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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 , Michael OConnell

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 , Michael OConnell , 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 , Michael OConnell

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 , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 04:13pm EDT
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OMB reduces number of furlough days by 2

The Office of Management and Budget originally planned for 10 furlough days. Employees were already required to take seven unpaid days off and one more is planned before Sept. 30.

Tags: OMB , furloughs , sequestration , workforce , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 05:48pm EDT

FBI team honored for efforts to break up two N.Y. crime families

The Partnership for Public Services nominated Supervisory Special Agent Seamus McElearney and a team of FBI agents for a 2013 Sammies Medal, for their investigation of the notorious Colombo and Bonanno La Cosa Nostra crime families.

Tags: Seamus McElearney , Sammies 2013 , Service to America Medals , people , Michael OConnell , In Depth , FBI

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 12:14pm EDT
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Man collects $340K in deceased mother's federal benefits

After his mother died in 1999, a Washington, D.C. man continued to collect Social Security retirement benefits and Office of Personnel Management annuity checks for 15 years.

Tags: SSA , SSA IG , inspector general , OPM , fraud , Michael OConnell , oversight

Monday - 08/19/2013, 05:44pm EDT

Flournoy: Time for a 'good scrub' of DoD's mission, tasks

Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense for policy, says the time is ripe for the Department of Defense to look at its mission and how it motivates people to cut costs and reduce its overhead.

Tags: Michele Flournoy , DoD , DoD budget , budget , Center for a New American Security , In Depth , Michael OConnell

Monday - 08/19/2013, 03:25pm EDT
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When life deals you furloughs make ... furloughade?

Two furloughed feds share how they turned the negative of an unpaid day off into a positive. One performed service projects for the community where he lives. The other launched a website to keep feds informed about sequestration and furloughs.

Tags: sequestration , furloughs , Federal Drive , Warren Schaeffer , Eric Lackey , DoD , DISA , workforce , Michael OConnell , Face of Furloughs

Friday - 08/16/2013, 02:44pm EDT
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Human behavior - the next frontier in agency innovation

Understanding human behavior could save agencies money and make their programs more effective, according to a recent White House memo. That theory is currently being used by the IRS to motivate more people to pay their tax debts. But how can other agencies take advantage of human behavior? Deloitte offers up some ideas.

Tags: workforce , behavior insights , management , Jitinder Kohli , Deloitte , OMB , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Monday - 08/19/2013, 02:00am EDT
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