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CMS, SSA evacuating Baltimore offices

The Baltimore offices of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be closing early today. Social Security Administration also will be evacuating its Baltimore headquarters.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 11:43am EDT

Half-century man asks: Is knowledge really power?

Guest columnist Nick St. Amant shares a lessoned he's cleaned from 50 years in the civil service, namely good communication is vastly greater than no communication.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 03:00am EDT

Rehired annuitants help bridge agency skills gaps, but are they enough?

Agencies' succession and next-generation training plans are unfocused, thanks to hiring freezes and budget cuts. Mission-critical projects pop up, but departments lack the workforce expertise to see them through when long-time federal employees retire. In part 2 of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we examine how some agencies are turning to reemployed annuitants for help navigating the rough waters.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 02:04am EDT
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Feds choose to stay longer, creating new retirement bubble

The retirement tsunami has long been the "boogeyman" of federal HR managers -- that baby boomers would be leaving the civil service in droves as they became eligible for retirement. An exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals that something else may be going on. In part 1 of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we explore why federal employees are opting to stay on the job longer even though they are eligible to retire.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 02:00am EDT

Understanding financial literacy

NITP federal benefits specialist Ray Kirk joins co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss what you can do to improve your financial literacy.
April 27, 2014

Monday - 04/27/2015, 06:24pm EDT
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Jason Olsen, President, Federal Employees with Disabilities

The federal government aims to be a model employer, welcoming diversity and fostering an inclusive environment. To that end, it's hiring people with disabilities at the fastest clip in decades. Eighteen percent of new hires in 2013 reported they had some sort of disability. But problems remain. Today, Federal Employees with Disabilities, a grassroots organization, has paired with a group representing Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual and Transgendered feds. They're holding a training program with some big speakers lined up. Jason Olson is the group's president. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a glimpse behind the conference curtain.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:27am EDT
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We need to address 'deep, systemic problems' to improve federal workforce morale

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) wants to improve working conditions for federal workers by dealing with poorly performing employees more quickly. He said most federal workers are committed, hard-working people, but long-standing challenges are hampering employee success need to be addressed.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:46am EDT

The naked boss/dressing for the office party

We asked for you to send us your scary boss stories and you delivered -- and how! Keep 'em coming, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:00am EDT

Fun stuff: days of wine and chocolate

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

Saturday - 04/25/2015, 09:57am EDT
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An expert's view of terrorism in the Middle East

Dr. Sebastian Gorka, the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University will talk about terrorism in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and other countries in the Middle East, with host Derrick Dortch.
April 24, 2015

Friday - 04/24/2015, 06:47pm EDT
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The FBI counterintelligence AD covers current threats

Randall Coleman, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Department and Charles Kable, section chief of the Counterespionage Section, join host Debra Roth to discuss counterintelligence and insider threats and what the FBI is doing to stop them.
April 24, 2015

Friday - 04/24/2015, 05:06pm EDT
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You didn't get the job ... Now what?

What happens when you don't get your dream job. Jeff Neal, a former chief human capital officer, shares his own story in a new commentary.

Friday - 04/24/2015, 03:43pm EDT

Fun stuff: April hours bring Mayfest of Huntingdon

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

Friday - 04/24/2015, 12:20pm EDT
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SES members leaving for greener pastures, OPM finds

Members retiring from the Senior Executive Service say they're leaving for better-paying work, and cite politics and management as reasons for departure - but insist it's still a great place to work.

Friday - 04/24/2015, 11:33am EDT

Presidential Rank awardees 'demonstrate the value of public service'

The annual event returns after being halted by budget challenges in 2013. The awards recognize 24 Senior Executive Service members with the Distinguished Rank honor and 89 with the Meritorious Rank honor for their contributions in 2014.

Friday - 04/24/2015, 11:21am EDT

Close encounters with the boss!

Have you had an uncomfortable or unusual, off-the-clock encounter with your boss? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey sympathizes. He wants to hear your story, warts and all.

Friday - 04/24/2015, 03:00am EDT

Government cuts security clearances by 12 percent

New data reflects the Obama administration's efforts to pare back their lists of cleared employees and contractors to those who need access to classified data in order to do their jobs and to buckle down on insider-threat programs.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 07:36pm EDT

IRS should get spending in order before asking for larger budget, House says

The House Ways and Means Committee released a report taking issue with IRS management on matters previously raised by the Republican leadership in Congress -- tax-delinquent federal employees, paying bonuses to agency employees and use of official time during the workday.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 10:04am EDT

Steve Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Workhorse Group, Inc.

The Postal Service is planning to buy 180,000 new vehicles over the next three years. It wants those new trucks to have better safety equipment and fuel mileage than the current fleet. Mail-carriers driving the new trucks will need more room, with parcel business up 20 percent over the past five years. Steve Burns is chief executive officer at Workhorse Group, Inc. That's one of several companies bidding on the new Postal truck. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to elaborate on his company's design, which includes a drone to lighten the load.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:06am EDT
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Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

An employee with the Transportation Security Administration gets her job back after being fired for being pregnant. TSA ruled Amanda Kincannon's pregnancy made her "unfit for duty" and subsequently fired her. The decision was eventually overruled by TSA's internal review board, and she was recently reinstated. The incident was made public by the American Federation of Government Employees. Debra Roth, a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some more insight into this case. She said it's not exactly unheard of.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:03am EDT
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