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Lawmakers spar over proposed federal retirement cuts

Lawmakers should keep their hands off federal employees' retirement plans, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Director of Retirement Benefit Services David Snell said at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy. The subcommittee is considering a slew of bills aimed at reducing federal pensions for both lawmakers and rank-and-file workers.

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 05:06pm EST
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Washington freezes, San Diego sneezes

When there is a major weather event in the Washington, D.C., area, feds in other cities watch, in horror and/or amusement. Like Monday when OPM tested its brand-new foul weather policy, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 02:00am EST

OPM: Fixing retirement backlog 'vitally important'

It's not the easiest time to tackle the growing backlog of retirement applications from federal employees. The Office of Personnel Management has received more than 15,000 new applications this month, which is more than double the normal load, said Retirement Services Director Ken Zawodny.

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 08:49pm EST
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OPM to extend viewpoint survey to all feds

All federal employees will have the opportunity to participate in this year's Employee Viewpoint Survey. The Office of Personnel Management's annual survey of federal workers' opinions often is used to set administrative policies at agencies. In past years, only a third of the workforce had been asked to participate.

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 03:14pm EST

Washington's weather wimps bite back

Monday's weather delay for the D.C. region has people in Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh wondering why we are such weather wimps. But it may be their fault too, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 02:00am EST

OPM online training course aims to make telework more accessible

The Office of Personnel Management has updated the telework training offered through Telework.gov. Agencies must provide telework training to employees who are able and willing to work outside the office before the two parties sign a telework agreement. The upgrades will allow agencies to track which employees use and complete the training, according to the memo.

Monday - 01/23/2012, 04:05pm EST

OPM: Delayed arrival Monday for D.C. feds

Federal government offices will open to the public at 11:00 a.m., due to expected icy conditions Monday morning.

Sunday - 01/22/2012, 10:04pm EST
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The long gray line: Your retirement

If you've retired in the last year, you know all about the long wait to get a full annuity payment. OPM has declared war on the backlog, but how does it win? Some experienced feds suggest you can help your own case, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 01/20/2012, 02:00am EST

Custer's last stand and your retirement

Why is your decision to retire someday, or take a buyout right away, something like the problem Gen. Custer faced during the Battle of the Little Big Horn? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains.

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 02:00am EST

Federal health plans to offer Blue Button digital health-record access

All health insurance options in federal health plans will soon allow members to download a digital version of their health records using a technology called Blue Button, the Office of Personnel Management announced. The adoption of the Blue Button technology, whose use was spearheaded by the Veterans Affairs Department, will make it easer to share digital records with family members and physicians.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 08:07pm EST

OPM tackles retirement backlog with more staff, better technology

The Office of Personnel Management is trying to tackle its retirement services backlog with more staff and upgraded technology.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 08:34am EST
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Tips for feds retiring in 2012

Hosts Tammy Flanagan and Bob Leins answer your questions about what you need to do if you are planning to retire this year.
January 16, 2012

Monday - 01/16/2012, 06:16pm EST
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FEHB program almost ready to welcome Indian tribe employees

Administrators are preparing to expand the Federal Employee Health Benefits plan in May to thousands of employees of Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Tribes have urged the change for a long time. It was mandated by the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and is just now becoming a reality.

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 08:53pm EST
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An overhaul of the SES system?

Senior Executives Association president Carol Bonosaro will discuss civil service reform when she joins host Mike Causey on today's show.
January 11, 2012

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 08:04pm EST
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New SES evaluation process 'important step forward,' expert says

John Palguta, vice president for policy, at the Partnership for Public Service, says the new appraisal process for senior executives is weighted toward obtaining results.

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 11:15am EST
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New SES appraisal system meant to align agencies

The White House has announced a new system for evaluating the performance of Senior Executive Service members. The system should establish greater consistency among agencies, according to a memo by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 02:57pm EST
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Are feds prepared to shovel it?

When it comes to shoveling it, official Washington is years ahead of anybody else. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says this applies to snow-day policy matters too.

Friday - 12/30/2011, 02:00am EST

Will agencies continue hiring reform progress in 2012?

Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the progress agencies have made on federal hiring reform over the past two years.

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 06:51pm EST
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Feds glad to bid adieu to 2011, but will 2012 be better?

Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp counts down the top federal workforce stories of 2011 and makes some predictions fo 2012.

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:42pm EST

OPM's new CTO, Bowen, to handle USAJobs, retirement system

The Office of Personnel Management has hired David Bowen as its new chief technology officer. Bowen was the Federal Aviation Administration's chief information officer.

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 06:18pm EST
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