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7:18 am, July 30, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

Michael O'Connell is a web editor and general assignment reporter for Federal News Radio.

Full-time EPA employees face 32 furlough hours

Craig E. Hooks, assistant administrator at EPA's Office of Administration and Resources, sent an email to all agency employees describing the agency's furlough plans. Full-time employees will be furloughed for 32 hours during the first phase of EPA's furlough process.

Friday - 04/05/2013, 06:23am EDT

Woytek: SEWP 5 will provide 'full-service data' at NASA

Joanne Woytek, NASA's Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement program manager, fleshed out details of the space agency's new governmentwide acquisition contract Monday on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 03/19/2013, 12:29pm EDT
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FBI arrests NASA contractor about to leave U.S. for China

Agents charged Bo Jiang, a contractor at the National Institute of Aerospace, with lying to federal investigators. Jiang was under investigation for possible violations of the Arms Control Act.

Tuesday - 03/19/2013, 07:21am EDT

CBP issues tens of thousands of furlough notices

In order to counter funding reductions due to sequestration, Customs and Border Protection has begun sending furlough notices to many of its 60,000 employees. An officer in the union representing CBP agents says these measures amount to a 40 percent reduction in salaries.

Friday - 03/08/2013, 12:35pm EST
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TSP funds see small gains in February

The rate of growth in the Thrift Savings Plan funds slowed in February, with most funds posting lower gains compared to January.

Monday - 03/04/2013, 05:54am EST

Low morale? You're not alone, new federal survey shows

Sequestration? Furloughs? Pay freeze? Fed bashing? Poor leadership? The list of morale killers goes on and on. A new Federal News Radio survey on employee morale and leadership -- part of our special report, Leaders in Federal Service -- shows just how bad people are feeling in the federal workforce.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 06:18am EST

Pelberg creates supportive environment to help IRS staff succeed

Top Leaders in Federal Service award winner Marcia Pelberg considers herself a "servant leader" rather than a general. She's been praised for creating an environment at the Internal Revenue Service that helps staff members to achieve success.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:45am EST
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CDC's Rothwell epitomizes 'top shelf' leadership

Overseeing the Division of Vital Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., Charles Rothwell was called a man who "epitomizes everything a top shelf leader should be." He has been named one of Federal News Radio's Top Leaders in Federal Service.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:38am EST

Parker leads IRS Chief Counsel's legal processing staff to success

As director of the Legal Processing Division of the Internal Revenue Service's Chief Counsel office, Michael Parker led his office through high water and low on the road to success. He's leadership skills have earned him the distinction as one of Federal News Radio's Top Leaders in Federal Service.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:20am EST

GSA's Godwin sees employees as her 'greatest resource'

Inspired by her nurturing leadership skills, 12 members of Beverly Godwin's staff nominated her for Federal News Radio's Top Leaders in Federal Service award.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:03am EST

When the going gets tough, good leaders lead

Times of tight budgets, impending sequestration and a possible government shutdown require good leaders who can make tough decisions. But who are those leaders? Federal News Radio asked our readers to nominate people they work with who demonstrate the qualities of good leadership. You responded, we listened and a panel of judges picked the five Top Leaders in Federal Service.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:00am EST
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Contractors can expect uncertain, difficult times ahead, expert says

Michael Tinsley, CEO of NeoSystems Corp., tells The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, there's little contractors can do to influence agencies facing impending sequestration beyond maintaining good communications and weathering the storm.

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 11:24am EST
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DC federal offices open Friday with unscheduled leave, telework in effect

For the second day in a row, federal offices in the D.C. area will be open with unscheduled leave and telework available for eligible employees.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 11:47pm EST

Video: House committee fires first shot in IT reform revolution

Later today, the full membership of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will begin to consider legislation to reduce wasteful IT spending.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 11:10am EST

Army cuts size, increases efficiency of its vehicle fleet

At the end of fiscal year 2012, the Army's vehicle fleet numbered around 70,800 vehicles, which is about 12,000 less than it had in 2009. As it cuts back on the number of overall vehicles it has, the Army is also assembling a greener, more environmentally friendly fleet.

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 12:48pm EST
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GSA adopts new mileage reimbursement rates

The agency raised the rate for using a privately owned vehicle to $0.565 per mile. Rates for airplane travel and motorcycles also went up.

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 05:16am EST

Analysis: Sequestration postponed? What does that mean?

Brian Friel of Bloomberg Government told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp Congress' latest piece of legislation both delays sequestration and reduces its potential effect.

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 12:20pm EST
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Union president calls Senate fiscal cliff bill 'bad deal'

William R. Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said Tuesday the Senate's fiscal cliff bill will lead to a political standoff that will leave federal employees with an uncertain future.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 05:01pm EST

Timing of Unified Agenda release draws criticism from Issa

While Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, criticized the Obama administration for turning in the Unified Agenda nine months late, one researcher says its more important to focus on the contents of the document rather than the timing of its release.

Monday - 12/31/2012, 02:22pm EST
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'Best Place to Work?' -- Not so much

The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released the 2012 Best Places to Work in Federal Government rankings today. While some agencies improved their employee satisfaction rankings, the majority did not, resulting in the greatest overall change -- a 3.2 point drop -- since the rankings began.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 06:36am EST
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