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Latest employee viewpoint survey shows dissatisfaction with VA's senior leaders

In an agency rocked by scandal and mismanagement, employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are becoming less pleased with their senior leaders. According to data from the Office of Personnel Management's 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey, only 37 percent of employees surveyed said they are satisfied with their senior leaders' policies and practices. The number is down from 40 percent in the 2013 survey.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 11:27am EDT

An acquisition wish list for Santa

Keith Trippie, a former Senior Executive Service member executive director for the Enterprise System Development Office at DHS, pens an acquisition wish list for Santa.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Presidential Management Fellows program succeeding, but room for improvement

The Partnership for Public Service released a report Thursday revealing the findings of two surveys of 2011 participants in the Presidential Management Fellows program. While the program is succeeding in bringing more outstanding individuals into federal service, there are areas that need improvement.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 06:00pm EDT

Stephen King, Director, Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program

The program billed as the world's largest provider of assistive technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary this week. The Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has made technology like speech recognition software or pens that double as recording devices mainstays in offices devoted to helping people with disabilities. CAP Director Stephen King joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give a progress report on how the program has helped thousands of wounded service members and disabled federal employees so far.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 05:02pm EDT
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In and out of government, employers hesitate to Google employees

From Google searches to LinkedIn connections, a wealth of publicly available online information can reveal a person's mindset, and possibly tip off the government to the next Edward Snowden or Aaron Alexis. The intelligence community has done some testing, but a final policy remains elusive. Contractors are hesitant.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 01:27pm EDT
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OPM pushes agencies to hire long-term unemployed

Following an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in January, OPM releases a memo giving agencies a new outline on hiring in an effort to reduce the number of long-term unemployed workers

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 11:31am EDT

Kelvin Wood, Director, Treasury Acquisition Institute

The Treasury Acquisition Institute has experienced a nearly 20 percent increase in the number of federal employees it trains each year. The appetite for training is going to keep growing, forcing TAI to rethink how it delivers workforce education. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, today we'll focus on taking stock for the future. Institute Director Kelvin Wood tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how TAI is changing with the times.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:40am EDT
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Should we bring back the 'rule of three'?

Jeff Neal, former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal, asks whether hiring managers should use the "rule of three" when considering applications from disabled veterans.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:59am EDT
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A holiday by any other name: Columbus, go home?

Most feds had Monday off thanks to Columbus Day, but some cities celebrate the day as Indigenous People's Day. One IRS worker tells Senior Correspondent Mike Causey the federal government may want to reconsider honoring the Italian explorer.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

Feds Feed Families has 'knock-out' summer campaign

Federal employees donated 14.4 million pounds of food to food banks nationwide as part of Feds Feeds Families summer campaign.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:56pm EDT

What has Congress done for you lately?

Jessica Klement, legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association, joins host Mike Causey for a look at how members of Congress voted on legislation that matters to feds.
October 15, 2014

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 11:57am EDT

Army looking past push-ups, math scores to fill its future ranks

For now, push-ups and math scores are the main methods the Army uses to screen potential recruits. But officials say they are studying measures that take a "whole person" approach identifying future soldiers.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 07:20am EDT

Considerations for your ongoing financial planning

Joe Sullender, certified financial planner and senior vice president of investments of the Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, answers your financial planning questions.
October 13, 2014 (This show originally aired September 29, 2014.)

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:04pm EDT
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Columbus Day 2014: Remember where you were this time last year?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey channels some government employees from 1492 -- namely, Christopher Columbus and the crews of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Fun stuff: a shore thing for Thanksgiving

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

Saturday - 10/11/2014, 09:20am EDT
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What's going on in federal hiring?

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
October 10, 2014

Friday - 10/10/2014, 08:17pm EDT
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IRS Commissioner pushes Congress for mass-transit decision

In a letter to leaders in the House and Senate tax commitees, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen reminded Congress of the importance to make a firm decision on whether to extend a mass-transit subsidy before November.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 11:36am EDT

White House now thinks smaller is better for cyber bills

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the administration believes getting cyber legislation through Congress on small pieces is more likely to be successful than in one comprehensive bill. Legislation to update FISMA, to improve information sharing and to expand the workforce all have garnered bi-partisan support.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 04:19am EDT

With no end to Ebola crisis in sight, CDC teams prepare for the long haul

The CDC staff working to stem the Ebola outbreak are "overachievers, hyperachievers and superachievers," according to one manager. The agency is taking steps to prepare those employees both physically and mentally for a long crisis.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 03:55pm EDT

When is the best day for you to retire?

The NITP's Tammy Flanagan will discuss the best days to retire and Andy Medici with the Federal Times new problems at the VA, and the high cost of workers compensation.
October 8, 2014

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 06:54pm EDT
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