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10:29 pm, July 11, 2014

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John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

As of now, there are an estimated 7,000 politically appointed positions in the federal government. Again, it's an estimate, because there is no centralized list of political jobs, so no one knows the actual number. Nor is there a list of how many of those jobs are vacant on any given day. John Hudak argues that missing data created an embarrassing management and oversight problem for Congress and OMB. He has some ideas for how to close that information gap. Hudak is a fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He explained on In Depth with Jared Serbu how the government machine can still run with a large number of vacancies.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:29pm EDT
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Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
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Furloughs: Can we 'afford' the savings?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If the score is 32,000 them and 0 you, do you change your game plan? If your significant other says no 32,000 times in a row, do you consider another tactic? Do Congress and the White House need a new playbook?

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

The state of the Civil Service & the VA controversy

On this week's Your Turn radio show, an encore presentation of host Mike Causey's interview with OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. She discusses the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues. Andy Medici from the Federal Times joins the show live to discuss President Obama's executive order banning discrimination among LGBT employees of contractors.
June 18, 2014

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 06:41pm EDT

Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

Employees under 30 make up the smallest percentage of the federal workforce in the last 40 years. The Wall Street Journal reports only 7 percent of federal employees are under 30 right now. Part of the solution may lie in how you hire people for your agency. Virginia Hill, national president of Young Government Leaders, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some ideas for starting your interaction with a potential employee at the very beginning.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:11pm EDT
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Obama to sign order extending LGBT protections

Obama to sign order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 10:56am EDT

Gridlock: And the winner is you?

The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers and retirees these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Expert says budget, employee reductions force agencies to rethink mission goals

With an employment drop over the past year, agencies must adopt a "less with less" mentality, according Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He says executives must be honest with Congress about their limited capabilities.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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Fat cat feds? Up to a point

It will be months, at least, before the full scope of the VA scandal is known. But for many taxpayers, it is further proof that federal workers are overpaid, underworked and fireproof, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 01:20pm EDT

Families wait for final rule granting flags for feds killed in line of duty

Congress unanimously passed the Civilian Service Recognition Act in late 2011, allowing agency heads to present an American flag to federal employees killed in the line of duty as the result of a crime, terrorism or natural disaster. But OPM has lagged in implementing regulations.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:00am EDT

Fun stuff: Delaware remembers a native son

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

Saturday - 06/14/2014, 12:26pm EDT
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An update on the clearance jobs market

Evan Lesser, founder and director for ClearanceJobs.com, will discuss the state of hiring in the clear community.
June 13, 2014

Friday - 06/13/2014, 07:08pm EDT
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AFGE Celebrates LGBT Pride Month on Inside Government - June 13, 2014

This week "Inside Government" celebrates National LGBT Pride Month by re-airing interviews with Frank Fragomene, an EEO specialist and attorney from the AFGE Women's and Fair Practices Department; Sasha Buchert, a staff attorney at the Transgender Law Center; and, Darren Phelps, the AFL-CIO executive director of Pride at Work. Caniesha Washington, an EEO Specialist from the AFGE Women's and Fair Practices Department, previews the upcoming Diversity Week trainings in Minneapolis.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 02:47pm EDT

Why is change so hard to accomplish in government?

They may have the best of intentions, but people who have not spent time working within the bureaucracy rarely understand the complexities of changing government, particularly in this era of partisanship, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 03:52am EDT

Retirement programs, VA scandal, shrinking workforce

NARFE's Jessica Klement and Andy Medici from the Federal Times discuss a number of issues affecting feds, including proposed changes to the federal retirement program and the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
June 11, 2014

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 06:03pm EDT

Too many vets spoil the soup?

One of America's new guessing games is trying to figure out what went wrong at the Department of Veterans Affairs and how to fix it. Some have suggested the problem is that the VA has too many vets?

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 02:36pm EDT

Report: CHCOs left out of agency decisions

The Government Accountability Office tells Chief Human Capital Officers to communicate with human-capital staff and coordinate with other agencies to champion shared challenges.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 10:23am EDT

Picking feds out of a lineup!

How do you find the handful of feds interested in leaving federal service in a large, bored, lookalike crowd? Answer: Shout out the words "buyout" and/or "phased retirement" and stand back, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

CIA disciplines 15 officers in harassment cases

CIA disciplines 15 officers for harassment; agency says it has no tolerance for such behavior

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 07:10pm EDT

Good IRS customer service now a taxpayer right

The newly adopted "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" will help IRS employees provide better service to taxpayers and sends a "message to Congress."

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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