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11:34 pm, April 17, 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.

Congress launches tip line for feds as it takes 'worst' agencies to task

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who oversees the House panel on government operations, says he wants to hear feds' work-related concerns. He created the email hotline after conducting a hearing entitled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," with three agencies that have struggled with employee morale.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:07pm EDT

Taxpayer advocate slams IRS service as 'officially worst' since 2001

Internal Revenue Service faced a tough day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with a spate of new bills passed and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifying before Congress.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:21pm EDT

Want to grab cyber talent? Look to better pay

No legislation required: The Office of Personnel Management can create a special pay system for cybersecurity professionals right now, according to the authors of a new report on the federal cybersecurity workforce. More competitive pay could get in-demand experts to stay, they say.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:11pm EDT

USPS must bargain with letter carriers over cyber breach, NLRB says

The National Labor Relations Board has accused the Postal Service of failing to communicate with its labor unions about last year's cyber attack that affected more than 800,000 current and former employees.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 02:13pm EDT

NIH may be spared from sequestration, Cardin says

The Maryland Democrat fielded questions from National Institutes of Health employees at a town-hall meeting at the agency's Bethesda headquarters.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:09pm EDT
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Women make gains in federal management, but hurdles remain

For women who dream of the corner office, now is a good time to work for the federal government, according to a report by the Office of Personnel Management.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 02:22pm EDT

Guilty plea from former GSA official Jeff Neely

The ex-Public Buildings Service regional commissioner admitted to charging GSA for a vacation he took at the M Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 12:23pm EDT

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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