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Workforce News

A few words from a federal old-timer

In the second guest column in a series of five written by Federal Report readers, a federal old-timer shares his thoughts on the workforce and being a political punching bag as he prepares to retire.

Friday - 12/27/2013, 02:00am EST

Memorable interviews from 2013 on "Inside Government" - January 3, 2014

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" the program revisits several memorable interviews from 2013. Guests include MSNBC's Chris Hayes and professor Jeffrey Hilgert, author of "Hazard or Hardship: Crafting Global Norms on the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work." AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. and Department of Defense Local 1345 Steward Tracy School also appear from an August furlough protest at the union's Human Rights Training Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 09:11am EST
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Favoritism strains workplace morale, harms agency performance

Although federal employees reported a decrease in workplace discrimination over the past 15 years, many say favoritism is still a prominent issue. Favoritism negatively impacts workplace morale and performance.

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 01:09pm EST

EEOC: Women still face bias in hiring, advancement in federal service

A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report says woman face significant obstacles, including bias, when it comes to hiring and advancement in the federal workforce.

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 11:19am EST
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Will a buyout be in your stocking?

Buyouts were a big deal over the last couple of years, but now they seem to have gone away, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Or gone underground. Are you hearing anything about buyouts?

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 02:00am EST

It's Dec. 23 ... Why are you working?

How would you label yourself: Indispensable? A loser? Dedicated? A runaway? If you are working today, there has got to be a serious reason, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 12/23/2013, 02:00am EST

Investigating ideas for a better government

John Hudak and Phil Wallach with the Brookings Institution will discuss the top federal government issues in 2013, and what's ahead in the new year.
December 20, 2013

Friday - 12/20/2013, 09:23pm EST
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A look back and a look ahead at the clearance job market

Evan Lesser, founder and director of Clearance Jobs.com will discuss the state of the clearance job market and what's ahead in the new year.
December 20, 2013 (Encore presentation December 27, 2013 and January 3, 2014)

Friday - 12/20/2013, 07:55pm EST
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Fun stuff: spend a while with a crocodile

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

Friday - 12/20/2013, 10:17am EST
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A 2-year (or 2-week) breather for feds?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Does the new House-Senate budget agreement buy federal workers and retirees two years of safety, or will the peace treaty unravel two weeks into the upcoming new year?

Friday - 12/20/2013, 02:00am EST

People with disabilities make up larger share of federal workforce, but agency hiring still lags

The federal government now employs a record number of people with a disability. The Office of Personnel Management says agencies are making progress toward the President's 2010 hiring goals.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 03:20pm EST

Words from the wise: How 3 agencies attained best places to work status

NASA, the Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Communications Commission found success by engaging both managers and employees. All three agencies earned high marks in the annual Best Places to Work survey.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 04:30am EST
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Bonus holiday? Always a tough call

Time off around Christmas is often an easy call for the President, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Unless Dec. 25 falls on a Wednesday, which it does this year. So what goes into the decision-making process?

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 02:00am EST

AFGE president previews union's 2014 agenda - December 20, 2013 and December 27, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" National President J. David Cox Sr. previews the union's 2014 agenda and Council of Prison Locals President Eric Young discusses the work environment inside the Federal Bureau of Prisons. AFGE Local 2778 Vice President John Adams addresses contracting out concerns at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 03:44pm EST
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OFPP refreshes program, project management certification requirements

A new memo from OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan outlines eight changes since 2007. Among the major changes is the requirement for program and project managers to meet all the certification prerequisites.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 12:57pm EST

Private security guards ill-equipped for federal workplace shooting situations

Audits find contract security personnel, which make up the vast majority of the Federal Protective Service's workforce, receive no meaningful training on how to deal with armed attackers. And many operators of X-ray machines and metal detectors at building entrances likely have never been trained to properly use them.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 04:32am EST
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Best Places to Work rankings show repeat winners and all-time lows

2013 marks the lowest employee satisfaction scores in agencies, according to the annual Best Places to Work report from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. Governmentwide numbers show the federal workforce most concerned with leadership, mission and pay.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 03:00am EST
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Pay gap between federal employees, private-sector workers continues to grow

The gap in pay between federal employees and private-sector workers widened slightly this year, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the Federal Salary Council. On average, federal employees earn 35.37 percent less than their private-sector counterpart, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 02:38pm EST

2013 SAVE Award finalists focus on electronic, online practices

The Office of Management and Budget announced the four finalists for the 2013 SAVE Award on Monday. Public voting is open until Friday, Dec. 20.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 08:33am EST

Are we having fun yet?

In the 1920s and '30s, a popular singer-bandleader used to ask his audience, "Is everybody happy?" If he were still on the circuit today, he might modify that to, "Is anybody happy?" Starting with the latest budget deal.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 02:00am EST
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