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2012 Causey Awards Winner - Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien, a human resources specialist in the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General, was nominated for leading the organization's telework initiative.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 04:21am EDT
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Incomplete SSA records lead to payments to dead people

Information regarding a person's death is not always correctly transferred between the Social Security Administration's databases, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general. As a result, various agencies may be sending money to dead people or fraudsters.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:23pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- June 15

Todd Ramsey of IBM and Jonathan Breul, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, offer the contractor's point of view on acquisition. Carolyn Colvin of the Social Security Administration details a new program to help veterans apply for disability. Roy Smith of ITG discusses the Rapid Acquisition Program.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 10:12am EDT

OMB alumni to suggest revisions to cyber section of A-130

The group will create a white paper with recommendations this summer to modernize the 10-year-old policy. Among the areas they are looking at are continuous monitoring, cloud computing, shared services and the definition of a system. Updating A-130 will help agencies move from a 'checklist' mode to monitoring systems in real time for threats and vulnerabilities, said Frank Reeder, a former OMB official.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 05:43am EDT
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SSA, AFGE sign off on final contract

After more than two years of tough negotiations, the Social Security Administration and its largest union, The American Federation of Government Employees, have signed off on final contract. The contract includes changes to office travel and vision benefits.

Monday - 05/07/2012, 05:27pm EDT

DoD, Social Security aim to speed up wounded warrior benefits

A new project lets SSA disability case processing sites take in DoD electronic medical records originating in multiple locations. That capability went nationwide this week. The centers simply log onto a single DoD website.

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 09:41am EDT

The TSP program and the new federal employee

Economist Dave Redden joins host John Elliot to talk about investment options for federal employees.
April 16, 2012

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:01pm EDT
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Agencies lay out plans for Open Gov 2.0

Every agency issued updated open government plans, updating progress and detailing new initiatives for the next two years. NASA will change the way it designs and builds its websites. SSA will focus on health IT and putting services online.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 05:38pm EDT

Legislative changes needed to make bigger dent in improper payments

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the computer matching provisions in the Privacy Act make it harder for agencies to share information that would make stopping or finding waste, fraud and abuse easier. Senate lawmakers agreed they need to update the law to protect information but reduce the complexities.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Social Security

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist at the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security questions.
March 26, 2012

Monday - 03/26/2012, 06:13pm EDT
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Social Security and federal pensions

Federal benefits specialist James Marshall discusses how your benefits could be affected by Social Security.
March 19, 2012

Monday - 03/19/2012, 09:16pm EDT
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Frank Baitman takes over as HHS CIO

The Department of Health and Human Services taps Frank Baitman to be its new chief information officer. He comes to HHS from the Food and Drug Administration where he was an entrepreneur-in-residence.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 04:11pm EST

AFGE, SSA reach 'conceptual agreement' on new contract

A long-fought negotiation between the American Federation of Government Employees and the Social Security Administration seems to be over as the two sides agree to terms of new national contract.

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 12:28pm EST
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Payroll tax negotiations reopen: Are feds' pay and benefits safe?

Negotiations to renew a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more kicked off on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with both sides optimistic of an agreement despite last year's bitter battles over President Barack Obama's jobs proposals.

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 06:38pm EST

NARFE concerned with provisions in House payroll tax cut bill

Julie Tagen, legislative director for the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, told Federal News Radio that certain provisions in the bill would affect federal employees.

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 08:17am EST
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Finally, some bipartisanship _ oops, nevermind

Sen. Mitch McConnell does not high-five easily or often. But a deal to keep American workers' taxes from rising on Jan. 1 was reason enough for the coolest negotiator in the Senate to lift a hand on camera and slap _ or pat _ some skin.

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 07:40am EST

OPM highlights hiring reform best practices

Agencies are measuring their progress towards hiring reforms and implementing technology to track applications and identify bottlenecks. Those are some of the best practices shared in a memo from the Office of Personnel Management. Overall, it said, agencies are progressing toward the governmentwide goal of filling vacancies in 80 days or less.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 05:34pm EST

SSA, AFGE still at negotiating impasse

Nearly two years of negotiating has led to a stalemate between the Social Security Administration and its largest union, the American Federation of Government Employees. The protracted dispute mars the Obama administration's otherwise productive attempts to collaborate formally with federal unions.

Tuesday - 11/08/2011, 05:08pm EST
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Federal retirees get COLA bump in 2012

The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a measure of inflation that Congress adopted in the 1970s. Since then, it has resulted in annual increases averaging 4.2 percent.

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 03:03pm EDT

OMB opens door to non-federal online credentials

A memo from federal CIO Steven VanRoekel requires agencies to begin accepting usernames and passwords from commercial companies such as Verisign or Google. This is the second time the government has tried to accept commercial credentials. Experts say this time agencies and industry are better prepared to be successful.

Friday - 10/14/2011, 05:47am EDT
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