials are communicating with one another like never before.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:08am EDT
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