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The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP, and CBS MoneyWatch Columnist Allan Roth discusses what you can do to maximize your TSP investments.
June 25, 2014

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 06:51pm EDT
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You're fired! And other federal management fantasies

The Veterans Affairs Department recently revealed that none of its senior executives had gotten a rating below fully successful in the past four years. While that may seem shocking, the VA is not that out of the ordinary. Sub-par ratings for SES members are not common and firing them is even less common, says former CHCO Jeff Neal.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 11:53am EDT

One woman's success inside the Intelligence Community

Jill Singer, partner at Deep Water Point and former CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office, sits down with Women of Washington radio show hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm, for a discussion about cloud computing and insider threats.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 09:15am EDT

There is life after retirement (pinch me ... am I dreaming?)

If you are contemplating retirement, there are lots of things to consider: Your health, goals, new income level and where you want to live. There is also one word you need to start using, according to a recent Forest Service retiree. That magic word: No!

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 02:00am EDT

VA challenged on handling of whistleblower charges

VA challenged on its treatment of whistleblower complaints about patient health and safety

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:38pm EDT

Mike Casey, Chief Learning Officer, GSA

Training your agency's employees by sitting them down in a classroom in front of a teacher giving a lecture won't work for the federal government anymore. Mike Casey is the chief learning officer of the General Services Administration and a guest for the Executive Suite on In Depth with Francis Rose. He's at the forefront of the effort to teach agency managers the difference between training and learning. Casey said knowing the difference could make a big impact on the cost to run your agency. Read related article.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:03pm EDT
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Is your agency getting the most out of its social media efforts?

Is your agency getting as much value out of its social media efforts as it could be? A new report offers tips for agencies looking to take advantage of the data that can be mined from Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 02:41pm EDT
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Obama gives feds right to request more flexible work options

Federal employees now have the right to request a more flexible work schedule and managers must "carefully" consider those requests, President Barack Obama told agency heads in a June 23 memo on expanding workplace flexibility in the federal government. The memo, which coincided with a White House conference on working families, also encourages agency heads to expand flexible workplace policies, such as telework, alternative work schedules and temporary part-time duty "to the maximum extent practicable."

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 01:37pm EDT

Rescue mission: Back to the future

If you've been in government for a while, you know it is something like riding a roller coaster, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Thrills, chills but rarely any spills. So, how long will your luck hold out?

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Is your retirement system the right one?

Federal benefits expert Bob Braunstein will discuss the Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act.
June 23, 2014

Monday - 06/23/2014, 08:47pm EDT
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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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