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MSPB reports 32,000+ furlough appeals during FY2013

Majority of appeals are from DoD employees and the MSPB's regional offices have docketed nearly all of the furlough-related appeals.

Tags: MSPB , furloughs , sequestration , Susan Tsui Grundmann

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 08:46pm EDT

Partnership honors protector of student, teachers' rights

During his 40-plus years in the federal service, Philip Rosenfelt, the Education Department's acting general counsel, has bolstered the rights of students and advanced the teaching profession through his work in education law.

Tags: Philip Rosenfelt , Sammies 2013 , Service to America Medals , Education Department , people ,

Monday - 09/09/2013, 05:02pm EDT

September could be big month for small contractors, experts say

Small businesses may be the big winners this month as agencies scramble to spend their budgets and meet their small business goals before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

Tags: Evan Croen , Jen Sakole , In Depth , Federal Drive , small business , Small business goals , budget , contracting , acquisition ,

Monday - 09/09/2013, 04:07pm EDT
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Behind the Scenes: Diplomatic Reception Rooms

For several weeks each August, the State Department's Diplomatic Reception Rooms are closed to the public to allow conservators to repair and renovate the collection of historic objects. The rooms, which hosted more than 800 events last year, serve as a backdrop to State's diplomatic efforts. (Read related story.)

Tags: State , Marcee Craighill , Diplomatic Reception Rooms , renovations ,

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 05:25pm EDT

From binder clips to sequester pads, one fed takes small steps to tackle big budget problems

Joseph Frankovic looked around his office at the Federal Register and saw that it was being overrun by binder clips. At a time when agencies are struggling to save budget dollars wherever they can, Frankovic saw an opportunity to make a difference - and he took it.

Tags: Joseph Frankovic , Federal Register , NARA , workforce , Federal Drive , sequestration , green government

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 06:43pm EDT

Obama ends federal pay freeze; Congress could still block

President Barack Obama issued some good news for federal workers before the start of Labor Day weekend, calling for a 1 percent pay increase for feds in 2014. But Congress could still prevent the raises through legislation. Federal employees have had their pay frozen since January 2011.

Tags: Barack Obama , budget , pay freeze , Congress , continuing resolution , workforce , pay , pay raise

Friday - 08/30/2013, 08:02pm EDT

How effective is simulated training? GAO cites gaps in Army, Marine Corps data

A new study by the Government Accountability Office says the Army and Marine Corps need to develop a set of metrics to better measure the benefits of simulation-based training over live training.

Tags: Marine Corps , Army , Sharon Pickup , training , workforce , simulator , In Depth , DoD , GAO

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 04:46pm EDT
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EPA inspires buildings to duke it out for energy-savings supremacy

The fourth annual Energy Star National Building Competition Battle of the Buildings encourages people to use the same energy-savings strategies they use at home and apply them to where they work, play and learn.

Tags: EPA , Energy Star National Building Competition , Battle of the Buildings , Lauren Pitcher , Energy Star Commercial Buildings and Industrial Plants , energy efficiency , In Depth ,

Monday - 08/26/2013, 05:41pm EDT
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Online tools help USDA preserve, transfer knowledge

The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is using online identification tools to prevent a loss of expertise and institutional knowledge caused by a growing number of people retiring.

Tags: USDA , APHIS , Dr. Terrance Walters , retirement , technology , information technology , LUCID , mobile apps , Federal Drive , information sharing

Monday - 08/26/2013, 02:39pm EDT
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How many furlough days did feds actually take?

With the end of fiscal 2013 just over a month away, many agencies are wrapping up their furlough days. Some agencies have even reduced the number of unpaid leave days they originally thought they would need. This graphic depicts the total number of furlough days originally declared by agencies versus the number of furloughs actually taken.

Tags: sequestration , furloughs , DoD , workforce , IRS , FAA ,

Friday - 08/23/2013, 12:00pm EDT
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