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$158.4M facelift gives American History Museum new outlook

At age 50, the National Museum of American History is getting a $158.4 million facelift to its west wing, which will add new exhibit space and more interactive elements.

Tags: National Museum of American History , Smithsonian Institution , renovations , history , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 05:05pm EDT

Federal whistleblowers face 'best and worst' of times, expert says

Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project told a House subcommittee Tuesday that some agencies are circumventing the protections provided by the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

Tags: House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Posta , Bruce Farenthold , Tom Devine , Government Accountability Project , whistleblower , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , oversight , Robert MacLean , Carolyn Lerner , Michael OConnell , MSPB

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 06:09pm EDT

Poll: Public confidence in federal workforce rebounds after shutdown

A new George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that nearly three-quarters of registered voters surveyed said they had either "a lot" of respect or "some" confidence in civilian federal workers.

Tags: worforce , George Washington University , Battlefield Poll , survey , confidence , Congress , Barack Obama , Michael OConnell

Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:26pm EDT

OPM: FSA participants can rollover $500 in unused funds

Feds participating in the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program will now be able to rollover up to $500 from one year to the next in unspent funds from their limited expense and health care flexible spending accounts.

Tags: OPM , FSA , FSAFEDS , pay and benefits , Treasury , Katherine Archuleta , Ben Cardin , Barbara Mikulski , Mark Warner , Tim Kaine , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:05pm EDT

OPM continues to shrink retirement claims backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received about 1,300 more retirement claims than it expected in August. Even so, the agency was able to cut its claims backlog by 500. It is processing an increasing share of claims, 78.5 percent, within 60 days.

Tags: OPM , retirement , claims backlog , pay and benefits , Michael OConnell

Friday - 09/05/2014, 03:44pm EDT

Google's Megan Smith named new White House CTO

President Barack Obama filled two positions on his technology team: Google executive Megan Smith as the new chief technology officer and former Twitter general counsel Alexander Macgillivray as the deputy CTO.

Tags: Megan Smith , Alexander Macgillivray , technology , Barack Obama , people , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 12:59pm EDT

AFGE issues 10 challenges to new EEOC chair

President Barack Obama named Jenny R. Yang as the new EEOC chair Tuesday, but one employee union has already given her a list of issues they'd like to see her tackle.

Tags: Jenny Yang , EEOC , AFGE , Jacqueline Berrien , sequestration , furloughs , Michael OConnell , workforce

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:46pm EDT

Agencies face challenges in bringing equal opportunity information to remote workforce

With more people teleworking or working at remote locations, agencies face a tough time providing the equal opportunity information they're required by law to provide their dispersed workforce. A new report from EEOC offers some solutions for agencies.

Tags: EEOC , workforce , oversight , complaints , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:53pm EDT

Obama calls for 1 percent pay increase for feds starting Jan. 1

President Barack Obama called for a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees Friday to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Congress still has the ability to block the increase when members return to work Sept. 8.

Tags: pay and benefits , Barack Obama , pay increase , pay , workforce , Michael OConnell , Barbara Mikulski , Congress

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:13pm EDT

Thissen elected NARFE's new national president

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association delegates elected Richard G. Thissen as their new national president. He succeeds outgoing President Joseph A. Beaudoin.

Tags: Richard Thissen , Joseph Beaudoin , NARFE , people , workforce , Michael OConnell

Friday - 08/29/2014, 03:19pm EDT
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