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Motivating feds begins with understanding their feelings, experts say

Scholars at American University are suggesting that one way to relieve sequester stress and increase productivity is to create stronger work relationships. Robert Tobias and Patrick Malone at AU's Department of Public Administration and Policy suggest taking time out to talk about employees' feelings.

Tags: management , sequestration , Patrick Malone , Robert Tobias , American University , Cogan Schneier

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:34am EDT

Round up the usual suspects, again!

Furloughs have hit half the federal workforce, and the financial impact has been hard on many of them. But for many members of the federal family, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, the worst may be yet to come things like layoffs and cutbacks in the federal retirement and health insurance programs in the new fiscal year.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , sequestration

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

House passes DoD spending bill, prohibits furloughs in 2014

DoD officials briefed House Armed Services members about 2013 furloughs and are figuring out whether they can reduce the number of days employees have to take without pay.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , Congress , Rob Wittman , House Armed Services Committee , furloughs , budget , Robert Hale , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:31am EDT

VA, OPM implement promising practices for next generation of SESers

A new report by the Partnership for Public Service and McKinsey and Company found inconsistencies among agencies in how they recruit and develop their Senior Executive Service members. That lack of standardized leadership development is causing some to question whether senior executives will be prepared to replace long-time managers who are retiring at a fast rate.

Tags: management , SES , OPM , Steve Shih , Nani Coloretti , Treasury , Christine Kluh , Veteran Affairs , Partnership for Public Service , McKinsey and Company , Nora Gardner , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 05:45am EDT
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The man with the suitcase full of cash!

When disaster strikes areas populated by federal workers, a mystery man with a suitcase full of cash usually shows up the next day. Some of the money comes from people like you, but there are also big-time corporations that write some very big checks. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks: Who are they, and why are they doing it?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , FEEA ,

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 02:00am EDT
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Swiss-cheese body armor

What if we found out that instead of saving millions of dollars through furloughs and sequestration cuts, the actions were actually costing the government and the taxpayers billions of dollars? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: At this rate, how much longer can we afford to save?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , sequestration

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

Senators seek to eliminate 'official time' for federal employees

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to eliminate official time for federal employees. Official time is the paid time that employees spend on union work.

Tags: official time , Tom Coburn , Rob Portman , OPM , Cogan Schneier

Monday - 07/22/2013, 04:12pm EDT

How hot is it? Call out the fashion police

Is there a guy in your carpool who, because of the heat, is wearing TMI short shorts that are way too short? Does the gang at the office look like they collided with a unisex clothes line? Maybe it's the heat, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, how hot is it in your office?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , dress code

Monday - 07/22/2013, 02:00am EDT
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Navy running out of options to reduce the pain of sequestration in 2014, beyond

Next fiscal year would lack the luxury of using prior-year unobligated funds to help fill the gap created by sequestration in 2013. The DoN also would still have more people on its payroll than it can afford to pay.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , Navy , budget , Jonathan Greenert , training , Jared Serbu

Monday - 07/22/2013, 05:56am EDT
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The Middle East, Mexican drug war , and more

Stratfor's Fred Burton and Jacob Shapiro, join host Derrick Dortch to talk about a number international stories and their impact on U.S. foreign policy.
July 19, 2013

Tags: Stratfor , Fred Burton , Jacob Shapiro , Mexican drug cartel , drug war , border protection , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 07/19/2013, 09:49pm EDT
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