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Emily Kopp Reports

Emily Kopp covers civilian agencies in the federal government with a focus on workforce issues. Emily's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

Agencies demo one-stop FOIA portal

Federal employees who respond to Freedom of Information Act requests got their first look today at a new web portal designed to improve efficiency and transparency. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce Department and the National Archives and Records Administration are basing the portal on Regulations.gov.

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 03:47pm EST
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FEHB program almost ready to welcome Indian tribe employees

Administrators are preparing to expand the Federal Employee Health Benefits plan in May to thousands of employees of Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Tribes have urged the change for a long time. It was mandated by the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and is just now becoming a reality.

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 08:53pm EST
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Hubert Sparks reflects on four decades of auditing agencies

Appalachian Regional Commission Inspector General Hubert Sparks has tried to retire twice, but keeps coming back to government. After 43 years, this will be his last, Sparks said.

Monday - 01/09/2012, 09:12am EST
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New SES appraisal system meant to align agencies

The White House has announced a new system for evaluating the performance of Senior Executive Service members. The system should establish greater consistency among agencies, according to a memo by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 02:57pm EST
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Postal Service's plan to close post offices hits roadbumps

The Postal Regulatory Commission has criticized the Postal Service's proposal to consider closing more than 3,600 post offices as part of its plan to avoid a projected $14 billion loss this year. The plan is causing anxiety in communities that depend on their post offices and it would not save that much money, PRC Chairman Ruth Goldway told Federal News Radio. The commission will be watching the agency's cash flow closely in the coming months.

Wednesday - 01/04/2012, 07:47pm EST

Will 2012 be the year agencies focus on succession planning?

Pressure is growing on agencies to draft formal succession plans. There's good reason to believe more feds retired in late 2011 than in recent years, although the final count is not yet out.

Tuesday - 01/03/2012, 08:39pm EST
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HUD, VA collaboration succeeds in finding vets homes

President Barack Obama has promised to end homelessness among veterans within three years. He's made it a high-priority goal, challenging agencies to meet it without additional resources or laws. Officials say they're on track thanks to a unique collaboration between two agencies and dozens of local partners is focusing on the toughest cases.

Thursday - 12/29/2011, 04:42pm EST
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Kane named 'CHCO of the Year' for online training, performance evaluation work

The Energy Department is one of six agencies testing a framework aimed at revamping one of the thorniest issues in government: how supervisors evaluate employees. Chief Human Capital Officer Mike Kane led a working group of more than 100 union, management and government representatives who drafted the framework. He earned the "Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year" award from the CHCO Council.

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 07:21pm EST
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VA: Happy feds saved $200 million in turnover costs

The Department of Veterans Affairs avoided $200 million in turnover costs by investing in online training resources for employees, Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda told Federal News Radio. He also explained how the VA plans to make veterans 40 percent of its workforce, weather the retirement tsunami and continue to be a federal leader on human capital issues in a wide-ranging interview.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 07:04pm EST
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AFGE's strategy for 'good government' hinges on 2012 elections

With no end to lawmakers' fedbashing in sight, the American Federation of Government Employees is looking forward to 2012's presidential and Congressional elections. "Federal workers are a sane, responsible group of citizens. They vote in big numbers," AFGE President John Gage told Federal News Radio.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 02:04pm EST
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Feds glad to bid adieu to 2011, but will 2012 be better?

Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp counts down the top federal workforce stories of 2011 and makes some predictions fo 2012.

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:42pm EST

OPM's new CTO, Bowen, to handle USAJobs, retirement system

The Office of Personnel Management has hired David Bowen as its new chief technology officer. Bowen was the Federal Aviation Administration's chief information officer.

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 06:18pm EST

AFGE pushes for TSA workers to have due process rights

The Transportation Security Administration is unwilling to give airport security officers the same due process rights that other federal employees have, according to the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents TSA officers nationwide. AFGE said it planned to picket on key issues, which also included policies that allegedly discriminate against female security officers.

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 02:19pm EST
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Survey: CHCOs worry about retaining committed workforce

Retaining good employees in spite of pay freezes and cuts to employee benefits will be the biggest challenge facing agency human resources officials next year. Federal News Radio asked chief human capital officers to reflect on 2011 and make predictions for 2012.

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 02:11pm EST
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VanRoekel's 2012 IT goals: Crawl, walk, run

"Crawl before you can walk. Walk before you can run." That's how Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel framed his 2012 priorities in his first speech to government IT contractors in Washington. He said agencies would have to do "more with less," but he wanted to emphasize the "more."

Friday - 12/16/2011, 06:57pm EST
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NRC commissioners: Chairman Jaczko's 'bullying' has hindered agency

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said it was the first time he had heard many of the accusations that fellow commissioners threw at him during a hearing of the House Oversight Committee on Jaczko's leadership. The four commissioners, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, said they had no political motive in bringing his "erratic" and "extreme" behavior to light.

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 01:47pm EST

NIST, DHS trying to tame cyber workforce definitions

Agencies, vendors can comment until Friday on the draft standard describing cybersecurity workers. A common definition will help agencies classify who is a cyber worker.

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 05:42am EST
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Veteran hires at highest level in 20 years

Nearly three in every 10 new hires in the government is a veteran, marking the highest percentage of new hires in more than 20 years. Just two out of the 24 agencies in the President's Council on Veterans Employment failed to meet their goals. The council released Tuesday preliminary fiscal 2011 employment data.

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 05:52pm EST

OPM gives agencies help when rehiring retired feds

Retirees can earn a paycheck from an agency on top of their pension benefits if they are fulfilling mission-critical functions and working for less than 20 hours a week. Those are two of the answers provided in an Office of Personnel Management factsheet to agencies interested in putting federal retirees on their payrolls.

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 03:15pm EST

GAO pushes for more oversight of interagency programs

The Government Accountability Office thinks Congress can play a greater role in improving federal agencies' coordination and performance. In a recent report, GAO recommended Congress use new powers under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 in its oversight, authorization and appropriations roles. The law emphasizes program achievements over processes.

Monday - 12/12/2011, 09:10pm EST
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