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9:54 am, April 20, 2014

Workforce News

Air Force to accelerate headquarters staff cuts

Air Force leaders intend to surpass their share of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's edict to reduce DoD headquarters spending by 20 percent and complete the task several years ahead of schedule. The personnel cuts are part of the service's plan to shrink its size in order to catch up with decades of deferred spending on readiness and modernization.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:52am EST
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Obama to propose employee training improvements in 2015 budget

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta didn't have details on the proposals, but she said agencies need to learn from each other and build on their successes.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:31am EST

Monday quiz: Which feds are more equal than others?

How can three nearly identical feds the same age, same agency, same grade and same job get paychecks of different amounts? Hint: Some feds are more equal than others, Senior Correspondent MIke Causey says.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 02:00am EST

Educating and training the next generation of Marines

Marine Corps University President, Brigadier General Thomas Weidley and Retired Brigadier General Thomas Draude, president of the Marine Corps University Foundation, will talk about the University's education and training programs.
February 28, 2014

Friday - 02/28/2014, 07:48pm EST
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Facebook commenters laud DoD commissaries for curbing bulk buying

A policy update from the Defense Commissary Agency aims to curb system abuse bulk buying.

Friday - 02/28/2014, 08:41am EST

Bieber, Beyonce or buyout: What are your odds?

Given the choice, would you choose a date with Justin Bieber, an evening with Beyonce or a $25,000 buyout? Given the odds, chances are you will never have to make a choice, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But be prepared...

Friday - 02/28/2014, 02:00am EST

Will IRS budget pleas be ignored in Congress?

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government that budget and staffing reductions are impacting the agency's core missions of customer service and tax collection. The agency projects it will only be able to answer 61 percent of phone calls this year, meaning some 20 million phone calls will go unanswered. Meanwhile, taxpayers attempting to reach IRS offices are facing wait times that stretch past 20 minutes.

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:18pm EST

Performance ratings: Let's do something constructive for a change

Some HR practitioners say the process of identifying some goals, setting multiple levels of achievement, then judging employee performance annually is a best practice. That may be true, but that doesn't mean it is a good practice.

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:07pm EST

AFGE: staffing and budget cuts hurting EPA - February 28, 2014

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" EPA Council 238 Executive Vice President Denise Morrison and Local 704 President John O'Grady discuss the impact of staffing and budget cuts at EPA. AFGE VA Local 1988 Executive Vice President Geddes Scott, TSA Local 554 President Robert Williams and Department of Transportation Local 3313 EVP Robena Reid also appear.

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 03:17pm EST
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Army removes 588 troops from sensitive jobs

Army removes 588 troops from sexual assault prevention, recruiting and other sensitive jobs

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 09:20am EST

Are you sleeping with the frenemy?

Unrequited love can, in and of itself, be romantic. But it can also be painful and costly, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, is it time for federal unions to reevaluate their long-time relationship with politicians?

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 02:00am EST

3 agencies reap benefits of shared support functions, report says

In times of constrained budgets, agencies are cutting and consolidating services to save money and resources. Could it be the key to transforming government? A new report looks at what three agencies are doing right.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 06:00pm EST

What's ahead for feds in 2014?

Federal Times writers Andy Medici and Sean Reilly and NARFE legislative director Jessica Klement will talk about some of the issues affecting feds in 2014.
February 26, 2014

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 05:48pm EST
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DHS Secretary Johnson offers few insights into management priorities

In his first appearance before House overseers, Jeh Johnson, the DHS secretary, said employee morale is among his top priorities, but didn't say how he would address it. Johnson said he's working to fill top leadership positions on a permanent basis. DHS has a vacancy rate at top positions of 38 percent.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 02:16pm EST

Federal agencies in DC open; option for unscheduled leave, telework

Federal agencies in Washington, D.C., are open Wednesday. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 04:15am EST

DoD ties another round of BRAC to sizable civilian personnel cuts

Defense Department officials said reducing and realigning bases and depots will help them achieve more savings that can be put toward readiness. Acting Defense Deputy Secretary Christine Fox said this round of BRAC would be different than in 2005.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 04:06am EST
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More agencies turn to targeted buyouts, early retirements

While the latest rounds of buyouts and early retirements span agencies as diverse as the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, one thing many of them have in common is the targeted nature of the offers. In many instances, agencies are targeting offers to employees in specific job areas or agency locations.

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 05:07pm EST

Congress skeptical about plan to shrink military

Obama administration's plan to shrink US military faces sharp resistance in Congress

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 01:26pm EST

Hagel says US military must shrink to face new era

Shrinking US military: Hagel proposes cutting Army to smallest in decades, closing more bases

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 11:18am EST

DoD's 2015 budget envisions smaller military with less generous benefits

The Pentagon says its spending plan acknowledges defense spending is on a downward trajectory, and reduces force structure in order to balance other priorities such as readiness. If sequestration stays in place, the calculus will change, Defense officials say.

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 04:35am EST
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