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Digging through the new bills: Across-the-board cuts and more

We've gone through the first 400 bills in the new Congress to pull out those you'll want to watch, from a measure to kick political appointees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan to three that embrace across-the-board spending cuts.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , DoD , Veterans Affairs , HealthCare.gov , IRS , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 11:15am EST

Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Tags: Acquisition , acquisition reform , workforce , Dan Chenok , IBM Business of Government , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Kymm McCabe , ASI Government , John McCain , Mac Thornberry , FEDtalk , Long Term Care Partners , Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

The D.C. area experienced its first snowstorm of the season earlier this week. The Office of Personnel Management decided to keep federal offices open during the storm, but it allowed federal employees the option to take unscheduled leave or telework. But the snowfall exceeded expectations and commuting conditions got really bad. Federal employees began to speak out. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your comments.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , snowstorm ,

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:02am EST
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Rep. Cummings demands answers from background investigation contractor on data breach

Congressman Elijah Cummings wants KeyPoint Government Solutions to provide him with a briefing and answers to 13 questions about the December cyber vulnerability that put more than 48,000 federal employees at a greater risk of identity theft.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , Oversight , elijah cummings , KeyPoint Government Solutions , Industry , Data Breach , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 03:46pm EST

HUD replenishes workforce with 1,000 person hiring spree

The Department of Housing and Urban Development increased its workforce by more than 10 percent in 2014. Michael Anderson, HUD's CHCO, said the agency found success by having the HR office collaborate with senior officials and program hiring officials to make the process more efficient.

Tags: workforce , HUD , Michael Anderson , Towanda Brooks , hiring reform , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:41am EST
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

The retirement claims backlog reached its lowest level in more than a year. The Office of Personnel Management said it received 1,600 fewer claims last month than expected. But it's predicting 19,000 new claims for the month of January. John Salamone is vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says more federal employees will retire this year than in the last -- but there's a whole group of people leaving government that isn't getting enough attention.

Tags: John Salamone , FMP Consulting , Congress , retirement , In Depth , workforce , SES reform , Top 3 for 2015

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:37pm EST

First snow of the season: Did OPM make the right call?

The Office of Personnel Management announced early Tuesday morning that agencies in the D.C. are open, but employees have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. Federal employees reacted to social media.

Tags: Katherine Archuleta , snow closings , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 10:19am 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: retirement , claims backlog , workforce , Ken Zawodny , Michael OConnell

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

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Good news is on the horizon for federal employees that plan to retire in 2015. The Office of Personnel Management's processing times for retirement claims are accelerating, and the agency will try for the fifth time to digitize the process. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute for Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared her Top 3 for 2015. She told Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley the faster processing times will most help people retiring early in the year.

Tags: Tammy Flanagan , National Institute of Transition Planning , phased retirement , pay and benefits , retirement , In Depth , Top 3 in 2015

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:25pm 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: veterans preference , Veterans Affairs , DoD , hiring , Michael OConnell , workforce

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