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How to make 'smart' cuts to the federal workforce

Whether the strategy is reducing personnel, consolidating offices or investing IT, "every one of them impacts people," said Ron Sanders, the former chief human capital officer for the Director of National Intelligence and now the executive adviser for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Monday - 02/20/2012, 12:06pm EST
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Latinos under-represented at all levels of federal employment

According to Jorge Ponce, co-chair of the Council of Federal EEO and Civil Rights Executives, Latinos are under-represented across all job categories and levels of the government, all the way up to senior executive rank.

Friday - 02/17/2012, 12:51pm EST
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OPM defends yo-yo effect of pay, benefits proposals

Director John Berry said the proposition in the 2013 budget request to increase pay by 0.5 percent and increase the contributions employees pay to their retirement by 0.4 percent is "responsible" and "protects the benefit." OPM also would have to figure out how best to meet its mission with a flat budget next year. Berry said his top priority is reducing the backlog of retirement claims.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 05:37am EST
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Women more satisfied than men in federal jobs

Women, who made up 44 percent of the federal workforce in 2011, had a job satisfaction score of 67.1 on a scale of 100, compared with 66.4 for men, according to a Partnership for Public Service analysis of the 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, administered by the Office of Personnel Management.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 08:00pm EST

Managing morale - lessons from OPM's John Berry

John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, offers his tips for managing the federal workforce during tough times.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 02:00am EST

President's 2013 budget focuses on federal performance, cuts to waste

The President's fiscal 2013 budget requests calls on agencies to "redouble" efforts to cut wasteful spending through government reorganization and cuts to improper payments.

Monday - 02/13/2012, 02:20pm EST

Retirement applications tick up 24 percent in 2011

Experts have long predicted a federal retirement tsunami, and the steady uptick in retirement applications across 2011 appears to bear that out. Overall, 104,810 retirement applications were filed by federal employees in calendar-year 2011, according to numbers provided by OPM a 24 percent increase over 2010 levels.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 09:35pm EST

As retirement applications surge, what should feds consider?

Tammy Flanagan, the senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how feds should prepare for retirement.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 06:57pm EST
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Agencies finalize diversity plans

Most agencies are on track to implement new diversity strategies by March 16, Office of Personnel Management Director of Diversity and Inclusion Veronica Villalobos told Federal News Radio. Five months ago, President Barack Obama directed agencies to improve the diversity of their ranks through strategic plans.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 07:27am EST
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New snow plan: This time for sure?

Ever since Washington, D.C., became the nation's capital government officials have wrestled without much success with what to do with government workers when it snows, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Yesterday, Uncle Sam got to do a first test of a new government snow plan. So, how did it fare?

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 02:00am EST

Unscheduled leave, telework in effect in D.C. region

Federal government offices in the D.C. region remain open today but unscheduled leave and unscheduled telework are in effect due to light snow in the forecast.

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 12:38pm EST

Analysis: Pathways forces agencies to 'ramp up' recruitment

John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, said the new regulations are an opportunity for agencies to "ramp up their game" when it comes to recruitment.

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 10:56am EST
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What can feds learn from private-sector in proposed reorganization?

John Powers, a principal with Deloitte Consulting, specializes in the company's mergers and acquisitions practice. JoAnn Boutelle is a former deputy chief financial officer with the Defense Department and is now a partner at Deloitte & Touche. Along with former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.),. Powers and Boutelle joined In Depth with Francis Rose for a discussion of the proposed federal reorganization as well as the role the private sector can play in those consolidation efforts.

Monday - 02/06/2012, 08:06pm EST
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Senators ask OMB to intervene in retirement backlog

A new letter, signed by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), calls on the Office of Management and Budget to take on the "urgent matter" of processing federal retirements. The letter comes a week after a Senate subcommittee hearing in which the Office of Personnel Management was taken to task for its handling of the longstanding backlog.

Monday - 02/06/2012, 07:06pm EST

OPM strategy for clearing retirement backlog not just IT issue

The overwhelmed retirement claims backlog at the Office of Personnel Management is only partly a technology problem. John Salamone, a managing consultant at FMP Consulting and the former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the potential complications for OPM ahead.

Friday - 02/03/2012, 05:07pm EST
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Survey: Telework still elusive at many agencies

Many agencies are not as gung-ho on telework as the Obama Administration or lawmakers would have it, according to a recent Congressional Research Service survey. The Department of Veterans Affairs allows just one-tenth of its employees to telework. At other agencies, most workers who are eligible to telework do not.

Friday - 02/03/2012, 06:50am EST

New policies to open up federal internship programs

The Office of Personnel Management is implementing a new law designed to bring structure to the confusing web of federal internship programs. Meanwhile, the agency is finalizing regulations for Pathways, President Barack Obama's attempt to streamline young candidates' entry into the federal workplace.

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 08:25pm EST

Senators take OPM to task over long wait for pensions

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy for tackling its backlog of 62,000 retirement applications. But, after 25 years of hearing such promises, lawmakers are skeptical. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Subcommittee on Oversight brought agency director John Berry to Capitol Hill to explain why this strategy is different.

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 01:51pm EST
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Senate committee to vet OPM annuity processing strategy

The Office of Personnel Management's new strategy to catch up on its backlog of retirement claims will be vetted publicly during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management.

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 08:06pm EST

BLS: Public sector union membership 5 times higher than private sector

In 2011, more than 28 percent of federal employees were union members. That's in contrast to less than 7 percent of unionized employees in the private sector.

Monday - 01/30/2012, 10:45am EST
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