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6:04 am, April 1, 2015

Emily Kopp Reports

Emily Kopp covers civilian agencies in the federal government with a focus on workforce issues. Emily's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

SES members troubled by prospect of at-will employment

A new survey shows just how jittery Senior Executive Service members are following a landmark law targeting SES members in the Veterans Affairs Department. When asked about at-will employment, SES members questioned their choice of careers and said they would not recommend it to others.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 12:01am EDT
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Committee sends bills on porn, FOIA, discrimination to full House

The House Oversight Committee says yes to bills banning porn at federal agencies and making it easier for the public to request and receive government records.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:50am EDT

Should the Postal Service go into banking?

The Postal Service doesn't want to go into banking, but the idea just won't go away, according to experts on a Brookings Institution panel.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 03:47pm EDT

Agencies to pilot Yelp-like button to gauge customer service

The new "federal feedback button" is the White House's latest attempt to boost agencies' interactions with Americans and enhance their level of customer service.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 03:42pm EDT

House GOP budget targets TSP's G Fund

"It would drop the interest to virtually zero, which would make the G Fund worthless to our participants," the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's Kim Weaver said of the House proposal.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 02:23pm EDT

These lucky feds are getting a 30 percent pay raise

What would you do if your pay increased by 30 percent or more? A handful of federal employees in North Dakota and Montana's booming oil region are about to find out with their next paychecks.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 11:31am EDT

24 feds get to work with Obama on fixing the SES

The White House has named two dozen federal employees to a group that will advise the president on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. Obama joined the group at its meeting Thursday.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:15am EDT

White House launches 'employee of the month'-type awards for customer-focused feds

Beginning next month, agencies can begin honoring certain front-line employees through the administration's new Federal Customer Service Awards Program.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 11:02pm EDT

5 things that could be coming to your FEHBP plan in 2016

Expect some new health care options when open season rolls around later this year. We break down the Office of Personnel Management's letter to insurers about 2016 coverage.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 12:35pm EDT

OFPP initiates 360-degree reviews of the acquisition process

New guidance from Anne Rung, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, implements a way for vendors and program owners to rate the acquisition process in each agency. The goal of Acquisition 360 is to identify potential procurement process improvements.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:12am EDT
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No furloughs, but IRS faces hard road ahead

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency won't have to shut down for two days this fiscal year, as he earlier had warned employees. The IRS can make its current budget last until September because of other cuts it has made, he said.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Cardin: Feds are not 'faceless, nameless bureaucrats'

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) pledged to showcase the work of federal employees during a town hall meeting at the Census Bureau. He also suggested that they brag a little about achievements that seem to go unnoticed on Capitol Hill.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 11:00am EDT

Shared services report reveals CFOs' skepticism

In a new report, the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte Consulting say the Obama administration needs to increase accountability and guidance if it wants agencies to embrace shared service providers. The study draws from interviews with 18 high-level officials, most of them chief financial officers.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 06:00pm EDT
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Census Bureau offers primer on enterprise risk management

The people-counting agency has learned from some big mistakes. Now, Chief Operating Officer Nancy Potok shares some lessons with Federal News Radio.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:02pm EDT
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OPM banks on data to attract younger, more diverse job seekers

Four in 10 federal employees will be eligible to retire in the next five years. Who will take their place remains the big question. Meanwhile, 70 percent of jobs advertised on USAJobs.gov go to internal candidates, says Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 05:58pm EDT

Federal employees' groups denounce pension reform bill

"Un-American" was how the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association described a bill to calculate retirement benefits according to an employee's "high five." Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ariz.) sponsored the measure.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:38pm EST

OPM retirement backlog reaches 18-month high

Just over 9,200 federal employees filed for retirement benefits in February, enough to swell the government's backlog of retirement claims to its highest point since the summer of 2013.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 11:33am EST

Senate panel approves bill to make IGs stronger, more transparent

In addition to the IG Empowerment Act, the committee approved eight bipartisan bills, several of which run the gamut of federal management and workforce issues, from sick leave to car repairs.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 02:06pm EST

James announces 9 steps to a more diverse Air Force

Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force's higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. "This is not just about how we look. It's about our readiness and capabilities today and in the future," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:34pm EST

Most TSP funds rise in February

All but one Thrift Savings Plan fund made steady progress last month. The fixed income F Fund lost 0.91 percent.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 12:47pm EST
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