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Emily Kopp Reports

Emily Kopp covers civilian agencies in the federal government with a focus on workforce issues. Emily's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

Treasury adapts as terrorists change financing tactics

Al-Qaida is struggling to get money, thanks to international efforts to stop terrorism financing, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said at a 9/11 anniversary event. He said today's terrorism threats require more creative measures and increased global cooperation.

Thursday - 09/08/2011, 06:54pm EDT

Interagency effort tries to protect federal supply chain

The White House, Defense Department, NASA and federal procurement experts have formed a working group to tackle the problem of counterfeit goods in the government's supply chain. The Justice Department has convicted military suppliers of selling phony parts that were used in military equipment used in Fallujah, Iraq. The group will make recommendations to President Barack Obama by the end of the year.

Thursday - 09/08/2011, 06:05am EDT

Postal Service warns Senate of dire finances

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned senators that the Postal Service would stop delivering mail by next August unless Congress authorizes sweeping changes. After paying October's bills, Donahoe said the agency would have a week's worth of cash left. Meanwhile, the White House said it would propose reforms soon.

Wednesday - 09/07/2011, 10:00am EDT

Muslim feds faced discrimination, saw an opportunity

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks turned all eyes on Muslims in America. Those who worked for the federal government were attacked in the blogosphere and worried about being scapegoated or simply misunderstood. But they also saw an opportunity.

Tuesday - 09/06/2011, 05:30am EDT

Muslim Feds Reflect on 9/11

The September 11 terrorist attacks turned all eyes on Muslims in America. For some, it was a burden. For others, it created an opportunity. Five Muslim federal workers, past and present, tell Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp how that day has shaped their careers in public service.

Tuesday - 09/06/2011, 02:01am EDT

Senate to focus on Postal Service's dire straits

Ahead of a Senate hearing Tuesday on the Postal Service's financial woes, the National Association of Postal Supervisors is urging senators to change the USPS' payment schedule for retiree health care. The union said it would oppose the elimination of Saturday delivery and other legislative proposals.

Thursday - 09/01/2011, 06:03pm EDT

OPM revisits governmentwide hiring pools

The Office of Personnel Management said shared registers will make it easier and quicker for agencies to fill openings for entry-level budget analysts and IT specialists. OPM will send requesting agencies a list of the "best qualified" candidates. Agencies then will have 30 days to review the applications.

Thursday - 09/01/2011, 01:10pm EDT

OPM promises more secure, streamlined USAJobs

The Office of Personnel Management will roll out the latest version of the Web portal in October. OPM said will protect applicant data better and will make it easier for agencies to mine data, create reports and refine their recruitment strategies.

Thursday - 09/01/2011, 06:12am EDT

OPM makes it easier to hire military spouses

Military widows and spouses of disabled veterans will be able to take all the time they need to apply for federal jobs under a special hiring exemption. The current two-year limit on spouses' noncompetitive hiring authority expires at the end of September.

Wednesday - 08/31/2011, 06:51pm EDT

OPM: Hiring, retention bonuses rose in down economy

A new Office of Personnel Management report showed that agency use of recruitment, relocation and retention incentives rose 22 percent in 2009, the Obama administration's first year. That's a slower rate of growth than in previous years. But it indicates that the government still relies on one-time payments to lure or keep nurses, engineers and others with needed skills.

Tuesday - 08/30/2011, 07:52pm EDT

NIST: Simplicity can be great cybersecurity defense

The National Institute of Standards and Technology senior fellow Ron Ross said keeping things simple lets agencies protect their systems against cyber threats without spending a lot of money. NIST is publishing guides to help agencies make cost-conscious cybersecurity decisions.

Friday - 08/26/2011, 02:43pm EDT

Archives record center in Suitland braces for double whammy

A small team in hardhats is fulfilling emergency requests at the National Archives' Washington National Records Center in Suitland, Maryland, which is otherwise closed. The warehouse sustained damage from Tuesday's earthquake, but no records were harmed. Hurricane Irene, however, poses new threats of water damage.

Friday - 08/26/2011, 02:42pm EDT

Earthquake reinforces telework benefits

Thousands of office workers didn't have to deal with road construction and confusion about building closures after Tuesday's earthquake in Washington because they telecommute. Agencies with robust telework policies largely avoided the chaos. But others have been slow to implement the new policies required by the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.

Thursday - 08/25/2011, 05:19am EDT

Pentagon puts 'faith' in achieving clean audit by 2017

Subhead: The Defense Department said preparing for an agencywide financial audit by 2017 is a good way to make sure every dollar counts in this budget climate. It is putting resources into training administrators and trying to improve its technology systems.

Wednesday - 08/24/2011, 06:47am EDT

Measuring up: New SES framework will help evaluate managers

A new governmentwide framework for evaluating the top career employees in the Senior Executive Service will be rolled out at the end of September. Steve Shih, a deputy associate director in the Office of Personnel Management, said it will bring uniformity and predictability to a process that now seems uneven.

Monday - 08/22/2011, 05:34am EDT

USPS puts cuts to labor on bargaining table

The Postal Service has begun contract negotiations with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. Last week USPS said it would ask Congress to let it break union contracts in order to lay off workers and take control of its health care and retirement plans.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 07:51pm EDT

White House orders increase in diversity hiring

President Barack Obama issued an executive order giving leaders 90 days to come up with a governmentwide plan to increase diversity in hiring and retention. Agencies will have four more months to craft their own strategies for making progress.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 04:33pm EDT

With budgets tightening, DHS alters approach

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said today's terrorist is more likely to operate alone rather than as part of a 9/11-type of coordinated plot, and thus harder to detect. In the face of budget cuts, DHS is focused on managing risks and cooperating with the public to prevent attacks.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 02:00pm EDT

OPM lays out plan for training Latina leaders

A new division in the Office of Personnel Management is leading a governmentwide initiative to recruit and train Latinos, who make up 8 percent of the federal civilian workforce overall. The plan includes working with nonprofit organizations to increase outreach, encouraging Latinos to apply for internships and new ideas for holding agencies accountable.

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 05:23am EDT

VA employees pitch ways to help veterans find work

The Department of Veterans Affairs named 12 finalists in an employee contest to find ways to improve the agency's career training and counseling services.

Monday - 08/15/2011, 06:50pm EDT
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