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4:46 am, September 22, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

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

OPM wants to know who's in charge of agency records management

The Office of Personnel Management is calling on federal managers to help streamline the records management process by identifying which positions do what.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 04:30pm EST

OPM seeks changes to feds' benefits, insurance opportunities

The Office of Personnel Management recently filed two proposals to change how feds enroll in the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program and to expand the regulations of the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 01:25pm EST

VA joins open data revolution with new website

With the launch of VA Open Data, members of the public and applications developers will be able to access non-sensitive, non-personal information from the Veterans Affairs Department.

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 02:13pm EST
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EEOC: Women still face bias in hiring, advancement in federal service

A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report says woman face significant obstacles, including bias, when it comes to hiring and advancement in the federal workforce.

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 11:19am EST
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Charles Rothwell chosen as next NCHS director

Former director of the National Center for Health Statistics' Division of Vital Statistics was named one of Federal News Radio's Top Leaders in Federal Service last February.

Monday - 12/23/2013, 05:58pm EST

Obama executive order makes 1% pay raise for feds a reality

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday approving the 1 percent pay raise for federal employees effective Jan. 1, 2014. This ends the three-year federal pay freeze.

Monday - 12/23/2013, 04:19pm EST

GSA's green energy testing benefits federal buildings, commercial manufacturers

GSA tests new energy-saving technologies in its own buildings, to help the government save money and manufacturers realize opportunities in the commercial sphere.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 03:32pm EST
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ICE officials present Holocaust Museum with lost Nazi diary

Special agents of them Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations recovered the missing diary of prominent Nazi official Alfred Rosenberg, following a lengthy investigation.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 02:25pm EST

New DoD guidance infused with Better Buying Power principles

Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall the update to Instruction 5000.02 incorporates Better Buying Power principles, such as making cutting costs fundamental for program managers.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 05:09pm EST
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Kathryn Medina to step down from CHCO Council post

Medina's last day at the Office of Personnel Management will be Jan. 3. She is leaving to join public relations firm APCO Worldwide as a senior human resources executive.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 02:01pm EST

What a waste -- Sen. Coburn releases annual survey of wasteful government spending

From super soldiers to stay-at-home feds, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) identified 100 programs that have generated almost $30 billion in wasteful spending by the federal government in 2013.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 05:11pm EST

Former DHS CIO Richard Spires joins Resilient Network Systems as new CEO

Resilient Network Systems appointed former Homeland Security CIO Richard A. Spires as its new chief executive officer. Spires stepped down from the DHS post in May.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 01:51pm EST

DHS issues first-ever clean financial audit, but IG says more work needed

For the first time in its history, the Homeland Security Department turned in a clean financial audit. A new DHS inspector general report, however, says the department has "significant deficiencies" in its internal control over financial reporting.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 04:13pm EST
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Report: Women still face 'significant obstacles' in advancing federal careers

A new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission identified six signficant obstacles facing women in the federal workforce, including a disparity in pay and difficulty advancing into higher-level management positions.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 02:47pm EST

SEA decries DoD plan to reduce SES bonuses

The Senior Executives Association sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Dec. 5 criticizing recently released guidance that reduced pay pool amounts for the Fiscal Year 2013 performance awards for members of the Senior Executives Service.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 01:53pm EST

Park Service tackles employee training and development

Like many agencies, National Park Service is facing many challenges during tight budgetary times. Chief among NPS' challenges is how to train its next generation of leaders.

Monday - 12/09/2013, 03:52pm EST
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White House releases second open government action plan

The Obama administration's second Open Government National Action Plan introduces 23 new or expanded commitments to open government, including measures to strengthen whistleblower protections and improve the declassification process.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 03:04pm EST

New bill aims to cancel sequestration for DoD at cost to feds' pay and benefits

Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced a bill Tuesday to cancel sequestration for the Defense Department for two years. The bill would offset this change by using a chained CPI to calculate COLAs for federal retirement programs along with other entitlement reforms.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 04:32pm EST

Carter steps down, Fox appointed new acting deputy DoD secretary

As Ashton Carter leaves the Pentagon as its deputy defense secretary, the long-time public servant criticizes the political divisiveness in Washington as being detrimental to the readiness of U.S. forces.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 12:31pm EST

GAO: Census Bureau making progress on field tests for 2020 decennial

The Government Accountability Office studied how well the Census Bureau is preparing for the 2020 decennial. When it comes to field testing, the bureau is making progress on following a list of key practices GAO identified.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 12:58pm EST
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