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11:12 am, April 28, 2015

Shefali Kapadia Reports

Shefali Kapadia is a Digital News Writer and Editor for Federal News Radio. She joined the team in 2013 after receiving a BA in Broadcast Journalism from American University. Shefali got her start in journalism working as a reporter, anchor and producer for American University Television.

Rep. Mica: Privatize FAA to bring it into 21st Century

The Federal Aviation Administration's antiquated radar system prevents the agency from keeping pace with new technology, but Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) thinks he has a solution that would also massively overhaul the agency.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 11:01am EDT
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Don't let your agency strike out at its budget hearing

Doug Criscitello, former chief financial officer at Housing and Urban Development, offers advice for federal managers to navigate the complex and sometimes messy budget process.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 11:16am EDT
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Outgoing FDA Commissioner confident in agency's future

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg steps down after nearly six years on the job.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 11:19am EDT
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House puts 100,000 tax-delinquent feds on notice

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed two bills Wednesday - one that would fire tax-delinquent federal employees and another that prevents agencies from awarding contracts or grants to companies with tax debt. More than 100,000 employees in the federal workforce currently owe a total of $3.54 billion in federal taxes.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 01:58pm EDT

Obama nominates new leadership for VA

President Barack Obama nominated two people for key administration posts at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 10:17am EDT

Senators: More transparency needed on geospatial data spending

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a bill they hope will increase transparency on geospatial data. The bill would require agencies to report how much they spend on such data, as part of annual budget submissions to the White House.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 11:41am EDT

Four bills that could affect your federal job, salary

The 114th Congress has introduced numerous bills, many of which directly target the federal workforce. Here are four recently introduced bills that, if they become law, could affect your job and paycheck.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 10:44am EDT

Michelle Lee to lead patent office, filling two-year vacancy

The Senate on Monday confirmed Michelle Lee as director of the Patent and Trademark Office. She had been deputy director since January 2014.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 11:01am EDT

Army: Sequestration to cause 'domino effect' on base maintenance

After two years of operating under sequestration level funding, the Army now faces a $3 billion maintenance backlog and 5,500 work orders, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 11:58am EST
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New coalition helps agencies 'pick up the pace' on shared services

Shared services providers could potentially save the federal government $50 billion per year, according to John Marshall, founder and CEO of a newly-created coalition. The Shared Services Leadership Coalition (SSLC), launched Tuesday, will help the government quickly consolidate several agency-specific platforms into a few government-wide ones.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:38am EST
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Coast Guard Commandant lays out budget, acquisition challenges for year ahead

Should an appropriations lapse occur, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said the Coast Guard's workforce, acquisition programs and daily operations would be "adversely affected."

Friday - 02/27/2015, 11:37am EST

NIH plans massive overhaul of Bethesda campus

The National Institutes of Health has big plans for its Bethesda Campus 500 pages of plans, to be specific. The plan includes everything from replacing buildings to clearing traffic congestion to changing landscaping.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 11:25am EST
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TSP Board looks for fund manager for C Fund

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board issued a request for proposal for the Thrift Savings Plan's Common Stock Fund.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 10:20am EST

When is phased retirement coming to your agency?

The waiting game continues for agencies to implement their own guidance and put phased retirement into practice. An OPM spokesman told Federal News Radio it hasn't received any applications for phased retirement so far, and it has no reports on agencies implementing the program.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 10:12am EST
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Ash Carter may face 'rocky' confirmation hearing for Defense secretary

Despite bipartisan support and years of experience in the Defense Department, Ash Carter's confirmation hearing to be Defense secretary might not be smooth sailing.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:43am EST
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House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise

Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay raise next year. Federal employees received 1 percent pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, after three years of pay freezes.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:31am EST

First snow of the season: Did OPM make the right call?

The Office of Personnel Management announced early Tuesday morning that agencies in the D.C. are open, but employees have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. Federal employees reacted to social media.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 10:19am EST

Thousands of veterans' calls for help go to voicemail

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General identified a total of 40,500 missed opportunities for the call center to refer veterans to appropriate care and services.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:54am EST

Obama announces series of SES reforms

During a meeting with thousands of federal managers today, President Barack Obama announced reforms to the Senior Executive Service. They include creating an SES advisory group, developing a leadership program for future career executives, and forming a new customer service awards program.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:14am EST

Petition for four-day Christmas weekend fails to get 100,000 signatures

With about 92,500 signatures, a petition to give federal employees a four-day weekend around Christmas came up just short of getting a response from the White House.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:15am EST
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