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Election 2012

White House group recommends digital form, less paperwork for presidential nominee

A White House working group recommended Senate and administration leaders design a core set of common questions and develop a single electronic "smart form," similar to tax-filing software, that appointees could use to complete the necessary forms.

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 04:03pm EST

Next few weeks critical to defining DoD in second Obama term

"Fog bank" of threatened automatic spending cuts makes predicting Defense policy under a re-elected President Obama difficult. But experts agree DoD is likely to take more cuts, with or without sequestration.

Friday - 11/09/2012, 05:50am EST
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Feds & Politics: Neutral or Neutered?

The election is over and whether your candidate won or lost you can't miss those 24/7 political ads on TV, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But now that it's over, do you feel that laws regulating your political activities as federal employees helped or hurt you?

Friday - 11/09/2012, 02:00am EST

4 more years, but not like the last 4, OK?

Federal and postal unions that solidly backed the President's re-election bid hope their steadfast support - even after a two-year pay freeze - will pay off in 2013, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 02:00am EST

Unions relish Obama victory but temper expectations for second term

Federal-employee unions have hailed the re-election of President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But despite the excitement, union leaders are tempering their expectations for a second term. National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley and J. David Cox, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told Federal News Radio their groups are ready to play an expanded role to deal with the budget deficit and alternatives to the sequestration cuts coming in January.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 09:03pm EST
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Election 2012: In Depth interviews

On this special Election 2012 edition of the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show and links to additional resources.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 04:35pm EST

Election Special: Federal Drive Interviews -- Nov. 7, 2012

Po Collins of the National Contract Management Association talks ethics. Don Kettl, dean of the school of Public Policy, University of Maryland, sheds light on the election. Craig Karch of ICE talks about the return of antiquities to Mexico. Alexander Bolton of The Hill newspaper and J.David Cox, national president of AFGE, call in about the election.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 09:16am EST

Changes coming to key congressional committees despite status-quo election

Following Tuesday's election, Democrats maintain control of the Senate and Republicans continue to hold sway in the House. Retirements, term limits and a few new lawmakers alter the leadership of some committees.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 07:24am EST

Will election results mean more gridlock on budget, sequestration?

President Barack Obama's victory over Republican Challenger Mitt Romney didn't come as a surprise to anyone who was following the pre-election polls. Few surprises occurred in the congressional races as well, which suggested a return of the status quo in Washington and continued gridlock ahead.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 05:03am EST
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Feds should expect minor tweaks in Obama's second term

President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night. History shows administrations entering a second term tend to stay on the performance management path they initially lay out with an eye toward extending some priorities. Budget pressures, including the looming cuts from sequestration, will drive many of the priorities over the next four years for the President.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 03:05am EST
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Barack Obama wins second term

President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney, prevailing in the face of a weak economy and high unemployment that encumbered his first term and crimped the middle class dreams of millions. "This happened because of you. Thank you" Obama tweeted to supporters as he secured four more years in the White House.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 02:20am EST

Presidential surprises - don't be surprised!

Presidents, whether they are re-elected lame ducks or first-time occupants of the White House, change when in office. They don't always live up to the expectations of the people who put them there or who worked hard to defeat him. Civil servants know that better than most, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 02:00am EST
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Who will stay and who will go in Obama's second term?

President Barack Obama is gearing up for a second term in office, but some members of his Cabinet are on their way out, experts tell Federal News Radio. The legwork for these top- tier changes and others is already in motion behind-the-scenes.

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 03:50pm EST
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I'd love to help, but I'm Hatched!

It's election day, and millions of federal and postal workers, like their neighbors, will go to the polls. the difference is that because of the Hatch (no politics) Act, there are things government employees cannot say, do or wear at least at the office. Some think that's unfair, while others are comfy under the Hatch Act blanket, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 02:00am EST

Virginia Senate candidate wants to pay feds for cost-cutting ideas

Former Virginia Governors George Allen and Tim Kaine offer contrasting ideas on issues affecting federal employees and contractors. In Maryland, former federal employee Dan Bongino is challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin for his seat. Bongino and Cardin hold similar views on a number of employee issues.

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:40pm EST

Committee leadership changes likely after election

The election Tuesday could bring with it a number of changes to the makeup and leadership of key congressional committees with oversight of the federal workforce and management. The changes to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and others are expected from retirements, committee term limits and a few close races.

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:14pm EST
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Purple state feds

If the political pros are correct, too-close-to- call states, like Virginia, Nevada, Florida and especially Ohio, will pick the winner in tomorrow's election. Although the swing states are very different in many ways, they each have a large percentage of well-paid, fully employed, well-educated likely voters: That would be you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 11/05/2012, 02:00am EST

November games: Most fun with your clothes on

What's the most fun a career civil servant can have with their clothes on? The last full week before any presidential election can be a nail- biting, gut-wrenching times for the several thousand political appointees whose jobs depend on who wins, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 02:00am EDT

Romney's private-sector approach to government includes realigning pay, downsizing workforce

It's no secret Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney envisions broad changes to the federal government and its workforce. In campaign speeches, Romney has spoken of aligning federal pay with that of the private sector and reducing the federal workforce through attrition. But federal unions say Romney's comments and proposals should give feds pause. This story is part of Federal News Radio's special, week-long multimedia report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:59pm EDT

What would a second term for President Obama mean for feds?

The administration promotes numerous policy and program successes and it is on these successes President Obama's second term priorities likely will be built. The Office of Management and Budget did not respond to requests for specifics on the President's management agenda for the next four years, so we looked to the previous initiatives and asked experts for their opinions to devine the future in part 5 of our special, week-long multimedia report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:58pm EDT
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