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2014 Causey Award Winner - Mika Cross

Mika Cross received a 2014 Causey Award for raising the level of workforce issues at the Department of Agriculture.

Tags: Mika Cross , Causey Awards , workforce , people

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 03:19am EDT

Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary, Agriculture Department

The Agriculture Department is trying to bring new and younger blood into farming and ranching. It has launched a website to serve as a one-stop resource for new farmers. That's just the latest move. Krysta Harden is deputy secretary at the Agriculture Department. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and said a lot of initiatives are needed, considering the average U.S. farmer or rancher is 58 years old.

Tags: Krysta Harden , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:53am EDT
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USDA shares 'secret weapon' in Feds Feed Families donation campaign

Federal employees at the Department of Agriculture donated more food during the 2013 Feds Feed Families campaign than any other large agency. USDA is now sharing its secret weapon with other agencies in the hope it will help the government, as a whole, reach its goal of 10 million pounds of donated food in 2014.

Tags: Karen Comfort , Feds Feed Families , Federal Drive , Stephanie Wasko

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:43am EDT
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Karen Comfort, National Program Manager, Feds Feed Families

It's time to rummage through your pantry. Feds Feed Families is in full swing. The annual food drive is a collaborative effort led by the Agriculture Department with help from the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and other agencies. Last year federal employees donated nearly 9 million pounds of food. Karen Comfort, national program manager for Feds Feed Families, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about this year's goals. Read a related story.

Tags: Karen Comfort , Feds Feed Families , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:01am EDT
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6th annual Feds Feed Families campaign kicks off for summer

The sixth annual Feds Feed Families campaign is now underway for the summer after a kick-off event on Monday. The theme of this year is to "Help Knock Out Hunger."

Tags: Feds Feed Families , Tom Vilsack , Doug Keeler , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 10:03am EDT

Agencies rev up for 2014 Feds Feed Families food drive

June 1 marks the start of the sixth annual Feds Feed Families event where federal employees donate food items and their time to help the hungry. Last year's drive netted 9 million pounds of donated food.

Tags: Feds Feed Families , Tom Vilsack , workforce , food drive , donations , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:15pm EDT

USDA joins the ranks of the financial shared services providers

The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department Friday announced they recertified the departments of Interior, Treasury and Transportation and added USDA to be the support pylons of its financial management shared services initiative. GSA is no longer an approved provider, and it's unclear where its 44 customers will migrate to next.

Tags: financial management , OMB , Beth Cobert , Dick Gregg , Treasury , GSA , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:59am EDT

'Broken' pay system driving SES out of government

More than half of senior executives surveyed by the Senior Executives Association are reporting "low" or "very low" morale with their jobs. The problem lies with a pay-for-performance system where some supervisors make less money than the people they lead. Increasing numbers of senior executive service members are ready to leave the federal government altogether.

Tags: SES , SEA , Commerce , DoD , Best Places to Work , Partnership for Public Service , workforce , pay , Veterans Affairs , Interior Department , general schedule , Sean McCalley

Friday - 05/02/2014, 12:49pm EDT

Thomas Melito, Director, International Affairs and Trade Issues, GAO

The Agriculture Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are at loggerheads over a computer application called Web Based Supply Chain Management system. USAID quit using it shortly after it rolled out in 2011. Agriculture officials say they've fixed the problems. They say the information USAID is tracking outside the system isn't always accurate. Thomas Melito, director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the Government Accountability Office, looked into this spat and shared what he found with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Thomas Melito , GAO , USAID , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:54am EDT
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GSA declares end to cube farms, unveils new approach to office space

DHS, HHS, Interior and USDA all are on board to try out the Total Workplace initiative that focuses on open spaces, hotelling and mobile employees. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said a new approach to office space will save money and improve how agencies meet their missions.

Tags: management , workforce , GSA , DHS , Dan Tangherlini , Jeff Orner , HHS , Interior , total workplace , real property , telework , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/20/2013, 05:44am EDT
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