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Senate committee questions GSA IG about investigation tactics

In a routine pre-hearing briefing call, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee staff members asked Brian Miller about his staff's decision to knock on a GSA employee's door after 11 p.m. at the SmartPay conference last month. Miller and acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini are scheduled to testify Sept. 12 before the committee on changes the agency has made in light of the conference spending scandals.

Tags: management , workforce , oversight , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , David Shea , Brian Miller , Shakeup at GSA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 05:52pm EDT

DoD trying to fix holes in the military voter assistance program

The DoD inspector general found more than half of military voting assistance offices were unreachable using contact information on the website. Pam Mitchell, the interim director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, said all the phone numbers now are accurate.

Tags: DoD , FVAP , voting , Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act , Pam Mitchell , Jared Serbu , Military Voter Protection Project , workforce , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Census asks employees to grade themselves to cut costs

Agency leaders hope employees will help the Census Bureau fill critical workforce skills gaps. The self-assessments are aimed at upgrading the way workers collect, process and analyze data about the U.S. ahead of the 2020 census.

Tags: Census Bureau , Nancy Potok , 2020 Census , workforce , management , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 05:46am EDT
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Does the buyout barrage have a silver lining?

Buyouts are popping up all over the government. And even if you are not in the market, they may have an impact on your job, your promotion potential and, if you are planning to retire anyhow, how quickly you get your first full annuity payment, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , benefits , buyouts , early retirements , retirement

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 02:00am EDT

AFGE files unfair labor practice against EPA for firing scientists

A federal union claims the Environmental Protection Agency fired two scientists for trying to organize a union at the EPA's National Exposure Research Lab in Athens, Ga.

Tags: AFGE , EPA , workforce , Everett Kelley , Charles Orzehoskie , Federal Labor Relations Authority

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 04:09pm EDT

Interior reduces hiring time, manager paper cuts

The Interior Department's new, simplified hiring process has slashed hiring time by more than 100 days. Much of the change results from less paperwork for managers, a department leader told Federal News Radio.

Tags: Rhea Suh , workforce , DOI , hiring reform , management , Federal Drive , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 05:13am EDT
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This is reality?

We're back! For the month of August, Washington, D.C., was a really nice place to live and visit, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Streets were quiet, restaurants empty, traffic was tolerable and some of our town's loudest, most aggressive people (Congress, lawyers, journalists and think tankers) were away ... But we are all back with a vengeance.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 02:00am EDT

Lifeguard duty for some feds

Even though it's a federal holiday, the one when working folks are supposed to rest, Uncle Sam has millions of lifeguards - civilian and military - on duty today. For obvious reasons. And even if you can't see them, they are there, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , federal report

Monday - 09/03/2012, 02:00am EDT

What's ahead for feds with security clearances?

Evan Lesser, founder and director of ClearanceJobs.com, talks about how the job market is changing for federal workers with high security clearances.
August 31, 2012

Tags: workforce , ClearanceJobs.com , Evan Lesser , security clearances , budget battle , Fed Access , Derrick Dortch

Friday - 08/31/2012, 10:27pm EDT
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Bad news, good news and mangoes

When somebody tells a fed they've got good news and bad news and which do they want first, there is no right answer. So what is it now. And what does it mean when the boss says to report to her office with a burlap sack and two mangoes?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , workforce

Friday - 08/31/2012, 02:00am EDT
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