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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.

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

Bethesda Naval opens wounded warrior complex

Bethesda Naval opens wounded warrior complex Subhead: Injured veterans helped cut the ribbon outside the doors of the Naval Medical Center's rehabilitation facility, which includes state-of-the art suites and a swimming pool. Patients will move later this month from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program.

Thursday - 08/11/2011, 06:27pm EDT

White House solicits open gov ideas for national plan

The administration is asking for input to make government more transparent. The ideas it collects could go into an action plan that the administration will present next month at the launch of the international Open Government Partnership at the United Nations.

Thursday - 08/11/2011, 05:39am EDT

Education sees buyouts as way to modernize workforce

The Department of Education hopes to replace higher-grade employees at 12 offices with less expensive workers. It plans to offer early retirement packages and buyouts for the second time this year.

Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 07:09am EDT

Bipartisan group pushes for FAA back pay

A bipartisan group of congressmen have introduced legislation to let FAA employees receive back pay for the two weeks that they were furloughed. Senate Democrats have introduced a similar bill.

Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 04:15pm EDT

OPM proposes more flexibility for CHCOs

The Office of Personnel Management is considering relaxing the Human Capital Assessment and Accountability Framework (HCAAF). The change would give agencies more flexibility to hire and manage their workforce.

Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 06:56am EDT

Postal Service: Out of cash next month

Postal Service officials said they will be insolvent by the end of September unless Congress gives them more control and flexibility over their finances. The USPS board of governors met Friday as the organization reported a third-quarter loss of $3.1 billion.

Monday - 08/08/2011, 06:06am EDT

OPM outlines students' fast track to government jobs

The Office of Personnel Management's proposed regulations would make it easier for agencies to recruit and train students and recent graduates without going through the competitive hiring process.

Thursday - 08/04/2011, 03:35pm EDT

GSA adds nearly 600 small IT businesses to new contract

The General Services Administration has named 599 small disadvantaged firms to its 8(a) STARS II contract. The governmentwide IT contract, with a ceiling of $10 billion, is bigger and broader than its predecessors.

Thursday - 08/04/2011, 06:58am EDT
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