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12:42 am, July 28, 2014

Workforce News

Retirement planning and the state of the civil service

Benefits expert John Elliott will discuss what you should be doing to prepare for retirement, and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta will talk about the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues.
July 9, 2014

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 07:20pm EDT
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Veterans, STEMM fields see steady increase in federal workforce

New hiring in the federal government dropped by more than 13,000 in fiscal 2013, amounting to a 46.4 percent decline in hiring over the past four years, but two groups continue to show steady increases in the federal workforce.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 06:00pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, American University

A new performance award strategy could rise from the ashes of a now-defunct pay system at the Defense Department. DoD tried to replace the General Schedule system with a National Security Personnel System back in the mid-2000s, but the White House repealed it two years ago. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He was part of a Task Force that tried to improve the system back in 2009. He said one bright spot in the system could be the key to building a new performance culture across the federal government on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Why industry and women need to take more chances

Industry needs to be "more creative and bold" when it comes to helping agencies solve their biggest challenges, says AT&T executive Casey Coleman, the former chief information officer at the General Services Administration.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 01:23pm EDT

Federal travel restrictions are costing money and harming security

The restrictions on feds' travel opportunities are having too many unintended consequences, says Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 02:41am EDT

What life is really like behind the inspector general's curtain

Brian Miller, former inspector general at the General Services Administration, said IGs have a difficult job that often goes unnoticed. He gave Federal News Radio a behind-the-scenes look at how IGs balance mission, the media, agency relationships and a good sense of humor.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:48pm EDT
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Committee outlines drastic changes to military as it works toward pay and benefits recommendations

A specially-formed commission tasked with modernizing military compensation released an interim report in anticipation of its full recommendations due in February. The document reviews massive changes that have occurred since the military switched to an all-volunteer force in 1973.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:18pm EDT

Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Congress helps set the stage for a one percent pay raise for federal employees next year, despite recent historical trends. The House and Senate versions of a government spending bill don't guarantee a salary bump, but they don't stop the president from declaring one, either. And the House already approved a 1.8 percent pay raise for military service members in 2015. Katie Maddocks is the government affairs representative for the Federal Managers Association. She explained the chances of seeing a pay raise next year on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:55pm EDT
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Recruiting, retaining young workers a challenge for agencies

Agencies' scales tip strongly in the direction of older workers. The percentage of millennials in the federal workforce fell to 7 percent in 2013 an eight-year low. This compares to about 23 percent in the private sector workforce.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:38am EDT
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A look ahead

Co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan talk about the state of the federal workforce and legislation under consideration in Congress that could affect federal employment.
July 7, 2014

Monday - 07/07/2014, 05:05pm EDT
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Congress puts pressure on OPM to release final phased retirement rule

Two letters sent from Capitol Hill in call for the Office of Personnel Management to explain why it's taking so long to release final phased retirement regulations, and demand a revised timeline for action. Phased retirement was passed into law two years ago this week.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:17pm EDT

John Pendleton, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon says it's time to trim down the size and the cost of its headquarters staff around the world. The Government Accountability Office says the size of the overall workforce at the Pentagon's combatant commands doubled over the past decade. Overall spending to support the command headquarters grew by almost $1 billion, too. John Pendleton is director of defense capabilities and management of the GAO. He explained DoD's reduction plan and recommended ways to shrink the workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Fun stuff: cool off like a caveman

Federal News Radio speaks with Recreation News Editor Marvin Bond about fun things to do in and near the nation's capital.

Sunday - 07/06/2014, 05:06pm EDT
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Despite 50 years of progress, morale gap among LGBT workers persists

Despite a series of efforts to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal workers by the Obama administration, LGBT feds, who comprise about 3 percent of the federal workforce, are less satisfied, feel less empowered on the job and are less likely to rate their agency's senior leaders and management as highly as their non-LGBT counterparts, according to a recent survey.

Sunday - 07/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT

The business of threat assessment

Chuck Tobin, president of Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, will talk about how threat assessment can be used to prevent workplace violence.
July 4, 2014

Friday - 07/04/2014, 07:46pm EDT
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USPS offers buyouts to 3,000-plus postmasters

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs, the Postal Service will offer early-outs and buyouts to more than 3,000 postmasters. Those who accept will leave the agency Sept. 30 -- the last day of fiscal 2014.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:16am EDT

OPM launching federal hiring toolkit, new interactive dashboard to reach cross-agency goals

The progress update on Performance.gov shows agencies are taking steps to improve the hiring process, keep Senior Executive Service officials more involved in management and continue promoting employee engagement.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 02:04pm EDT

GPO to offer buyouts in first quarter of FY 2015

The Government Printing Office its employees Tuesday that it planned to request authority from Congress and the Office of Personnel Management to offer buyouts and early outs to 1,850 of its employees. The agency aims to reduce its workforce by 100 positions or 5 percent.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 01:06pm EDT

OMB aims to keep launch of digital A-Team on track

OMB has already deployed small teams to a few agencies to help with one-off digital projects, but the next step is standing up a more formal "Digital Service" within OMB. When fully operational, the office would be staffed with about 25 tech professionals from outside the government who would parachute into agencies on two-to-four-year rotations to help get new IT projects off the ground and help get wayward projects back on track.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 11:03am EDT

VA forming cadre of specially-trained acquisition workers

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, said his office will launch the acquisition corps and program management framework in the coming months to further professionalize the agency's acquisition workforce. A Federal News Radio survey of chief acquisition officers and other senior acquisition managers says workforce training and retention remain among their biggest priorities and challenges.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:56am EDT
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