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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.

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Senate gridlock forces Postal board into emergency committee

The Postal Service Board of Governors says it will keep working, even though it doesn't have enough members for a quorum.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 11:13am EST

Retirement savings: Auto-enrollment in the TSP's lifecycle funds begins next fall

Now that Congress has passed the Smart Savings Act, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is programming a new savings default option for those who join the federal government late next year.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 01:15pm EST
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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 02:03pm EST

Coming at you in fiscal 2015: Highlights of the omnibus

What federal employees should know about the $1 trillion, 1,603-page spending bill for fiscal 2015.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:32pm EST

Dispatch from the middle of the pack: EPA struggles with morale and 'green ceiling'

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy analyzes her agency's poor showing on the list of "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government."

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:57am EST

2014 Best Places to Work list reflects feds' sagging morale

A few agencies rise above the doldrums in the new list of Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 12:01am EST

IG: Patent and Trademark Office wasted $24 million on labor contracts

Slipshod administration led the Patent and Trademark Office to spend at least $24 million on risky labor contracts for unknown reasons, according to a report by the Commerce Department inspector general.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 11:27am EST

Special Counsel names VA whistleblowers Public Servants of the Year

Before receiving their Public Servant of the Year awards, each whistleblower told stories of outrage and frustration, scattered with doses of faith and black humor.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 03:23pm EST

White House crowdsources open-government playbook

In writing a new tipsheet for agencies about engaging the public, the White House is practicing what it's preaching.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 01:07pm EST

White House to hold federal managers accountable for employee engagement

Senior managers soon may have more to fret about when it's time to discuss their performance with the boss: Are they engaging employees and creating inclusive work environments?

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:03pm EST

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The first case of a fired Senior Executive Service member at the Department of Veterans Affairs has a decision from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose that SESer isn't an SESer any more.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:19pm EST
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Former officials seek new course for SES

Former government officials are diving into the debate over the future of the Senior Executive Service by drafting a blueprint for reform.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:06pm EST
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Merit Board upholds senior exec's firing in VA scandal

The Merit Systems Protection Board has affirmed the Veterans Affairs Department's decision to ax James Talton, one of the first senior executives targeted under a new law that speeds up the removal process. Talton headed the Central Alabama Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 11:45am EST

Patent Office commissions review of telework abuse

The Patent and Trademark Office has hired the National Academy of Public Administration to review the agency's vaunted telework programs following allegations that teleworkers are falsifying their timecards and managers do not have the tools to monitor them.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:02pm EST

Can new investment options keep people in the TSP?

In a bid to keep more people participating in the Thrift Savings Plan even after they leave the government, members of the plan's oversight board have approved a million-dollar-plus study of new investment options, including mutual funds that focus on real estate, emerging markets and socially responsible companies.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 02:55pm EST

OPM seeks more millennials, female vets

Director Katherine Archuleta says the personnel agency is overhauling the government's recruiting tools to attract tech-savvy twentysomethings who might not be charmed, exactly, by stuffy job descriptions or bureaucratic websites.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 02:28pm EST

GAO: Not too early to track DATA Act progress

The Government Accountability Office is taking an early interest in how the White House and Treasury Department draft government-wide financial data standards, due out next summer. A lot is riding on those standards, says Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:26pm EST

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Speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress is fairly consuming Washington these days. But the lame-duck Congress returning to Washington today has got to tackle big challenges of its own. So what is on Congress' to-do list? Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:59am EST
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Government funding tops list for lame-duck Congress

While there's much speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress, the lame-duck one that returns to Washington today must tackle big challenges of its own. With a continuing resolution set to expire in mid-December, agency budgets hang in the balance.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 06:00am EST

Cyber breach at Postal Service leaves employees vulnerable

Hackers have broken into some of the Postal Service's information systems. They may have stolen sensitive data on 800,000 postal employees, according to the agency.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 10:25am EST
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