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As assets grow, TSP resists calls for change from Congress

Boosted by a recovering economy and a booming Wall Street, assets in the Thrift Savings Plan have continued to climb. Since reaching $400 billion in February — the highest amount ever recorded — assets under TSP management grew to more than $412 billion by the end of last month. But as total assets have increased, so have calls to tweak the program that's provided federal employees with 401(k)-style retirement accounts since 1987. Still, the TSP has consistently resisted calls to modify its simplified, tried-and-true structure.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:07pm EDT

House bill raises tension with IRS, lowers funding

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut more than $300 million from last year's Internal Revenue Service budget. This adds to the tension between Congress and the IRS over lost emails.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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OPM reminds feds of mental health importance

OPM's Katherine Archuleta and HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration release a memo providing guidance to agency leaders about how to identify individuals in mental health distress. The guidance also offers resources to federal employees looking for help.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 12:48pm EDT

Alice In Washington Wonderland

Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations - the IRS and the Social Security Administration - are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these 'savings', Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

Monday - 06/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

What is vetsHQ.com?

Linda Rix, co-CEO of FastYeti Incorporated will talk about a new website that helps veterans navigate their way through the with benefits claims process.
June 20, 2014

Friday - 06/20/2014, 09:54pm EDT
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The future of performance reviews

Dr. Janice Presser, CEO of the Gabriel Institute and Grant Thornton's Virginia Gibson will discuss the importance of performance reviews and how to improve them.
June 20, 2014

Friday - 06/20/2014, 08:41pm EDT
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CIO Boot Camp participants tweet out their reactions

The Federal CIO Council conducted its annual boot camp June 18 and 19, at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. Here are some tweets that participants posted during the event.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 12:21pm EDT

That's The View Inside Government - June 20, 2014

During the final edition of Inside Government on Federal News Radio, your host Ward Morrow speaks with Chris Garlock of the DC Labor Film Fest and discusses issues at the Bureau of Prisons with Eric Young, the AFGE Council of Prisons Locals. Inside Government also looks back through AFGE history with the union's Chief of Staff, Brian DeWyngaert, and discusses what's next with AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 05:01pm EDT

Cloud forecast means changes for federal IT workers

As government agencies migrate to cloud computing and other new technologies, the information technology workforce requirements are changing.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:46pm EDT

John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

As of now, there are an estimated 7,000 politically appointed positions in the federal government. Again, it's an estimate, because there is no centralized list of political jobs, so no one knows the actual number. Nor is there a list of how many of those jobs are vacant on any given day. John Hudak argues that missing data created an embarrassing management and oversight problem for Congress and OMB. He has some ideas for how to close that information gap. Hudak is a fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He explained on In Depth with Jared Serbu how the government machine can still run with a large number of vacancies.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:29pm EDT
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Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
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Furloughs: Can we 'afford' the savings?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If the score is 32,000 them and 0 you, do you change your game plan? If your significant other says no 32,000 times in a row, do you consider another tactic? Do Congress and the White House need a new playbook?

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

The state of the Civil Service & the VA controversy

On this week's Your Turn radio show, an encore presentation of host Mike Causey's interview with OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. She discusses the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues. Andy Medici from the Federal Times joins the show live to discuss President Obama's executive order banning discrimination among LGBT employees of contractors.
June 18, 2014

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 06:41pm EDT

Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

Employees under 30 make up the smallest percentage of the federal workforce in the last 40 years. The Wall Street Journal reports only 7 percent of federal employees are under 30 right now. Part of the solution may lie in how you hire people for your agency. Virginia Hill, national president of Young Government Leaders, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some ideas for starting your interaction with a potential employee at the very beginning.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:11pm EDT
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Obama to sign order extending LGBT protections

Obama to sign order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 10:56am EDT

Gridlock: And the winner is you?

The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers — and retirees — these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Expert says budget, employee reductions force agencies to rethink mission goals

With an employment drop over the past year, agencies must adopt a "less with less" mentality, according Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He says executives must be honest with Congress about their limited capabilities.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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Fat cat feds? Up to a point

It will be months, at least, before the full scope of the VA scandal is known. But for many taxpayers, it is further proof that federal workers are overpaid, underworked and fireproof, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 01:20pm EDT

Families wait for final rule granting flags for feds killed in line of duty

Congress unanimously passed the Civilian Service Recognition Act in late 2011, allowing agency heads to present an American flag to federal employees killed in the line of duty as the result of a crime, terrorism or natural disaster. But OPM has lagged in implementing regulations.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:00am EDT

Fun stuff: Delaware remembers a native son

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

Saturday - 06/14/2014, 12:26pm EDT
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