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9:59 pm, September 2, 2014

Workforce News

A look ahead

Co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan talk about the state of the federal workforce and legislation under consideration in Congress that could affect federal employment.
July 7, 2014

Monday - 07/07/2014, 05:05pm EDT
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Congress puts pressure on OPM to release final phased retirement rule

Two letters sent from Capitol Hill in call for the Office of Personnel Management to explain why it's taking so long to release final phased retirement regulations, and demand a revised timeline for action. Phased retirement was passed into law two years ago this week.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:17pm EDT

John Pendleton, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon says it's time to trim down the size and the cost of its headquarters staff around the world. The Government Accountability Office says the size of the overall workforce at the Pentagon's combatant commands doubled over the past decade. Overall spending to support the command headquarters grew by almost $1 billion, too. John Pendleton is director of defense capabilities and management of the GAO. He explained DoD's reduction plan and recommended ways to shrink the workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Fun stuff: cool off like a caveman

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

Sunday - 07/06/2014, 05:06pm EDT
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Despite 50 years of progress, morale gap among LGBT workers persists

Despite a series of efforts to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal workers by the Obama administration, LGBT feds, who comprise about 3 percent of the federal workforce, are less satisfied, feel less empowered on the job and are less likely to rate their agency's senior leaders and management as highly as their non-LGBT counterparts, according to a recent survey.

Sunday - 07/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT

The business of threat assessment

Chuck Tobin, president of Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, will talk about how threat assessment can be used to prevent workplace violence.
July 4, 2014

Friday - 07/04/2014, 07:46pm EDT
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USPS offers buyouts to 3,000-plus postmasters

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs, the Postal Service will offer early-outs and buyouts to more than 3,000 postmasters. Those who accept will leave the agency Sept. 30 -- the last day of fiscal 2014.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:16am EDT

OPM launching federal hiring toolkit, new interactive dashboard to reach cross-agency goals

The progress update on Performance.gov shows agencies are taking steps to improve the hiring process, keep Senior Executive Service officials more involved in management and continue promoting employee engagement.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 02:04pm EDT

GPO to offer buyouts in first quarter of FY 2015

The Government Printing Office its employees Tuesday that it planned to request authority from Congress and the Office of Personnel Management to offer buyouts and early outs to 1,850 of its employees. The agency aims to reduce its workforce by 100 positions or 5 percent.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 01:06pm EDT

OMB aims to keep launch of digital A-Team on track

OMB has already deployed small teams to a few agencies to help with one-off digital projects, but the next step is standing up a more formal "Digital Service" within OMB. When fully operational, the office would be staffed with about 25 tech professionals from outside the government who would parachute into agencies on two-to-four-year rotations to help get new IT projects off the ground and help get wayward projects back on track.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 11:03am EDT

VA forming cadre of specially-trained acquisition workers

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, said his office will launch the acquisition corps and program management framework in the coming months to further professionalize the agency's acquisition workforce. A Federal News Radio survey of chief acquisition officers and other senior acquisition managers says workforce training and retention remain among their biggest priorities and challenges.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:56am EDT
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How to make social media a 'great equalizer' for your agency

As social media becomes an important tool in allowing agencies to meet their missions, managers must ensure that their tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:49am EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

When federal agencies have a job opening, they tend to horde their candidates. And there's little sharing of candidate evaluation when someone does apply for a job at more than one agency. A new bill from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) would change that by having agencies pool their candidates. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss if the bill is a good idea.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:47am EDT
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Feds and the Cold War

For a lot of people, the Cold War seems almost like a surreal event. But for decades, it was a very real, at times very hot, war. And there are probably some people in your office who are bona fide cold warriors, like today's guest columnist.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Obama to expand safeguards for transgender workers

The White House is preparing an executive order offering transgender federal workers formal protection from discrimination at work, President Barack Obama announced Monday.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 11:52pm EDT

Estate planning in divorce and blended families

Marc Levine, principal at Handler & Levine LLC, joins host Bob Leins to discuss how to change your estate plan when your life is changing around you.
June 30, 2014

Monday - 06/30/2014, 09:05pm EDT
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Take my job, please!

When you go from intern to top manager and then, later, to retiree, you learn a lot. Today we hear from a NARFE local president who says the phased retirement program, when it starts, could be a great thing for young workers and old-timers, too.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

Fun stuff: what's new in old O.C.

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

Saturday - 06/28/2014, 09:37am EDT
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The state of terrorism at home and abroad

Terrorism experts Christopher Harmon and Michael Kraft will discuss what the federal government is doing to fight terrorism around the world, and Linda Rix, co-CEO of FastYeti Incorporated will talk about her new website vetsHQ.com.
June 27, 2014

Friday - 06/27/2014, 07:48pm EDT
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SESers leaving due more to age, time than other factors

A new report from the Senior Executive Association and the George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration found a majority of the reasons for a 10 percent decline in the SES workforce in each of the last three years is age and length of service.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 05:44pm EDT
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