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Employee Viewpoint Survey reveals warts and all to federal managers

The Office of Personnel Management has broken down the results of the annual governmentwide survey to such a fine level that it should make the problems in federal offices painfully clear. Director Katherine Archuleta says OPM has distributed individual reports to 20,000 offices. A new digital dashboard highlights the good, bad and ugly.

Tags: OPM , Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey , UnlockTalent.gov , workforce , management , employee engagement

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 12:15pm EDT

GAO to OPM: Hurry up and overhaul the GS System

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says the Office of Personnel Management needs to be more aggressive in updating the 55-year-old General Schedule, the system that governs pay for most white-collar federal jobs.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:46pm EDT
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Bob Behn, Author, PerformanceStat Potential

Using a data-driven approach to performance analysis is not a suggestion. It's included in the Government Performance and Results Act modernization law. And while it's something that the Office of Management and Budget expects, it doesn't give you an instruction manual. Bob Behn is the author of PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. He's been researching a book on the movement for since 2001. He told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp how the Stat movement began and why he calls it a leadership strategy.

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Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:47am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department has been making progress on its backlog of disability claims, but outdated technology keeps getting in the way. One bottleneck is the time it takes the VA to receive military medical records from the Defense Department. DoD installed a new system at the beginning of this year to solve that problem. But a look by the inspector general finds that things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's DOD Reporter Jared Serbu gives Emily Kopp the details on the Federal Drive. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:24am EDT
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Koskinen: We're from the IRS and we're here to help

Commissioner John Koskinen came into the IRS amid a scandal in its tax-exempt division. Now he's working hard to convince Congress and the public that the agency is neutral and just wants to collect the money owed the government. But he'll need a bigger budget to do that right.

Tags: John Koskinen , IRS , In Depth

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:38am EDT
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TSP funds rebound in August

All Thrift Savings Plan domestic funds recorded gains in August. In the most dramatic comeback, the S Fund ended August 4.98 percent higher than it began.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 09:43am EDT

Ramona Trovato, Environmental Protection Agency

Ramona Trovato helped transform national environmental health policy by focusing attention on children. She is the associate assistant administrator for Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency and a finalist in the Career Achievement category of this year's Service to America Medals. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she changed the EPA's approach to pollution. Read a Q&A with Trovato.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:40am EDT
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Brian Hitson, Office of Science and Technical Information, Energy Department

Following a White House directive, the Energy Department is putting the research it funds on a fast track to the public. It has launched a web portal it calls the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). It will provide free public access to accepted peer reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. Brian Hitson, acting director of the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained why DoE launched the portal.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A report on employees' abuse of telework is damaging a Patent and Trademark Office program long held as a model for other agencies. PTO's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to update the rules that define what work means. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why PTO's problems are the next hurdle every agency must jump through to make telework successful. Read Jason's related article .

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Congress and Obama Administration leaders have drummed it into our heads: Telework is a good thing. Employees like it, it saves money on real estate and it helps agencies operate during emergencies. But now one program that's held up as a model is under scrutiny. The inspector general says Patent and Trademark Office managers looked the other way as their employees repeatedly abused the agency's telework program. Will this make others skeptical about work from home setups? John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a few ideas.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 10:15am EDT
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