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Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 22, 2013

OPM's Angela Bailey discusses how agencies are struggling to fill critical skill gaps in the hard sciences. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo fills us in on what to expect with the new defense authorization law. Jacque Simon of AFGE says her union is frustrated with the lack of attention being paid to federal workers' concerns over sequestration. John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service discusses possible changes agencies may face in President Obama's second term.

Tags: Angela Bailey , OPM , CHCOC , Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , Legal Loop , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Jacque Simon , OMB , sequestration , Federal Drive , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 09:21am EST

AFGE vice president Bowman dies

Dwight Bowman, the national vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees' 14th district, died suddenly Wednesday morning, the union announced.

Tags: Dwight Bowman , J. David Cox

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 06:27pm EST

Memorable interviews from 2012 featured this week on "Inside Government" - January 4, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" the program revisits several memorable interviews from 2012. Guests include Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and Donna Christensen, D- Virgin Islands, and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D- Ohio, who participated in a congressional roundtable on health care reform. Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rebuild the Dream President and Co-founder Van Jones also appear.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Donna Christensen , Dennis Kucinich , Tim Kaine , Van Jones , Ben Cardin

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 05:37pm EST
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Rep. Gerry Connolly highlights deficit reduction contributions by federal employees - December 21, 2012 and December 28, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) discusses the sacrifices made by federal employees toward reducing the nation's deficit while AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. outlines the union's 2013 agenda. AFGE Defense Conference Chair Don Hale details the impact sequestration would have on civilian Defense Department workers.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Gerry Connolly , Don Hale , J. David Cox

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 05:12pm EST
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Congress clears way for DoD civilian workforce cuts

Congress has cleared the way for a $633 billion defense policy bill that includes mandated reductions to the Defense Department's civilian and contractor workforces. Leaders of a House-Senate conference committee, tasked with reconciling competing versions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, included in the final report the automatic workforce reductions that opponents say would result in about 36,000 job losses.

Tags: Senate , House , Congress , DoD , DoD civilian workforce , 2013 NDAA , contractor pay cap , PSC , Stan Soloway , J. David Cox , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:56pm 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.

Tags: Election 2012 , federal unions , In Depth , Federal Drive , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , J. David Cox , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 09:03pm EST
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AFGE participates in D.C. government labor-management partnership - December 14, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" 14th District National Vice President Dwight Bowman highlights the union's participation in the D.C. government labor-management partnership. Social Security Works Executive Director Alex Lawson provides a closer look at the Strengthen Social Security coalition while Campaign for America's Future Co-director Roger Hickey analyzes Michigan's right-to-work legislation.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Alex Lawson , Roger Hickey , Dwight Bowman

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 05:04pm EST
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AFGE fights back against Social Security cuts - December 7, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" National Council of SSA Field Operations Locals President Witold Skwierczynski discusses a series of nationwide protests against Social Security cuts as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. With more on the fiscal cliff, former Clinton White House spokesman Bob Weiner reacts to the GOP counteroffer. Bill Fletcher Jr. addresses union myths with his book, "They're Bankrupting Us!: And 20 Other Myths About Unions."

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Witold Skwierczynski , Bob Weiner , Bill Fletcher Jr

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 05:35pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 5, 2012

Witold Skwierczynski of the AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals talks about today's SSA demonstration. Travis Howerton discusses the National Nuclear Security Administration's plans to launch its own social network. Jeremy Herb of The Hill details the Defense Bill just passed by the Senate.

Tags: Federal Drive , Witold Skwierczynski , Jeremy Herb , The Hill , DoD , DoD authorization bill , budget , workforce , Travis Howerton , NNSA , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 07:13am EST

Fiscal cliff: Impact on feds, delivery of public service - November 30, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Public Policy Director Jacque Simon discusses the fiscal cliff's potential impact on federal employees. Common Cause President and CEO and former Congressman Bob Edgar (D-Pa.) and Economic Policy Institute Research and Policy Director Josh Bivens also discuss what a fiscal cliff deal might look like.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Jacque Simon , Bob Edgar , Josh Bivens

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 04:29pm EST
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