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Carolyn Colvin, Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration

At 80-years-old, the Social Security Administration is hardly retiring like the millions of Americans it supports. In fact, it spends a lot of time looking far into the future. Social Security recently released Vision 2025, a living document designed to outline how SSA can accomplish its three main priorities: Better customer service, exceptional employees and organizational innovation. Carolyn Colvin is the acting commissioner of SSA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review more about Vision 2025, and outline what else it can help SSA accomplish.

Tags: Carolyn Colvin , SSA , management , retirement , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 05/18/2015, 09:48am EDT

Federal employees have property rights to their jobs, even the ones you want to fire

Commentary: Career federal (and other public) employees have a property interest in their jobs. It's a major distinction with the private sector. It's a long established fact. But when's the last time you heard it stated, asks Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Tags: Workforce , firing , MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann

Monday - 05/18/2015, 05:32am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to overhaul the military's compensation system, shifting it slightly away from a defined benefit structure. The committee would also add a government-matched investment plan similar to a 401k. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the vote puts both the House and Senate on the same page. But the White House is still studying the issue.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , military retirement , pay and benefits

Friday - 05/15/2015, 11:07am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor,

President Obama is planning a one percent pay raise for federal employees next year. So don't go out and put a down payment on that new Lexus just yet. One percent? The House Progressive Caucus says phooey. It's proposing a 4 percent raise, and has garnered support of a few other members. Wishful thinking or a real possibility? Managing Editor Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to shares some of your thoughts.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Federal Drive , House Progressive Caucus , pay and benefits

Friday - 05/15/2015, 10:59am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Navy Department isn't making as much progress on data center consolidation and moving to the cloud as the brass want it to. So it's moving both initiatives, consolidation and cloud under a new owner, and training some big guns on those who are standing in the way. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how the Navy wants to kick-start its data center and cloud efforts.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Navy , cloud , Data center consolidation

Friday - 05/15/2015, 10:57am EDT

John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

Inspectors General exist to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse. They save and recover money for the government. But how do your measure the effectiveness of the IGs themselves? Researchers at the Brookings Institution think they've found a way to figure out the return on investment agencies get from their inspectors general. John Hudak is a fellow at Brookings, and co-authored the research report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the findings and the methodology behind them.

Tags: John Hudak , Brookings , inspector general , Oversight , Federal Drive ,

Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:11am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced a series of overhauls to the Navy and Marine Corps' personnel system, saying it needs more flexibility to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the changes will impact everything from how service members are promoted to physical fitness tests and military uniforms.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive ,

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 10:58am EDT

Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

You never know what can come up in a psychiatric session. At the Veterans Affairs medical center in Louisville, two patients complained that Dr. Patricia Kinne revealed her sexual orientation. They requested another doctor, and she received a warning from center management. But management's case didn't prevail at the Office of Special Counsel. Federal employment attorney Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tully Rinckey joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lessons learned in this case.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Tully Rinckey , Federal Drive , Veterans Affairs , Louisville

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:11am EDT

Marilyn Park, Legislative Representative, AFGE

A bill introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) would restore collective bargaining rights to health care providers at the Veteran's Affairs Department. Under the current system, nurses, doctors and dentists, among others, do not have the same bargaining rights as other federal employees. Marilyn Park is a legislative representative at the American Federation of Government Employees. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk more about the VA Employee Fairness Act.

Tags: Marilyn Park , AFGE , Federal Drive , Mark Takano , collective bargaining , Workforce

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:09am EDT

Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.)

One rookie member of Congress is getting serious about bringing government waste to light. He's just released the first issue of Waste Watch. The report kicks off an ongoing series to track waste and mismanagement in government. It identifies 10 specific instances from recent years, totaling more than $117 million. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) represents Oklahoma's fifth district. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said his efforts to highlight wasteful spending are inspired by a fellow Oklahoman.

Tags: Steve Russell , Oklahoma , House , Wastebook , Waste Watch , Federal Drive ,

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:05am EDT
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