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4:40 pm, November 22, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

Michael O'Connell is a web editor and general assignment reporter for Federal News Radio.

DoD needs updated cost savings data when considering furloughs

A new Government Accountability Office report says the Pentagon needs more comprehensive information about potential cost savings when it considers implementing future administrative furloughs.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 02:10pm EDT

Geeks, science fairs and agency collections among highlights of latest open government plan

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released Version 3.0 of the Obama administration Open Government Plan. It adds three new initiatives to the core principles of transparency, participation and collaboration introduced in earlier versions of the plan.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 02:44pm EDT

Senators propose 3.3 percent federal pay hike to start in 2015

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act Friday, calling for a 3.3 percent pay increase for federal employees for calendar year 2015. Federal employee union leaders praised the proposal, which would raise feds' pay more than the 1 percent President Barack Obama introduced in his 2015 budget proposal. The bill is similar to one introduced in March by House Democrats.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:07pm EDT

Analysis: Trust doesn't exist without employee engagement

Bob Tobias, director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation, sees trust as a symptom of whether employee engagement exists or not.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:08pm EDT
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Are you violating the Hatch Act and you don't even know it?

Under the Hatch Act, federal employees face a number of restrictions when it comes to their political activity on and off the job. The law was originally designed to protect feds from political coercion.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Despite increased reporting of sexual assaults, DoD still struggles to tackle issue

It's been 23 years since the Tailhook scandal rocked the Navy, and the Pentagon is still struggling to eliminate sexual assaults from the military. The number of reported cases is on the rise, but is counting cases alone solving the problem?

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 09:29am EDT
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VA undersecretary Petzel resigns in wake of health scandal

One day after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about allegations of mismanagement at some VA health facilities, Dr. Robert Petzel stepped down as VA's undersecretary for health. Earlier in the month, the White House tapped Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky to be Petzel's replacement.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:57pm EDT

Richard Rast finds cost-effective method to detect space debris

If only Sandra Bullock's character in "Gravity" had known Richard Rast, she might've avoided a space collision. The Partnership for Public Service named Rast as a 2014 Science and Environment Medal finalist for his innovated work.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:25pm EDT
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Video: Want to train like a Navy Seal?

The Battlefrog Obstacle Race Series offers the public a glimpse into the training Navy Seals face by offering obstacle races for different ages and skill levels.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 02:25pm EDT
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Hearing weighs causes of, solutions to low morale in federal workforce

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, hosted a hearing Tuesday to discuss the low morale of federal employees and explore possible solutions for agencies seeking to improve it.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 01:35pm EDT

Despite uptick in retirement claims, OPM reduces backlog by 2K

The Office of Personnel Management received 8,047 new retirement claims in April, which is about 1,500 more than the 6,500 it projected that it would receive for that month.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 05:33pm EDT

Archuleta: Feds' hard work needs to be recognized

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta tells Federal News Radio that federal workers deserve the attention they receive during Public Service Recognition Week.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:46am EDT
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New report seeks balance between big data benefits, privacy risks

A new report from the Big Data and Privacy Working Group makes six-actionable policy recommendations for how the White House can address privacy concerns raised by big data technology.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:47pm EDT

Navy finds hidden treasure from Spanish-American War

Preparing for an office renovation, archivists at the Naval History and Heritage Command discover two wooden boxes filled with glass plate photos of the Spanish-American War.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 01:58am EDT
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GSA's Bev Godwin to retire on May 2

Bev Godwin confirmed that she will be retiring as the director of the Federal Citizen Information Center in the General Service Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 01:50pm EDT

McGinn: Renewable energy supports Navy's operational efficiency

Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, says the pursuit of renewable energy is not just about the Navy "going green." It supports the mission.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:11pm EDT
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From ruby slippers to first ladies' gowns, American History Museum celebrates major milestone

2014 marks 50 years since the Smithsonian Institution opened the doors on its National Museum of American History. Federal News Radio explores the museum's beginnings through pictures and stories with the people who were there then and now.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 04:00am EDT

OPM amends CFC rule to streamline donor process, improve transparency

The Office of Personnel Management published a final rule to amend the of regulations of the Combined Federal Campaign. The changes make it easier for federal employees to contribute to the charities of their choice and increase transparency of the donor process.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 05:50pm EDT

By air and sea, military shows off hardware at Sea-Air-Space Expo

The Navy and Marine Corps provided hands-on demonstrations of some of the innovative machines they use to help them do their jobs.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 03:59pm EDT

VA reduces disability claims backlog by 44 percent

The Veterans Affairs Department reduced the number of pending disability claims by 267,000 over the last year. Veterans are also waiting 119 days less than they did a year ago for their claims to be processed.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:56pm EDT
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