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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

There's already an annual list of the best places to work in the government. Now Congress wants to start keeping closer track of the worst ones too. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is inviting employees to share their concerns through an anonymous email tip line. That'll help the committee keep tabs on employee satisfaction. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the new list.

Tags: Congress , Tom Temin

Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:41am EDT
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Congress launches tip line for feds as it takes 'worst' agencies to task

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who oversees the House panel on government operations, says he wants to hear feds' work-related concerns. He created the email hotline after conducting a hearing entitled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," with three agencies that have struggled with employee morale.

Tags: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government , NARA , National Archives , DHS , David Ferriero , Chemical Safety Board , Congress , morale , employee satisfaction , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Mark Meadows , Gerry Connolly , Manny Ehrlich , Catherine Emerson , GAO , Robert Goldenkoff

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:07pm EDT

Taxpayer advocate slams IRS service as 'officially worst' since 2001

Internal Revenue Service faced a tough day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with a spate of new bills passed and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifying before Congress.

Tags: IRS , taxpayer advocate , Congress , Nina Olson , Tax Day , customer service , budget , tax delinquent , workforce , John Koskinen ,

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:21pm EDT

Want to grab cyber talent? Look to better pay

No legislation required: The Office of Personnel Management can create a special pay system for cybersecurity professionals right now, according to the authors of a new report on the federal cybersecurity workforce. More competitive pay could get in-demand experts to stay, they say.

Tags: cybersecurity , workforce , Booz Allen , Partnership for Public Service , Ron Sanders , Mallory Barg Bulman , John Yelnosky , NSA , DHS , Renee Forney , pay , hiring , attrition

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:11pm EDT

Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, Director, Air Warfare, U.S. Navy

The Navy and Air Force contemplate partnering up to develop the next generation of fighters, which are currently due out in 2030. Rear Adm. Mike Manazir is the director of Air Warfare for the Navy. He says the goal is to develop a successor that fits both services' goals. On the Federal Drive at the Sea-Air-Space 2015 conference at National Harbor, Manazir gave Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp his vision for the future of naval aviation.

Tags: Mike Manazir , Navy , Air Force , DoD

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:18am EDT
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Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

When we last checked in with Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the service was operating under a continuing resolution. Zukunft told us that funding was not keeping pace with the Coast Guard's need for better infrastructure, and that meant the Coast Guard wasn't keeping pace in some of its most important missions like stopping drug-runners because of its funding problems. Now, at least one thing is different: The service has a full budget for the remainder of the year. Zukunft joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the Sea Air Space 2015 conference at National Harbor with more on how things are operating now.

Tags: Paul Zukunft , Coast Guard , infrastructure , Sea Air Space Exposition , National Harbor , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:27am EDT
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Katie Tubb, Research Associate and Coordinator, The Heritage Foundation

When Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced he would not run for re-election, he reopened the debate about nuclear waste disposal in this country. Reid had staunchly opposed a plan to store the waste at Yucca Mountain in his state. But never say never. Today five members of Congress, led by the Republican chairman of the House Environment and Economy Subcommittee are visiting the site. Katie Tubb is a research associate and coordinator for the Heritage Foundation who has studied this issue.

Tags: Katie Tubb , Heritage Foundation , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Harry Reid , Yucca Mountain , Nevada , nuclear waste

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:21am EDT
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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Usually it's the inspectors general who accuse others of wrongdoing, whether it's spending too much money here, or treating people unfairly there. Rarely is the behavior of the IG's themselves questioned. So it's notable that now Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser is fighting for his job. A Democratic lawmaker, Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, has called on the Obama Administration to fire Zinser. She says she has 'ample' evidence of misconduct and mismanagement. In this week's Legal Loop Lynne Bernabei, partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, who often represents federal whistleblowers, spoke with Emily Kopp about Zinser's situation on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Lynne Bernabei , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , inspector general , Bernabei & Wachtel , whistleblowers , oversight

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:10am EDT
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USPS must bargain with letter carriers over cyber breach, NLRB says

The National Labor Relations Board has accused the Postal Service of failing to communicate with its labor unions about last year's cyber attack that affected more than 800,000 current and former employees.

Tags: NLRB , USPS , NRLCA , collective bargaining , labor unions , cyber attack , cybersecurity , National Rural Letter Carriers , Charles Posner , hackers

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 02:13pm EDT

NIH may be spared from sequestration, Cardin says

The Maryland Democrat fielded questions from National Institutes of Health employees at a town-hall meeting at the agency's Bethesda headquarters.

Tags: NIH , Ben Cardin , Francis Collins , Maryland , workforce , budget , science , medicine , Senate , outsourcing , travel restrictions , sequestration

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:09pm EDT
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