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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress is fairly consuming Washington these days. But the lame-duck Congress returning to Washington today has got to tackle big challenges of its own. So what is on Congress' to-do list? Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , budget , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:59am EST
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Government funding tops list for lame-duck Congress

While there's much speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress, the lame-duck one that returns to Washington today must tackle big challenges of its own. With a continuing resolution set to expire in mid-December, agency budgets hang in the balance.

Tags: Congress , continuing resolution , National Defense Authorization Act , Federal Managers Association , Senior Executives Association , appropriations ,

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 06:00am EST

Verna Jones, Executive Director, American Legion

This Veterans Day will be one of transition at the Veterans Affairs Department. New secretary Bob McDonald has taken steps to minimize delays at veterans health centers across the country and show he's holding employees accountable. Now he wants to embark on a major reorganization of the department. One of the people watching closely is Verna Jones, the new executive director of the American Legion. Jones tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that she sees progress at the VA but there's still so much more to improve.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Bob McDonald , Verna Jones , American Legion , workforce

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:16am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Information on more than 800,000 current and former employees of the Postal Service is now in the hands of hackers. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says there's no evidence anyone has used the information improperly. The Postal Service Inspector General's Office learned about the attack in September, but employees only heard the details today. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what we know right now.

Tags: In Depth

Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:30pm EST
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Legion sees hurdles amid the progress at VA

Six month after the American Legion led the call for then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation, Executive Director Verna Jones says she has no regrets. "We got it right," she said. "Because of that change, things are happening." Fewer veterans are waiting weeks for appointments, but Jones sees much that needs improvement at the VA.

Tags: American Legion , Verna Jones , Veterans Affairs Department , veterans ,

Friday - 11/07/2014, 04:05pm EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Turbo-charged customer service and some more customized services may be available to Thrift Savings Plan investors in the future. Greg Long, the executive director of the TSP, says the TSP may provide these services -- since they see participants taking all their money out of their accounts when they retire. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what Greg Long is most worried about.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits , retirement , workforce

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:50pm EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

When it comes to retirement savings and other benefits, federal employees have better options than many in the private sector. That's one of the findings from the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which presented its findings yesterday. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: retirement , retirement benefits , Financial Literacy and Education Commission , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , pay and benefits

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 09:29am EST
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EEOC's Jenny Yang aims to teach agencies the ABCs of hiring individuals with disabilities

Jenny Yang has been the EEOC's new chairwoman only for two months, but she's already outlined her overarching goal: to make it easier for agencies to hire employees with disabilities, and increase their overall number. Yang also used National Disability Employment Awareness Month to start immediately improving the hiring process.

Tags: Jenny Yang , EEOC , hiring , workforce , disability hiring , diversity , Matt Wingfield

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 11:35am EST
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Agencies know employee engagement is a problem. Now what?

The Chief Human Capital Officers Council, working with representatives of labor unions and managers' associations, is trying to give agencies tools to boost employee engagement following three years of declining scores on the governmentwide employee viewpoint survey.

Tags: CHCO Council , Employee Viewpoint Survey , workforce , management , Justin Johnson , Bill Dougan , Nuclear Regulatory Council , NASA , Jeri Buchholz , Bureau of Engraving and Printing , FDIC ,

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 03:45am EST

Jenny Yang, Chairwoman, EEOC

About 12 percent of federal employees say they have disabilities. The hiring of more has become a focal point of the Obama administration. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just wrapped up a month of focusing on this issue, during which it published guidance for agencies, hosted a Twitter town hall and launched a new data collection effort. New EEOC Chairwoman Jenny Yang told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp the agency is trying to help the government be a model employer of people with disabilities, while it does a better job itself.

Tags: Jenny Yang , Federal Drive , EEOC , hiring , workforce , disability hiring , diversity

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 11:04am EST
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