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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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VA has one ethics officer for every 18,674 employees

The Office of Government Ethics says the Veterans Affairs Department needs to expand the legal team responsible for ensuring employees follow government ethics rules. The team has just 19 people, in a department of more than 342,000.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT

Johnson pitches DHS regional commanders as part of 'unity' campaign

Drawing upon his past as the Pentagon's top lawyer, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson envisions a clearer chain of command at DHS that would improve coordination among the department's 22 separate agencies.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 03:48pm EDT

Senate leaves Social Security's Colvin, others, waiting for confirmation

The Senate left Washington without confirming several of President Barack Obama's nominees for the executive branch, including Carolyn Colvin, his choice to lead the Social Security Administration.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 12:24pm EDT

It happened to me: Diplomats recount stories of crisis and survival

Diane Dillard picked up the pieces of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon after it was bombed in 1983. Ambassador Bill Brown found himself at the heart of a Soviet Union spy scandal. And John Limbert survived the infamous 444-day Iran hostage crisis. In the inaugural edition of Federal News Radio's new feature, Federal Voices, we hear from each of them, in their own words, about what those experiences were really like and how they survived to tell the tale.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Continuing resolution heads to President Obama for signature

The continuing resolution keeps government agencies open and funded until Dec. 11. At this point, Congress has not tried to use the legislation to block a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2015.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:47pm EDT

Unions want more say in agency operations

Can a national council in Washington improve labor relations on agencies' front lines?

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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IGs overburdened by congressional mandates, survey finds

Inspectors general say congressionally mandated reviews of agency conference spending and charge card use are taking resources away from more important investigations, a new survey finds.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 11:42am EDT

GAO updates Green Book to help agencies navigate a risky time

GAO has released the first major revision since 1999 of the book on management controls. The update maintains the five major components of internal control from past editions, but it adds depth in the form of 17 principles. It is meant for both federal managers and auditors.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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IGs accuse agencies of stonewalling

Agencies are creating roadblocks for auditors, three inspectors general told Congress. The IGs cited specific examples at the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency, Chemical Safety Board and the Justice Department.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 12:36pm EDT

VA customer-service warriors on mission to streamline veterans' needs

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has pledged to put veterans first at the department. Maureen Ellenberger is one of his warriors in the battle. As director of veterans relationship management at the Veterans Benefits Administration, she is trying to standardize the customer service that veterans receive and make sure their experiences are positive.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:02pm EDT

Report: Federal customer service doesn't have to stink

The Partnership for Public Service and Accenture pinpoint why the federal government lags behind even airlines and cable TV providers when it comes to customer service. A lack of collaboration among agencies, security and privacy concerns, and the congressional appropriations process present big but surmountable challenges, the organizations say in a new report.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 06:03pm EDT

A fed's guide to the congressional blitz ahead

Will Congress pass a continuing resolution? Will Republicans try to block a 1 percent pay raise for feds? Federal News Radio tells you what to watch for as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill for a busy two weeks.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:00am EDT
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Employee Viewpoint Survey reveals warts and all to federal managers

The Office of Personnel Management has broken down the results of the annual governmentwide survey to such a fine level that it should make the problems in federal offices painfully clear. Director Katherine Archuleta says OPM has distributed individual reports to 20,000 offices. A new digital dashboard highlights the good, bad and ugly.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 12:15pm EDT

GAO to OPM: Hurry up and overhaul the GS System

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says the Office of Personnel Management needs to be more aggressive in updating the 55-year-old General Schedule, the system that governs pay for most white-collar federal jobs.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:46pm EDT
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TSP funds rebound in August

All Thrift Savings Plan domestic funds recorded gains in August. In the most dramatic comeback, the S Fund ended August 4.98 percent higher than it began.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 09:43am EDT

Koskinen: We're from the IRS and we're here to help

Commissioner John Koskinen came into the IRS amid a scandal in its tax-exempt division. Now he's working hard to convince Congress and the public that the agency is neutral and just wants to collect the money owed the government. But he'll need a bigger budget to do that right.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:38am EDT
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Federal Voices: Speaking out on first week of furloughs

Through its interviews, Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp recounts how feds endured their first week of furloughs caused by the government shutdown.

Friday - 10/04/2013, 05:12pm EDT

New 9/11 gallery highlights a revved-up National Guard

A new gallery at the National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., opens Monday to commemorate the role of the National Guard since 9/11.

Friday - 11/16/2012, 06:00am EST

Mentoring event serves up career advice in a flash

Feds looking for career guidance and motivation are increasingly going outside of their agencies to find it. Employees from 20 agencies attended a recent "flash mentoring" session hosted by the Office of Personnel Management's HR University. More seasoned human resources professionals served as mentors.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 08:26pm EDT
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Federal News Radio names new morning drive anchor

Emily Kopp was named the station's newest morning drive anchor. Kopp, formerly a federal workforce reporter, will join host Tom Temin on the Monday through Friday program.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 10:23am EDT
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