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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 View an archived version of the discussion now.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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Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Telework and a strong technology infrastructure could be the best way to find and keep talented employees at your agency. That's according to a Federal News Radio survey of chief human capital officers across the federal government. Jeri Buchholz, NASA's chief human capital officer, joined Federal News Radio's Jason Miller and Francis Rose to discuss the results of the survey and NASA's new culture strategy to tackle those challenges. Read Jason's related article and view the full survey results.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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What is a Presidential Innovation Fellow?

Over the past two years, 61 talented and diverse individuals from the private sector teamed up with federal agencies to develop solutions to some of the nation's toughest challenges. Watch the video to learn more about the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00am EDT

Inside the Presidential Innovation Fellows program: A Q&A with the White House

From saving lives to saving hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is already making a difference in its short two-year existence. In our special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows, Federal News Radio gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the fellows program and examines some of its greatest success stories.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00am EDT

Rush hour or sleep late? Your call!

The way things are going, a lot of long-time feds are doing the math to see how much longer they can afford to work. So do you keep fighting rush-hour traffic or give yourself the option to sleep late? Follow the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Army spends $500 million per year on vacant facilities

The Army is the first service to begin an analysis of its excess real estate after a Congressional prohibition against even studying the subject expired. Early results show up to a quarter of its stateside infrastructure isn't being used right now, and the Army will need even less as it shrinks in size.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Pentagon to triple cyber staff to thwart attacks

The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend against Internet attacks that threaten national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. By 2016, the Pentagon should have 6,000 cyber professionals.

Saturday - 03/29/2014, 05:00am EDT

Improving the federal workforce

Avue Technologies Co-CEO Linda Rix will discuss some ideas on how to make the federal government a more attractive option for job seekers.
March 28,2014 (Encore presentation April 4, 2014)

Friday - 03/28/2014, 07:49pm EDT
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Is low employee morale 'compromising' the federal government?

In the wake of across-the-board budget cuts, furloughs and slim -- or no -- annual pay raises, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says he's concerned about a nose-dive in federal-employee morale. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is now asking the Government Accountability Office to look into recent trends in feds' job satisfaction. The lawmakers are concerned declining satisfaction "may be compromising the federal government's ability to serve the American people."

Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:58am EDT

The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Nicole Blake Johnson and Andy Medici of the Federal Times will discuss a possible downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service.
March 26, 2014

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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OPM's focus in hiring reform shifting from speed to quality

The Office of Personnel Management is making tweaks to how agencies report time-to-hire data. But experts who spoke to Federal News Radio say they don't think OPM is giving up on the idea of improving the federal hiring process. Instead, they say, it appears OPM may be shifting its focus to measuring the quality of new federal hires.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:54pm EDT

John Palguta, Partnership for Public Service

Federal employees will soon get their annual chance to speak out about how they're feeling about their workplace, morale and management within agencies. The Office of Personnel Management will soon roll out this year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Federal Drive host Emily Kopp spoke with John Palguta, vice president of public policy at the Partnership for Public Service, who offered some tips for agency managers prepping for the survey.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 02:18pm EDT
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Army foresees another drop in military readiness if sequestration returns

The Army says it is now replacing funds in its readiness accounts that were depleted when cuts under sequestration first kicked in a year ago. But last year's readiness problems are likely to repeat in 2016 and beyond if Congress allows the automatic Defense cuts in current law to persist.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:09am EDT
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GOP lawmakers seek updated 'official time' report

Two Republican members of the House want to know how many hours federal employees are spending on union-related business while on the job. Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) wrote to Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta urging the agency to release updated data on employees' use of "official time." The most recent year for which data is available is from 2011.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:37pm EDT

Just a test: Anacostia-Bolling trains for active-shooter attack

The hallways of a building at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling echoed with the sounds of gunfire last month as part of a training exercise to help base law enforcement personnel prepare for an active-shooter event.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:26pm EDT

Watching your money - the TSP way!

Certified Financial Planner John Jilek provides tips on how to determine which TSP funds are right for you.
March 24, 2014

Monday - 03/24/2014, 06:45pm EDT
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David Sella, Program Manager, VA Warrior to Workforce Program

The Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy is preparing for a special commencement ceremony this fall. About two dozen veterans will graduate from its Warriors to Workforce Program. Program Manager David Sella spoke with Federal Drive host Tom Temin about how the program works and how the agency plans to expand it. Tom caught up with Sella at the 2014 Acquisition Excellence Conference. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 01:40pm EDT
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