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Lieberman puts reorg authority on 'bucket list'

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has sponsored legislation to revive the fast-track authority requested by President Barack Obama. Other senators, however, want more details before signing off on the plan that, in part, would allow the President to merge overlapping business- and trade-related agencies.

Tags: GAO , duplication , waste , Tom Coburn , Senate , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Patricia Dalton , Danny Werfel , USTR , Emily Kopp , Barack Obama , management , government reorganizatio ,

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 05:11pm EDT

Mandatory breathalyzer tests coming to Navy, Marine Corps

The alcohol screening program is part of a sweeping realignment of personnel and readiness programs in the Department of the Navy.

Tags: DoD , Navy , USMC , Ray Mabus , Jonathan Greenert , Jared Serbu , alcohol , marijuana , 21st Century Sailor and Marine , readiness

Monday - 03/05/2012, 05:33pm EST
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Feds: Is that a dust cloud or the Mongol horde?

What do you suppose 13th-century peasants thought just before Genghis Khan's boys rode into town? We can't be sure, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, but it might be the same sort of unease modern-day federal workers have when Congress mounts its high horse ...

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

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 02:00am EDT

MSPB, OSC already feeling brunt of budget reductions

Two small agencies with large responsibilities toward the federal workforce say they've trimmed all the fat from their budgets and will need more resources to keep up with increasing caseloads. Merit Systems Protection Board Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told a Senate subcommittee she worries about impending staff retirements as well. The Office of Special Counsel is also feeling pressure to do more with less.

Tags: MSPB , Office of Special Counsel , Senate , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Emily Kopp , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Carolyn Lerner , whistleblowers

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 06:00am EDT
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Retiring and skydiving: Do it right the first time

What do skydiving and retiring have in common? Short answer is that many people only do each once, and it is a really good idea to do it right the first time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , retention , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

HR University showing worth, expanding after first year

The government's training portal has nearly 10,000 users. The HR University now offers college-accredited classes and in-person "flash mentoring" events. The Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council launched the portal last year as a way to save agencies money on professional development training.

Tags: management , Kathryn Medina , John Berry , OPM , CHCO Council , HR University , training , Gail Lovelace , GSA , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:44am EDT
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MSPB workforce cuts hurting mission

The workload of the Merit Systems Protection Boards is only growing, but its workforce is headed in the opposite direction.

Tags: MSPB , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 11:45am EDT
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A month off (without pay)?

Unless Congress gets on the ball, some federal agencies like the FBI say they might have to furlough employees for a month or more next year. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is this bluff and drama or the real thing?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , furloughs , management , budget , sequestration , DoJ , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 02:00am EDT

Survey: Diversity initiative is a tough sell for many

The federal initiative to increase diversity and inclusion in its workforce may be critical to an agency's mission or seen as a political ploy depends on the employees' race, ethnicity and gender. That is what a Federal News Radio survey revealed: sharp divides among federal employees. And the widely differing points of view may make it more difficult for agencies to implement new diversity and inclusion strategies.

Tags: Barack Obama , inclusion , diversity , Justice , Channing Phillips , RGS , DoD , management , Federally Employed Women , Georgia Thomas , Susan Grunin , Navy , Ken Barrett , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:20pm EDT
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OMB crowdsourcing improvements to Section 508

The administration released a set of high-level concepts from listening sessions conducted in 2011 and is asking for input from the agencies, contractors and the public. Interested parties can comment on 14 suggestions to improve how people with disabilities access government information.

Tags: Kareem Dale , Steven VanRoekel , Lesley Field , OMB , OFPP , Section 508 , technology , Gov 2.0 , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/19/2012, 06:17pm EDT
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