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Jolie Lee Reports

Jolie Lee is a web editor and general assignment reporter at Federal News Radio.

Buyouts possible after USDA office closures

The Agriculture Department's closing of 259 offices could result in buyout offers, said the agency's deputy secretary. This week Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the closures would save about $150 million year in the agency's $145 billion budget.

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 09:47am EST
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2012 R&D budget winners and losers

An analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science found the 2012 budget for research and development will make investments into energy and environment research and cut R&D at the Defense Department and NASA.

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 09:33am EST

From insulted to grateful, feds react to proposed 0.5 percent pay raise

Federal employees had mixed reactions to the administration's proposed 0.5 percent pay raise for feds starting in 2013.

Monday - 01/09/2012, 01:41pm EST

Federal News Countdown: Top stories of 2011

Federal News Radio's Justin Udo and Jolie Lee count down the top federal stories of the year.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 06:29pm EST
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DoJ's updated FOIA policy emphasizes customer service

The updated FOIA policy states the department must advise the FOIA requester that a their request has been referred and provide the name of the agency to the requester with that agency's FOIA contact.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:55am EST

Cool Jobs: The National Zoo Lion Trainer

Kristen Clark is an animal keeper at the National Zoo, one of two who trains the lions including the adult male, two lionesses and seven cubs. Federal News Radio interviews her as part of our Cool Jobs in Government series.

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 12:30pm EST
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IGs recommend harsher deterrents for small biz fraud

The inspectors general at the General Services Administration and the Small Business Administration propose the government prosecute small business contract fraud based on the contract amount instead of the financial loss to the government.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 04:07pm EDT

Online forum seeks cloud computing best practices

SafeGov.org aims to provide government with a greater understanding of the benefits of cloud computing.

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 12:10pm EDT

DoJ IG: Conference muffins didn't cost $16

Last month, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice said the agency spent too much money on conferences, citing $16 muffins as an example. Today, in a revised report, the IG said the muffins didn't actually cost that much.

Friday - 10/28/2011, 04:58pm EDT

OMB employees take a vote on unionization

Office of Management and Budget employees are voting today and Nov. 1 on whether or not they want to be represented by the American Federal of Government Employees union.

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 05:21pm EDT

USA Jobs 3.0 up and running again

An Office of Personnel Management spokesperson said 94 percent of users can access the site, while 6 percent may get a message to try back later.

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 06:24pm EDT

Supercommittee Tracker

Track recommendations on federal pay, benefits and retirement made to the supercommittee by top Congressional leaders and the White House.

Monday - 10/17/2011, 01:08pm EDT

Pay freeze through 2015 part of Issa's super committee recs

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is getting into the mix of lawmakers making recommendations to the super committee. Its letter calls for cuts to federal retirements and workforce size.

Friday - 10/14/2011, 07:09pm EDT

One more year of pay freeze, contracting cuts in Senate committee recs

A Senate committee is recommending the super committee consider one more year of a federal pay freeze, increases to retirement contributions and a 15 percent cut to contracting at agencies.

Friday - 10/14/2011, 06:19pm EDT

Two whistleblowers get 45-day stay after OSC intervention

After the Office of Special Counsel intervened on their behalf, two federal whistleblowers won a 45-day stay on personnel actions taken against them.

Friday - 10/14/2011, 03:27pm EDT

Unisys wins $10.2M CDC IT contract

Unisys received a materials task order to provide support services to the Centers for Disease Control's Information Technology Services Office, according to a Unisys release.

Friday - 10/14/2011, 01:00pm EDT

A dose of Medicare Part B with your FEHBP? Who gets a COLA in 2012?

David Snell is the retirement benefits expert with NARFE.

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 03:00pm EDT
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Top-heavy feds: The rise of high-level pay grades

More federal employees are now concentrated in higher pay grade levels, as technology has shifted jobs to higher skills and retirements has created a need to fill more senior positions.

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 01:32pm EDT
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Gormley leaves Washington Management Group

Bill Gormley, president and chief executive officer of Washington Management Group, is leaving his job, Federal News Radio has learned.

Friday - 10/07/2011, 12:50pm EDT
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Cool Jobs: The Biogeographer

Jennifer Krstolic is a biogeographer for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Friday - 10/07/2011, 02:01am EDT
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