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Workforce News

Section 508 guidelines get an update under proposed rule

The U.S. Access Board released its long-awaited proposed rule to update accessibility guidelines for federal information and communication technology. Some of the changes are significant, others are subtle.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 03:56pm EST

EPA aims to please employees with short-term projects

For the agency, the Skills Marketplace offers a new way to get work done without more staff or resources. For employees, it provides a chance to build skills and make connections without giving up their day jobs.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 07:00am EST
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Fed agencies in DC open Wednesday with unscheduled leave and telework in effect

Federal agency offices in the Washington, D.C., area are open Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, but employees have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:43pm EST

What does it mean when the government 'closes' due to weather?

Is it fair to make teleworking federal employees work during a snow day when the rest of the government is closed? Jeff Neal, former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department, thinks so.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 03:16pm EST

Federal offices in DC, Baltimore closed Tuesday due to snow storm

The Office of Personnel Management closed federal offices in the D.C. area Tuesday, as a snow storm hit the region. Emergency workers and telework-ready employees required to work "must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements," according to OPM. The Baltimore Federal Executive Board made a decision to close agencies under its jurisdiction as well and has canceled an FEB meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 09:52pm EST

Medicare enrollment: A complex landscape

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein joins host Bob Leins to discuss Medicare enrollment and whether it is an option for you.
February 16, 2015

Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:45pm EST
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Why we stay: SES in their own words

The SES has lost its luster in recent years, in part because of constrained program budgets, increased scrutiny from Congress, and a sense among members that political appointees are assuming more of the leadership responsibilities once reserved for them. In part two of our special report, Fixing the SES, five Senior Executive Service members tell Federal News Radio why they choose to stay in the service, and why they believe the SES may have its faults, but it's not broken.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 02:00am EST

Fun stuff: museums just for kids

Federal News Radio speaks with Recreation News Editor Marvin Bond about fun things to do in and near the nation's capital.

Saturday - 02/14/2015, 10:08am EST
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The nature of cyber intelligence

Lance James, head of cyber intelligence at Deloitte, will discuss the evolution of the cyber intelligence field, and how that is forcing the government and private companies to change how they protect themselves from cyber attacks.
February 13, 2015

Friday - 02/13/2015, 08:28pm EST
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The importance of being you

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says one of the benefits of being a big-time Washington-based columnist is learning from the best and brightest -- namely his readers.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 03:00am EST

Getting in touch with your inner voter

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey sure has a lot of questions today for federal employees, like, do federal employees favor one party over the other? How about you?

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:00am EST

Stephen Shih, Office of Personnel Managment

After a one year hiatus thanks to tight budgets, the Office of Personnel Management has reinstated the Presidential Rank Awards in all their glory. The program recognizes members of the Senior Executive Service for extraordinary service with cold, hard cash. Steve Shih is a deputy associate director for Senior Executive Services and Performance Management at OPM. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the awards' return.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:52am EST
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How bad would a shutdown be for DHS?

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security will run out February 28 unless Congress acts fast. Just how bad would a shutdown be for DHS? Former Homeland Security HR exec Jeff Neal offers his inside take.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 05:01am EST

Fifty shades of blue, purple and red

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has got his crayons out as he tries to make sense of the political map based on how federal employees vote.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 03:00am EST

The politics of feds

Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative for the group Federally Employed Women, joins host Mike Causey to discuss the political leanings of federal workers.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 05:49pm EST

Bull today, steer tomorrow: More painful methods of reform

Members of the Senior Executives Service take heed: Not all reforms are bad, painful or even likely to occur, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 03:00am EST

Oil, interest rates and political risk, oh my!

Certified financial planner Kristina E.M. Sturgis joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan for a discussion on investing during rising volatility.
February 9, 2015

Monday - 02/09/2015, 07:21pm EST
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OMB unties a few of the travel, conference spending knots

A CFO Alert tells agencies the White House would listen to proposals to spend more money on travel and conferences in 2015.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:49pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

If Congress can't put together a spending plan for the Homeland Security Department by the end of the month, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says he may have to furlough 30,000 employees. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the current budget progress on Capitol Hill.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:43pm EST
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5 reasons AFGE is hopeful about the Republican Congress

"Those we can't sweet talk, we're going to work like hell to vote out of office," said AFGE President J. David Cox. But it may not get to that.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:07pm EST
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