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Bonus holiday? Always a tough call

Time off around Christmas is often an easy call for the President, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Unless Dec. 25 falls on a Wednesday, which it does this year. So what goes into the decision-making process?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , Christmas Eve off

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 02:00am EST

OFPP refreshes program, project management certification requirements

A new memo from OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan outlines eight changes since 2007. Among the major changes is the requirement for program and project managers to meet all the certification prerequisites.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , contracting , OFPP , Joe Jordan , program management , project management , training ,

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 12:57pm EST

Best Places to Work rankings show repeat winners and all-time lows

2013 marks the lowest employee satisfaction scores in agencies, according to the annual Best Places to Work report from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. Governmentwide numbers show the federal workforce most concerned with leadership, mission and pay.

Tags: Best Places to Work , Partnership for Pubic Service , Deloitte , employee satisfaction , Ellen Kortesoja

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 03:00am EST
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2013 SAVE Award finalists focus on electronic, online practices

The Office of Management and Budget announced the four finalists for the 2013 SAVE Award on Monday. Public voting is open until Friday, Dec. 20.

Tags: SAVE award , OMB , Sylvia Burwell , Kenneth Siehr , Patrick Mindiola , Dirk Renner , Buyar Hayrula , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 08:33am EST

Are we having fun yet?

In the 1920s and '30s, a popular singer-bandleader used to ask his audience, "Is everybody happy?" If he were still on the circuit today, he might modify that to, "Is anybody happy?" Starting with the latest budget deal.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , budget ,

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 02:00am EST

Your own personal Rorschach test

Personality-wise are you usually happy or sad? Would friends and family describe you as an upper or a downer? The way you view the bipartisan budget deal may tell a lot about whether you are a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty person, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , Congress , budget

Monday - 12/16/2013, 02:00am EST

Cause, effect of DHS morale problems tied to leadership vacancies

Despite progress in confirming a new secretary and deputy secretary, DHS still features a large number of officials in acting roles. Former Secretary Tom Ridge told lawmakers the department cannot build nor sustain a mission-focused culture with so many non-permanent positions. NTEU says pay freezes, budget cuts and the government shutdown are more to blame for low morale across DHS and the entire government.

Tags: management , DHS , Mike McCaul , House Homeland Security Committee , David Maurer , GAO , Tom Ridge , Max Stier , leadership , morale , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Bennie Thompson , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:18am EST

Black Ice Death Day: What'd you do Tuesday?

TV weather folks designated Tuesday as "Black Ice Death Day." Most of the government closed. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: What did people who had to come to work do, and more importantly, what were the legal stay-at-homes up to?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , snow day

Friday - 12/13/2013, 02:00am EST

Report: Women still face 'significant obstacles' in advancing federal careers

A new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission identified six signficant obstacles facing women in the federal workforce, including a disparity in pay and difficulty advancing into higher-level management positions.

Tags: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , discrimination , management , pay , mentoring , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 02:47pm EST

Air Force to cut 900 civilian jobs, thousands of service members

Air Force officials announced Wednesday the force plans to cut about 900 civilian positions in 2014. It will encourage eligible civilian employees to leave voluntarily. The force also plans to cut thousands of service members over the next five years.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , sequestration , reductions in force , Gina Grosso , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 10:22am EST
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