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11:25 am, December 18, 2014

Workforce News

Merit Board upholds senior exec's firing in VA scandal

The Merit Systems Protection Board has affirmed the Veterans Affairs Department's decision to ax James Talton, one of the first senior executives targeted under a new law that speeds up the removal process. Talton headed the Central Alabama Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 11:45am EST

President invites entire Senior Executive Service for one-on-one meeting

President Barack Obama issued an open invitation out to all of his senior managers for an exclusive meeting. Registration is open online and reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 06:47pm EST

GAO raises concerns about quality of OPM official time data

GAO finds discrepancies in OPM data on union-related work by federal employees. OPM admits that official time reporting is not a priority.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 06:37pm EST

Patent Office commissions review of telework abuse

The Patent and Trademark Office has hired the National Academy of Public Administration to review the agency's vaunted telework programs following allegations that teleworkers are falsifying their timecards and managers do not have the tools to monitor them.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:02pm EST

Watchdog: Patent telework program invites abuse

Watchdog: 'Easy' for patent office teleworkers to falsify hours

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 06:50pm EST

Which health insurance plan is the best one for you?

Walton Francis, author of the Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees will answer your questions about FEHBP open season.
November 18, 2014 (Encore presentation November 26, 2014)

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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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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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The Veterans Affairs Department finally fired Terry Gerigk Wolf last week. The former director of the Pittsburgh VA center had been on paid leave since June following a review of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak that claimed the lives of six patients there. Wolf is the fourth senior executive to be removed under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what that firing means for the future of due process protections for federal employees.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:55am EST
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Winter: We have met the enemy and it is us!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey once again documents winter wimpery among the federal workforce.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 02:00am EST

Open season continues with SAMBA and FLTCIP

SAMBA executive director Walt Wilson, deputy executive director Pam Cummings, and Joan Melanson with Long Term Care Partners, will discuss the insurance options for federal employees during open season.
November 17, 2014

Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:59pm EST
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OPM begins Pathways education campaign

The Office of Personnel Management is developing a handbook for hiring managers to better understand how the internship program works. The agency also plans to create videos and other tools for senior HR executives to navigate the program more successfully.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 02:26pm EST

Success after service

Jeffrey Cathey and Lewis Runnion with Bank of America will discuss how the company is helping veterans find jobs in the private sector after they complete their military service.
November 14, 2014

Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:32pm EST
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Postal Service remains financially 'at-risk,' says GAO report

The USPS' ability to carry our its duties and remain financially self-sustaining continues to be at risk, according to a recently released GAO performance audit. Conducted over the past year, GAO's report found that the agency is projecting "unsustainable" losses through 2020.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:39pm EST

OPM seeks more millennials, female vets

Director Katherine Archuleta says the personnel agency is overhauling the government's recruiting tools to attract tech-savvy twentysomethings who might not be charmed, exactly, by stuffy job descriptions or bureaucratic websites.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 02:28pm EST

Col. Jeremy Martin, Chesapeake Bay Area Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign is underway for 2014. This year charity-minded federal employees have a new option that lifts the geographical restrictions on the charities they can choose. The goal for the Chesapeake Bay Area is an ambitious seven-million dollars. There are over 24,000 approved charities to choose from. Col. Jeremy Martin is commandant of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) and campaign chairman for the Chesapeake Bay Area CFC program. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new options for this season.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:05pm EST
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Art Stein, Certified Financial Planner

Cold temperatures have arrived and with them, the season to think about holiday plans. But you should also start thinking about your investment strategies for 2015 and beyond. Art Stein is a certified financial planner and investment manager. He has long experience with federal employees and their particular concerns. Stein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for dealing with the Thrift Savings Plan and other matters.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:03pm EST
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Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, Director, DCMA

The Defense Contract Management Agency has about 12,000 civilian and military employees who interact with more than 20,000 contractors and handle more than $220 billion for the Defense Department. Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, director of DCMA, is receiving an award at the GovCon Award ceremony for her role in building business partnerships between the public and private sector. She told In Depth with Francis Rose about the partnerships she helped oversee.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:20pm EST
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Kim Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder, Ambit Group

The reorganization at the Veterans Affairs Department is a rebranding effort in many ways. VA Secretary Bob McDonald will hire a chief customer service officer to try to reverse an image of poor quality care for its customers. Kim Hayes, CEO and co-founder of Ambit Group, is also a finalist for Executive of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about Ambit Group's data-centric approach to agency reorganization.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:14pm EST
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

A scholarship for veterans who want to be your agency's next acquisition leaders is now available. The Coalition for Government Procurement unveils it in its 35th anniversary celebration. Roger Waldron, president of the coalition, told In Depth with Francis Rose about the celebration.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:10pm EST
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VA and the office of redundancy office

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is making news with his plans to reorganize the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International, says the Secretary's moves are a good start because VA, like most large agencies, has its fair share of redundant organizations.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:51am EST
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