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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.

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

Hardship all around in FAA dustup

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is urging Congress to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration before lawmakers fly home for the August break. LaHood said 4,000 FAA employees, about 70,000 workers in the private sector and more than 200 airport projects are depending on them.

Tuesday - 08/02/2011, 05:45am EDT

OPM allows gay couples to receive childcare benefits

The children of federal workers' same-sex partners may qualify for their agency's childcare benefits under a rule proposed Thursday by the Office of Personnel Management. The rule is part of an effort to make family benefits available to all eligible workers wherever possible.

Friday - 07/29/2011, 03:04pm EDT

Mica: No end to FAA standstill in sight

House Transportation Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) is at the center of the legislative stalemate over FAA reauthorization. He spoke with Federal News Radio about the impact it's having on FAA workers.

Friday - 07/29/2011, 02:46pm EDT

Commission begins review of USPS closures

The Postal Regulatory Commission is scheduling public hearings on the Postal Service's plan to consider shutting down nearly 3,700 post offices nationwide.

Friday - 07/29/2011, 10:45am EDT

House committee mulls federal property sales

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the best way to dispose of nearly 90,000 vacant or underutilized federal properties. While some lawmakers see property sales as a way to generate cash, it's not clear how much the properties are actually worth.

Thursday - 07/28/2011, 05:15am EDT

Maryland senators boost small biz cyber role

Witnesses at a Senate field hearing in Laurel, Md. said the government's tight budget is tough on the small businesses that are bidding for cybersecurity contracts. Federal agency representatives, on the other hand, say they're reaching out to small businesses.

Monday - 07/25/2011, 08:07pm EDT

Frustrated federal unions plan public appeal

Federal unions and associations haven't gotten far in their attempts to convince Congress not to cut federal workers' salaries, retirement or resources. Now they're taking that message to the public through media spots and demonstrations.

Friday - 07/22/2011, 06:41pm EDT

Unions step up protest against pay cuts, benefits

Unions are intensifying their cries against proposed cuts to federal workers' pay and benefits.

Friday - 07/22/2011, 10:46am EDT

CBP officers begin to earn greater retirement benefits

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has implemented a 2008 law that puts Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers on par with law enforcement officers when it comes to earning greater retirement benefits and qualifying for early retirement. It also requires CBP officers to retire by age 57.

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 07:02pm EDT

Unions rally against debt-limit retirement cuts

The two largest federal unions are urging feds to stand up against proposed cuts to federal pay and retirement by calling Congressional leaders and rallying in New York. Last week, 21 federal unions sent a letter to Treasury and OMB demanding to know what would happen to federal employees should Congress and the White House fail to raise the debt ceiling but got no response.

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 02:55pm EDT

OMB sets minimum telework security requirements

The administration's new memo instructs agencies to secure the information, programs and networks used by employees working outside the office, and to prevent employees from using government resources to access porn.

Monday - 07/18/2011, 03:02pm EDT

Unions demand to know debt ceiling impact on feds

A coalition of 21 groups representing five-million federal employees and retirees wrote a letter to OMB and Treasury asking for information about what happens to federal workers if the debt ceiling isn't raised. NTEU is planning a rally in New York to oppose proposed cuts to federal employees pay and benefits.

Friday - 07/15/2011, 05:25pm EDT
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