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Fixing the security clearance mess starts with bringing background investigations back in house

Matthew Baum, a former investigator in OPM's now-defunct Office of Federal Investigations, questions whether politics and privatization went too far by outsourcing background investigations.

Tags: Matthew Baum , commentary , OPM , background investigations , USIS , Trust Redefined ,

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:17pm EDT

Despite increased reporting of sexual assaults, DoD still struggles to tackle issue

It's been 23 years since the Tailhook scandal rocked the Navy, and the Pentagon is still struggling to eliminate sexual assaults from the military. The number of reported cases is on the rise, but is counting cases alone solving the problem?

Tags: Paula Coughlin , Protect Our Defenders , Max Maxwell , JAG , DoD , Army , Navy , sexual assaults , Federal Drive , Trust Redefined , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 09:29am EDT
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Is hike in whistleblower claims a sign of progress or growing mistrust?

The heads of both the Office of Special Counsel and Merit Systems Protection Board tell Federal News Radio as part of our special report, "Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees," that their increasing workloads could actually be a sign of progress, and that more employees feel protected enough to make whistleblower disclosures. However, an exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals a wide chasm of trust remains when it comes to feds blowing the whistle at work.

Tags: management , oversight , MSPB , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Shirine Moazed , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
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Can trust be rebuilt between feds and the government?

Trust is a critical factor in the relationship between federal managers and employees. Without it, whistleblowers are retaliated against; minor Hatch Act violations receive severe punishments; and unsuitable employees are given security clearances. In our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Federal News Radio explores what a lack of trust has created in government and what it will take to restore it.

Tags: Trust Redefined , Tom Temin , Hatch Act , whistleblowers , sexual assaults , security clearances , insider threats

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 03:43am EDT

Agency budget squeeze eroding trust between employees, management

Susan Tsui Grundmann, chair of the Merit Systems Protection Board, said many federal employees filed furlough appeals last year because they said they didn't trust that their managers were making the right spending decisions that could have fended off the need to furlough employees. This article is part of the Federal News Radio special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees.

Tags: management , MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , furloughs , furlough appeals , Trust Redefined , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
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Agencies rev up for 2014 Feds Feed Families food drive

June 1 marks the start of the sixth annual Feds Feed Families event where federal employees donate food items and their time to help the hungry. Last year's drive netted 9 million pounds of donated food.

Tags: Feds Feed Families , USDA , Tom Vilsack , food drive , donations , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:15pm EDT

Boko Haram, Benghazi, and the Mexican drug war

Mark Schroeder and Fred Burton from Stratfor, will give us an update on terrorist activities around the world, and the latest news on the Mexican drug war.
May 16, 2014

Tags: Boko Haram , Benghazi , Mexican drug war , Mark Schroeder , Fred Burton , Stratfor , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 05/16/2014, 08:11pm EDT
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OFPP closing the contracting officer training gap between civilian, DoD

A new memo details about eight major changes to the education and knowledge requirement for civilian agency contracting officers. It calls for more than just training but a deeper knowledge of acquisition roles, responsibilities and how to ensure success.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , acquisition policy , training , OFPP , NCMA , Lesley Field , Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council , Beth Blazek , Management Concepts , Michael Fischetti

Friday - 05/16/2014, 04:19am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

After years of budget constraints, fed bashing and gridlock on Capitol Hill, some say the relationship between government and its employees has changed. The result is mutual suspicion and even distrust between federal managers and their employees. Federal News Radio will examine the level of trust between the government and its employees in a special report May 20-22. Web Manager Julia Ziegler spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the series and how you can participate.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Trust Redefined ,

Friday - 05/16/2014, 11:52am EDT
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Senate committee eyes new cyber hiring authorities for DHS

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Thursday the committee plans to mark up a bill on May 21 to give DHS more tools to hire cyber workers more easily.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Tom Carper , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , AFFIRM , training , FISMA , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/16/2014, 12:24pm EDT
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