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Senate passes highway bill, including 'phased retirements,' transit subsidy

The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway. The $109 billion measure, approved in a 74-22 vote, included a number of amendments affecting federal pay and benefits, including a provision to allows "phased retirements" for federal employees and an expansion of an expired mass-transit subsidy.

Tags: retirement , phased retirements , pay and benefits , transportation bill , Congress , Senate , pay freeze , mass transit benefit , NTEU , Max Baucus , Pat Roberts

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:32pm EDT

DoD organizations need 'analytical maturity,' expert says

Jim Hagy, director the Defense Human Capital practice at Deloitte, talks to The Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how the Defense Department can continue to achieve its mission in an ever changing world.

Tags: Jim Hagy , Federal Drive , Deloitte , DoD ,

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 10:13am EDT
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Tips for combating the insider threat

Hord Tipton, the executive director of ISC2 and the former chief information officer at the Interior Department, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the "red flags" managers should look for in the hiring process.

Tags: hiring , cybersecurity , Hord Tipton , ISC(2) , In Depth , Francis Rose , insider threat

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 06:19pm EDT
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Many non-SES managers feeling left out of key discussions

GS-12s to GS-15s want more say in labor-management conversations. Patricia Niehaus, the president of the Federal Managers Association, said too often political appointees and SESers are the only managers at the table. OPM's John Berry said he will work with FMA and others to figure out how to be more inclusive.

Tags: OPM , John Berry , Patricia Niehaus , Federal Managers Association , management , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relat , training , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Does happiness trickle down?

Ever seen the sign that reads: If Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy? The bottom line, according to the book with the same title, is if the boss isn't pleased, everybody suffers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how's that working out in your office?

Tags: pay and benefits , management , SES , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 02:00am EDT

Agencies must marry workforce and tech planning

Agencies must combine workforce planning with technology planning to ensure they are not left with "skills atrophy," said Frank Jones, chief human capital officer at the Defense Manpower Data Center.

Tags: Frank Jones , Defense Manpower Data Center , HCMD , management , technology , SharePoint

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:52pm EDT
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Naval Research using training, telework to maintain morale

The Office of Naval Research is going beyond routine training to invest in its workforce. In addition to classroom time, employees can go to speaking engagements and complete rotational assignments, including virtual assignments.

Tags: Will Brown , Office of Naval Research , Federal Drive , HCMD , management , training , DoD

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:29pm EDT
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When recruiting, look to enterprise across the board

Susan Fallon, vice president of business development at Monster Government Solutions, spoke to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the aim of the 2012 Human Capital Management Defense Conference.

Tags: Susan Fallon , Monster Government Solutions , HCMD , recruiting

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:05pm EDT

Senate amendment would extend pay freeze through 2013

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced an amendment Thursday to the Senate Highway Bill that would extend the federal pay freeze for another year as part of special deficit reduction trust fund.

Tags: Pat Roberts , Senate , highway bill , pay freeze , budget , pay and benefits , Michael OConnell

Monday - 03/12/2012, 06:48am EDT

Federal benefits changes often follow state, private-sector plans

State and local governments are either pulling back on pensions, or stopping them completely — and private sector employers have pretty much eliminated them. This could be a bad omen for federal benefits, some experts say, because changes to the federal workforce often follow provisions that have been put in place by the states or private companies. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the pattern.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , Tammy Flanagan , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 03/09/2012, 07:37pm EST
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