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Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Consolidating agency payroll functions into just a handful of governmentwide service centers has been a shared services success story. But the Office of Management and Budget says there's a problem: in many cases, there's not enough funding to keep those centers' IT systems up to date. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, OMB hopes to have a fix for that within the next year.


Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:22pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Congress is lifting the Windfall Elimination Program for a select few members of the federal workforce. The WEP can sometimes be the barrier between an extra $400 a month in Social Security benefits. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the recent lift from Congress means for members of the Civil Service Retirement System.


Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:12pm EDT
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), House Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Mark Meadows has an email tip line so federal employees can tell him about what they see at their agencies. His subcommittee just held a hearing called, ''The Worst Places to Work in Government." But he says he wants to highlight the good things the Executive Branch is doing too. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he and his staff have focused on since he took leadership of the subcommittee.


Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:26am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 1, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the White House has released draft guidance for how agencies should respond to the FITARA, a House panel moves forward a bill to change surveillance from the NSA and a watchdog says the IRS has taken significant steps to stop agents from targeting political groups.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:37pm EDT
Tony Scott, Federal Chief Information Officer, OMB

The Office of Management and Budget releases a draft policy for public comment to change the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology projects. The draft guidance implements the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). In an exclusive interview, Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how the draft policy tries to create a broader conversation around IT oversight.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Building a workforce for the year 2025, requires an infusion of new employees to replace the ones that leave, even if they're not leaving as fast as everyone thought they would. Attracting those new employees -- so far -- hasn't involved much discussion with the current employees, who are like the ones the government wants to attract. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp talked to some of them and tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she found.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:02pm EDT
John Harvey, Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth

The military branches have a template that civilian agencies could use to build their workforces for the next decade. Retired Navy Adm. John Harvey is Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He's former Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the tools civilian and uniformed leaders in the military will have to build a workforce for the year 2025, and how both forces will collaborate in the coming decade.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Catherine Emerson, CHCO, DHS, and Miriam Cohen, CHCO, NRC

Strategies for building a workforce of the future are under development now at several different levels of government. Catherine Emerson is chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, and Miriam Cohen is chief human capital officer of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about the tools they have to make sure their work forces are ready for the year 2025.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 08:34am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 30, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the FAA says the gyrocopter that landed on the Capitol lawn two weeks ago looked no different on the radar from a bird, a bill to strengthen the patent system gets high marks from Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and two whistleblowers at the TSA won't face more retaliation.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:00am EDT
Recruiting, retention key to bucking federal retirement trends

A reverse retirement wave is challenging chief human capital officers to rethink how they plan their workforce in FY 2020 and beyond. Two agencies -- one large, one medium -- described how to find success in one of the most important parts of that planning process: Building and maintaining a fluid pipeline of incoming and outgoing career employees.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 02:00am EDT
6 signs of hope for the federal workforce of the future

While statistics show that baby boomers within the federal government are in no hurry to retire now, eventually that day will come. And the new leaders who will take their place want to work for a government that is nimble and uses technology to its advantage. In the final part of Federal News Radio's special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we take a look towards the future. What will the workforce of 2025 look like? We asked six government leaders today where they see the greatest opportunities for growth and what's working now that could be replicated on a larger scale.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:20pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Over the last two decades, the Army has made decisions to make its reserve forces "operational" ones. The reserves participate in contingencies around the world even in peacetime, instead of having the Army only call them up in emergencies. But the chief of the Army Reserve says funding cuts are already beginning to relegate his force to the "strategic" reserve of decades gone by. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.


Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:16pm EDT
Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

Sixty-five percent of federal employees who are eligible retire choose to stay on the job, according to a Federal News Radio survey. The workforce is growing older, but holding off on retirement actually makes financial sense for many employees. As part of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave: Planning for a Workforce that's Aging in Place, Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley talked to Kim Weaver, the director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. She's also putting off her last day to work and explains the financial reasons why many others do the same.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:14pm EDT
Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House Armed Services Committee might be opening the door to another round of BRAC with next year's National Defense Authorization bill. The Military Readiness subcommittee wants DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares its expected force structure to its future infrastructure needs. Roger Zakheim is a counsel at Covington and Burling. He's former general counsel and deputy staff director for the House Armed Services Committee, and former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered ways the committee might mark up the 2016 defense authorization bill.


Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:10pm EDT
Kymm McCabe, Founder, ValueStorm Growth Partners

The inspectors general community is producing more than twice as many indictments and criminal investigations today than 20 years ago. In 2013, IGs from 78 different offices processed 19,000 of them; in 1995 they only did 8,000. Kymm McCabe is founder of ValueStorm Growth Partners, and former deputy director of the Defense Department's Office of Business Transformation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said greater oversight is paralyzing agencies because they're too afraid to make a mistake.


Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:06pm EDT
Bob Knisley, SEA, and Kehli Cage, YGL

Connecting experienced government managers with up-and-comers is the goal of Project Next Generation. It's a partnership between the Senior Executives Association and Young Government Leaders. Bob Knisley is director of Project Next Generation for the SEA. Kehli Cage is director of mentoring and fellowships for YGL. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about the interaction between the two groups to develop the next generation of government leaders.


Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 08:47am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 29, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the President nominates the vice commandant of the Coast Guard to be the next TSA administrator, a long-term veteran of intelligence community technology has retired from government and even before it's debated, the House version of 2016 Defense spending draws fire from the White House.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Nicole Ogrysko, Producer, Federal News Radio

Agencies need to do a better job with their succession planning and next genertion training, but budget cuts, hiring freezes and sequestration haven't helped. Mission critical projects come up, and departments don't have the expertise to see them through when long-time federal employees retire. Some agencies are turning to reemployed annuitants for help. As part of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko spoke with federal retirees who left government and came back. Read the Reverse Retirement Wave: Planning for a Workforce that's Aging in Place.


Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three years ago, Congress ordered DoD start exploring the possibility of letting servicemembers earn civilian skill credentials while they're still in uniform. Military officials say they've done much more than study the issue: civilian credentialing programs have seen a dramatic expansion over the last several years, giving servicemembers tens of thousands of new skill certifications that are recognized by private sector employers. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.


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