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6:47 pm, September 23, 2014

Workforce News

Kimberly Holden, OPM

Most federal agencies have shaved weeks, even months, off of their hiring times in response to a 2010 presidential memo. Most hires are now completed within 80 days. But faster doesn't necessarily mean better. The Office of Personnel Management has revised its reporting requirements to focus on quality. Kimberly Holden is OPM's deputy associate director for Recruitment and Hiring. She spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. She says hiring time is just one measurement of how well agencies are filling positions.

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 07:45am EDT
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Don't fold, staple or mutilate me

Feds whose jobs put them in direct contact with the public must be treading lightly these days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That includes people at the IRS, the Social Security Administration, TSA and, right now, the Veterans Affairs Department.

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

OPM expanding HRstat to help agencies parse workforce data

In a memo to agency chief human capital officers, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said eight additional agencies have signed on HRstat. The data-driven review sessions aim to help agencies better parse out HR data and trends and use them to assess their performance.

Monday - 05/26/2014, 02:05pm EDT

The Problem with the Senior Executive Service

It's clear that the Senior Executive Service never became what its creators envisioned, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But in many respects, some of those hopes for the executive corps were never realistic to begin with.

Monday - 05/26/2014, 09:34am EDT

Obama: US must do more to care for veterans

President Barack Obama says the U.S. must work harder to make sure veterans get the opportunities and benefits they have earned.

Sunday - 05/25/2014, 10:16am EDT

Landing that federal job -- a recruiter's perspective

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss how to get a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
May 23, 2014

Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:50pm EDT
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Performance management and the DATA act

Jon Desenberg from the Performance Institute, Bethany Blakey of the Performance Improvement Council, and Hudson Hollister of the Data Transparency Coalitition will participate in a roundtable discussion of federal performance management and the DATA Act.
May 23, 2014

Friday - 05/23/2014, 05:47pm EDT
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AFGE's Law Enforcement Committee, TSA MSBP rights, voter protection, and Union strategies - May 23, 2014 and May 30, 2014

This week "Inside Government" speaks with AFGE's Law Enforcement President and Sargent of Arms about the committee's work; Stacy Bodtmann, AFGE Council 100 Regional Vice President talks about issues at TSA; Alexander Keyssar from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government talks about voter protection; and, Bill Berry, author of "Union Strategies for Hard Times" discusses his book and what Unions can do in this threatening economic and political climate.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:02am EDT

Buyouts and bats: Endangered species?

Remember when you were a kid driving to or from vacation, and you kept asking are we there yet? Now you're an adult civil servant and the question du jour is: Where are the buyouts? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

IRS: 318,000 fed workers owe $3.3B in back taxes

From workers in Congress and at the White House to active duty troops, more than 318,000 federal employees and retirees owe just over $3.3 billion in back taxes, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 08:01pm EDT

House bill extends agency authority to rehire retired feds

A measure included in the massive Defense policy bill approved by the House Thursday would ensure agencies maintain the flexibility to bring federal retirees back on board on a part-time basis. An amendment to the 2015 Defense Authorization Act, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), extends the authority for agency heads to rehire retirees without specific approval from the Office of Personnel Management.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:06pm EDT

Panel: How rank-and-file feds, managers can restore trust in the workplace

As part of Federal News Radio's special series, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees three federal employees at different stages in their careers one a newer, younger employee, another who recently came from the private-sector, and the third a 40-year veteran shared their views with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on how to restore in the federal workplace.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 03:00pm EDT
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GSA's Office of Government-wide Policy focused on identity security, cybersecurity

GSA Office of Government-wide Policy Chief of Staff Stephanie Rivera discusses efforts to create a standardized operating process for all agencies, and the challenges and opportunities that go along with it.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 02:02pm EDT

Panel Discussion: Trust across a federal employee's career

The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp hosted a panel discussion on the topic of trust in the workplace. They spoke to three federal employees at different stages of their careers.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 12:36pm EDT

Bob Tobias, American University

If you believe the surveys, federal workplace morale and employee engagement have declined in recent years. For a variety of reasons, a disconnect has occurred between federal employees and their managers. As part our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, we're exploring how feds can develop a new model of trust. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive and explained, first, you have to solve the gap between GS-15s and SESers, and the employees they lead.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:53am EDT
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Debra Roth, partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

Perhaps nowhere in the federal workforce is trust more frail than in the intelligence community. It is still reeling from the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Director of National Intelligence recently issued two policies to clamp down on employees' speech. The first says only a few authorized officials can talk with journalists. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom and Emily looked at the policy's impact on trust in the intelligence community as part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. Employment lawyer Debra Roth said on The Federal Drive the new policy stands out because it covers unclassified information.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Don't treat whistleblowers like the plague

When federal whistleblowers report wrongdoing at their agencies it's usually out of a sense of loyalty to the mission. So, why is it that they are sometimes shunned, or worse, for bringing issues of waste, fraud and abuse to the surface? In a column for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project explains why he believes whistleblowers should be embraced.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:30am EDT

Federal HR reforms demand an inside/out strategy

Several agency chief human capital officers say wholesale changes to the federal hiring, recruiting, retaining and firing processes are needed now more than ever. It's no longer just a matter of using the authorities available, they say.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Congress can't be trusted to do right by feds

Despite the challenges they face, federal employees come to work every day and strive to do their best because they are dedicated to their jobs. What will it take for Congress to start treating them with the respect they deserve, asks AFGE President J. David Cox in a column written for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:10am EDT
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How to make the federal workforce feel respected once again

People work better and more efficiently when they feel respected. And lately, Congress hasn't done a lot to make federal workers feel valued, says Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in a column written for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. But, Tester says, he has a plan to start changing that low morale.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:00am EDT
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