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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

House bill raises tension with IRS, lowers funding

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut more than $300 million from last year's Internal Revenue Service budget. This adds to the tension between Congress and the IRS over lost emails.

Tags: IRS , workforce , budget , Congress , House of Representatives , John Koskinen , Colleen Kelley , Lois Lerner , National Treasury Employees Union , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 06/23/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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Alice In Washington Wonderland

Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations - the IRS and the Social Security Administration - are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these 'savings', Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , federal report , IRS , SSA , budget , MSPB , PTO , workforce

Monday - 06/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

What is vetsHQ.com?

Linda Rix, co-CEO of FastYeti Incorporated will talk about a new website that helps veterans navigate their way through the with benefits claims process.
June 20, 2014

Tags: workforce , Linda Rix , FastYeti Incorporated , VetsHQ.com , Department of Veterans Affairs , veterans benefits , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 06/20/2014, 09:54pm EDT
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The future of performance reviews

Dr. Janice Presser, CEO of the Gabriel Institute and Grant Thornton's Virginia Gibson will discuss the importance of performance reviews and how to improve them.
June 20, 2014

Tags: workforce , performance management , performance reviews , Dr. Janice Presser , The Gabriel Institute , Virginia Gibson , Grant Thornton , Julie Perkins , Shaw Bransford and Roth , performance goals , performance improvement , Performance and results

Friday - 06/20/2014, 08:41pm EDT
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CIO Boot Camp participants tweet out their reactions

The Federal CIO Council conducted its annual boot camp June 18 and 19, at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. Here are some tweets that participants posted during the event.

Tags: CIO Bootcamp , CIO Council , managemenent , workforce

Friday - 06/20/2014, 12:21pm EDT

John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

As of now, there are an estimated 7,000 politically appointed positions in the federal government. Again, it's an estimate, because there is no centralized list of political jobs, so no one knows the actual number. Nor is there a list of how many of those jobs are vacant on any given day. John Hudak argues that missing data created an embarrassing management and oversight problem for Congress and OMB. He has some ideas for how to close that information gap. Hudak is a fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He explained on In Depth with Jared Serbu how the government machine can still run with a large number of vacancies.

Tags: John Hudak , Brookings Institution , workforce , In Depth

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:29pm EDT
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Cloud forecast means changes for federal IT workers

As government agencies migrate to cloud computing and other new technologies, the information technology workforce requirements are changing.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , cybersecurity , workforce , Megan Schmith , GSA , RAND , TechAmerica , management , Stephanie Wasko , AFCEA

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:46pm EDT

Expert says budget, employee reductions force agencies to rethink mission goals

With an employment drop over the past year, agencies must adopt a "less with less" mentality, according Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He says executives must be honest with Congress about their limited capabilities.

Tags: IRS , GAO , budget , workforce , management , Congress , Bob Tobias , John Koskinen , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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