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Uncle Sam tackles demon rum ... again!

Is Prohibition, which ended in 1933, coming back to federal offices? Will root-beer-based martinis be the new drink of choice of federal party-goers? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders: Has it already started?

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

Monday - 05/14/2012, 02:00am EDT

Virtual worlds

National Defense University's Dr. Paulette Robinson will talk about the upcoming "Inspire the Future" conference in Washington D.C.
May 11, 2012

Tags: technology , virtual worlds , Virtual Worlds Conference , Dr. Paulette Robinson , National Defense University , iCollege , social media , collaboration , shared services , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 05/11/2012, 09:07pm EDT
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The creature that ate your pension

If you ask the typical federal/postal worker what his or her greatest job-related fear was, many would answer they are afraid Congress will change their retirement rules and base their benefits on their highest five-year average salary. Yet the likelihood of losing the current high-three system is small compared to other, more real threats, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Report , retirement , annuity , Congress , House , Senate

Friday - 05/11/2012, 02:00am EDT

OPM finalizes rules for new intern, hiring programs

The Pathways Program aims to help federal agencies compete with other sectors that recruit and hire interns and recent graduates. The program targets current students, recent graduates and professionals interested in becoming federal managers.

Tags: recruiting , interns , hiring , John Berry , Robert Shriver , Pathways Program , OPM , Recent Graduates Program , Presidential Management Fellows Program , internship program , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:39am EDT
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Feds: Answering to a higher power

Are naughty, stupid or arrogant federal workers any different than their private-sector counterparts, who have also been known to do naughty, stupid or illegal things while on the job? The short answer: It depends, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , agency scandals

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 02:00am EDT

USPS to offer buyouts to 21,000 postmasters

As part of a cost-savings plan designed to halt the closings of rural postal facilities, the U.S. Postal Service said it would offer $20,000 buyout incentive payments to 21,000 full-time postmasters.

Tags: USPS , buyouts , retirement , pay and benefits , Congress , House , Senate , Darrell Issa , Patrick Donahoe

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 08:44pm EDT

Agency heads finding light at end of fed-bashing tunnel

Some departments are improving personnel practices around recruitment and knowledge management even in the face of pay freezes and criticisms of public servants. DHS created a higher education engagement group to bring in college students. GSA finds quality of applicants still strong. Senior leaders highlight successes during Public Service Recognition Week.

Tags: management , Public Service Recognition Week , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , Janet Napolitano , DHS , Don Hagerling , Ray Lahood , Transportation , Kathleen Sebelius , HHS , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , morale , knowledge management , recruitment , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:20am EDT
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SSA, AFGE sign off on final contract

After more than two years of tough negotiations, the Social Security Administration and its largest union, The American Federation of Government Employees, have signed off on final contract. The contract includes changes to office travel and vision benefits.

Tags: SSA , AFGE , management , Witold Skwierczynski

Monday - 05/07/2012, 05:27pm EDT

Retirement tsunami: On or off?

The number of federal workers who retired last year was up big-time. Many experts thought the long-awaited retirement tsunami was upon us, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Until last month when it slowed dramatically. So what does that mean for you?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , retirement , retirement tsunami , OPM

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 02:00am EDT

Finalists for Service to America Medals announced

The Partnership for Public Service announced the 33 finalists contending for Service to America Medals for 2012.

Tags: Service to America Medals , Partnership for Public Service , awards , management , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive

Monday - 05/07/2012, 06:42am EDT
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