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Mike Casey, Chief Learning Officer, GSA

Training your agency's employees by sitting them down in a classroom in front of a teacher giving a lecture won't work for the federal government anymore. Mike Casey is the chief learning officer of the General Services Administration and a guest for the Executive Suite on In Depth with Francis Rose. He's at the forefront of the effort to teach agency managers the difference between training and learning. Casey said knowing the difference could make a big impact on the cost to run your agency. Read related article.

Tags: Mike Casey , GSA , training , In Depth , workforce , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:03pm EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The Homeland Security Department fires more of its employees than any other agency. Last year DHS dropped almost 1 percent of its workforce. The Federal Times reports the government-wide average is about half that. Jeff Neal is senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose those numbers might sound low, but they're actually pretty normal for the federal government. Read Neal's related column.

Tags: jeff neal , InDepth , workforce , firings , DHS , ICF International , CHCO

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees are singing the President's praises this week. He is calling on agency managers to expand workplace flexibilities. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the President's new memo.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , workforce , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:42am EDT
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Lessons in federal training - straight from your garden

Training should not be about checking items off a list, says GSA Chief Learning Officer Mike Casey. It should be more like a "self-weeding garden."

Tags: training , Mike Casey , chief learning officer , workforce , management , GSA , Francis Rose , In Depth , Executive Suite , Stephanie Wasko

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:48pm EDT
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You're fired! And other federal management fantasies

The Veterans Affairs Department recently revealed that none of its senior executives had gotten a rating below fully successful in the past four years. While that may seem shocking, the VA is not that out of the ordinary. Sub-par ratings for SES members are not common and firing them is even less common, says former CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: jeff neal , Senior Executive Service , management , workforce , Veterans Affairs Department , commentary

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 11:53am EDT

Feds and middle-class workers

Are things getting worse in government, or is that just your memory playing tricks? We asked a current federal employee, and he said it is going from bad to worse.

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

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 02:00am EDT

There is life after retirement (pinch me ... am I dreaming?)

If you are contemplating retirement, there are lots of things to consider: Your health, goals, new income level and where you want to live. There is also one word you need to start using, according to a recent Forest Service retiree. That magic word: No!

Tags: retirement , workforce , Mike Causey , federal report

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 02:00am EDT

Is your agency getting the most out of its social media efforts?

Is your agency getting as much value out of its social media efforts as it could be? A new report offers tips for agencies looking to take advantage of the data that can be mined from Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.

Tags: social media , workforce , management , marketing , IBM , technology , Ines Mergel , Stephanie Wasko , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 02:41pm EDT
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As assets grow, TSP resists calls for change from Congress

Boosted by a recovering economy and a booming Wall Street, assets in the Thrift Savings Plan have continued to climb. Since reaching $400 billion in February the highest amount ever recorded assets under TSP management grew to more than $412 billion by the end of last month. But as total assets have increased, so have calls to tweak the program that's provided federal employees with 401(k)-style retirement accounts since 1987. Still, the TSP has consistently resisted calls to modify its simplified, tried-and-true structure.

Tags: workforce , TSP , pay and benefits , retirement , Kim Weaver , Tom Emswiler , Jack Moore

Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:07pm EDT

Obama gives feds right to request more flexible work options

Federal employees now have the right to request a more flexible work schedule and managers must "carefully" consider those requests, President Barack Obama told agency heads in a June 23 memo on expanding workplace flexibility in the federal government. The memo, which coincided with a White House conference on working families, also encourages agency heads to expand flexible workplace policies, such as telework, alternative work schedules and temporary part-time duty "to the maximum extent practicable."

Tags: workforce , management , workplace flexibility , telework , Barack Obama , Mike Aitken , SHRM , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 01:37pm EDT
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