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Agencies: Record-setting FOIA backlog out of control

Federal agencies are getting better at processing Freedom of Information Act requests. The record-setting backlog is just an anomaly out of their control, the Justice Department says.

Tags: FOIA , Justice Department , Open Government Directive , Sunshine Week , DHS , NARA , Melanie Ann Pustay , Office of Information Policy , Bureau of Administration , Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:10pm EDT

FOIA backlog almost doubles within a year

The Justice Department said the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests rose about 70 percent between FY 2013 and 2014, for a total of 160,000. The vast majority of the backlog belongs to less than a third of federal agencies, with 72 agencies posting a backlog of fewer than 100 FOIA requests.

Tags: FOIA , Justice Department , Open Government Directive , Sunshine Week , DHS , NARA ,

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:19pm EDT

TSP rebounds solidly in April

The vast majority of the Thrift Savings Plan funds showed solid returns in the month of April. Only two of 10 funds posted a negative return, which was a solid turnaround from the month of March.

Tags: TSP , retirement , pay and benefits ,

Monday - 05/04/2015, 12:09pm EDT

Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

Sixty-five percent of federal employees who are eligible retire choose to stay on the job, according to a Federal News Radio survey. The workforce is growing older, but holding off on retirement actually makes financial sense for many employees. As part of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave: Planning for a Workforce that's Aging in Place, Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley talked to Kim Weaver, the director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. She's also putting off her last day to work and explains the financial reasons why many others do the same.

Tags: The Reverse Retirement Wave , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , Kim Weaver , retirement

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:16pm EDT

Recruiting, retention key to bucking federal retirement trends

A reverse retirement wave is challenging chief human capital officers to rethink how they plan their workforce in FY 2020 and beyond. Two agencies -- one large, one medium -- described how to find success in one of the most important parts of that planning process: Building and maintaining a fluid pipeline of incoming and outgoing career employees.

Tags: The Reverse Retirement Wave , NRC , DHS , Catherine Emerson , Miriam Cohen , CHCO , retirement , pay and benefits , recruiting , retention , Best Places to Work

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:00am EDT

Feds ride the money, benefits wave longer than expected

For many federal employees, retiring well after they become eligible makes more sense than retiring the minute they reach that benchmark. As part of Federal News Radio's special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, Kim Weaver, the director of External Affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, explains her decision to hold off on jumping straight into life after federal service.

Tags: retirement , The Reverse Retirement Wave , special report , Kim Weaver , TSP , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , pay and benefits , FERS , CSRS ,

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 09:55am EDT

Senate urges President to fill inspector general vacancies

Sixteen members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee penned a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to fill IG vacancies at 10 agencies.

Tags: inspector general , Ron Johnson , Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee , Oversight , Senate

Monday - 04/20/2015, 05:28pm EDT

Dos and Don'ts of social media for federal employees

The Office of Government Ethics issued guidance on best practices for federal employees using personal social media sites.

Tags: OGE , Workforce , social media

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 05:21pm EDT

DHS defends FY 2016 cyber budget before Senate subcommittee

The total request for cyber programs at DHS adds up to $1.4 billion. That's just part of the total White House budget request for cyber, which is up 11 percent for FY 2016, or $13.9 billion.

Tags: cybersecurity , DHS , Andy Ozment , Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee , Luke McCormack , Senate , budget , Einstein 3

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:05pm EDT

Bipartisan cybersecurity bill expands information sharing network

The House Homeland Security Committee debated the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act in a markup session. It proposed a number of amendments that would add new roles for federal agencies and increase the federal information sharing network for cyber threats.

Tags: cybersecurity , House , Technology , House Homeland Security Committee , Michael McCaul , Bernie Sanders , NCCIC , National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act , Information sharing

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 03:46pm EDT
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