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10:13 pm, March 3, 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.

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

How to fix the SES: Wipe the slate clean

Political leaders of all stripes have long called for reforming the Senior Executive Service. But what if instead of fixing the SES' current problems, the government wiped the slate clean and started from scratch? In part four of Federal News Radio's special report, Fixing the SES, current and former members of the service discuss what the key ingredients would be in a new SES recipe.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:00am EST

DHS on the brink of partial shutdown: Lessons from those who were there

Former DHS leaders say you don't need a shutdown to harm the department. The threat of a partial shutdown is enough to lower employees' morale and slow down progress.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:54pm EST
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GAO: Ratings inflation, shrinking performance awards trouble SES system

What's the difference between an amazing senior executive and a pretty good one? Not much, says the Government Accountability Office after reviewing agencies' pay-for-performance compensation systems.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 06:00am EST

Snow wreaks havoc on TSP customer service line

A snowstorm forced the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to close down one of its call centers on the busiest call day of the year.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 01:50pm EST

Fixing the SES: The truth about accountability

Does the federal government hold members of the Senior Executive Service accountable for their actions? In part three of Federal News Radio's special report, Fixing the SES, current and former senior executives respond candidly to the criticism.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 02:58am EST

FedRAMP launches website, training to clear up confusion

The program that certifies the security of cloud-services providers will launch a namesake website next month in hopes of wooing cautious and confused agencies and vendors.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 12:37pm EST

EPA aims to please employees with short-term projects

For the agency, the Skills Marketplace offers a new way to get work done without more staff or resources. For employees, it provides a chance to build skills and make connections without giving up their day jobs.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 07:00am EST
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Why we stay: SES in their own words

The SES has lost its luster in recent years, in part because of constrained program budgets, increased scrutiny from Congress, and a sense among members that political appointees are assuming more of the leadership responsibilities once reserved for them. In part two of our special report, Fixing the SES, five Senior Executive Service members tell Federal News Radio why they choose to stay in the service, and why they believe the SES may have its faults, but it's not broken.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 02:00am EST

OMB's A-123 rewrite to flip risk management on its head

Mike Wetklow, an Office of Management and Budget official, said the expected changes to Circular A-123 will ask agencies to view risk management in a different way.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 05:21pm EST

5 reasons AFGE is hopeful about the Republican Congress

"Those we can't sweet talk, we're going to work like hell to vote out of office," said AFGE President J. David Cox. But it may not get to that.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:07pm EST

Fixing the SES: 'This used to be an honor. Now it's a joke.'

Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 05:00am EST

Unions gather troops for battle over pay, sequestration

AFGE and NTEU -- the two biggest labor unions in the federal government -- bring members to Washington to persuade Republican lawmakers to support a pay raise and repeal sequestration.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 03:12pm EST

Chaffetz supports a federal pay raise but wants something in return

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee tells NTEU members that he wants their help in ridding the federal workforce of bad actors.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 03:27pm EST

IRS workers hope to sway Congress to reverse budget cuts

IRS employees join other members of the National Treasury Employees Union for a week of lobbying Congress to support a funding increase. But will lawmakers listen?

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 02:49pm EST

Budget calls for consolidation within multiple agencies

President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes merging components of the Agriculture Department and FDA that handle food safety, as well as business and trade agencies.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 06:40am EST

Five things every federal employee should know about the Obama budget

A 1.3-percent pay raise, reforms to the Senior Executive Service and increased emphasis on employee feedback are just some of the initiatives proposed in President Barack Obama's 2016 budget.

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

Highlights of President Obama's 2016 budget

Federal News Radio reporters go inside President Barack Obama's 2016 budget proposal to bring you the highlights.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 01:42pm EST

Johnson to Congress: Don't make DHS budget a 'political football'

The Homeland Security Department cannot pay for more border security or make recommended changes to the Secret Service as long as it's operating on a continuing resolution, Secretary Jeh Johnson said during a speech at the Wilson Center.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 11:33am EST

TSP investors get a bargain in 2014

Retirement plan participants last year paid less than 29 cents in administrative costs for every $1,000 they invested, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's Kim Weaver told Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 11:24am EST
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