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DoD approves waiver policy for religious observances

The Pentagon has approved a new policy that will allow troops to seek waivers to wear religious clothing, seek prayer time or engage in religious practices. The new police took effect Wednesday, and the waivers will be decided on a case-by-case basis, according to defense officials.

Tags: DoD , religious displays , service members

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 04:20am EST

OPM to RIF 300 workers from HR Solutions office

The Office of Personnel Management said it's abolishing 300 positions nationwide, about 25 percent of which are full-time workers. OPM said the budget environment where fewer agencies are hiring and training employees is causing the need to reduce staff.

Tags: OPM , Joseph Kennedy , reduction of force , HR Solutions , resume bank , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 02:06pm EST

DoT refocuses SES leaders to address shortcomings, improve skills

The Transportation Department is using 360-degree reviews and executive coaching to help members of the Senior Executive Service become better leaders. DoT is focusing on leadership, in part, because it was one of the areas of improvement highlighted in the Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Tags: management , DoT , Brian Crew , training , Senior Executive Service , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 03:54am EST
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Former Rep. Patrick Murphy continues veteran advocacy - January 17, 2014 and January 24, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" former Rep. Patrick Murphy (Pa.) discusses his MSNBC program, "Taking the Hill with Patrick Murphy," to bring attention to veterans issues. AFGE Legislative and Political Director Beth Moten previews the union's Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference Feb. 9 - 12 while Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul details the latest manufacturing jobs numbers. National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare's Web Phillips reacts to service reductions at SSA.

Tags: AFGE , Inside Government , Beth Moten , Scott Paul , Patrick Murphy , Web Phillips

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 04:20pm EST
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Fed agencies open Wednesday under two-hour delayed arrival

Due to wintry weather conditions in the D.C. region, federal agencies will be open Wednesday, Jan. 22, under a two-hour delayed arrival. Employees also have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. The Office of Personnel Management says employees should plan to arrive for work no more than two hours later than they would normally be expected to arrive.

Tags: operating status , OPM ,

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 10:03pm EST

Stay home or go home: Nightmare decision

Every time there is a big snowstorm, top government officials are haunted by a 32-year-old nightmare, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , OPM

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 02:00am EST

Olympic security, Benghazi, & the Mexican drug war

Stratfor Vice President for Intelligence Fred Burton will discuss a number of international security issues with host Derrick Dortch.
January 17, 2014

Tags: terrorist attack , Benghazi , Sochi Olympics , Russian terrorist attacks , Senate Intelligence Committe , Mexican drug cartels , drug war , Fred Burton , Stratfor , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 01/17/2014, 07:49pm EST
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After banner year for recruiting, military leaders uneasy about future

Weakness in the private-sector economy has let the Pentagon spend fewer dollars on recruiting efforts over the past several years. It still beat its targets for both the quantity and quality of new enlistees and officers it brings into its ranks. But officials believe things could get more difficult.

Tags: DoD , recruiting , Annie Andrews , Mark Brilakis , Gina Grosso , Thomas Seamands , House Armed Service Committee , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/17/2014, 04:19am EST
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SES group: White House keeping mum on award alternatives

Last spring, as across-the-board budget cuts roiled through agencies across government, the White House decided to cancel the monetary portion of the Presidential Rank Awards, which granted recipients as much as 35 percent of their salary in a one-time bonus. But the White House maintained it was "focused on finding means to acknowledge excellence in non-monetary ways." The Senior Executives Association (SEA), in a statement released Monday said it still hasn't heard from President Barack Obama on those alternatives.

Tags: SES , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , Presidential Rank Awards , OMB , management , pay and benefits

Monday - 01/13/2014, 03:27pm EST
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Take me to your leader: Who's in charge?

If other-world aliens landed next to your building and said "take me to your leader," would you head for Washington, your state capital or your boss on the top floor? Also, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: how did the government once manage to slash the number of managers almost overnight?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , management , FMA , Pat Niehaus

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 02:00am EST
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