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Top-heavy feds: The rise of high-level pay grades

More federal employees are now concentrated in higher pay grade levels, as technology has shifted jobs to higher skills and retirements has created a need to fill more senior positions.

Tags: Steve Watkins , Federal Times , Mike Causey , pay and benefits , GS system , OPM , Jolie Lee , management , hiring ,

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 01:32pm EDT
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Debating the good and bad of labor-management forums

Councils of union representative and agency leaders are making employees happier and the government run more smoothly, federal personnel leaders told a Senate committee. But mid-level managers say they should be invited to the table because they're usually the ones to implement policies.

Tags: management , Ron Johnson , national council on federal labor management relat , OPM , John Berry , FMA , Pat Niehaus , gregory juneman , NFFE , Emily Kopp , National Council on Federal Labor Management Relat

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 11:48am EDT
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Employee tips led to 'most improved' agency

When less than half of your employees say they'd recommend your agency as a great place to work, you have a problem that's not easy to fix. But faced with poor ratings year after year, the Broadcasting Board of Governors decided to do something about it.

Tags: Broadcasting Board of Governors , jack welch , kate neeper , Partnership for Public Service , John Palguta , management , best practices , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Emily Kopp , performance management

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 05:18am EDT
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Feds: Is Anybody Happy?

A lot of federal workers say that despite buyout offers and political attacks they can't retire because they can't afford it ... so is anybody happy? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says lots of workers, maybe the majority, like what they do and are proud of it.

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

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 02:00pm EDT

USDA makes advances in telework program

The number of teleworkers at the Department of Agriculture has swelled to more than 58,000 - up from just 16,000 a year ago.

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Monday - 10/10/2011, 05:26pm EDT

NSA kicks in scholarship funds to boost cyber challenge

The National Security Agency will contribute the prize money for Maryland's first cyber competition. The agency says it wants to raise interest in cyber education and help ensure its future workforce.

Tags: NSA , Chris Inglis , cybersecurity , STEM , Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 07:30pm EDT
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Union says Pathways Program retains hiring 'circumvention'

The National Treasury Employees Union says the program that replaced the Federal Career Internship Program does not do enough to level competition in the federal hiring system.

Tags: hiring , NTEU , FCIP , Pathways Program , OPM , Colleen Kelley

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 06:56pm EDT

Reviving the American Dream - October 7th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" The Nation Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) join us from the Take Back the American Dream Conference to address the U.S. jobs crisis and the value of public service. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman discusses challenges facing the American workforce.

Tags: Inside Government , AFGE , katrina vanden heuvel , Jan Schakowsky , Jim Dean , Bob Weiner , alexis herman

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 11:21pm EDT
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What does a cloud-based workforce look like?

Imagine the future federal workforce consisting of a group of "free agents" feds who were ready at a moment's notice to help across government agencies on special projects.

Tags: Bill Eggers , Deloitte , fed cloud , hiring , management , In Depth

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 05:57pm EDT
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USPS faces competing interests in path to reform

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he wants to give the struggling Postal Service more flexibility to act like a private business, including the ability to force retirement-eligible employees to step down. Meanwhile, the Postal Regulatory Commission worries the Postal Service is losing sight of its public mission.

Tags: postal rate commission , USPS , Darrell Issa , management , budget , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , postal reform , Emily Kopp , Ruth Goldway , Heritage Foundation

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 06:27am EDT
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