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Could cutting service contracts avert sequestration furloughs?

In an analysis prepared for the American Federation of Government Employees, contracting expert Charles Tiefer said that agency managers have a number of tools at their disposal to legally scale back service-contract spending and that doing so would be preferable to federal furloughs.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , Charles Tiefer , industry , sequestration , PSC , AIA , Alan Chvotkin , furloughs , workforce

Monday - 02/11/2013, 05:00pm EST
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Highlights from Families USA Health Action 2013 Conference - February 8, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" attendees of the Families USA Health Action 2013 address the future of health care and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Common Cause President and CEO and former Rep. Bob Edgar, D-Pa., former Clinton White House spokesman Bob Weiner, Newsweek and The Daily Beast contributor Eleanor Clift and Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack join the conversation.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Bob Edgar , Eleanor Clift , Bob Weiner , Ron Pollack

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 04:38pm EST
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AFGE voices concern over threat of sequestration, civilian furloughs at DoD - February 1, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" AFGE Defense Conference Chair Don Hale discusses the possibility of furloughs for civilian DoD workers if sequestration occurs. Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul addresses China's impact on U.S. manufacturing while Robyn Kehoe of the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund details FEEA's work with AFGE to aid Superstorm Sandy victims. AFGE Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel also appears.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Don Hale , Robyn Kehoe , Dale Deshotel , Scott Paul

Wednesday - 01/30/2013, 05:47pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 1, 2013

Sharon Roth of the Merit Systems Protection Board discusses a new survey on federal management. Lt. Cmdr. Jean Marie Sullivan of the Navy Office of Women's Policy talks about the new DoD decision to open up combat jobs to women. Greg Kutz, a senior audit executive with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Audit, talks about a new report his agency released. Keith Lucas, vice president for AFGE Council 228, discusses a new contract his union signed with the Small Business Administration.

Tags: Sharon Roth , MSPB , management , Jean Marie Sullivan , Navy , women in combat , DoD , DoD Report , Greg Kutz , hiring , IRS , TIGTA , Keith Lucas , Small Business Administration , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/01/2013, 09:29am EST

New SBA union contract emphasizes flexible work policies

The Small Business Administration and the American Federation of Government Employees inked a new three-year deal Thursday, extending a number of flexible workplace policies to more than 2,000 federal employees. Among the new benefits are streamlined telework privileges and the ability for employees to opt in to a four-day work-week with expanded hours each day.

Tags: telework , SBA , J.David Cox , workforce , union contract , Jack Moore

Thursday - 01/31/2013, 06:54pm EST

Did OPM flub Monday's delayed arrival announcement?

OPM announced federal offices would be open Monday on a "delayed arrival" schedule. It was the first time the agency has used the classification since it revamped its closure policies last year. But it didn't go off without a hitch - OPM updated the operating status language twice and some federal employees said they were confused by OPM's communication.

Tags: OPM , operating status , NTEU , John Berry , Jack Moore , Thomas Richards

Monday - 01/28/2013, 04:00pm EST

Preview of AFGE's 2013 Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference - January 25, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" AFGE Legislative and Political Director Beth Moten will preview the union's 2013 Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference Feb. 10 - 13. AFGE Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel and National Council of SSA Field Operations Locals President Witold Skwierczynski also address issues at their respective agencies.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Beth Moten , Dale Deshotel , Witold Skwierczynski

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 04:50pm EST
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AFGE plays a key role in defeat of Sacramento airport privatization initiative - January 11, 2013 and January 18, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" TSA Local 1230 President James Mudrock discusses the union's successful efforts to halt a privatization initiative at the Sacramento International Airport. Women's Campaign Fund and She Should Run President and CEO Siobhan "Sam" Bennett, Economic Policy Institute President Larry Mishel and AFGE Member Benefits Coordinator Mark Williams also appear.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Siobhan Bennett , Larry Mishel , James Mudrock , Mark Williams

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 05:00pm EST
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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
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