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Abolish the IRS. What a great idea

In 18th century Paris, the cry "off with their heads" was directed mainly at aristocrats, many of whom had been living a little too high off the hog. In 21st century Washington, folks nominated for the chop are guilty of one heinous crime. They are taxpayers who also happen to work for the Internal Revenue Service, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 02:00am EDT

Answers to your retirement questions

David Snell, NARFE's director of retirement services, will answer you retirement questions, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on the latest news on Capitol Hill.
March 25, 2015

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:35pm EDT

House puts 100,000 tax-delinquent feds on notice

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed two bills Wednesday - one that would fire tax-delinquent federal employees and another that prevents agencies from awarding contracts or grants to companies with tax debt. More than 100,000 employees in the federal workforce currently owe a total of $3.54 billion in federal taxes.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 01:58pm EDT

Federal CIO Scott to pilot IT initiatives toward smooth landings

Tony Scott, the new federal chief information officer, said in his first public speech his priorities are to ensure existing administration technology efforts are successful. But Scott offered some insights into tweaks and focus areas.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 03:22am EDT
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Federal retirement: When, where, why?

Does your retirement game plan have an end date? Have you figured out what you will do with 100 percent more leisure time, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 02:00am EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The White House has chosen a group of two dozen federal employees to offer advice on potential changes to the Senior Executive Service. They come from many facets of government. Their mission is to improve the way senior executives are recruited, hired, developed and retained. Will they be successful? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer his take.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:52am EDT
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Danger pay for feds: Why not?

Instead of a federal pay cut, politicians might want to think about giving hazard pay to lots of government workers, many of which have dangerous jobs, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 02:00am EDT

House Democrats release alternative budget plan

The Democrats' plan, introduced by House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen, would further change the Budget Control Act to allow agencies more financial flexibility. Unlike the Republican plan to restore normalized funding to the Defense Department while continuing to scale back domestic programs, the Democrats want to restore funding for both defense and non-defense agencies.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:16pm EDT

Agencies' hiring of veterans hits all-time high in 2014

Veterans accounted for one of every three federal civilian new hires last year, according to the President's Council on Veterans Employment.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:25pm EDT

Help for homeless vets

Randy Brown, director of Communications for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, will talk about the programs and services provided by his organization to help homeless veterans.
March 20, 2015

Friday - 03/20/2015, 08:18pm EDT
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GAO's report on federal employee performance

Jenny Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion of the recently released Government Accountability Report on federal employee performance.
March 20, 2015

Friday - 03/20/2015, 07:37pm EDT
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24 feds get to work with Obama on fixing the SES

The White House has named two dozen federal employees to a group that will advise the president on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. Obama joined the group at its meeting Thursday.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:15am EDT

White House launches 'employee of the month'-type awards for customer-focused feds

Beginning next month, agencies can begin honoring certain front-line employees through the administration's new Federal Customer Service Awards Program.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 11:02pm EDT

Bill would mean 5 years without a bonus for delinquent feds

Three senators introduced a bill targeting federal employees who have engaged in misconduct, are not in good standing with their agency or have violated the law.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 02:26pm EDT

Rep. Chaffetz to try again to fire tax delinquent feds

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is expected to reintroduce a bill to make it easier for agencies to fire or not hire people with "serious" tax debt. But some lawmakers say the process the IRS uses may be a better option than legislation.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 07:26am EDT

Labor secretary says new overtime rules coming soon

Labor Secretary Tom Perez told Congress on Wednesday that his agency is still working on President Barack Obama's directive a year ago that the department come up with new rules to make more workers eligible for overtime pay for working beyond their scheduled hours.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 02:40am EDT

The mysteries of estate planning

Host Mike Causey is joined by estate planner Tom O'Rourke who will discuss what you need to do to make sure your estate is in order.
March 18, 2015

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 06:50pm EDT

David Dye, Federal Human Capital Group, Deloitte

If you believe the surveys, employee engagement has been declining across the federal government for years. A recent Presidential Personnel memo makes the Senior Executive Service accountable for several agencies' employee engagement through the SES performance management system. So how do you go about increasing engagement? David Dye, a director in Deloitte's Federal Human Capital Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:36am EDT
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How can Social Security add GREEN to your retirement cash flow?

Lester Austin, retired senior public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answerS your Social Security and retirement questions.
March 16, 2015

Monday - 03/16/2015, 08:07pm EDT
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Congress' March Madness: Fed-focused bills might not make the Final Four

It's March Madness on Capitol Hill. In Depth host Francis Rose looks at four bills in Congress that are now vying for a shot at the Big Dance.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 07:36am EDT
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