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Talk Back to Washington

About 90 percent of federal employees live and work outside of Washington. We wondered what they would say if they could talk to headquarters. So, we asked them. In Federal News Radio's special report, Talk Back to Washington, we provide insight for the federal manager on the workforce outside the Beltway. We find out about their working conditions, what they think of policy decisions made in Washington, and what they want Washington to know about the work they do day-in and day-out.


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Feds leave varied work experiences for D.C. roles

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Friday - 08/12/2011, 09:21am EDT

Move to headquarters often a culture shock

Tony McClure, who spent 20 years in the Army and now works at the Army's Information Technology Agency in Washington, discussed making his move to the Washington area after years out in the field.

Friday - 08/12/2011, 06:51am EDT

How to keep lines of communication open between HQ and field

Patricia Niehaus, national president of the Federal Managers Association, shared her experience in government in keeping the information flowing from D.C. to the field and back.

Thursday - 08/11/2011, 07:30pm EDT

Where in the world do feds work?

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Thursday - 08/11/2011, 12:43pm EDT

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Thursday - 08/11/2011, 09:07am EDT

Staying connected to D.C. -- when you work 7,000 miles away

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Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 06:58pm EDT

FEBs talk back to Washington: Pittsburgh

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Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 02:26pm EDT

Communication between D.C., local feds crucial in crisis

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Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 09:13am EDT

Federal Executive Boards unite Washington and the field

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Wednesday - 08/10/2011, 05:48am EDT

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Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 07:18pm EDT

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Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 05:29am EDT

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Monday - 08/08/2011, 02:01pm EDT

FEBs talk back to Washington: Dallas-Fort Worth

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Monday - 08/08/2011, 11:39am EDT

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Monday - 08/08/2011, 02:01am EDT

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