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Tracking feds' morale, changes to General Schedule part of 2015 budget plan

The Obama administration is calling on agencies to get smarter about tracking employee morale and engagement. The administration plans to roll out an "engagement dashboard" this year that agency supervisors can use to track the mood of their workforces. It's just one part of a planned overhaul of federal management called for in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget blueprint. Other initiatives include a revamp of the General Schedule personnel system, real-time performance reviews of management efforts and enhanced training for senior executives.

Tags: OPM , HRstat , management , workforce , employee morale , budget , 2015 budget ,

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Budget seeks largest increase in federal civilian workforce since 2009

After years of flat or even declining staffing levels at agencies across the federal government, the Obama administration wants most agencies to begin staffing up again. In fact, President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposes the largest governmentwide staffing increase since 2009.

Tags: budget , 2015 budget , workforce , hiring ,

Monday - 03/10/2014, 04:25pm EDT

With budget release, OMB seeks stability for federal workforce

The Office of Management and Budget says the President's fiscal 2015 budget proposal released this week represents an attempt to move beyond the budget gridlock of the past few years. In an exclusive Federal News Radio interview, OMB Deputy Director Brian Deese discussed proposals boost funding for federal-employee training programs and to overhaul way individual agencies' programs are funded.

Tags: OMB , management , Brian Deese , In Depth , Francis Rose , budget , 2015 budget , exclusive

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 07:26pm EST
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Retirement claims tick up in February, OPM retools federal retirement forecast

More than 12,000 federal employees filed for retirement last month, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. That was about 2,200 more retirement applications than the agency expected to receive under new monthly projections it began using this month. Despite an overall slower pace of retirements this year compared to last, OPM's progress in clearing a longstanding inventory of claims appears to have stalled. In fact, the backlog grew in February by more than 2,200 claims.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog ,

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 12:46pm EST

GAO seeks budget hike to restore staffing from rock-bottom levels

The Government Accountability Office is requesting about $525 million for fiscal 2015, an increase of about 4 percent, or $19 million, above current levels. The additional funding would allow the agency to continue staffing up the agency from the nearly rock-bottom levels it hit over the past few years. The additional funding would also allow GAO to make upgrades to its aging IT infrastructure and do long-deferred building upkeep and and maintenance

Tags: Congress , House , budget , 2015 budget , GAO , Gene Dodaro ,

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 04:33pm EST

Strong stock market boosts TSP returns in February

After a rocky start to the year, fund performance for the Thrift Savings Plan rebounded last month. A strong February on Wall Street helped fuel across-the-board gains in all five of the TSP's regular funds, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Tags: TSP , FRTIB , pay and benefits ,

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 11:14am EST

Senate bill blocks background-check firms from reviewing own work

The Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act would block the Office of Personnel Management from contracting with companies to perform final quality reviews if those same companies are also responsible for conducting initial investigations. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced in early February that, going forward, only federal employees would conduct final quality reviews. The new bill writes Archuleta's decision into law. Otherwise it could be reversed by a future OPM director.

Tags: Senate , Congress , Jon Tester , Claire McCaskill , Mark Begich , security clearances , background investigations , Katherine Archuleta , OPM ,

Friday - 02/28/2014, 11:32am EST

Key Senate panel to probe federal pay, morale issues

The Senate subcommittee with oversight of the federal workforce will take up the issue of federal-employee compensation and sinking employee morale. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the subcommittee chairman, said at the National Treasury Employees Union's annual legislative conference that the hearing would focus, in part, on making sure federal pay stays competitive with the private sector.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , pay , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Congress , Senate , Jon Tester , sequestration , budget ,

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 06:39pm EST

TSP board considers rebranding Lifecycle Funds

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is eyeing another potential tweak to the Thrift Savings Plan's Lifecycle Funds their name. Lifecycle Funds, also known as L Funds or target-date funds, are made up of a mix of the five core TSP funds that shifts over time. But board members are concerned the "fund" label may be confusing to TSP participants. In its place, the board is considering changing the name to "Lifecycle strategies."

Tags: TSP , FRTIB , Lifecycle Funds , Greg Long , Renee Wilder , pay and benefits , retirement ,

Monday - 02/24/2014, 03:38pm EST

More agencies turn to targeted buyouts, early retirements

While the latest rounds of buyouts and early retirements span agencies as diverse as the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, one thing many of them have in common is the targeted nature of the offers. In many instances, agencies are targeting offers to employees in specific job areas or agency locations.

Tags: workforce , buyouts , early retirement , NAVSEA , USGS , BLM , Interior ,

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 05:07pm EST
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