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VA has one ethics officer for every 18,674 employees

The Office of Government Ethics says the Veterans Affairs Department needs to expand the legal team responsible for ensuring employees follow government ethics rules. The team has just 19 people, in a department of more than 342,000.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , OGE , ethics , financial disclosure , oversight , management , workforce

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT

Johnson pitches DHS regional commanders as part of 'unity' campaign

Drawing upon his past as the Pentagon's top lawyer, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson envisions a clearer chain of command at DHS that would improve coordination among the department's 22 separate agencies.

Tags: Jeh Johnson , DHS , management , unity of effort

Monday - 09/22/2014, 03:48pm EDT

Senate leaves Social Security's Colvin, others, waiting for confirmation

The Senate left Washington without confirming several of President Barack Obama's nominees for the executive branch, including Carolyn Colvin, his choice to lead the Social Security Administration.

Tags: Carolyn Colvin , SSA , Don Kettl , people , Nani Coloretti , HUD , Michael Carroll , USAID , Sharon Block , NLRB , Rhea Suh , Fish and Wildlife Service , Debo Adegbile , NHTSA , workforce , Congress , Senate ,

Monday - 09/22/2014, 12:24pm EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new program debuts on Federal News Radio. We're introducing you to the people behind some of the most important, difficult and complex work in the federal government. Emily Kopp hosts the debut program of "Federal Voices." She tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she's covering.

Tags: Federal Voices , In Depth

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
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Continuing resolution heads to President Obama for signature

The continuing resolution keeps government agencies open and funded until Dec. 11. At this point, Congress has not tried to use the legislation to block a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2015.

Tags: Congress , SES , IRS , continuing resolution , House , budget

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:47pm EDT

It happened to me: Diplomats recount stories of crisis and survival

Diane Dillard picked up the pieces of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon after it was bombed in 1983. Ambassador Bill Brown found himself at the heart of a Soviet Union spy scandal. And John Limbert survived the infamous 444-day Iran hostage crisis. In the inaugural edition of Federal News Radio's new feature, Federal Voices, we hear from each of them, in their own words, about what those experiences were really like and how they survived to tell the tale.

Tags: Diane Dillard , Stu Kennedy , Bill Brown , John Limbert , State Department , foreign service officers , Beirut , embassy , Clayton Lonetree , Iran hostage crisis , Federal Voices , Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training , Foreign Service Institute , George Shultz , exclusive

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Unions want more say in agency operations

Can a national council in Washington improve labor relations on agencies' front lines?

Tags: labor-management relations , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , Michael Filler , Teamsters , J. David Cox Sr. , AFGE , Veterans Affairs Department

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The US Army is making strides in professionalizing its cyber workforce. Last week, the service announced a new cyber brigade with the mission of defending its computer networks. The new branch could be up and running by October. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu spoke to Emily Kopp about his Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:39am EDT
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IGs overburdened by congressional mandates, survey finds

Inspectors general say congressionally mandated reviews of agency conference spending and charge card use are taking resources away from more important investigations, a new survey finds.

Tags: oversight , inspector general , audits , AGA , Kearney & Co. ,

Monday - 09/15/2014, 11:42am EDT

GAO updates Green Book to help agencies navigate a risky time

GAO has released the first major revision since 1999 of the book on management controls. The update maintains the five major components of internal control from past editions, but it adds depth in the form of 17 principles. It is meant for both federal managers and auditors.

Tags: Jim Dalkin , GAO , Green Book , risk management ,

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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