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Are IT budgets about to feel the squeeze?

Kevin Plexico, a vice president at market research firm Deltek, joined the Federal Drive to discuss the future of agency IT budgets.

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 08:50am EDT
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Fed helped fast-track Social Security processing

Diane Braunstein is the associate commissioner of the Social Security Administration's Office of International Programs.

Tuesday - 08/16/2011, 06:05pm EDT
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Exclusive: DHS expands E-Verify Self Check

DHS announced an expansion of its E-Verify program, which allows employees to check their eligibility for U.S. Employment before applying for a job. Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, joined the Federal Drive to discuss what the program's expansion means for both employers and employees.

Monday - 08/15/2011, 09:08am EDT
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Communication between D.C., local feds crucial in crisis

Bea Disman, the New York Regional Social Security Commissioner, joined the Federal Drive to discuss how, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, she helped coordinate and manage New York's Social Security operations. This interview is part of Federal News Radio's week-long special series, "Talk Back to Washington."

Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 09:13am EDT
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Exclusive: Agencies detail buyout, hiring freeze plans

In a governmentwide survey, agencies reported that they were not seeking buyouts through OPM or hiring freezes

Monday - 07/25/2011, 05:18pm EDT

SSA budget forces overtime cuts

The Social Security Administration will close its field offices 30 minutes early, in an effort to save money on overtime.

Friday - 07/22/2011, 04:16pm EDT

More changes at SSA: CIO resigns; OPM's Zielinski returns

Frank Baitman will resign as CIO from the agency in August. His decision comes a few weeks after agency commissioner reorganized the agency's IT functions. OPM's Bill Zielinski also is returning to SSA to be the San Francisco regional commissioner.

Monday - 07/18/2011, 07:14am EDT

SSA tells employees to keep mum on debt ceiling questions

Will you still receive a social security check if the government doesn't raise the debt ceiling? You won't be getting an answer from the Social Security Administration.

Friday - 07/15/2011, 03:59pm EDT

Costs of E-Verify will be 'onerous'

Philip Wolgrin is an immigration policy analyst at The Center for American Progress.

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 03:52pm EDT
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SSA budget constraints prompt reorganization

A number of functions will move out of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of the Chief Information Officer, according to an email obtained by Federal News Radio. SSA is looking for ways to address funding reductions in its 2011 budget.

Monday - 06/27/2011, 01:39pm EDT

SSA claims process vulnerable to wasteful spending

The Social Security Administration's process for citizens to file claims can create just as much wasteful spending as intentional fraud.

Wednesday - 06/15/2011, 06:59pm EDT

Tips to get "Ticket to Work" on the road

Find out what changes The Social Security Administration needs to make to one of its programs. Daniel Bertoni is the director of education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues at GAO.

Thursday - 06/09/2011, 07:03pm EDT
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Hiring reform underway at the SSA

Get a better picture of how other agencies are handling hiring reform. Dr. Reginald Wells is the Chief human capital officer at the Social Security Administration.

Thursday - 06/09/2011, 06:22pm EDT
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Thousands of Air Force and federal jobs to go unfilled

For every two vacancies in the Air Force civilian ranks, only one person will be hired.

Monday - 05/23/2011, 10:40am EDT

Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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Congress continues negotiations; Feds frustration grows

President Obama expects to have an answer Friday morning about whether a shutdown can be averted. Meanwhile agencies have new guidance from OMB on how to prepare to close down their offices. Federal workers vent frustrations and ask questions during a town hall meeting sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran.

Friday - 04/08/2011, 07:08am EDT
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CMS to take on improper payments in new way

The agency plans to follow the model credit card companies use to identify potential problems on the front end instead of trying to chase down the money after the fact. CMS accounts for about 46 percent of all improper payments across the government. Overall, OMB wants to reduce the governmentwide error rate to 4.18 percent by 2013.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 07:47am EDT
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Shutdown averted...or not?

This week's show focuses on the continuing possibility of a government shutdown. Guests include Steve Watkins and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times and AFGE's Witold Skwierczynski.
March 2, 2011

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 11:33am EST
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Do you know your social security benefits?

Lester Austin, senior public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, joins the show to discuss retirement, social security benefits, and Medicare.
February 28, 2011

Monday - 02/28/2011, 06:03pm EST
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SSA getting caught up in budget unrest

AFGE plans to protest on Wednesday the possible spending cuts to the Social Security Administration in more than 20 states. SSA Commission Astrue tried to alleviate spending concerns with an e-mail to employees. Meanwhile, SSA and AFGE are negotiating a new contract.

Monday - 02/28/2011, 04:42pm EST
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