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Panel: Hiring reform critical as brain drain looms

The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discussed the big issues in recruitment, hiring and retention with a panel of federal hiring experts.

Friday - 04/27/2012, 02:53pm EDT
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Performance improvement has 'turned the corner' in government

Shelley Metzenbaum said agencies are doing a better job in setting outcome-based goals and using data to measure their progress. OPM is finalizing guidance and training to use the competence models for performance improvement positions. Treasury and DHS are setting their own path to using data to meet their mission goals.

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 05:55am EDT
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Postal bill amendment seeks to cut backlog ahead of USPS retirement 'deluge'

An amendment to a Senate bill aiming to restructure the U.S. Postal Service's financial framework would institute new agency reporting requirements for retiring federal workers in anticipation of a "deluge of retirees" from USPS. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), introduced an amendment last week that requires the Office of Personnel Management to take new steps to chip away at the longstanding backlog of federal retirement claims.

Monday - 04/23/2012, 04:56pm EDT
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Has the long-anticipated retirement tsunami finally started?

Recent data from the Office of Personnel Management suggests that the long-predicted retirement tsunami of federal employees may have started. As more and more baby boomers opt to retire, a vacuum of knowledge and experience is being left behind at many agencies. Some federal managers are now scrambling to figure out ways to ride out the wave.

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:10pm EDT
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Saving big bucks, the GSA scandal, and more

Allan Roth of CBS MoneyWatch and Federal Times reporters Andy Medici and Steve Losey join host Mike Causey on today's program.
April 11, 2012

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 08:49pm EDT
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OPM retirement backlog falls 14 percent as agency surpasses monthly goals

The Office of Personnel Management has consistently made progress processing retirement claims since the start of the calendar year, even as federal employees continue to retire in higher-than-projected numbers. In each of the first three months of the year, OPM surpassed its processing goal, according to OPM data released last week.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 06:49pm EDT

OPM making changes to FEHBP - Is that good news?

In a recent letter to insurers, the Office of Personnel Management requested some changes to federal health plans. Brace yourselves: It's mostly good news. The Federal Drive talked to health-benefits expert Walt Francis to get the details.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 06:06pm EDT
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OSC initiative zeroes in on worst vet discriminator - the government

The Office of Personnel Management recently reminded federal agencies that the White House has "zero tolerance" for discriminating against veterans in hiring and promotions. But the federal government is still one of the biggest offenders. Patrick Boulay from the Office of Special Counsel told the Federal Drive about a new pilot program aimed at streamlining the complaint process for veterans in the federal government.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 05:06pm EDT
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OPM: 10 new plans coming to FEHBP in 2013

The Office of Personnel Management will add 10 new health plans to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan starting in 2013.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 01:28pm EDT

Agencies distrust OPM prices for conducting background checks

The costs reported by the Office of Personnel Management to conduct background investigations and security-clearance checks for federal agencies have skyrocketed in the past six years, according to a Feb. 28 Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday. But agency customers are growing dissatisfied with the lack of transparency surrounding price increases and are starting to looking elsewhere, GAO auditors said in the report.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 08:01pm EDT

Berry: OPM did not authorize CFC meals, entertainment expenses

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry issued a directive today claiming his agency never approved thousands of dollars in questionable meals and entertainment expenses incurred by the Combined Federal Campaign. Earlier this month, OPM's Inspector General's Office reported that CFC had charged for box seats at a Washington Nationals event, chair massages and other expenses.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 08:35am EDT

Living on 1/3 of your income

Thinking about retiring in the next couple of years? Well, here's something to think about, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says: How long and how well could you live if your income was cut by more than 60 percent for months at a time?

Monday - 03/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

Mentoring event serves up career advice in a flash

Feds looking for career guidance and motivation are increasingly going outside of their agencies to find it. Employees from 20 agencies attended a recent "flash mentoring" session hosted by the Office of Personnel Management's HR University. More seasoned human resources professionals served as mentors.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 08:26pm EDT
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HR University showing worth, expanding after first year

The government's training portal has nearly 10,000 users. The HR University now offers college-accredited classes and in-person "flash mentoring" events. The Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council launched the portal last year as a way to save agencies money on professional development training.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:44am EDT
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Flexible-retention adds new option to agencies' retirement toolkit

Senate amendment allows retiring federal employees to return to work on a part-time basis. Ron Sanders, senior executive adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton, says this provision allows retirees to pass along their institutional knowledge while continuing their civil service.

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 12:16pm EDT
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Many non-SES managers feeling left out of key discussions

GS-12s to GS-15s want more say in labor-management conversations. Patricia Niehaus, the president of the Federal Managers Association, said too often political appointees and SESers are the only managers at the table. OPM's John Berry said he will work with FMA and others to figure out how to be more inclusive.

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 05:21am EDT
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OPM cites 'great strides' in hiring reform, mixed progress in retirement processing

OPM met just more than half of its two dozen performance measures for 2011, according to an annual performance report released in February. However, among the agency's "high-priority" goals, such as telework and hiring reform, the report cites "great strides." While goals on retirement processing showed mixed progress, OPM's director of planning and policy analysis Jonathan Foley said the agency is "on track" to reduce the processing time to 60 days by July 2013.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 05:00am EDT
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Retirements, buyouts, and downsizing

NARFE's David Snell and Federal Times reporters Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly join host Mike Causey to talk about the issues affecting your job and retirement.
March 7, 2012

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 08:50pm EST
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House probes OPM management, IT in wake of fellowship debacle

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said a recent mishap involving the Presidential Management Fellowship not only threatens the program's prestige but could point to larger technology issues within OPM.

Monday - 03/05/2012, 05:07pm EST

Agencies need to 'quit whining' about SES

A new study is leading to calls to shake up the Senior Executive Service by encouraging members to change jobs once in a while. That was the original intent, but only half of its members have done it. Now, with a third of senior execs eligible to retire, federal human resources leaders say agencies need to focus on improving the corps.

Monday - 03/05/2012, 01:41pm EST
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