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GAO: Pentagon needs to connect dots between workforce planning, budget needs

The Defense Department is getting smarter about workforce planning making sure it has the right people with the right skills in the right positions. But DoD's five-year strategic workforce plan, released last fall, is short on details in a few key areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: GAO , DoD , Ron Sanders , Brenda Farrell , Jack Moore , acquisition

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:41pm EDT

Brenda Farrell, Government Accountability Office

Over the past decade, Congress has stepped up pressure on the Defense Department to gather data about its civilian workforce, and to use that data to develop a strategic workforce plan. The Pentagon has a plan, but according to the Government Accountability Office, it has some gaps: It leaves out some of the information Congress mandated. DoD's workforce strategy doesn't appear to be tied to either its budget plans or its broader management strategies. Brenda Farrell is director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. She discussed the report on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: Brenda Farrell , GAO , DoD , Congress , budget

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, American University

A new performance award strategy could rise from the ashes of a now-defunct pay system at the Defense Department. DoD tried to replace the General Schedule system with a National Security Personnel System back in the mid-2000s, but the White House repealed it two years ago. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He was part of a Task Force that tried to improve the system back in 2009. He said one bright spot in the system could be the key to building a new performance culture across the federal government on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: DoD , Bob Tobias , pay and benefits , National Security Personnel System , performance awards

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Pending threats: Separating the sharks from the minnows

Thanks to summertime and the upcoming election, even the most anti-bureaucrat politicians have called a time out in their whack-a-fed agendas. But there are some real threats out there.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits

Friday - 07/11/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Landing that federal job -- a recruiter's perspective

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss how to get a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
July 11, 2014

Tags: hiring , job training , recruiting , Mike Bruni , Derrick Dortch , contracting , technology , Fed Access

Friday - 07/11/2014, 08:50pm EDT
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Federal cybersecurity update

Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of the latest developments in cybersecurity.
July 11, 2014

Tags: cybersecurity , cybersecurity framework , Cybersecurity executive order , Julie Perkins , Gregory Wilshusen , GAO , Ari Schwartz , John Lainhart , IBM Global Business Services , Alma Cole , The Performance Institute , Fed Talk , Shaw Bransford and Roth

Friday - 07/11/2014, 05:18pm EDT
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Veterans, STEMM fields see steady increase in federal workforce

New hiring in the federal government dropped by more than 13,000 in fiscal 2013, amounting to a 46.4 percent decline in hiring over the past four years, but two groups continue to show steady increases in the federal workforce.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , hiring , Tim McManus , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 06:00pm EDT
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Recruiting, retaining young workers a challenge for agencies

Agencies' scales tip strongly in the direction of older workers. The percentage of millennials in the federal workforce fell to 7 percent in 2013 an eight-year low. This compares to about 23 percent in the private sector workforce.

Tags: Tim McManus , Virginia Hill , millennials , In Depth , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:38am EDT
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John Pendleton, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon says it's time to trim down the size and the cost of its headquarters staff around the world. The Government Accountability Office says the size of the overall workforce at the Pentagon's combatant commands doubled over the past decade. Overall spending to support the command headquarters grew by almost $1 billion, too. John Pendleton is director of defense capabilities and management of the GAO. He explained DoD's reduction plan and recommended ways to shrink the workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Feds interested in phased retirement left playing waiting game

The Office of Personnel Management now says it hopes to have regulations governing phased retirement finalized by October. That can't come soon enough for many federal employees on the cusp of retirement who are caught in the regulatory limbo.

Tags: OPM , retirement , phased retirement , Janet Benini , Tom Young , Jessica Klement , Katherine Archuleta , NARFE , Jack Moore

Monday - 06/09/2014, 02:00am EDT
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