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The federal workforce year in review

Debra Roth hosts a roundtable discussion of the "hot" federal workforce topics in 2014, and what will be the big issues in 2015.
December 19, 2014

Tags: workforce , telework , phased retirement , cybersecurity , Presidents Management Agenda , sequestration , budget 2016 , Emily Kopp , Federal News Radio , Kellie Lunney , GovExec , Jason Briefel , FEDmanager , FEDagent , Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford and Roth , Fed Talk

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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

After 50 years of stepping on its neck, now the United States is preparing to normalize relations with Cuba. President Barack Obama's wide-ranging diplomatic bet involves finance, trade, border security and travel. That means it will spark a lot of work for you, your employees and contractors. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the implications.

Tags: Don Kettl , University of Maryland , Cuba , embargo , finance , trade , travel , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce , DHS , State Deptartment

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:04am EST
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IRS imposes hiring freeze, eliminates overtime to deal with budget cuts

Budget cuts are forcing the IRS to impose a hiring freeze, except for emergencies, and eliminate almost all overtime. Commissioner John Koskinen said the cuts could also delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , tax refund , budget , Congress , hiring freeze , Associated Press , overtime , workforce

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:04am EST

Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him, he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases one in the federal sector and one in the private.

Tags: Heidi Burakiewicz , Mehri & Skalet PLLC , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce , pay

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:24am EST
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Washington's secret (until now) shutdown squad

Who are the decision makers in Washington, D.C.? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not who you think.

Tags: Mike Causey , OPM , pay and benefits , Mike Causeys Federal Drive , workforce , closure policy , operating status

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:00am EST

OPM updates closure procedures; no excused absences for pre-approved paid leave

Under new dismissal and closure procedures issued by the Office of Personnel Management today, federal employees who are on pre-approved paid leave during a government closure will no longer be given an excused absence.

Tags: OPM , operating status , closure policy , Dean Hunter , Brenda Roberts , workforce , Michael OConnell , Katherine Archuleta

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 01:35pm EST

Daniel R. Elliott III, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

The news from this year's "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list is not that great. It shows federal employees' morale at the lowest point in the last 11 years. But it's not doom and gloom for every agency, and there are some encouraging signs. The Surface Transportation Board was number one among smaller agencies on this year's list. How did they do it? STB chairman Daniel R. Elliot III joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Tags: Daniel R. Elliott III , Best Places to Work , Surface Transportation Board , workforce , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:28am EST
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Executive morale: A blast from the past

Washington is a place where politicians from all sides are unveiling "new ideas." Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says whether an idea is new or a reinvention of the wheel, there are people out there ready to praise or savage it.

Tags: Mike Causey , Senior Executive Service , Carol Bonosaro , workforce , management , Senior Executives Association

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:00am EST

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

Consider yourself someone who likes to pitch in and help others? If you do, you might find the Peace Corps' list of top volunteer producing-states and metro-areas interesting. Especially since Washington, D.C. makes a notable appearance this year. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss recruiting, as well as explain some of the most exciting changes and trends on this year's list.

Tags: Carrie Hessler-Radelet , Peace Corps , workforce , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:04am EST
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OPM sets deadline for agency SES requests

The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to forecast how many Senior Executive Service positions they'll need for the next two fiscal years.

Tags: OPM , SES , workforce , hiring , management , personnel , Katherine Archuleta , Jory Heckman

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 11:09am EST
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