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DC federal offices open Friday with unscheduled leave, telework in effect

For the second day in a row, federal offices in the D.C. area will be open with unscheduled leave and telework available for eligible employees.

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Thursday - 01/24/2013, 11:47pm EST

Video: House committee fires first shot in IT reform revolution

Later today, the full membership of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will begin to consider legislation to reduce wasteful IT spending.

Tags: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Darrell Issa , IT reform , technology , information technology , Congress , House

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 11:10am EST

Salazar to step down as Interior secretary

Ken Salazar, a former Colorado senator and attorney general, handed in his resignation as secretary of the Interior to President Barack Obama, according to a department spokesman. Salazar joined the administration in 2009, when Obama assumed his office.

Tags: Ken Salazar , Interior , people , Inauguration 2013

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 09:09am EST

Army cuts size, increases efficiency of its vehicle fleet

At the end of fiscal year 2012, the Army's vehicle fleet numbered around 70,800 vehicles, which is about 12,000 less than it had in 2009. As it cuts back on the number of overall vehicles it has, the Army is also assembling a greener, more environmentally friendly fleet.

Tags: Edward Moscatelli , Army , DoD , green acquisition , environmentally friendly , Federal Drive , GSA ,

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 12:48pm EST
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Timing of Unified Agenda release draws criticism from Issa

While Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, criticized the Obama administration for turning in the Unified Agenda nine months late, one researcher says its more important to focus on the contents of the document rather than the timing of its release.

Tags: Unified Agenda , Darrell Issa , Jerry Ellig , George Mason University , Mercatus Center , regulations , Obama administration , deregulation , management , Congress , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 12/31/2012, 02:22pm EST
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25 years later, FERS still 'excellent' plan for feds

Arthur Stein, a financial planner and former federal manager, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp Wednesday that FERS has been a boon for feds, both young and old.

Tags: Arthur Stein , FERS , FERS: 25 Years Later , CSRS , retirement , benefits , Federal Drive , TSP , Roth TSP ,

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 12:13pm EST
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'Best Place to Work?' -- Not so much

The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released the 2012 Best Places to Work in Federal Government rankings today. While some agencies improved their employee satisfaction rankings, the majority did not, resulting in the greatest overall change -- a 3.2 point drop -- since the rankings began.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , Best Places to Work 2012 , Deloitte , Hay Group , Max Stier , employee satisfaction , workforce , Federal Drive , NASA

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 06:36am EST
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Agencies turn to social media to engage public in an emergency

During Hurricane Sandy, agencies like FEMA and NOAA used various social media platforms to communicate with the public. They were able to dispel rumors and follow the situation on the ground as it unfolded.

Tags: Justin Herman , Federal Drive , technology , SMS message , texting , Facebook , Twitter , social media , Hurricane Sandy , Federal Social Media Registry , GSA

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 12:37pm EST
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Senate unanimously passes Hatch Act update

On Friday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill updating the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activities of federal employees.

Tags: Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Senate , Congress , Daniel Akaka , Carl Levin , Joe Lieberman , workforce ,

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:55am EST

New TSP rules help Hurricane Sandy victims

Under temporary rules issued by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, feds can continue to contribute to their Thrift Savings Plan. FRTIB will waive a rule that prevents contributions for six months after taking a hardship withdrawal.

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Friday - 11/23/2012, 12:19pm EST
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