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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

Your own personal Rorschach test

Personality-wise are you usually happy or sad? Would friends and family describe you as an upper or a downer? The way you view the bipartisan budget deal may tell a lot about whether you are a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty person, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 02:00am EST

Cause, effect of DHS morale problems tied to leadership vacancies

Despite progress in confirming a new secretary and deputy secretary, DHS still features a large number of officials in acting roles. Former Secretary Tom Ridge told lawmakers the department cannot build nor sustain a mission-focused culture with so many non-permanent positions. NTEU says pay freezes, budget cuts and the government shutdown are more to blame for low morale across DHS and the entire government.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:18am EST

Black Ice Death Day: What'd you do Tuesday?

TV weather folks designated Tuesday as "Black Ice Death Day." Most of the government closed. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: What did people who had to come to work do, and more importantly, what were the legal stay-at-homes up to?

Friday - 12/13/2013, 02:00am EST

Report: Women still face 'significant obstacles' in advancing federal careers

A new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission identified six signficant obstacles facing women in the federal workforce, including a disparity in pay and difficulty advancing into higher-level management positions.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 02:47pm EST

Air Force to cut 900 civilian jobs, thousands of service members

Air Force officials announced Wednesday the force plans to cut about 900 civilian positions in 2014. It will encourage eligible civilian employees to leave voluntarily. The force also plans to cut thousands of service members over the next five years.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 10:22am EST

Under budget deal squeeze, will future feds opt out of TSP?

If the proposed budget deal becomes law, new federal workers will see a total of 10.6 percent of their salaries automatically withheld from their paychecks to cover their retirement benefits. That could lead to them contributing less or not at all to their voluntary Thrift Savings Plan accounts, experts said.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 03:26pm EST

How the budget deal will impact current and future feds

Newly hired federal workers will be required to contribute more toward their pensions and some military retirees will see smaller cost-of-living adjustments under a budget deal announced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) Tuesday evening. The budget deal, which sets funding levels for the next two years, eases some of the bite of the automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration. The pact restores about $63 billion to agency spending through the end of fiscal 2015, split about evenly between Defense and civilian agencies.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:08am EST

Defense contractors show rates of PTSD similar to veterans

The stresses and trauma of war are not limited to military personnel on the battlefield. Defense contractors exposed to combat zones exhibit similar rates of mental health problems as members of the military, according to a report by RAND Corporation.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 11:22am EST
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