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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 5, 2012

Witold Skwierczynski of the AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals talks about today's SSA demonstration. Travis Howerton discusses the National Nuclear Security Administration's plans to launch its own social network. Jeremy Herb of The Hill details the Defense Bill just passed by the Senate.

Tags: Federal Drive , Witold Skwierczynski , Jeremy Herb , The Hill , DoD , DoD authorization bill , budget , Travis Howerton , NNSA , AFGE , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 07:13am EST

A last-minute and very real pension threat

The next couple of weeks will be make or break time for federal workers and retirees as Congress flounders for a way to put the brakes on before the government goes off the infamous fiscal cliff. Among the endangered species: your future retirement benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Federal Report , Congress ,

Tuesday - 12/04/2012, 02:00am EST

NSF facing gov't branding challenge in hiring reform

In a hiring pool where NSF has to compete with academia and high-profile companies for staff from the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, branding is everything, particularly the brand name of NSF and the federal government.

Tags: Gene Hubbard , Federal Drive , CHCO Council , hiring , Katie Howard

Friday - 11/30/2012, 04:05pm EST
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Air Force role just 1 piece of DoD's cyber puzzle

Air Force senior leaders assigned themselves several tasks after a summit on cyberspace in mid-November. But the service's role in cyberspace also awaits forthcoming guidance from the military's top leadership on the future of U.S. Cyber Command.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , cybersecurity , U.S. Cyber Command , Michael Basla , Jared Serbu , training

Monday - 12/03/2012, 05:16am EST
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Senate unanimously passes Hatch Act update

On Friday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill updating the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activities of federal employees.

Tags: Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Senate , Congress , Daniel Akaka , Carl Levin , Joe Lieberman , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:55am EST

Feds file discrimination complaint against Forest Service

Multiple current and former Forest Service employees say they've faced sexual harassment and physical assault while on the job, and some have lost their positions for speaking up. Now, they are fighting back by filing a class action EEOC complaint for unfair treatment. The Agriculture Department, the parent agency of the Forest Service, says it is tackling a history of discrimination with more training and accountability as part of a cultural transformation program.

Tags: USDA , Joe Leonard , Forest Service , Elaine Vercruysse , Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Jonel Wagoner , Alicia Dabney , Lesa Donnelly , USDA Coalition of Minority Employees , EEOC , civil rights , discrimination , Jolie Lee , exclusive

Monday - 12/03/2012, 05:00am EST
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What's next after an FBI career?

Neal Schiff and Carol Tschudy from the Society of FBI Alumni, and Brad Benson from the Society of Former Special Agents, will talk about the work being done by their organizations.
November 30, 2012

Tags: FBI , Debra Roth , Neal Schiff , Carol Tschudy , The Society of FBI Alumni , Brad Benson , Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI , Fed Talk

Friday - 11/30/2012, 07:02pm EST
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Fiscal cliff: Impact on feds, delivery of public service - November 30, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Public Policy Director Jacque Simon discusses the fiscal cliff's potential impact on federal employees. Common Cause President and CEO and former Congressman Bob Edgar (D-Pa.) and Economic Policy Institute Research and Policy Director Josh Bivens also discuss what a fiscal cliff deal might look like.

Tags: Inside Government , AFGE , Jacque Simon , Bob Edgar , Josh Bivens

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 04:29pm EST
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Agencies making inroads with workforce, succession planning

IRS, DoD and Interior all are pursuing an assortment of initiatives to prepare for personnel reductions. DoD will release an updated workforce strategic plan by 2015. The IRS is using an online assessment tool to measure how ready employees are to move into leadership positions. Interior is getting managers to understand their important role in workforce planning.

Tags: DoD , Paige Hinkle Bowles , IRS , David Krieg , Interior Department , Pam Malam , succession planning , HCMF conference , Chief Human Capital Officer , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/30/2012, 05:44am EST
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Senate debates 'arbitrary' cuts to DoD civilian workforce

Senators attempt to head off provision in annual Defense bill that would require reductions among Pentagon civilians.

Tags: Congress , DoD , Senate , NDAA , Ben Cardin , John McCain , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 06:38pm EST
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