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Call for new astronauts garners 6,000 applicants

NASA recently put out a call for new applicants to ensure that its astronaut corps is fully stocked for upcoming missions to the International Space Station. More than 6,000 people applied for 10 to 15 positions.

Tags: NASA , Duane Ross , astronauts , Federal Drive , hiring , Michael OConnell

Monday - 02/13/2012, 11:35am EST
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Agencies finalize diversity plans

Most agencies are on track to implement new diversity strategies by March 16, Office of Personnel Management Director of Diversity and Inclusion Veronica Villalobos told Federal News Radio. Five months ago, President Barack Obama directed agencies to improve the diversity of their ranks through strategic plans.

Tags: OPM , diversity , management , Latino , Hispanic , EEOC , Veronica Villalobos , Emily Kopp

Friday - 02/10/2012, 07:27am EST
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Closing the 'gap' gap

White-collar federal workers on average are either overpaid by about 16 percent or paid an average of 26.3 percent less compared to their private-sector counterparts. Those numbers confirm that there is a pay gap. But that's about it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Could they both be right? Or wrong?

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , pay debate , Mike Causey , federal report

Monday - 02/13/2012, 02:00am EST

Retirement applications tick up 24 percent in 2011

Experts have long predicted a federal retirement tsunami, and the steady uptick in retirement applications across 2011 appears to bear that out. Overall, 104,810 retirement applications were filed by federal employees in calendar-year 2011, according to numbers provided by OPM a 24 percent increase over 2010 levels.

Tags: retirement , pay and benefits , retention , OPM , buyouts , early retirement

Friday - 02/10/2012, 09:35pm EST

Career training roundtable

Host Debra Roth leads a roundtable discussion of how to get a job in the federal government.
February 10, 2012

Tags: hiring , federal employment , Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Kathryn Troutman , The Resume Place , Federal Job Search Trainer program , resume , Ronald Flowers , Frank Skinner , Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulati , federal job search , Fed Talk

Friday - 02/10/2012, 08:41pm EST
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As retirement applications surge, what should feds consider?

Tammy Flanagan, the senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how feds should prepare for retirement.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , retirement backlog , OPM , Tammy Flanagan , NITP , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 02/10/2012, 06:57pm EST
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Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Lauds Work of Federal Employees - February 10th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) praises the continued dedication of federal employees despite a contentious political environment. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) and Newsweek and Daily Beast contributor Eleanor Clift discuss the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare President and CEO Max Richtman addresses keys to improving Social Security and Medicare and the critical role of SSA employees.

Tags: Max Richtman , Eleanor Clift , John Yarmuth , John Sarbanes , AFGE , Inside Government ,

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 01:23pm EST
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Tips for jumping into the SES pool

Kathryn Troutman spoke to The Federal Drive with Tom Temin about The New SES Application and the five areas federal employees looking to go into the SES should keep in mind.

Tags: Kathryn Troutman , SES , management , Federal Drive , job hunting

Friday - 02/10/2012, 09:28am EST
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VA comes under fire for telework policy

AFGE has accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to expand telework opportunities despite a new law designed to encourage the practice. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has demanded an explanation. Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda said managers aren't convinced that telework is good for the agency.

Tags: VA , John Sepulveda , Gerry Connolly , Frank Wolf , telework , Telework Enhancement Act , management , CRS , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 05:30am EST
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Federal Air Marshals claim unfair work environment

Government investigators have found some senior officials at the Federal Air Marshal service made fun of veterans, homosexuals and minorities, creating an "unpleasant work environment" at an agency.

Tags: TSA , air marshal , inspector general , Secret Service , management

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 02:33am EST
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