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Obama authorizes up to six weeks of paid parental leave for feds

President Barack Obama is signing a Presidential Memorandum today directing agencies to provide six weeks of advance sick leave for federal employees to care for their newborn child.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 03:12pm EST

Does winter trigger your boss' tyrant-o-meter?

During the cold weather season, it's not how much snow you get that impacts the atmosphere at your federal office as much as how the wintry weather affects your boss' attitude, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 06:37am EST

Which TSP fund is the best option for you?

Financial planner Arthur Stein joins host Mike Causey to answer your questions about which TSP fund to invest in.
January 14, 2015

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 06:57pm EST
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Koskinen: Furloughs possible for IRS employees

Employees at the Internal Revenue Service may face two days of furloughs before the end of the fiscal year. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen detailed stark budget realities in an agency-wide e-mail to employees.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 06:03pm EST

Why can't the government dominate in cyber space?

Former DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute discusses the difficulty of establishing a strong cybersecurity program within the federal government on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 05:49pm EST

Is the SES pay-for-performance appraisal system working?

With fewer SES awards being handed out, Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, wonders whether executives are performing less well than they did in years past or if the standards simply have gotten too tough?

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 05:55pm EST

Workforce obstacles hamper digital tech growth at agencies, study says

Agency management is mostly gung-ho about bringing new digital technology into the workplace, but hurdles such as a sluggish acquisition process and a workforce lacking tech-related skills keep the federal government from innovating, according to a new study.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 12:46pm EST

House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise

Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay raise next year. Federal employees received 1 percent pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, after three years of pay freezes.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:31am EST

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Some save lives by fighting disease, developing vaccines or rescuing children from sexual predators. Others save money by fighting fraud. Still others save human dignity by pursuing justice, no matter how long it takes or how far they have to go. They are the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medalists. You've only got until the end of the week to nominate an outstanding federal employee for the 2015 awards. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the criteria and what the Sammies mean.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:29am EST

A taxing tax season: Press 2 to weep

When you make that call to the Internal Revenue Service with a tax question or a plea for help, maybe you'd better pack a lunch, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. You might be on hold for a very long time.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 02:00am EST

John Pickett, Senior Economist, Office of Inspector General, USPS

A better work-life balance at the Postal Service will help the agency, its employees and its customers. That's according to the agency's Inspector General, who has a plan to introduce more workplace flexibility for Postal Service employees. The IG says the plan should make everyone that interacts with the agency happier and more productive. John Pickett is senior economist for the Postal Service's Office of Inspector General. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on how to implement a new work-life balance plan.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:05pm EST
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2015 challenge to agencies: Get the right people for the job

Thanks to big data, agencies are learning where their skills gaps are. To close them, they'll have to get around some archiac personnel regulations, according to a panel of experts on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 02:23pm EST

When is fair and open recruiting not fair?

Certain recruiting and hiring authorities within agencies "threaten the principle of fair and open competition," according to the latest report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal offers his take.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 05:08am EST

Engineering a train wreck, or, China can you spare a yuan?

If you ran a business and were dedicated to delivering what others can't and won't - at bargain basement prices - would you rethink your mission? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks that question in today's column.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 02:00am EST

Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

Don't blame the IRS for reduced services this year, says NTEU president

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, says with fewer employees to answer phones at the IRS, she understands taxpayers' frustrations about filing questions going unanswered, but adds that the agency isn't any happier with its marching orders from Congress and the White House.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 12:06pm EST
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Human Capital Management Panel

With the new year and a new Congress getting underway, the possibilities seem limitless. We're going to spend the next hour talking about people. Specifically, the human capital management questions that vex the government. Engagement, pay and benefits, whether federal employees get the recognition and respect they deserve. Danny Werfel, a long-time career employee and former acting IRS Commissioner is now with the Boston Consulting Group. Jeri Buchholz, is NASA's chief human capital officer. Angela Bailey is the chief operating officer of the Office of Personnel Management. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on a special bonus hour of the Federal Drive to explore those issues and try to come up with a few answers.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 11:42am EST

Robert MacLean, Chief, U.S. Park Police

After more than two decades of service and a year acting in the role, our next guest is leading the National Park Police as its new chief. With an operating budget of more than $100 million and a workforce that exceeds 700 employees, the Park Service maintains jurisdiction in Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco. Chief Robert MacLean joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to outline his vision for the agency,

Friday - 01/09/2015, 08:37am EST
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Influx of employees is part of HUD's ongoing culture change

The Department of Housing and Urban Development hired 1,000 new employees in 2014. The new workers are helping the agency reverse a downward trend around morale.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 03:47am EST
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IRS & the USPS, going, going, gone?

These are tough times for the Internal Revenue Service and the Postal Service, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, and things might be getting worse for the two reach-out-and-touch-me operations.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 02:00am EST
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