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Retirement backlog shrinks for first time this year

Thanks to better than expected progress in processing federal retirement claims last month, the Office of Personnel Management's backlog of pending claims is shrinking for the first time this year. By the end of March, the number of backlogged claims shrank from more than 23,500 claims to about 18,500.

Tags: retirement , retirement backlog , Katherine Archuleta , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:02pm EDT

Is low employee morale 'compromising' the federal government?

In the wake of across-the-board budget cuts, furloughs and slim -- or no -- annual pay raises, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says he's concerned about a nose-dive in federal-employee morale. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is now asking the Government Accountability Office to look into recent trends in feds' job satisfaction. The lawmakers are concerned declining satisfaction "may be compromising the federal government's ability to serve the American people."

Tags: workforce , employee morale , House , Elijah Cummings , Stephen Lynch , Gerry Connolly , Congress , Jack Moore

Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:58am EDT

Improving the federal workforce

Avue Technologies Co-CEO Linda Rix will discuss some ideas on how to make the federal government a more attractive option for job seekers.
March 28,2014 (Encore presentation April 4, 2014)

Tags: workforce , hiring , retention , pay for performance , Linda Rix , Avue Technologies , human resource management , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 03/28/2014, 07:49pm EDT
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OPM wants to keep FEHBP premium increases 'in check'

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta says she wants to keep premium increases for federal employees' health coverage "in check." In a keynote speech at the annual FEHB Program Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va., Thursday Archuleta also called on insurance carriers to make prescription drugs more affordable and urged more federal employees to sign up for wellness programs.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , Katherine Archuleta , wellness programs , FEHBP Carrier Conference , Jack Moore

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 11:34am EDT

OPM's focus in hiring reform shifting from speed to quality

The Office of Personnel Management is making tweaks to how agencies report time-to-hire data. But experts who spoke to Federal News Radio say they don't think OPM is giving up on the idea of improving the federal hiring process. Instead, they say, it appears OPM may be shifting its focus to measuring the quality of new federal hires.

Tags: workforce , hiring , hiring reform , Katherine Archuleta , Jeff Neal , John Palguta , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:54pm EDT

GOP lawmakers seek updated 'official time' report

Two Republican members of the House want to know how many hours federal employees are spending on union-related business while on the job. Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) wrote to Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta urging the agency to release updated data on employees' use of "official time." The most recent year for which data is available is from 2011.

Tags: workforce , Katherine Archuleta , Dennis Ross , Phil Gingrey , official time , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:37pm EDT

Unions hope new tools will help labor-management forums be more effective

The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations is getting ready to launch new tools to help partnerships between agency management and federal-employee unions better measure their effectiveness. A handful of agencies are months late in compiling metrics on the use and effectiveness of the forums, according to a report presented at a meeting of the labor-management council Wednesday. Unions are frustrated with the haphazard data collection.

Tags: workforce , management , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , Bill Dougan , NFFE , David Holway , NAGE , Katherine Archuleta , Beth Cobert , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT

White House backs 13 recommendations to improve security clearance process

Six months after 34-year-old IT contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard killing 12 people, concerns about missed red flags in his background and gaps in the security clearance process are now turning into action. The Obama administration released the findings of a interagency review of the federal security clearance process Tuesday. Among the 13 recommendations for shoring up the system are continuously evaluating clearance holders rather than relying on infrequent check-ups and improving investigators' access to state and local police records.

Tags: oversight , management , DoD , security clearances , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , Beth Cobert , Katherine Archuleta

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:28pm EDT

How do you phase in a phase-in?

Although phased retirement became the law in 2012, the government hasn't phased it in just yet. And a lot of people say they are waiting. Apparently, the devil is in the details, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, when will they phase in the phase-in?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , phased retirement , retirement ,

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 02:00am EDT
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