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Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

The biggest federal labor union accuses two agencies of illegally outsourcing jobs. The American Federation of Government Employees asks the White House to review the actions. The Park Service admits Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia hired contractors to mow the lawn to augment federal custodians. AFGE says the Coast Guard plans to hire contractors for a user-fee program at a documentation center in West Virginia. Cheri Cannon is a partner at the law firm Tulley Rinckey. In this week's legal loop, she joined Tom Temin and Emily on the Federal Drive to explain how this happened.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Tully Rinckey , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , workforce

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:18am EDT
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Agencies offered new approach to measure employee engagement

Ahead of results of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint survey, a National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations working group proposed its initial ways to improve employee engagement through the use of different types of metrics. The Office of Personnel Management is expected to release the annual EVS results in August.

Tags: workforce , employee engagement , OMB , OPM , VA , Beth Cobert , Kelley Carameli , Employee Viewpoint Survey , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Your agency could save itself time and work on the hiring process if a new bill from Senator Jon Tester becomes law. The Competitive Service Act would let other agencies share information about applicants they didn't hire that might fit your agency's openings. In our Congressional Spotlight on In Depth with Francis Rose, Senator Tester explained how he thinks the bill will make your agency's hiring process faster and better.

Tags: Jon Tester , hiring , workforce , Congress

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:55pm EDT
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Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Restructuring the way the federal government organizes its employees is all of a sudden a big focus on Capitol Hill. Bills to change or kill the General Schedule are already floating around, and more may come. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census looked at the future of the General Schedule with witnesses from the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Managers Association, the American Federation of Government Employees and the Government Accountability Office. Robert Goldenkoff is Director of Strategic Issues at the GAO. He told the committee HR management in the Federal government has been on the GAO's High Risk list since 2001, but he said not all the news is bad on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Robert Goldenkoff , GAO , House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service an , workforce , general schedule

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.

Tags: Barack Obama , workforce , gay , transgender

Saturday - 07/19/2014, 02:30pm EDT

An update on the clearance jobs market

Evan Lesser, founder and director for ClearanceJobs.com, will discuss the state of hiring in the clear community.
July 18, 2014

Tags: contracting , workforce , federal hiring , security clearances , ClearanceJobs.com , Evan Lesser , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 07/18/2014, 07:08pm EDT
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Home Alone -- again, please!

Remember the fable of the rabbit, trapped by a hungry fox, who begs to be punished by being thrown into the briar patch? Think of yourself as that rascally rabbit, and Congress as the hungry but not so bright fox, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. We're talking about the shutdown showdown.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , government shutdown , workforce

Friday - 07/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Feds given more flexibility updating FEDVIP plans

The Office of Personnel Management just issued a final rule that lets a subset of federal employees enroll in or switch dental and vision plans outside of the open enrollment periods. The amendment goes into effect next month.

Tags: OPM , FEDVIP , FEHB , dental/vision plans , QLE , enrollment , Dena Levitz , married , pay and benefits , workforce

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 11:21am EDT

2014 Buyout and Early Retirement Guide

Track which agencies are offering early retirement incentives and buyout offers in 2014.

Tags: workforce , retirement , buyouts , early retirements , 2014 Buyout Guide

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 03:12pm EST
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