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Government shutdown, furloughs, and more

Janet Kopenhaver from Federally Employed Woman and Federal Times Senior Writer Sean Reilly, join host Mike Causey to talk about what would happen if the federal government were to shut down.
January 16, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , government shutdown , fiscal cliff , sequestration , Janet Kopenhaver , Federally Employed Women , Federal Times , Sean Reilly , furloughs , hiring freeze , Combined Federal Campaign , National Association of Letter Carriers , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 07:55pm EST
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USPS aims to boost revenue with special projects, but losses loom large

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service can't only cut its way to financial viability. In an increasingly digital world of declining mail volume, it also must find ways to increase revenue, the Government Accountability Office stated in a new report. Currently, USPS is pursuing 55 new initiatives designed to boost revenue.

Tags: GAO , budget , postal reform , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 06:26pm EST

Cloud is the next chapter in the government's identity management saga

The Postal Service issued a draft solicitation for the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange. The goal is to create a cloud-based service to perform identity authentication and verification. Agencies could plug into the service, integrating it with any application that adheres to the standards.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , NIST , identity management , Jeremy Grant , Judy Spencer , CertiPath , Bill Corrington , Stony Point Enterprises , Federal Cloud Credential Exchange , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:14am EST
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Lawmakers 'committed' to postal reform in new Congress

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said they were committed to working together to pass postal reform legislation in the new Congress. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe renewed his call for congressional action, saying the agency faces an "unsustainable" financial path.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , postal reform bill , Darrell Issa , Tom Carper , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jack Moore

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 06:06pm EST

Postal Service pension surplus shrinks as Donahoe renews call for legislation

Surplus payments the Postal Service made to the Federal Employee Retirement System are much smaller than once thought. Last year, the surplus was estimated to be $11.4 billion. But because of a reduction in projected long-term interest rates, OPM estimated the surplus would drop to $2.6 billion. SPS had wanted to use those overpayments to pay down some of its debts

Tags: budget , Congress , Joe Corbett , Patrick Donahoe , Jack Moore , postal reform

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 08:40pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 4, 2012

USPS' Tony Vegliante talks about veterans working at the Postal Service. Attorney Joseph Petrillo discusses the government's many procurement rules. Jerry Brito of George Mason University launched a site to encourage greater transparency at the World Conference on International Telecommunications. Bob Litan discusses a new Bloomberg Government report on reducing the deficit. DoD's Stephen King talks about the Pentagon honoring standout workers with disabilities.

Tags: Tony Vegliante , Joseph Petrillo , Veterans Affairs , procurement , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Jerry Brito , Mercatus Center at George Mason University , Bob Litan , Bloomberg Government , Stephen King , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/04/2012, 08:46am EST

Federal Drive interviews - Nov. 29

OMB Controller Danny Werfel explains how agencies have been able to cut improper payments. Also, the VA's Mary Santiago discusses the hurdles to hiring more veterans into the federal workforce.

Tags: Federal Drive , Danny Werfel , OMB , Mary Santiago , VA , Gerry Connolly , Jeremy Grant , NIST

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 08:31am EST

FEHBP open season

Walton Francis, author of the Consumer's Checkbook Guide to Federal Health Plans, will provide tips on what to look for when choosing your health benefits.
November 28, 2012

Tags: pay and benefits , open season , FEHBP , Walton Francis , Sean Reilly , Federal Times , buyouts , early retirements , budget cuts , Mike Causey , Your Turn , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 12:08am EST
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Postal chief lays out plan for agency survival

Tags: budget

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 08:34am EST

Taking your Open Season questions

Walton Francis, THE expert on the federal health-insurance program, joined host Mike Cause to answer federal employees' and retirees' questions about finding the right plan during Open Season, which runs through Dec. 10.

Tags: Your Turn with Mike Causey , Walton Francis , pay and benefits , open season , health insurance , FEHBP , Sean Reilly , Federal Times , sequestration , Congress , budget ,

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 01:15pm EST
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