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Discussing what's hot in the federal community

Julie Perkins and Jenny Mattingley host a roundtable discussion of the big issues in the federal government and what's ahead for 2014.
December 6, 2013

Tags: government shut down , budget deal , Congress , Julie Perkins , Jenny Mattingley , Jason Miller , Federal News Radio , Joe Davidson , Washington Post , Charles Clark , Gov Exec , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Fed Talk

Friday - 12/06/2013, 10:27pm EST
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AFGE, NTEU try to stave off changes to retirement benefits

The two employee unions say lawmakers shouldn't make up for sequestration cuts by forcing federal employees to contribute more to their retirement. House and Senate legislators are working on a small-scale budget deal that reportedly includes a provision to alter federal retirement benefits.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , J. David Cox , AFGE , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Paul Ryan , Patty Murray , Gerry Connolly , Frank Wolf , Jim Moran , budget , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/06/2013, 04:07am EST

OPM tweaks snow-closure policy, with added push for telework

With the official start of winter just two weeks away, the Office of Personnel Management is tweaking its closure and dismissal guidelines. The updated policy changes the way OPM will communicate delayed arrivals and continues to call on agencies to ensure all federal employees who are telework-ready actually do so when OPM gives the say-so during inclement weather.

Tags: OPM , snow policy , Brenda Roberts , Jack Moore

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 01:23pm EST

January pay raise - not for everybody

The 2014 white-collar pay raise is not for everybody. Feds at the top of their grades in some cities won't be getting anything at all, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , pay increase , step increases , SES ,

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 02:00am EST

Whistleblower cases have gone 'through the roof,' even as OSC faces uncertain budget

The Office of Special Counsel, the agency tasked with investigating federal-agency whistleblower claims and protecting whistleblowers, themselves, from retaliation has seen demand for its work skyrocket in the wake of recent legislative changes. Now, Carolyn Lerner, the head of the OSC, said she hopes the small agency's budget will keep pace.

Tags: OSC , Carolyn Lerner , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/02/2013, 05:23pm EST
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A BRAC update and more

Dr. Andrea Morris, BRAC Coordinator and Community Resilience director for Arlington County Virginia, will discuss how the county is being impacted by base closure and realignment, and what officials are doing to boost job growth in the area.
November 29, 2013

Tags: BRAC , BRAC Impact , Dr. Andrea Morris , federal hiring , disaster recovery , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 11/29/2013, 07:02pm EST
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Deadline to schedule 'use it or lose it' annual leave is Nov. 30

Federal employees wanting to schedule "use it or lose it" annual leave only have a few days left before their excess vacation days are forfeited. The deadline to schedule excess annual leave is this Saturday, Nov. 30, Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta reiterated in a Nov. 26 memo to agency chief human capital officers. The leave must be used by Jan. 11, the end of the leave year.

Tags: OPM , Katherine Archuleta , pay and benefits , annual leave , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 01:43pm EST

Union advocates for more VA staffing, funding - November 22, 2013 and November 29, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" attendees of the union's recent National Veterans Affairs Council Convention discuss issues impacting veterans and workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Guests include Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, AFGE VA Local 1273 Vice President Travis Riggs and John Bradley, former senior staffer on the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees.

Tags: AFGE , Inside Government , Nina Turner , Travis Riggs , John Bradley

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 02:17pm EST
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Satisfied workers key to one small agency's success

With a staff of about 50 workers, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps American businesses find opportunities overseas. The agency's director says her staff "has buy-in focus on the same mission," which explains their overall sense of satisfaction.

Tags: Leocadia Zak , USTDA , employee satisfaction , management , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 11/26/2013, 01:28pm EST
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OPM: D.C. feds can take unscheduled leave, telework Tuesday

With the Washington, D.C., area bracing for potential winter weather, federal workers in the region will be able to take unscheduled leave or telework Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management announced late Monday. D.C. federal agencies will remain open Tuesday.

Tags: OPM , operating status ,

Monday - 11/25/2013, 09:48pm EST
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