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Bob Tobias, American University

If you believe the surveys, federal workplace morale and employee engagement have declined in recent years. For a variety of reasons, a disconnect has occurred between federal employees and their managers. As part our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, we're exploring how feds can develop a new model of trust. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive and explained, first, you have to solve the gap between GS-15s and SESers, and the employees they lead.

Tags: Bob Tobias , American University , Federal Drive , morale , Workforce

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:53am EDT

4 viewpoints on trust in government

Trust is fickle and just a few small events can cause that trust to break. As part of Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, we asked federal employee groups and union leaders about how they define trust between employees and the government now and what this trust will look like in the future.

Tags: Mark Dimondstein , Colleen Kelley , Virginia Hill , Janet Kopenhaver , Workforce , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:08am EDT

How to make the federal workforce feel respected once again

People work better and more efficiently when they feel respected. And lately, Congress hasn't done a lot to make federal workers feel valued, says Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in a column written for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. But, Tester says, he has a plan to start changing that low morale.

Tags: Jon Tester , Senate , Congress , Workforce , morale , hiring , retention

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:00am EDT

Don't treat whistleblowers like the plague

When federal whistleblowers report wrongdoing at their agencies it's usually out of a sense of loyalty to the mission. So, why is it that they are sometimes shunned, or worse, for bringing issues of waste, fraud and abuse to the surface? In a column for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project explains why he believes whistleblowers should be embraced.

Tags: Tom Devine , Government Accountability Project , whistleblowers , Workforce ,

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:30am EDT

Congress can't be trusted to do right by feds

Despite the challenges they face, federal employees come to work every day and strive to do their best because they are dedicated to their jobs. What will it take for Congress to start treating them with the respect they deserve, asks AFGE President J. David Cox in a column written for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees.

Tags: J. David Cox , AFGE , Workforce , morale

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:10am EDT

Are you violating the Hatch Act and you don't even know it?

Under the Hatch Act, federal employees face a number of restrictions when it comes to their political activity on and off the job. The law was originally designed to protect feds from political coercion.

Tags: Hatch Act , Ana Galindo-Marrone , OSC , political activity , Workforce , Oversight , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:23pm EDT

Fixing the security clearance mess starts with bringing background investigations back in house

Matthew Baum, a former investigator in OPM's now-defunct Office of Federal Investigations, questions whether politics and privatization went too far by outsourcing background investigations.

Tags: Matthew Baum , commentary , OPM , background investigations , USIS , Workforce

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:17pm EDT

Telework brings out underlying trust issues in federal workforce

Trust boils down to workers demonstrating a sense of reliability and consistency. With reliability and consistency, "people begin to depend on each other to get things done in the workplace." Without it, an agency can be doomed, says Michael Gelles of Deloitte.

Tags: telework , Michael Gelles , Federal Drive , Deloitte , background checks , work-life balance

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 05:03am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Across the federal government, the officials who run hotlines in agency inspectors general offices say they're finding ways to cut their backlogs of incoming cases and get vital information to investigators more quickly. In part, it's because those officials are communicating with one another like never before. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has that story as part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 09:27am EDT

Shirine Moazed, Chief of Washington field office, Office of Special Counsel

Your agency's deadline for a Whistleblower Certification Program is June 1. Congress created the program in 2002 and the Obama Administration wants federal agencies to finish making it a standard part of their workforce policies. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Shirine Moazed, chief of the Washington field office for the Office of Special Counsel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the certification program works and offers five steps to meet the deadline.

Tags: Shirine Moazed , OSC , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:40pm EDT
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