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In and out of government, employers hesitate to Google employees

From Google searches to LinkedIn connections, a wealth of publicly available online information can reveal a person's mindset, and possibly tip off the government to the next Edward Snowden or Aaron Alexis. The intelligence community has done some testing, but a final policy remains elusive. Contractors are hesitant.

Tags: Charlie Sowell , security clearances , continuous evaluation , social media , insider threat

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 01:27pm EDT
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Charlie Sowell, Salient Federal Solutions

It's become routine in criminal cases for law enforcement to search for suspects' motives by looking at their social media accounts after the crime. But the government has been slow to search social media proactively in other ways. For instance, like evaluating someone for a security clearance. At a recent event hosted by the Professional Services Council, one federal official said the intelligence community had developed a policy to incorporate social media into background investigations. But it's been held up for a year and a half by senior leaders. Charlie Sowell is a former intelligence official, now with Salient Federal Solutions. He tells Emily Kopp that few contractors are using social media to vet their employees too, but that's changing.

Tags: Charlie Sowell , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Salient Federal Solutions , contracting , social media

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:46am EDT
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Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, U.S. Army

Sometimes you have a plan but contingencies come up and force you to change. That's the situation the Army finds itself in. The service is taking a close look at how budget constraints and blossoming global conflicts are forcing it to adjust. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson is military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and director of Acquisition Career Management. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the U.S. Army Expo.

Tags: Michael E. Williamson , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Army , AUSA , aquisition

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:11pm EDT
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Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Only a few weeks ago, Army leadership was planning to shrink its force to levels unseen since before World War II. But that was before Islamic State terrorists threatened to take over Iraq and Syria, before Russia invaded Ukraine and before the U.S. began deploying 4,000 troops to West Africa to help control the Ebola outbreak. Now the Army's Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, suggests the Army and political leaders need to rethink their plans. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the Army Expo about the Army's next steps.

Tags: Ray Odierno , Tom Temin , Army , AUSA , Islamic State , Syria , Iraq

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:01pm EDT
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Acquisition quiz: True or False?

If you keep hearing the same thing over and over, is it true? Take certain federal procurement axioms: virtually every procurement nowadays is protested, contracting officers are not allowed to talk to potential bidders, there are too many contracting vehicles out there. Federal News Radio set out to explore these refrains, with the help of two procurement experts.

Tags: acquisition , Dan Gordon , Jim Williams , Federal Drive , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , acquisition reform , acquisition myths , Mythbusters

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:50am EDT

Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army NATO

The United States is teaming up with NATO allies and partner countries in Eastern Europe for training exercises and logistics collaboration. The exercises take place frequently, but now there's added tension. Namely, sustained aggression from Russia against Ukraine. The U.S. actions fall under a strategy umbrella called Operation Atlantic Resolve. Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt is deputy commanding general of Army Europe and Commander of Army NATO. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the Army Expo.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Association of the United States Army , Army , Walter E. Piatt

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Ted Pestorius, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Ebola outbreak has forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into overdrive. About 100 staff members are in West Africa. Hundreds of other employees are working at the agency's emergency operations center in Atlanta. Still more are working stateside to protect Americans from Ebola or just picking up extra work so their colleagues can focus on the disease. Ted Pestorius is a management officer for the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, where his focus is on the center's employees. Emily Kopp caught up with him at NIH this week, at a conference where he was speaking about ways supervisors can support their employees. She asked Pestorius how is the CDC supporting these employees, and what concerns he hears the most about their well-being?

Tags: Ted Pestorius , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Centers for Disease Control , CDC , Ebola

Friday - 10/10/2014, 10:23am EDT
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With no end to Ebola crisis in sight, CDC teams prepare for the long haul

The CDC staff working to stem the Ebola outbreak are "overachievers, hyperachievers and superachievers," according to one manager. The agency is taking steps to prepare those employees both physically and mentally for a long crisis.

Tags: CDC , Ebola , Ted Pestorius , workforce ,

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 03:55pm EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The first data from the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is out. The data tracks responses from millennials, and there are some surprising similarities and differences from the rest of your agency's workforce. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp reviewed the data. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the data seems to show millennials aren't as different from the rest of your employees as you might think.

Tags: In Depth

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:40pm EDT
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OPM: Millennial feds like their jobs but don't stay long

A new report by the Office of Personnel Management suggests the federal government is doing a better job of recruiting a new generation of workers than retaining them.

Tags: millennials , OPM , Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey , succession planning ,

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 11:53pm EDT
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