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Pentagon announces several policy changes to cut travel expenses

In one of DoD's more creative responses to sequestration, the department is turning to credit card perks as one way to offset its appropriations cuts. The military services have begun implementing policies that require both uniformed members and civilians to use government-issued travel cards to pay for all of the expenses they incur while they're moving to a new duty station.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 10:38am EDT

DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on workforce

Readers of Robert Gates' biography will remember that one of the former Defense secretary's biggest disappointments was how much effort and political capital he had to personally expend to get the DoD acquisition system to deliver results to the field when there was no clear constituency for a given program within the bureaucracy of the military services. But Andrew Hunter, the director of DoD's rapid acquisition cell says senior leaders have come to realize that they should be able to acquire urgent items quickly without the secretary of Defense having to effectively become the program manager.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 10:17am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Declassifying cyber doctrine, institutionalizing rapid acquisition and credit card perks

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon declassifies its long-awaited joint doctrine for cyberspace operations; DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on the workforce; the Pentagon announces several policy changes to cut travel expenses; and DISA shops for expansion of its classified commercial smartphone service.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:18am EDT

A four-day Christmas weekend for feds?

It's not too early to be thinking about Christmas, especially if you're wondering whether President Barack Obama is going to give feds an extra day off and make it a 4-day holiday weekend, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

Fun stuff: the ghosts of Gettysburg

Federal News Radio speaks with Recreation News Editor Marvin Bond about fun things to do in and near the nation's capital.

Saturday - 10/25/2014, 10:41am EDT
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An update on NCIS

Andrew Traver, director of the National Criminal Investigative Service will bring us up to date on what's going on at the agency, and how its mission is expected to change in the future.
October 24, 2014

Friday - 10/24/2014, 08:37pm EDT
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Four EVS data trends: When you're up, you're up

Four things you might not know, but should, about the federal workforce, based on the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey by the Office of Personnel Management.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 02:12pm EDT

2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Senior leaders get low marks

Federal employees' opinions of senior leaders are at a five-year low, based on the Office of Personnel Management's survey of nearly 400,000 employees across government. More broadly, the survey suggests employees are even less enthusiastic about their jobs than they were last year, when OPM warned agencies to heed signs of low morale.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:00am EDT

Chris Mihm, Government Accountability Office

In a study destined to produce big headlines, the Government Accountability Office finds thousands of federal employees are taking prolonged periods of administrative leave. In the past three years, more than 50,000 employees were on paid leave for up to three months. But for most federal employees, paid time off amounts to about a day per year. Chris Mihm, managing director for Strategic Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what they found.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:00am EDT
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AFGE questions Ebola protection efforts for frontline feds

The American Federation of Government Employees wants mandatory safety guidelines for federal Ebola responders. Those include nurses, doctors and employees at agencies including the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. Among the union's priorities are better communication between agencies and universal protocols.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Online Chat: Ask the CIO with NASA Ames' Jerry Davis

NASA Ames CIO Jerry Davis joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his IT priorities for NASA Ames, including workforce development, big data analysis and his efforts to improve the center's cybersecurity.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 11:00am EDT

NASA Ames looks to cross-training, shared services to deal with workforce challenges

Jerry Davis, the NASA Ames CIO, said being in the heart of Silicon Valley poses different obstacles when it comes to recruiting and retaining IT employees. He said cloud and cyber are among his top priorities.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 10:53am EDT
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Federal workers: All I want for Christmas is a long weekend

A WhiteHouse.gov petition asks President Barack Obama to grant government employees off the Friday after Christmas, creating a four-day weekend.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 03:10pm EDT

Federal retirees to receive 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015

This is the third year in a row that cost-of-living adjustments for federal retirees, Social Security recipients and disabled veterans will be less than 2 percent.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 08:01am EDT

Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: The price of mistrust

The results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey are in at many agencies. Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security and the chief human resources officer at the Defense Logistics Agency, says the numbers aren't pretty.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:26am EDT

GOP to agencies: Why do you pay employees not to work?

Congressional Republicans probe for answers following a GAO report that the government spent nearly $3.1 billion in paid administrative leave over a recent 3-year period. While most employees took such leave for a week or less, 263 spent a year or longer on paid administrative leave.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:12pm EDT

Social Security and retirement

Lester Austin, retired public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security and retirement questions.
October 20, 2014

Monday - 10/20/2014, 08:09pm EDT
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Ebola and your job description

Over the coming weeks and months, many federal workers and military personnel will be involved in the fight to contain, then isolate and eliminate the disease. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders what measures agencies will be taking to protect those workers.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Fun stuff: boredombusters

Federal News Radio speaks with Recreation News Editor Marvin Bond about fun things to do in and near the nation's capital.

Saturday - 10/18/2014, 08:48am EDT
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Officials: Woman at Pentagon doesn't have Ebola

Health officials say woman reported sick at Pentagon parking lot doesn't have Ebola

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:40pm EDT
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