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Recruiting, retaining young workers a challenge for agencies

Agencies' scales tip strongly in the direction of older workers. The percentage of millennials in the federal workforce fell to 7 percent in 2013 an eight-year low. This compares to about 23 percent in the private sector workforce.

Tags: Tim McManus , Virginia Hill , millennials , workforce , In Depth ,

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:38am EDT
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USPS offers buyouts to 3,000-plus postmasters

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs, the Postal Service will offer early-outs and buyouts to more than 3,000 postmasters. Those who accept will leave the agency Sept. 30 -- the last day of fiscal 2014.

Tags: retirement , buyout , USPS ,

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:16am EDT

How to make social media a 'great equalizer' for your agency

As social media becomes an important tool in allowing agencies to meet their missions, managers must ensure that their tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Tags: SocialGov , social media , technology , accessibility , Alissa Johnson , Michael Reardon , Labor ,

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:49am EDT

VA nurse claims retaliation for blowing the whistle on patient practices

When a nurse manager at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Albany, New York, saw a patient being unnecessarily kept in restraints for seven hours, she couldn't remain silent. But little did Valerie Riviello know that her actions as a whistleblower would start her down on a path of retaliation from her coworkers.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , whistleblower , Valerie Riviello , Cheri Cannon , Office of Special Counsel , Sloan Gibson , Tully Rinckey , Federal Drive

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:27am EDT
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DHS to take 'multi-threat' approach to fighting terrorism, cyber attacks

The Homeland Security Department will channel its efforts into battling terrorism, cyber threats and natural disasters, according to a quadrennial review the agency released Wednesday.

Tags: DHS , cybersecurity , terrorism ,

Monday - 06/23/2014, 10:55am EDT

VA defends 'outlandish' performance rating, bonus systems

Despite reports of delayed patient treatments, falsified records and preventable veteran deaths, the Department of Veterans Affairs said all of its 470 senior executives have been rated "successful" over the past four fiscal years. The ratings have sparked outrage among members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, whose chairman called the performance rating and bonus system at the VA "outlandish."

Tags: Congress , House , Veterans Affairs , Gina Farrisee , Jeff Miller , bonus ,

Friday - 06/20/2014, 03:07pm EDT

Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

Tags: Senate , Veterans Affairs , SES , MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Federal Drive ,

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
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USPS lacks funds to replace aging mail delivery trucks

The Postal Service's mail delivery vehicles are in dire need of replacement, but the agency doesn't have enough money to buy a new fleet. In a new report, the USPS Inspector General said the agency's current fleet will only allow it to sustain delivery operations through fiscal 2017.

Tags: oversight , USPS , Green government ,

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 10:58am EDT

8,400 additional businesses to qualify for SBA loans, assistance

The Small Business Administration adjusted its monetary size standards for inflation, allowing nearly 9,000 additional small businesses to qualify for loans and financial assistance.

Tags: industry , Small Business Administration , size standards , small business ,

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:15am EDT

Are agencies meeting cross-agency goals? OMB reviews make it hard to tell

The Office of Management and Budget's assessment of cross-agency priority (CAP) goals could use improvement, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Tuesday. GAO found many of the reviews lacked relevant information, such as time frames for particular goals and the status of ongoing efforts.

Tags: OMB , GAO , Performance.gov , cross-agency goals , management , oversight ,

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 10:41am EDT
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