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Feds rank leadership low in annual survey

The Partnership for Public Service took a closer look at the data from the 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and discovered that feds aren't too happy with their leaders. Senior leaders especially received low rankings from federal employees.

Tags: Partnership for Pubic Service , 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey , OPM , NASA , management , workforce , DHS , NRC , FDIC , State , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 09:09am EDT

The joys of divided government

Democrats control the White House and the Senate, while Republicans call the shots in the House. So what impact has divided government had on federal workers? Some people think things could be a whole lot worse if one party ran all three operations at the same time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Drive , pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , House , Senate

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

Analysis: NRC nomination battle hurts workforce morale

It's a good time for career employees at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to lay low and stay in their cubicles. A nasty political fight over President Obama's Republican, female commissioner nominee, Kristine Svinicki, has caused Chairman Gregory Jaczko to publicly deny he is abusive towards women.

Tags: Gregory Jaczko , Kristine Svinicki , NRC , Debra Roth , Federal Drive , Shaw Bransford Roth , management , workforce , morale

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 11:28am EDT
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Wall Street or Walmart: What's in your future?

Feds who retire with special skills and top-secret clearances often move into top jobs on Wall Street, with credit card companies or even back in government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But for those stripped of their clearances, life after Uncle Sam may mean a security guard job at a box store ...

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , workforce , security clearances

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 02:00am EDT

Postal bill amendment seeks to cut backlog ahead of USPS retirement 'deluge'

An amendment to a Senate bill aiming to restructure the U.S. Postal Service's financial framework would institute new agency reporting requirements for retiring federal workers in anticipation of a "deluge of retirees" from USPS. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), introduced an amendment last week that requires the Office of Personnel Management to take new steps to chip away at the longstanding backlog of federal retirement claims.

Tags: OPM , USPS , retirement , retirement backlog , Mark Warner , Barbara Mikulski , workforce , 21st Century Postal Service Act , Congress , Senate

Monday - 04/23/2012, 04:56pm EDT
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Rating your mate/date

How would you like it if your spouse or significant other rated your performance, then made his/her findings known to friends and neighbors? In this fantasy world, you would naturally hope your performance would be rated as superior, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what if you were rated less-than-satisfactory? Would you vow to get better, or would you really rather not even know?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce , management , performance ratings

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

Bill makes customer service part of feds' evaluations

The provision is one of many in a new bill passed out of a House committee last week to boost customer service at federal agencies. The Federal Customer Service Enhancement Act or H.R. 538 would direct the Office of Management and Budget to set customer service standards and name someone to be a customer relations representative at each agency.

Tags: Henry Cuellar , House , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , customer service , GPRA Modernization , Federal Drive , workforce , management

Monday - 04/23/2012, 10:38am EDT
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Educating students about war

Veterans National Education Program Co-founders Andrea Hooper and Bob McMahon talk about the organization's vision and mission.
April 20, 2012(Encore presentation June 8, 2012)

Tags: workforce , military , Veterans National Education Program , World War II , Korean War , Vietnam War , Iraq and Afghanistan wars , Andrea Hooper , Bob McMahon , veterans , Fed Access , Derrick Dortch

Friday - 04/20/2012, 11:00pm EDT
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Public service recognition week

A roundtable discussion of the events at this years' Public Service Recognition Week.
April 20, 2012

Tags: workforce , Bill Bransford , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Partnership for Public Service , Public Employees Roundtable , National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration , Public Service Recognition Week , Fed Talk

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 07:36pm EDT
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What do performance ratings really measure?

Is the performance-rating system in your agency rigged? Does a bear shed in the woods? Despite its noble intent, many workers say performance ratings where they work measure just about everything but performance, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , management , workforce , performance ratings

Friday - 04/20/2012, 02:00am EDT
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