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New BOP policy allows correctional officers to carry pepper spray - July 13th, 2012 and July 20th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" AFGE Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel details a new BOP pilot program that will arm some correctional officers with pepper spray. Betsy Myers, author of "Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You," and AFGE VA Local 1988 EVP Geddes Scott also appear.

Tags: AFGE , Geddes Scott , Dale Deshotel , Betsy Myers

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 07:55pm EDT
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GSA freezes hiring, suspends most SES bonuses

Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said GSA has at least 15 different bonus structures and there are questions about the agency's award rates. He said 85 percent of all SES performance awards are on hold in through 2013. GSA also will not hire new employees until a top-to-bottom review of the agency's organization is completed.

Tags: management , Dan Tangherlini , GSA , SES , bonuses , pay and benefits , hiring freeze , IAC/ACT , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 05:29pm EDT
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Civilian workforce faces brutal consequences under sequestration

Civilian agency payrolls would be most vulnerable under automatic budget cuts set to kick in on Jan. 2. A new AIA and George Mason University study claims 229,000 non-defense federal jobs would be eliminated.

Tags: Congress , sequestration , Budget Control Act , pay and benefits , Marion Blakey , Aerospace Industries Association , Stephen Fuller , George Mason University , Jeanne Shaheen , Kelly Ayotte , Gordon Adams , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 05:07am EDT
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HR University looks to gain college accreditation for agency training

The initiative aims to provide federal employees with college credit for certain agency-created human resources classes. Federal employees could apply the courses toward degrees at colleges and universities.

Tags: human resources , HR University , Kathryn Medina , ODNI , training , CHCO Council , University of Maryland , Strayer University , Ruben Gomez

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Pathways Program and Telework

John Palguta, vice president of Policy at the Partnership for Public Service talks about efforts to bring in young workers to the federal government, and whether telework is a viable option for some federal employees.
July 13, 2012(Encore presentation August 3, 2012)

Tags: hiring , recruitment , Pathways Program , telework , John Palguta , Partnership for Pubic Service , Office of Personnel Management , retention , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 07/13/2012, 10:42pm EDT
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Will you wind up a 2 percenter?

When the power company announces that 98 percent of its customers have had their electricity restored it means that 2 percent are still in the dark. Thanks to an upsurge in retirements some federal retirees are experiencing a long wait in getting full benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: OPM , John Berry , OPM backlog , retirement , Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits ,

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:00am EDT

VA tackles claims backlog with new priority approach

The agency will organize incoming claims into one of three categories based on the difficulty in solving them as part of an effort to increase efficiency. The Veterans Benefits Administration also is seeking other ways to reduce the number of backlogged cases such as new training for employees, said VA's Allison Hickey, the undersecretary for benefits.

Tags: VA , benefits , claims processing , Allison Hickey , Esther Carey , management , claims backlog

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:12pm EDT

The long gray line: Your retirement

If you've retired in the last year, you know all about the long wait to get a full annuity payment. OPM has declared war on the backlog, but how does it win? Some experienced feds suggest you can help your own case, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: OPM , John Berry , retirement , pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Reprort , retirement backlog

Friday - 01/20/2012, 02:00am EST

Are you in the Buyout Zone?

The IRS is the latest agency to join the 2012 buyout parade. Employees in other agencies should study it because it may be the model for similar buyouts governmentwide, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefts , benefits , retirement , Mike Causey , buyouts , early retirements , VERA , VSIP

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 02:00am EST

Buyout barrage: Mixed blessing?

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: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , benefits , buyouts , early retirements ,

Monday - 03/05/2012, 02:00am EST
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