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Supreme Court decision helps clarify whistleblower protections

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court's decision that Robert MacLean is eligible for whistleblower protection. The TSA fired the former air marshal for leaking information to the media.

Tags: Supreme Court , Robert MacLean , John Roberts , whistleblower , Tom Devine , TSA , DHS , Matthew Tully , Tully Rinckey , oversight , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:17pm EST
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GSA begins issuing SmartPay Chip & PIN cards to agencies

The General Services Administration expects to hand out over 1 million new SmartPay cards this year. The new cards include an embedded microprocessor chip that will enable data to be encrypted differently each time the cards are used.

Tags: GSA , Chip & PIN , cybersecurity , technology , Barack Obama , SmartPay , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:55am EST
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Obama authorizes up to six weeks of paid parental leave for feds

President Barack Obama is signing a Presidential Memorandum today directing agencies to provide six weeks of advance sick leave for federal employees to care for their newborn child.

Tags: Workforce , sick leave , Barack Obama , Richard Thissen , NARFE , J.David Cox , AFGE , Michael OConnell , pay and benefits

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 03:12pm EST

Is the SES pay-for-performance appraisal system working?

With fewer SES awards being handed out, Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, wonders whether executives are performing less well than they did in years past or if the standards simply have gotten too tough?

Tags: Senior Executives Service , Senior Executive Association , Carol Bonosaro , OPM , OMB , pay , pay for performance , Michael OConnell , management , Workforce , retention

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 05:55pm EST

OPM warns 48,439 federal employees of data exposure

The Office of Personnel Management is going to notify 48,439 federal employees whose personal information may have been exposed due to a compromised computer network at KeyPoint Government Solutions.

Tags: OPM , cybersecurity , hackers , data breach , KeyPoint Government Solutions , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

OPM disables Web portal after retirees' information potentially exposed

The Office of Personnel Management disabled a Web portal used by federal retirees Monday to address a malfunction that may have left some retirees' personal information exposed.

Tags: OPM , cybersecurity , technology , Michael OConnell

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:16pm EST

OPM retirement backlog smallest in more than a year

The Office of Personnel Management processed 6,447 retirement claims last month, ending 2014 with the lowest number of unprocessed claims in its inventory in more than a year.

Tags: OPM , retirement , claims backlog , Workforce , Ken Zawodny , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 01:15pm EST

OPM issues interim rule on veterans preference

New Office of Personnel Management clarifies statutory language affecting who is eligible to receive veterans preference during the hiring process at federal agencies.

Tags: OPM , veterans preference , Veterans Affairs , DoD , hiring , Michael OConnell , Workforce

Friday - 01/02/2015, 05:55pm EST

5,500 women apply to join border patrol

Customs and Border Protection received more than 5,000 applications from women to join the border patrol. The hiring surge is part of a CBP effort to bring more women into all levels of the agency, CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: CBP , Border Patrol , Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act , Gil Kerlikowske , Federal Drive , DHS , hiring , Michael OConnell , Workforce

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 10:15am EST
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Communications gap is putting DoD test ranges at risk, GAO says

A Government Accountability Office report says the Defense Department needs to close a gap in interagency communications to reduce the risk of foreign observation of its testing facilities.

Tags: Brian Lepore , GAO , DoD , Interior , Transportation Department , facilities , infrastructure , military bases , Michael OConnell , Bureau of Land Management , Federal Drive

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 01:39pm EST
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