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In Depth Show Blog - January 29, 2014

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Richard Spires , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 05:13pm EST

IRS nominee Koskinen pledges to turn around employee morale, pushes for budget increase

John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the embattled Internal Revenue Service, pledged to restore public trust in the agency following the recent uproar over revelations of purported political bias by IRS employees. Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning, Koskinen also said he'd work to turn around the declining employee morale.

Tags: Senate , Senate Finance Committee , Orrin Hatch , John Koskinen , IRS , IRS scandal , employee morale , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:02pm EST

Flexible-retention adds new option to agencies' retirement toolkit

Senate amendment allows retiring federal employees to return to work on a part-time basis. Ron Sanders, senior executive adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton, says this provision allows retirees to pass along their institutional knowledge while continuing their civil service.

Tags: Ron Sanders , Booz Allen Hamilton , flexible-retentioin , retirement , workforce , pay and benefits , OPM , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , retention

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 12:16pm EDT
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Senate passes highway bill, including 'phased retirements,' transit subsidy

The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway. The $109 billion measure, approved in a 74-22 vote, included a number of amendments affecting federal pay and benefits, including a provision to allows "phased retirements" for federal employees and an expansion of an expired mass-transit subsidy.

Tags: workforce , retirement , phased retirements , pay and benefits , transportation bill , Congress , Senate , pay freeze , mass transit benefit , NTEU , Pat Roberts

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:32pm EDT

Senate amendment lets retiring feds go part-time

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced an amendment to the Surface Transportation Bill that offers part-time employment to retiring feds. The Senate passed the amendment Thursday.

Tags: Surface Transportation Bill , pay and benefits , retirement , Congress , Senate , NTEU , AFGE , Colleen Kelleher , Beth Moten , Daniel Akaka

Friday - 03/09/2012, 01:34pm EST

New feds' pension contributions increase under payroll tax cut deal

Federal pension contributions would increase under a compromise deal to extend a payroll tax cut and pay for jobless benefits through 2012.

Tags: budget , payroll tax cut , Congress , pay and benefits , pension , Ben Cardin , Chris Van Hollen , David Camp

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 01:42pm EST

Health care reform rises to top of priority list

The reformation of the country's health care system is one of the next priorities for President Barack Obama and Congress, and the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be at the center of this effort.

Tags: Tracking the Transition , pay and benefits , Xavier Becerra , HHS , CMS , ONC , Senate Finance Committee , House Ways and Means Committee , health IT , health care

Tuesday - 02/17/2009, 05:44pm EST
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Census director wraps up 2010 count, looks ahead

With the 2010 census winding down its more public face, officials are double-checking their work as the bureau looks toward the final decennial population count. The Census director peers into his crystal ball as he begins to consider how the 2020 census will be conducted.

Tags: technology , management , database , Census , Robert Groves , 2010 census , Meg Beasley ,

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 06:55am EDT
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