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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore got an extra day off this week after a snow storm swept through the area. The storm dropped anywhere from 3 inches of snow in some places to 7 inches in other spots. Not exactly a blizzard. Still, it led to a closure of federal buildings, and at least one disgusted congressman. Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a storm review, and to share some of your comments.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Jason Chaffetz , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , snow closure

Friday - 02/20/2015, 10:38am EST
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Fed agencies in DC open Wednesday with unscheduled leave and telework in effect

Federal agency offices in the Washington, D.C., area are open Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, but employees have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

Tags: closure policy , workforce , telework , operating status , snow storm

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:43pm EST

New and noteworthy on Capitol Hill: A week in review

A brief look at the latest happenings in Congress this week

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Veterans Affairs , security clearance ,

Friday - 02/13/2015, 12:39pm EST

OPM takes FAST track to closing skills gaps

The Office of Personnel Management has given Federal Agency Skills Team (FAST) the job of putting in place a standard and repeatable methodology to identify and mitigate skills gaps governmentwide.

Tags: Federal Ageny Skills Team , skills gap , budget , EHRI , CHCO Council , mission-critical occupations

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:55pm EST

Stephen Shih, Office of Personnel Managment

After a one year hiatus thanks to tight budgets, the Office of Personnel Management has reinstated the Presidential Rank Awards in all their glory. The program recognizes members of the Senior Executive Service for extraordinary service with cold, hard cash. Steve Shih is a deputy associate director for Senior Executive Services and Performance Management at OPM. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the awards' return.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Presidential Rank Awards , Stephen Shih , SES , workforce

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:52am EST
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

The Office of Personnel Management is falling behind in the plan to get rid of its backlog of retirement claims. The latest retirement numbers show OPM's backlog is growing, even though it received fewer claims than it expected. John Salamone is vice president of FMP Consulting, and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the retirement trends he sees at OPM.

Tags: John Salamone , FMP Consulting , retirement , retirement backlog , In Depth

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:27pm EST
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Fixing the SES: 'This used to be an honor. Now it's a joke.'

Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

Tags: SES , Emily Kopp , Ron Sanders , Steve Shih , David Bray , Bill Valdez , Congress , accountability , James Lankford , Vanderbilt University , David Lewis , Barbara Sisson , Jason Chaffetz , Fixing the SES , special report , Danny Werfel , survey , Tim Walberg , exclusive

Monday - 02/09/2015, 05:00am EST

OPM retirement backlog climbs in January

As is typical for the beginning of the year, retirement claims spiked at the Office of Personnel Management, but the number was slightly smaller than expected. The agency also processed fewer claims than it planned to for the month.

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

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 02:15pm EST

Answers to your questions about survival benefits

David Snell, retirement director of the federal benefits service department at NARFE, will answer your calls and emails about the federal survivor benefits package.
February 4, 2015

Tags: pay and benefits , survivor benefits , David Snell , NARFE , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 07:13pm EST
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When is phased retirement coming to your agency?

The waiting game continues for agencies to implement their own guidance and put phased retirement into practice. An OPM spokesman told Federal News Radio it hasn't received any applications for phased retirement so far, and it has no reports on agencies implementing the program.

Tags: retirement , phased retirement , Julie Perkins , Mike Causey , Your Turn , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 10:12am EST
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