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Performance management - Judge not, lest ye be judged?

Plain old good manners tell us we shouldn't go around judging people. But in the federal HR world, entire performance rating systems are built around judging others. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal says it's time for agency managers to think differently about how they rate their employees.

Tags: Jeff Neal , performance management , human resources , CHCO , ChiefHRO.com , ICF International

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 01:51pm EDT

Connolly: Budget uncertainty has 'insidious impact' on feds, contractors

A bevy of issues has piled up on lawmakers' to-do list, including fiscal 2014 funding and a pay raise for federal employees. But they don't have much time to act. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), whose district includes many federal employees and contractors, tells Federal News Radio the climate of uncertainty is having a negative impact on both groups.

Tags: budget , Congress , House , Gerry Connolly , pay freeze , In Depth , sequestration , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 02:34pm EDT
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Commuter confessions: 50 Shades of Grim!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Do you spend more quality time with your steering wheel than with your kids? Instead of romancing your significant other, are your idle hours spent getting oil changes. Has your life spun out of control because of your commute, or do you know what you are doing?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , commute

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 02:00am EDT

From binder clips to sequester pads, one fed takes small steps to tackle big budget problems

Joseph Frankovic looked around his office at the Federal Register and saw that it was being overrun by binder clips. At a time when agencies are struggling to save budget dollars wherever they can, Frankovic saw an opportunity to make a difference - and he took it.

Tags: Joseph Frankovic , Federal Register , NARA , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive , sequestration , green government

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 06:43pm EDT

Your commute: The naked truth

Unless you live at the office, like some frugal members of Congress, chances are you have a fairly healthy commute each day to and from work, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The average commute time in the D.C. area is about 34 minutes -- almost as bad as New York. So how far do you travel, and what've you seen on the way?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , commute

Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Feds' private lives: what's legal and what's not

Like all U.S. citizens, federal employees' rights are protected under the First Amendment. But when their private lives conflict with their agency's mission, it's another story. DHS employee Ayo Kimathi's racist website is a case in point.

Tags: DHS , Ayo Kimathi , racism , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , ethics ,

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 09:02am EDT
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Obama ends federal pay freeze; Congress could still block

President Barack Obama issued some good news for federal workers before the start of Labor Day weekend, calling for a 1 percent pay increase for feds in 2014. But Congress could still prevent the raises through legislation. Federal employees have had their pay frozen since January 2011.

Tags: Barack Obama , budget , pay freeze , Congress , continuing resolution , pay , Michael OConnell , pay raise

Friday - 08/30/2013, 08:02pm EDT

The defense budget and military satellite communications

Todd Harrison, senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budetary Assessments, will discuss how the defense industry is being impacted by sequestration. He will also give us an update on the U.S. military satellite communications system.
August 30 & September 6, 2013

Tags: Todd Harrison , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments , DoD budget , sequestration , MILSATCOM , contracting , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 08/30/2013, 10:41pm EDT
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Paying 2013 prices with 2010 dollars

So how do you manage to pay 2013-level bills -- like rent, food and health insurance -- on a 2009 pay scale. Look around you. Look in the mirror. It's what millions of federal workers have been doing for the past three years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , pay raise

Friday - 08/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Dispute over report about secret NSA budget

The National Security Agency on Thursday disputed a published report that secret intelligence budget files provided by agency leaker Edward Snowden show that the surveillance agency warned in 2012 that it planned to investigate up to 4,000 cases of possible internal security breaches.

Tags: NSA , insider threats

Friday - 08/30/2013, 09:38am EDT
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