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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

Report: Thousands of DoD civilians could face layoffs in 2014

The Department of Defense may have to consider cutting thousands of civilians from its workforce if sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, according to a Pentagon planning document obtained by Bloomberg News. The workforce reductions would offset a projected $52 billion in automatic spending cuts.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , sequestration , reduction in force , workforce , Marine Corps ,

Friday - 08/23/2013, 01:22pm EDT

MSPB continues long slog through 30,000 furlough appeals

The majority of furlough-related appeals the Merit Systems Protection Board has received - 98 percent - have come from civilian employees of the Defense Department. Of the 30,000-plus furlough appeals, MSPB has entered more than 16,000 into its system. The agency says it expects to have most of the appeals docketed shortly after Labor Day.

Tags: MSPB , furloughs , sequestration , DoD , workforce

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 05:16pm EDT

Chained CPI could cost retirees thousands over time, NARFE says

A proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated could have a huge, negative impact, according to David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. NARFE is urging its members and retirees to contact their congressmen during the week of Sept. 16 to express their opposition to the chained consumer price index.

Tags: David Snell , NARFE , Your Turn with Mike Causey , chained CPI , phased retirement , self-plus-one , benefits , retirement , workforce , OPM ,

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 02:57pm EDT
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Federal judges implore Congress for respite from sequestration

A group of 87 federal judges sent a letter to Vice President Joseph Biden, warning that budget cuts due to sequestration have negatively impacted the federal judiciary's ability to prosecute and defend cases.

Tags: Loretta Preska , Federal Drive , Joe Biden , Judiciary , U.S. District Court , sequestration ,

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 04:13pm EDT
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