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VA: Happy feds saved $200 million in turnover costs

The Department of Veterans Affairs avoided $200 million in turnover costs by investing in online training resources for employees, Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda told Federal News Radio. He also explained how the VA plans to make veterans 40 percent of its workforce, weather the retirement tsunami and continue to be a federal leader on human capital issues in a wide-ranging interview.

Tags: John Sepulveda , CHCO Council , VA , pay and benefits , hiring , recruitment , retention , veterans , Disabled , Latino , Hispanic , employment , diversity , Emily Kopp

Friday - 12/23/2011, 07:04pm EST
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Feds glad to bid adieu to 2011, but will 2012 be better?

Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp counts down the top federal workforce stories of 2011 and makes some predictions fo 2012.

Tags: 2011 and Beyond , Emily Kopp , pay and benefits , Congress , OPM , retirement , CHCO Council , USPS , buyouts

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:42pm EST

AFGE's strategy for 'good government' hinges on 2012 elections

With no end to lawmakers' fedbashing in sight, the American Federation of Government Employees is looking forward to 2012's presidential and Congressional elections. "Federal workers are a sane, responsible group of citizens. They vote in big numbers," AFGE President John Gage told Federal News Radio.

Tags: Emily Kopp , John Gage , AFGE , unions , Labor , Congress , 2011 and Beyond , election

Friday - 12/23/2011, 02:04pm EST
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PTO ends one fast-track approval program, extends another

As it prepares to implement the changes enacted by a sweeping patent reform bill, the Patent and Trademark Office is ending one of the temporary fast-track programs it created to clear out its backlog of patent applications. Another is being extended.

Tags: USPTO , patent reform , Terry Rae , green technology , Jared Serbu

Friday - 12/23/2011, 05:29am EST
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Will agencies continue hiring reform progress in 2012?

Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the progress agencies have made on federal hiring reform over the past two years.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , hiring , OPM

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 06:51pm EST
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Federal HR managers faced obstacles in 2011

Human resources expert Paul Rowson joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the challenges and changes faced by chief human capital officers and HR managers in 2011, as well as what they'll have to look for in 2012.

Tags: hiring , pay and benefits , In Depth , Francis Rose , Paul Rowson , 2011 and Beyond

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 07:11pm EST
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Will 2012 be any better for federal workforce?

Reviewing the ups and downs of 2011, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, expects more of the same in 2012.

Tags: NTEU , Colleen Kelley , 2011 and Beyond , hiring , Federal Drive

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 11:40am EST
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Gifts: What would Justin Bieber do?

If you work for Uncle Sam and you plan on buying your boss a holiday gift, think cheap. And if a contractor tries to shower you with goodies either say no, or get a copy of "Prison For Dummies."

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , Justin Bieber , gift ban

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 02:00am EST

DoD plans more formalized training for financial managers

The Pentagon has standardized, course-based training and certification programs for its acquisition workforce. DoD's CFO wants comparable standards for the department's financial management community.

Tags: defense , Robert Hale , On DoD , Jared Serbu , auditability , financial management , GAO , Marines Corps , Navy , DAU , training

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 08:30am EST
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AFGE pushes for TSA workers to have due process rights

The Transportation Security Administration is unwilling to give airport security officers the same due process rights that other federal employees have, according to the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents TSA officers nationwide. AFGE said it planned to picket on key issues, which also included policies that allegedly discriminate against female security officers.

Tags: TSA , AFGE , John Gage , union , John Pistole , Alan Jackimowicz , Stacy Bodtmann , Emily Kopp , management

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 02:19pm EST
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