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Kelley Carameli, National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations

The Office of Personnel Management will release results of the 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey in the next month or so. The National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations is offering agencies a head start in making better use of the data. Kelley Carameli is the co-chairwoman of the council's Measures and Incentives working group. She's also a health science specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. She spoke with Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new approach to measuring employee engagement. Read Jason's related article.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:00am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - July 24, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the House want to making firing SESers easier, and females will serve on Navy submarines.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 08:02am EDT

Agencies offered new approach to measure employee engagement

Ahead of results of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint survey, a National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations working group proposed its initial ways to improve employee engagement through the use of different types of metrics. The Office of Personnel Management is expected to release the annual EVS results in August.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 03:23am EDT

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

Negotiations over a bill to bolster the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs in response to a furor over long patient wait times and falsified records to cover up the delays have bogged down over costs and how much the VA should turn to outside doctors to address the backlog.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 03:16am EDT

Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

In Senate testimony, Veterans Affairs nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' troubled agency

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 10:22pm EDT

What's ahead for feds in 2015?

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will discuss chained CPI, pay raises, and other issues affecting feds.
July 23, 2014

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 05:22pm EDT
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SSA not ready to meet future challenges

The National Academy of Public Administration says the Social Security Administration is not ready for the challenges of the future. NAPA says shrinking budgets, retiring workers and rapidly changing technology are all issues that need to be addressed in the next 15 years.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:55pm EDT

IRS 'scandal': Cover up, train wreck or simple mistake?

What's in those missing IRS tapes? The ones critics of the agency say would provide the smoking gun of evidence. Is there a lesson for your agency in record-keeping? Yes, but maybe not what you thought.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:32pm EDT

Senate confirms new deputy administrator at NNSA

Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to be the Energy Department's principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:20pm EDT

DoJ steps in to false claims lawsuit against Symantec

The Justice Department joined the whistleblower lawsuit against Symantec Corporation on Tuesday. The department accuses the technology contractor of providing inaccurate prices to the General Services Administration, violating the False Claims Act.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 02:16pm EDT

Bruce Andrews, Acting Deputy Secretary, Commerce Department

Secretary Penny Pritzker has big plans for all the data coming out of the Commerce Department's agencies. To lead this new open data strategy Commerce officials have created a new position. They're currently taking applications for a chief data officer. Bruce Andrews is acting deputy secretary of Commerce. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what they're trying to accomplish.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 10:04am EDT
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Lydia Dennett, Investigator, Project On Government Oversight

Nearly 800 current and former Veterans Affairs employees and patients have submitted complaints about the department to a watchdog group. The Project on Government Oversight set up a special website to collect their complaints. It says the number of submissions is a record. Lydia Dennett is an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what POGO found.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 09:45am EDT
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Military suicides rise

Suicides among active-duty military rose this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials indicate more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs. Pentagon documents obtained by The Associated Press show there were 161 confirmed or suspected suicides as of July 14, compared with 154 during the same time frame in 2013. The increase was among the Air Force and Navy, while soldiers and Marine suicides went down.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:49am EDT

DoD, DHS see more, earlier testing as a possible fix to troubled programs

The Defense and Homeland Security departments are pushing project managers to test technology or weapons systems earlier in the acquisition lifecycle to understand and solve potential roadblocks sooner. DoD submitted recommendations to Senate leaders for how to better integrate testing and evaluation into the acquisition lifecycle.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:48am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Testing and evaluating federal programs might be an old idea, but it's getting a new lease on life. Agencies are using testing and evaluation earlier in the process, and that's gaining support as a potential fix for longstanding problems. For instance, the Defense and Homeland Security departments are pushing project managers to test weapons and other new technology early in the acquisition lifecycle. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss this emerging trend. Read Jason's related article.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:38am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - July 23, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, President Barack Obama orders a shift in federal job training, and more active duty soldiers committed suicide than last year.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:20am EDT

House bill would strip premium pay from some TSA officers

The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), would no longer classify some Transportation Security Administration agents in the Office of Inspection as law enforcement officers.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 07:53am EDT

Rep. Latham wants to beef up agency performance requirements

Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) introduced a bill requiring agencies to use continuous process improvement measures. The bipartisan "Lean and Responsive Government Act" looks to improve efficiency and effectiveness in agency management.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:19am EDT

Air Force's top space official concerned about long-term industrial base support

U.S.-Russia tensions over Ukraine haven't yet impacted the flow of critical rocket engines to the U.S. space program, but that could change at any time. The military's top space official says another reason to get going on an American-made alternative is to sustain a deteriorating portion of the defense industrial base.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:01am EDT
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