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Will federal pay freeze rear its head again?

With the House postponing a vote on extending the federal pay freeze, feds are back on course to get a slight pay increase in March for the first time in two years. But Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and an expert on public-sector compensation, says that the pressing budget issues the government faces means the issue of federal pay probably isn't going anywhere.

Tags: pay and benefits , In Depth , Francis Rose , pay debate , pay , Andrew Biggs , AEI , Colleen Kelley , NTEU ,

Monday - 02/04/2013, 07:49pm EST
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TSP returns hold steady through January

The Thrift Savings Plan began 2013 almost exactly how it left off last year. All the regular funds with the exception of the F Fund, made up of government bonds and all the target-date Lifecyle Funds posted in positive territory for the month of January.

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Friday - 02/01/2013, 05:04pm EST

New SBA union contract emphasizes flexible work policies

The Small Business Administration and the American Federation of Government Employees inked a new three-year deal Thursday, extending a number of flexible workplace policies to more than 2,000 federal employees. Among the new benefits are streamlined telework privileges and the ability for employees to opt in to a four-day work-week with expanded hours each day.

Tags: telework , SBA , J.David Cox , AFGE , workforce , union contract ,

Thursday - 01/31/2013, 06:54pm EST

Employees skeptical of managers' ability to cut deadwood

Federal employees are skeptical their managers are making effective decisions about the federal workforce, according to a new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Just 24 percent of the employees agreed that their agencies properly addressed poor performers, while 29 percent of respondents indicated their organizations eliminated unnecessary programs and positions, according to the survey of 42,000 feds from 24 agencies and departments.

Tags: MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , workforce , management , best practices , retention ,

Wednesday - 01/30/2013, 07:20pm EST

HR shuffle changes how agencies work with OPM

The Office of Personnel Management is revamping its human-resources policy shop to provide more innovative solutions to the White House's workforce priorities. The newly created Center for Strategic Workforce Planning will focus on fostering innovation in federal workforce policies and plotting future HR trends. In addition, OPM's human capital officers (HCOs), which previously acted as OPM ambassadors to individual agencies, will instead serve as "HR strategists" to staff the new center and work on pilot projects in priority areas.

Tags: OPM , workforce , Angela Bailey , Sydney Smith-Heimbrock

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 09:05pm EST

DoD's plans to boost cyber workforce could hit hiring, training snags

The Defense Department plans to boost the ranks of cybersecurity professionals, increasing cyber staff at U.S. Cyber Command by more than five times to some 4,900 employees. But DoD's plan is daunting in more ways than one. The job qualifications and skills needed for the kinds of positions the Pentagon wants are rare and often require years of training and hands-on experience. And even if DoD looks outside the confines of the Pentagon to fill these roles, it's not entirely clear where the new cyber pros would come from.

Tags: DoD , U.S. Cyber Command , cybersecurity , cybersecurity hiring , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , Ron Marks , In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 07:20pm EST
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Did OPM flub Monday's delayed arrival announcement?

OPM announced federal offices would be open Monday on a "delayed arrival" schedule. It was the first time the agency has used the classification since it revamped its closure policies last year. But it didn't go off without a hitch - OPM updated the operating status language twice and some federal employees said they were confused by OPM's communication.

Tags: OPM , operating status , NTEU , AFGE , John Berry , Thomas Richards

Monday - 01/28/2013, 04:00pm EST

Amid widespread decline, fed membership in unions down slightly

Of the more than 3.5 million workers employed by the federal government in 2012, about 956,000 - or 26.9 percent - were members of unions, according to the BLS data. That's a slight decline from 2011, when 28.1 percent of federal workers were union members.

Tags: workforce , unions , BLS ,

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 03:36pm EST

Defense workforce caps put key skills at risk

The Government Accountability Office questions whether the Defense Department has done enough to ensure core competencies and key skills aren't lost or left unfilled as the department complies with the workforce caps.

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Monday - 01/21/2013, 07:47pm EST

White House: Information sharing a 'key ingredient' in cyber efforts

The White House's new national strategy for information sharing highlights the concept of collaboration in cybersecurity efforts. Michael Daniel, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, told the Federal Drive information security and information sharing are "mutually reinforcing."

Tags: cybersecurity , Michael Daniel , information sharing , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , cyber legislation

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 08:05pm EST
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