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DoD intel chief Vickers gives cyber premier priority status

Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of Defense for intelligence, said cybersecurity and terrorism are his top two short- and long-term concerns. He said protecting space-based systems is becoming more important than ever. Vickers also wants to continue to transform the military intelligence community to meet ever-changing threats.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:22am EST
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Fearless forecast

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will predict what's ahead for federal workers and retirees in 2015.
January 21, 2015

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 08:07pm EST
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House bills slash federal workforce, start possible hiring freeze

A collection of new House bills aim to slash the federal workforce, let go of 120,000 civilian employees at the Pentagon and take back top secret security clearances for contractors in the intelligence community.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:13pm EST

Supreme Court decision helps clarify whistleblower protections

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court's decision that Robert MacLean is eligible for whistleblower protection. The TSA fired the former air marshal for leaking information to the media.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:17pm EST
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Don't ask GSA how many full-time teleworkers it has - it doesn't know

An inspector general audit slams the General Services Administration's telework program. It says the agency poorly tracked employees who work outside the office and the costs they incurred.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:00pm EST

New sick leave plan may spotlight fed benefits

Many federal workers probably wonder what's the fuss about giving people seven days of sick leave per year. That's because Uncle Sam has long been ahead of his time when it comes to things like a generous leave package for workers, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:00am EST

OSC helps VA whistleblowers retain jobs, regain reputations

Veterans Affairs whistleblowers reclaimed their jobs and reputations after supervisors tried to downplay claims of falsified performance reports, a delayed response to rape allegations against a VA employee and low staffing levels at VA medical centers.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:17pm EST

Singles and retirement

Gerontology professor and life coach Michael Creedon joins host Bob Leins to discuss the issues and challenges that single retirees face.
January 19, 2015

Monday - 01/19/2015, 06:35pm EST
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IT Job of the Week

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement directorate within the Homeland Security Department is on the CIO search once again.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:57pm EST

OMB gives agencies deadline to set up digital services teams

The Office of Management and Budget is instructing agencies to set up their own digital services group modeled after those at the General Services Administration under 18F and the Veterans Affairs Department.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:06pm EST

Fun stuff: stayin' on the rails

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

Saturday - 01/17/2015, 09:40am EST
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Trends in the clearance jobs market

Evan Lesser, founder and director for ClearanceJobs.com, will discuss the state of hiring in the clear community in 2015.
January 16, 2015

Friday - 01/16/2015, 07:45pm EST
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3.8 percent pay raise: Reality check!!!

A group of Democrats on Capitol Hill are proposing a 3.8 pay hike for federal employees. That's a good thing, right? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the answer is complicated.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 02:00am EST

Obama authorizes up to six weeks of paid parental leave for feds

President Barack Obama is signing a Presidential Memorandum today directing agencies to provide six weeks of advance sick leave for federal employees to care for their newborn child.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 03:12pm EST

Does winter trigger your boss' tyrant-o-meter?

During the cold weather season, it's not how much snow you get that impacts the atmosphere at your federal office as much as how the wintry weather affects your boss' attitude, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 06:37am EST

Which TSP fund is the best option for you?

Financial planner Arthur Stein joins host Mike Causey to answer your questions about which TSP fund to invest in.
January 14, 2015

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 06:57pm EST
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Koskinen: Furloughs possible for IRS employees

Employees at the Internal Revenue Service may face two days of furloughs before the end of the fiscal year. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen detailed stark budget realities in an agency-wide e-mail to employees.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 06:03pm EST

Why can't the government dominate in cyber space?

Former DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute discusses the difficulty of establishing a strong cybersecurity program within the federal government on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 05:49pm EST

Is the SES pay-for-performance appraisal system working?

With fewer SES awards being handed out, Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, wonders whether executives are performing less well than they did in years past or if the standards simply have gotten too tough?

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 05:55pm EST

Workforce obstacles hamper digital tech growth at agencies, study says

Agency management is mostly gung-ho about bringing new digital technology into the workplace, but hurdles such as a sluggish acquisition process and a workforce lacking tech-related skills keep the federal government from innovating, according to a new study.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 12:46pm EST
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