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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 19, 2012

Defense analyst Jim McAleese reviews the Defense Authorization Bill agreed on by both the Senate and the House yesterday. OPM Director John Berry says proposed rules to implement phased retirement are on the fast track. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) discusses changes that will make it easier for feds to telework. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) talks about benefits that will help retain federal employees. Vivian Reifberg of McKinsey & Co. talks about why the current administrative transition is so important. Alex Bolton of The Hill discusses the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Tags: Jim McAleese , McAleese and Associates , John Berry , OPM , phased retirement , retirement , telework , Telework Enhancement Act , Gerry Connolly , workforce , Vivian Riefberg , McKinsey & Co. , Alex Bolton , The Hill , Congress , fiscal cliff , COLAs , Federal Drive , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DoD , DoD Report

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 08:41am EST

Lawmaker says fed pay, benefits used as 'piggybank' in deficit reduction

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), whose district in the Washington, D.C., suburbs is home to many federal employees, said he understands the frustration voiced by federal unions about a de facto extension of the federal pay freeze. Sarbanes said too often lawmakers used federal pay and benefits as a "piggybank" in deficit- reduction efforts.

Tags: House , Congress , budget , pay and benefits , workforce , pay freeze , In Depth , sequestration , Jack Moore

Monday - 08/27/2012, 07:08pm EDT
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In Depth interviews - August 27

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Steve Kelman , Paul Wester , Debra Draper

Monday - 08/27/2012, 02:37pm EDT

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Lauds Work of Federal Employees - February 10th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) praises the continued dedication of federal employees despite a contentious political environment. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) and Newsweek and Daily Beast contributor Eleanor Clift discuss the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare President and CEO Max Richtman addresses keys to improving Social Security and Medicare and the critical role of SSA employees.

Tags: Max Richtman , Eleanor Clift , John Yarmuth , AFGE , Inside Government , workforce

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 01:23pm EST
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Survey: Telework still elusive at many agencies

Many agencies are not as gung-ho on telework as the Obama Administration or lawmakers would have it, according to a recent Congressional Research Service survey. The Department of Veterans Affairs allows just one-tenth of its employees to telework. At other agencies, most workers who are eligible to telework do not.

Tags: workforce , Telework Enhancement Act , Gerald Connolly , VA , DHS , management , technology , OPM , USPTO , USDA , GSA , telework , Emily Kopp

Friday - 02/03/2012, 06:50am EST

Maryland congressional delegation's influence slightly wanes in new Congress

When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in last year's election, it appeared the Maryland congressional delegation may have lost power and influence.

Tags: Congress , Al Wynn , Steny Hoyer , Ben Cardin , Chris Van Hollen , Susan Turnbull , Elijah Cummings , Andy Harris , Frank Kratovil

Friday - 01/21/2011, 02:00am EST

House to vote on telework bill Thursday

Lawmakers are expected to consider a bill to expand teleworking in the federal government. Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes tells Federal News Radio his legislation enjoys wide bipartisan support, and is expected to pass easily in the House later today.

Tags: management , Pay&benefits , telework , Gerry Connolly , Frank Wolf , Telework Improvements Act of 2009 , House of Representatives , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 05/05/2010, 07:04am EDT
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Sarbanes 'excited' to reform federal hiring

Democratic lawmakers want to codify the White House's hiring reform initiative to ensure that agencies keep working at making their processes faster and simpler. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said the process is too complicated and changing it is key to attracting the best and brightest.

Tags: hiring reform , workforce , federal hiring process improvement act of 2011 , Congress , Daniel Akaka , Elaine Kamarck , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 04:45pm EDT
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Lawmakers want to codify hiring reforms

A new bill would require agencies to bring in new employees in an average of 80 days and require them to use resumes and cover letters.

Tags: workforce , Daniel Akaka , hiring reform , federal hiring process improvement act of 2011 , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/23/2011, 05:05pm EDT

Sarbanes touts the advantages of telework

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) explains why he thinks the Telework Improvements Act will benefit the federal government.

Tags: pay and benefits , telework , OPM , Dorothy Ramienski , DorobekInsider

Friday - 07/16/2010, 02:27pm EDT
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