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House NDAA amendment preemptively blocks some DoD furloughs

A proposed amendment to the House version of the annual bill setting policy for the Defense Department would preemptively protect DoD employees paid through working-capital funds from potential furloughs. The measure was introduced Monday by Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.).

Tags: House , Congress , DoD , furloughs , Tom Cole , Derek Kilmer ,

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:00pm EDT

Is hike in whistleblower claims a sign of progress or growing mistrust?

The heads of both the Office of Special Counsel and Merit Systems Protection Board tell Federal News Radio as part of our special report, "Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees," that their increasing workloads could actually be a sign of progress, and that more employees feel protected enough to make whistleblower disclosures. However, an exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals a wide chasm of trust remains when it comes to feds blowing the whistle at work.

Tags: management , workforce , oversight , MSPB , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Shirine Moazed ,

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
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Agency budget squeeze eroding trust between employees, management

Susan Tsui Grundmann, chair of the Merit Systems Protection Board, said many federal employees filed furlough appeals last year because they said they didn't trust that their managers were making the right spending decisions that could have fended off the need to furlough employees. This article is part of the Federal News Radio special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees.

Tags: management , workforce , MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , furloughs , furlough appeals , Trust Redefined ,

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
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Concerns over quality continue to plague OPM's background investigations

Ten years ago, the federal government was faced with a crisis in managing security clearances: costly delays and backlogs in performing background investigations. The Office of Personnel Management stepped in and tremendous progress clearing the backlog and meeting strict new timelines mandated by Congress. But some critics now worry too much focus has been put on speed in the process and not enough attention has been given to quality. In our special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines why efforts to measure the quality of background investigations have stalled.

Tags: OPM , security clearances , background investigations , Brenda Farrell , GAO , Merton Miller , DoD , Questioning Clearances ,

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

OPM restarts awards program for senior executives

OPM will accept nominations for the 2014 Presidential Rank Awards through June 5, according to a memo to the heads of federal agencies from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. Last year, the Obama administration canceled the awards program, which recognizes members of the Senior Executive Service for extraordinary service, citing tight budgets.

Tags: SES , Presidential Rank Awards , bonuses , pay and benefits , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , Katherine Archuleta ,

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 01:40pm EDT

Agency leaders 'on a mission' to pump up employee morale

Federal employees are growing increasingly frustrated with budget cuts, stagnant pay levels and a negative perception of the federal bureaucracy, government surveys reveal. At a townhall event hosted by the Partnership for Public Service, the heads of the Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security and Labor say they're getting the message.

Tags: morale , management , Jeh Johnson , Penny Pritzker , OPM , Katherine Archuleta , Tom Perez , DOL , DHS , workforce , Partnership for Public Service ,

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 03:37pm EDT

Securing TSP operations a 'never-ending battle,' auditor says

The agency that runs federal employees' (401)k-style Thrift Savings Plan needs to do a better job monitoring potential cyber incidents against its website, strengthen security at its data centers and come up with a plan for tracking all of its technology hardware. That's according to recent audits of the TSP program undertaken by the Labor Department, which were presented to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Monday.

Tags: TSP , Ian Dingwall , DOL , cybersecurity , technology , Greg Long ,

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 10:13am EDT

House votes down attempt to restart tech think tank

When the House votes Thursday to approve fiscal 2015 budgets for a slew of legislative-branch agencies, lawmakers will get a chance to resurrect the small technology agency that once provided Congress with expert technological and scientific advice. A floor amendment from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) would siphon off about $2.5 million from the House historic buildings fund to provide start-up funding for a reboot of the Office of Technology Assessment

Tags: Rush Holt , Congress , OTA , technology , House ,

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:48pm EDT

Former DHS IG placed on administrative leave following release of Senate report

In a report issued Thursday, the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, says Edwards altered or delayed reports to accommodate senior DHS officials, sought outside legal advice in violation of the laws governing agency IGs and failed to recuse himself form some audits despite concerns over conflicts of interest involving his wife, who was also employed by the agency.

Tags: DHS , DHS IG , Charles Edwards , Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight , oversight , Claire McCaskill , Ron Johnson , John Roth ,

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 12:52pm EDT

Senator wants next OMB director to be familiar with federal workforce

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the chairman of a key congressional panel with oversight of the federal workforce says he wants President Barack Obama's pick for White House budget director to "possess a background in federal workforce and governmental oversight issues." Earlier this month, Obama nominated the current director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Burwell, to take over for Kathleen Sebelius as the head of the Health and Human Services Department.

Tags: Jon Tester , OMB , federal workforce , Sylvia Burwell , Congress , Senate ,

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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