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10:33 am, October 22, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

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

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Real procurement reform needs to come from within, experts say

Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, and Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council discuss what hurdles stand in the way of real procurement reform as part of Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:57pm EDT
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Presidential Management Fellows program succeeding, but room for improvement

The Partnership for Public Service released a report Thursday revealing the findings of two surveys of 2011 participants in the Presidential Management Fellows program. While the program is succeeding in bringing more outstanding individuals into federal service, there are areas that need improvement.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 02:44pm EDT

Feds Feed Families has 'knock-out' summer campaign

Federal employees donated 14.4 million pounds of food to food banks nationwide as part of Feds Feeds Families summer campaign.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:56pm EDT

Acquisition Legislation Timeline

The practices and procedures for how the federal government procures goods and services did not happen overnight. They were established by multiple pieces of legislation over many decades.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:51am EDT

SARA not the be-all and end-all for acquisition reform

Tom Davis, director of government relations at Deloitte and former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said acquisition offices haven't improved much since Congress passed SARA in 2003.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 11:58am EDT
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Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson named a former Special Agent in Charge of Presidential Protective Division as the interim acting director.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:35pm EDT

TSP funds dip into the negative in September

After rebounding in August, nearly all of the federal Thrift Savings Fund accounts posted negative numbers at the end of September. Despite this one-month dip, year-to-date percentages remain positive.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 12:33pm EDT

Survey: Retirees want greater flexiblity in TSP accounts

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board conducted a survey to find out why so many former feds are withdrawing all the money from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts so soon after retirement.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Partnership names CDC team Federal Employee of the Year

The Partnership for Public Service named the winners of the 13th Annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Dr. Rana Hajjeh and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were honored for promoting the immunization of children worldwide to prevent the spread of the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) virus.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:14am EDT
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At 67, Air Force in good shape, but faces some uncertainty, James says

After eight months on the job, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that even though the service is in good shape, it still faces uncertainty around its budget, overseas operations and readiness.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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$158.4M facelift gives American History Museum new outlook

At age 50, the National Museum of American History is getting a $158.4 million facelift to its west wing, which will add new exhibit space and more interactive elements.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 05:05pm EDT

Federal whistleblowers face 'best and worst' of times, expert says

Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project told a House subcommittee Tuesday that some agencies are circumventing the protections provided by the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 06:09pm EDT

Poll: Public confidence in federal workforce rebounds after shutdown

A new George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that nearly three-quarters of registered voters surveyed said they had either "a lot" of respect or "some" confidence in civilian federal workers.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:26pm EDT

OPM continues to shrink retirement claims backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received about 1,300 more retirement claims than it expected in August. Even so, the agency was able to cut its claims backlog by 500. It is processing an increasing share of claims, 78.5 percent, within 60 days.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 03:44pm EDT

OPM: FSA participants can rollover $500 in unused funds

Feds participating in the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program will now be able to rollover up to $500 from one year to the next in unspent funds from their limited expense and health care flexible spending accounts.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:05pm EDT

Google's Megan Smith named new White House CTO

President Barack Obama filled two positions on his technology team: Google executive Megan Smith as the new chief technology officer and former Twitter general counsel Alexander Macgillivray as the deputy CTO.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 12:59pm EDT

AFGE issues 10 challenges to new EEOC chair

President Barack Obama named Jenny R. Yang as the new EEOC chair Tuesday, but one employee union has already given her a list of issues they'd like to see her tackle.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:46pm EDT

Agencies face challenges in bringing equal opportunity information to remote workforce

With more people teleworking or working at remote locations, agencies face a tough time providing the equal opportunity information they're required by law to provide their dispersed workforce. A new report from EEOC offers some solutions for agencies.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:53pm EDT

Obama calls for 1 percent pay increase for feds starting Jan. 1

President Barack Obama called for a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees Friday to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Congress still has the ability to block the increase when members return to work Sept. 8.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:13pm EDT

Thissen elected NARFE's new national president

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association delegates elected Richard G. Thissen as their new national president. He succeeds outgoing President Joseph A. Beaudoin.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 03:19pm EDT
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