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September 15, 2014

Monday - 09/15/2014, 05:09pm EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

A 1 percent pay raise is in the works for federal employees and military members. But are people happy about it? The answer is yes and no, depending on who you ask. We asked, and you answered at Federal News Radio.com. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:18am EDT
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For a (very) few dollars more

Although feds received a 1 percent pay raise last January and can expect a repeat come 2015, they may still be feeling the effects of the Great Recession, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 02:00am EDT

Treading water in the pay pool

Federal employees are in the same boat as many private sector workers when it comes to cost-of-living pay increases. But, at least, feds can look forward to a likely 1 percent pay bump next January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

GAO to OPM: Hurry up and overhaul the GS System

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says the Office of Personnel Management needs to be more aggressive in updating the 55-year-old General Schedule, the system that governs pay for most white-collar federal jobs.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:46pm EDT
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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

Jonathan Bell, Federal Employment Attorney

The government is on the hook for violating its own labor laws. A federal judge ruled this week that the government failed to provide on-time pay to federal employees who worked during last year's 16-day shutdown. Federal Employment Attorney Jonathan Bell joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the complaint.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:01pm EDT
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Agencies use special rates to close public-private pay disparity

Office of Personnel Management asks agencies to consider how the proposed across-the-board 1 percent pay increase for all federal employees will impact the special rates some employees salaries are calculated on.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 03:31pm EDT

OPM releases final rule on phased retirement

The rule comes more than two years after President Barack Obama signed the provision into law on July 6, 2012. Under the final rule, eligible employees can work part time while drawing on part of their earned retirement benefits. Phased retirees must also spend at least 20 percent of their time mentoring other employees.

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 08:22am EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Buying an annuity from the Social Security Administration is one way for federal employees to bolster their retirement income. And yes, you heard that right, you can buy a Social Security annuity. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She says on In Depth with Francis Rose the cost of the annuity depends on how patient you are.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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House bill would strip premium pay from some TSA officers

The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), would no longer classify some Transportation Security Administration agents in the Office of Inspection as law enforcement officers.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 07:53am EDT

1 percent pay raise; 1.9 percent COLA. Go figure!

Despite higher prices at the pump, overall living costs rose only slightly last month. For federal-military-Social Security retirees, that points to a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment in January.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 03:04am EDT

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Government Accountability Office is in the middle of an ongoing, multi-year study on the pay system, and taking its findings to Capitol Hill. A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee looked at the General Schedule last week. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She shared her own ideas of how to reform the General Schedule on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:58pm EDT
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Steve Bell, Senior Director of Economic Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center

The military is shrinking, but the Pentagon's personnel costs keep growing. In fact, it pays about $125,000 per active-duty service member, including both salary and benefits. Two Washington think tanks are raising alarms. They say the Pentagon needs to do something now so it doesn't have to cut other critical parts of its budget later on. Steve Bell is senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the personnel cost has become expensive.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:00am EDT
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Retired feds on career and retirement

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan as they welcome a couple of retired feds into the studio.
July 21, 2014

Monday - 07/21/2014, 05:36pm EDT
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Reform yoga: Bend over and smile

When your political bosses tell you to bend over and await further instructions, chances are you are about to be reformed. So if you've been there and done that, get ready for another exercise in excellence, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Proposed Senate USPS reforms could save $17 billion

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate's postal reform plan would save just under $17 billion. Changes to the agency would include maintaining increased postal rates and cutting delivery to five days per week.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 03:54pm EDT

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

About 1.5 million white collar federal employees get paid according to the General Schedule. But the system predates the personal computing era. Today, a Congressional panel dares to raise the question: Is the general schedule viable in 2014? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the current system is not viable.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 09:22am EDT
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House panel debates merits of Senior Exec Service, comes down hard on VA

In examining the viability of the Senior Executive Service, House members called out the Veterans Affairs' compensation program, with a pledge to introduce another piece of legislation to take back bonuses. The Senior Executives Association relayed concerns that talent is fleeing senior executive positions.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Bob Tobias, American University

A new performance award strategy could rise from the ashes of a now-defunct pay system at the Defense Department. DoD tried to replace the General Schedule system with a National Security Personnel System back in the mid-2000s, but the White House repealed it two years ago. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He was part of a Task Force that tried to improve the system back in 2009. He said one bright spot in the system could be the key to building a new performance culture across the federal government on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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