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OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 03:45pm EDT

Federal lawmakers rarely hiring veterans

Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but results of a survey show veterans made up less than 3 percent of the staff in the congressional offices that responded.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 04:41pm EDT

GSA to swap Fed Triangle properties for developers' services

GSA issued a RFQ that asks developers to restart the renovation of its stalled headquarters program and further DHS headquarters construction. The contractors wouldn't receive payment, but instead two buildings in Southwest Washington, D.C.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 10:06am EDT

Are those buzzards or sharks circling your cubicle?

After years of frozen pay, furloughs and shutdowns, federal workers have a new, legitimate, complaint, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. They are lonely and they are being watched at the same time!

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Determining your financial ability to retire

Certified Financial Planner Joe Sullender answers your questions about retirement planning.
April 7, 2014

Monday - 04/07/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Obama: Students need help to get 'in-demand jobs'

Obama announces education innovation grants as part of his go-it-alone strategy

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:55pm EDT

Danny King, Director, Navy Food Service

The Navy has a unique way it approaches the health and wellness of its sailors. All food aboard ships is developed and approved by a triad of people. The special group consists of an executive chef, a dietitian, and a subject matter expert. Danny King, commander of the Supply Corps for the Navy and director of the Navy Food Service, spoke with Federal Drive Host Emily Kopp at the Sea Air Space Exposition. View photos and listen to more of our interviews from the expo.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:04pm EDT
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Kenneth Glueck, Marine Corps

Fast, austere, lethal those are the goals of a new set of concepts from the Marine Corps. Expeditionary Force 21 debuts today. It charts how the Marine Corps will be organized, trained and postured for the next 10 years. It may not change what the Marines do, but it will change how they will do it. Lieutenant General Kenneth Glueck, deputy commandant of Combat Development and Integration, and head of the Marine Corps' Combat Development Command, spoke with Federal Drive Host Emily Kopp at the Sea Air Space Exposition. View photos and listen to more of our interviews from the expo.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 11:53am EDT
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House to vote on bill making it easier to fire VA senior execs

The House will soon vote on a measure making it easier for the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire or demote senior career executives at the department, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a Capitol Hill briefing Thursday. The VA Management Accountability Act allows the VA secretary to remove or demote members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) based on their performance.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 05:19pm EDT

Data innovation, crowdsourcing on the horizon for Innovation Fellows program

The White House is looking for a few great thinkers for round 3 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which will focus on data innovation, crowdsourcing and digital projects. Applications are being accepted through April 7, with work scheduled to begin on the projects this summer. In part three of Federal News Radio's special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows, we get a behind-the-scenes look at what's ahead in round 3 of the program.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:00am EDT

What's going on on Capitol Hill?

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement will give us an update on pending legislation affecting federal workers and retirees.
April 2, 2014

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:33pm EDT
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Civil-service reform needs more than 'Band-Aid approach,' experts argue

A legislative attempt to reform the aging federal personnel system will face a difficult path in Congress even if it's able to muster the support of key stakeholders, including the White House and federal-employee unions. Experts discussed proposed reforms to the civil-service system outlined in a new report published Tuesday by the Partnership and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:13pm EDT

Ron Sanders, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Today's General Schedule system is a "relic of a bygone era," according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. It says the government needs to be more attuned to the private sector. At least one federal union is criticizing the plan. Ron Sanders, vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, discussed the details of the report with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Jack London, Chairman, CACI International

As the military's nuclear force suffers from a widespread cheating scandal, leaders promise to crack down on ethics. Not just for the rank-and-file but also for their commanders. CACI International Chairman Jack London has written a new book, "Character: The Ultimate Success Factor." In it, he reflects on the ethics lessons his company learned from being implicated in one of the biggest scandals of the Iraq War.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:12pm EDT
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Better trained supervisors key to improving morale

Federal News Radio's survey of agency chief human capital officers and deputy CHCOs finds that employee engagement and supervisor training are among the most common ways they are improving the morale of the workforce. NASA CHCO Jeri Buchholz said training of these supervisors is key to making agencies run more smoothly.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 06:14am EDT
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How to fix the General Schedule to meet the needs of the 21st century workforce

The General Schedule was designed for a federal workforce that no longer exists, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But there are ways to fix it.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:17am EDT

Saving lives ... one mobile app at a time

When disasters strike, information sharing becomes key for both first responders and the people affected on the ground. Over the past 10 months, two members of the private sector have dedicated their time and skills working with the federal government to develop apps and crowdsourcing techniques that could help save lives when the next Superstorm Sandy hits. Federal News Radio learns more about their individual projects as part of our special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:00am EDT

How the future of health care lies behind a Blue Button

The Blue Button Initiative started at VA as a way for veterans to more easily access their health care data. But, with the help of Presidential Innovation Fellows, the initiative is now enabling American people across the country to access their personal health records in a human-readable format. Federal News Radio examines the project's greatest successes and where it's headed next as part of our special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:00am EDT

Report calls for broad overhaul of federal personnel, pay systems

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton calls for essentially throwing out the 65-year-old General Schedule system, comprised of 15 separate grade levels, and replacing it with five broad work levels. The report also calls for changes to the way federal pay is calculated and recommends setting up a governmentwide pay-for-performance process.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 06:07pm EDT

From morale to training, NASA CHCO answers your HR questions

NASA Chief Human Capital Officer Jeri Buchholz joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat. View an archived version of the discussion now.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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