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6:40 am, May 30, 2015

Michael O'Connell Reports

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

Feds praise, criticize Obama's proposed SES reforms

Federal News Radio polled its readers on how they felt about the President's proposed reforms to the Senior Executive Service. Many were "indifferent," but others said the reforms didn't go far enough.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:03pm EST

Obama gives feds four-day holiday weekend

President Barack Obama signed an executive order closing all executive branch offices and agencies on Friday, Dec. 26, creating a four-day weekend for most federal employees.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:19pm EST

Retirement claims take a dip in November, OPM says

After receiving 4,000 more retirement claims in October than it expected to, the Office of Personnel Management received 2,000 fewer than it expect to in the month of November.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 03:06pm EST

What will the President's immigration plan mean for CBP, ICE employees?

John Adler of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association wondered what impact President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration would have on the resources of CBP and ICE officers.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 05:40pm EST
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Art therapy opens up creative world for recovering soldier

While receiving therapy for a traumatic brain injury, wounded warrior discovers artistic talent he never knew he had.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:19pm EST

Public Buildings commissioner wants to help agencies consolidate, modernize workspace

Commissioner Norman Dong sees the Public Buildings Services' role as helping other agencies cut administrative costs and creating more collaborative places to work.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 05:19pm EST

OPM nominee to focus on improving security review process, veteran hiring

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday from retired Rear Adm. Earl Gay on his nomination to be the Office of Personnel's first deputy director in three years.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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Julia Ziegler, Mike O'Connell, Federal News Radio

From working at orphanages to helping injured dogs, federal employees and their families stationed overseas are going above-and-beyond by volunteering. Six individuals have been recognized for their exemplary service with Secretary of State Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad. Web Editors Mike O'Connell and Julia Ziegler attended the ceremonies and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:30am EST
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Foreign Service members honored for volunteer efforts abroad

From helping dogs in India find new homes in the U.S. to obtaining shoes for a school of Bulgarian children, award-winning volunteers help Foreign Service transform "tea and crumpets" image.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 05:42pm EST

Are you in the wrong health care plan?

Health plan expert Walton Francis says that about half of all federal employees are paying too much for heath care. Now that it's Open Season, feds have a chance to turn that around.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:59pm EST
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Surge of retirement claims hits OPM in October

After several months of a declining number of federal employees filing for retirement, the Office of Personnel Management received 2,300 more retirement claims than it expected to for the month of October.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 03:13pm EST

How will newly-elected officials help federal employees?

Federal News Radio examines what the winners of the midterm elections in Maryland, DC and Virginia could do for federal employees.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 01:33pm EST

Good news in the EVS: A well-educated federal workforce

A deep dive into the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey reveals that 39 percent of feds have improved their educational status over the last decade.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 02:24pm EDT

Tangherlini: Agencies can learn a lot from startups

The ability to take risks and a hyper-focus on customer needs are just two of the things GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the federal government can learn from technology startups.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 05:08pm EDT
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Cobert: Technology, innovation key to OMB's management agenda

Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, told an audience of federal executives that agencies need to take advantage of technology and data to drive innovation in government.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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Real procurement reform needs to come from within, experts say

Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, and Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council discuss what hurdles stand in the way of real procurement reform as part of Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:57pm 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

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

Acquisition Legislation Timeline

The practices and procedures for how the federal government procures goods and services did not happen overnight. They were established by multiple pieces of legislation over many decades.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:51am EDT

SARA not the be-all and end-all for acquisition reform

Tom Davis, director of government relations at Deloitte and former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said acquisition offices haven't improved much since Congress passed SARA in 2003.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 11:58am EDT
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