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Workforce News

Help for veterans looking for work

Sandy Smith, transition services manager for the Arlington Employment Center in Arlington Virginia, will discuss what her organization is doing to help veterans enter the civilian job market.
April 11, 2014

Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:47pm EDT
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Pay gap shrinks between female and male feds

Female federal employees earn on average 87 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, according to a new review from the Office of Personnel Management. Still, the pay gap between men and women in the white-collar federal workforce has dropped significantly over the past 20 years. And across many individual occupations and grades, men and women now earn comparable levels of pay, according to OPM's new report. OPM's review found much of the continued pay disparity between male and female feds can be explained by their presence in different occupational categories.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 12:16pm EDT

Influential African-American women write to Hagel

Sixteen black female members of Congress are pushing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to change Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. The Associated Press reports the members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color." They say that references in the rules calling hairstyles worn mostly by black women "unkempt" and "matted" are offensive and show a lack of "cultural sensitivity."

Friday - 04/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

30 years of asking: 'Are we there yet?'

The person who first said, "Getting there is half the fun," probably didn't work for the government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And certainly didn't have to commute in D.C., Boston, New York or LA. So how do you do it?

Friday - 04/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

Federal leadership development is not a luxury

Absent significant investment in developing the leadership abilities of supervisors, the federal government is going to have morale and performance issues for years to come, says Jeff Neal, former CHCO at Homeland Security.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:00am EDT

Easy Rider -- or Highway to Hell?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is getting to and from work your best time of day? Are you listening to books or learning a language? Or do you have the commute from hell? Do you arrive at work and home having committed murder in your heart?

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

An update on the Senior Executives Service

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, will discuss the status of the SES, and Nicole Johnson and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will talk about cloud computing and the likelihood that feds will get a pay raise.
April 9, 2014

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 03:45pm EDT

Federal lawmakers rarely hiring veterans

Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but results of a survey show veterans made up less than 3 percent of the staff in the congressional offices that responded.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 04:41pm EDT

GSA to swap Fed Triangle properties for developers' services

GSA issued a RFQ that asks developers to restart the renovation of its stalled headquarters program and further DHS headquarters construction. The contractors wouldn't receive payment, but instead two buildings in Southwest Washington, D.C.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 10:06am EDT

Are those buzzards or sharks circling your cubicle?

After years of frozen pay, furloughs and shutdowns, federal workers have a new, legitimate, complaint, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. They are lonely and they are being watched at the same time!

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Determining your financial ability to retire

Certified Financial Planner Joe Sullender answers your questions about retirement planning.
April 7, 2014

Monday - 04/07/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Obama: Students need help to get 'in-demand jobs'

Obama announces education innovation grants as part of his go-it-alone strategy

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:55pm EDT

Danny King, Director, Navy Food Service

The Navy has a unique way it approaches the health and wellness of its sailors. All food aboard ships is developed and approved by a triad of people. The special group consists of an executive chef, a dietitian, and a subject matter expert. Danny King, commander of the Supply Corps for the Navy and director of the Navy Food Service, spoke with Federal Drive Host Emily Kopp at the Sea Air Space Exposition. View photos and listen to more of our interviews from the expo.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:04pm EDT
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Kenneth Glueck, Marine Corps

Fast, austere, lethal those are the goals of a new set of concepts from the Marine Corps. Expeditionary Force 21 debuts today. It charts how the Marine Corps will be organized, trained and postured for the next 10 years. It may not change what the Marines do, but it will change how they will do it. Lieutenant General Kenneth Glueck, deputy commandant of Combat Development and Integration, and head of the Marine Corps' Combat Development Command, spoke with Federal Drive Host Emily Kopp at the Sea Air Space Exposition. View photos and listen to more of our interviews from the expo.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 11:53am EDT
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House to vote on bill making it easier to fire VA senior execs

The House will soon vote on a measure making it easier for the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire or demote senior career executives at the department, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a Capitol Hill briefing Thursday. The VA Management Accountability Act allows the VA secretary to remove or demote members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) based on their performance.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 05:19pm EDT

Data innovation, crowdsourcing on the horizon for Innovation Fellows program

The White House is looking for a few great thinkers for round 3 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which will focus on data innovation, crowdsourcing and digital projects. Applications are being accepted through April 7, with work scheduled to begin on the projects this summer. In part three of Federal News Radio's special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows, we get a behind-the-scenes look at what's ahead in round 3 of the program.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:00am EDT

What's going on on Capitol Hill?

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement will give us an update on pending legislation affecting federal workers and retirees.
April 2, 2014

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:33pm EDT
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Civil-service reform needs more than 'Band-Aid approach,' experts argue

A legislative attempt to reform the aging federal personnel system will face a difficult path in Congress even if it's able to muster the support of key stakeholders, including the White House and federal-employee unions. Experts discussed proposed reforms to the civil-service system outlined in a new report published Tuesday by the Partnership and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:13pm EDT

Ron Sanders, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Today's General Schedule system is a "relic of a bygone era," according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. It says the government needs to be more attuned to the private sector. At least one federal union is criticizing the plan. Ron Sanders, vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, discussed the details of the report with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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