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2:54 pm, May 30, 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.

NSA builds hiring website for intelligence community

Using tools it's honed on its own employees, the National Security Agency is launching the intelligence community's answer to the federal hiring portal USAJobs.gov.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 04:39pm EDT

Sequestration's lessons prove elusive at DoD

The Defense Department should get ready for sequestraton's return in fiscal 2016, the Government Accountability Office warns in a new report.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 03:46pm EDT

Mail or no mail, USPS facilities remain open for now

Facing opposition stretching from Capitol Hill to rural communities, the Postal Service has put off a key part of its plan to cut costs, even as it continues to lose billions of dollars a year.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 01:43pm EDT

What Memorial Day looks like around the world

See how federal employees are honoring the fallen on Memorial Day.

Monday - 05/25/2015, 03:13pm EDT

Nominee Roth says she'll keep good things going at GSA

Denise Turner Roth, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the General Services Administration says, if confirmed, she'll make sure recent reforms are woven into the agency's fabric.

Monday - 05/25/2015, 02:31pm EDT

Why Koskinen says the IRS won't cause another scandal

It's the IRS' employees, rather than its rules, who will keep the agency out of trouble, Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 02:22pm EDT
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House to VA employees: Your mess-ups will live forever

Under the Ensuring VA Accountability Act, reprimands and admonishments that VA employees receive for misconduct would remain part of their permanent record for as long as they work for the department.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 02:17pm EDT

Will this be the year Congress overhauls workers' comp?

In the plan: reducing workers' comp for those who reach retirement age and eliminating the additional family benefits that those with dependents now receive.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 02:18pm EDT

Controversial agency rule-making bill advances in House

The All Economic Regulations are Transparent (ALERT) Act of 2015 advanced Tuesday in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee along party lines, with some Democrats saying it would add red tape on top of red tape for agencies trying to finalize rules.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:06pm EDT

IGs given power to subpoena former feds, contractors under new bill

Inspectors general would have the power to subpoena former feds and contractors to testify in cases of fraud or waste of more than $100,000, or when criminal activity is suspected.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 02:54pm EDT

OPM lets agencies decide if conferences count as training

It will be up to agencies to decide whether to pay for employees to go to such events as part of their official duties, the Office of Personnel Management says.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 03:20pm EDT

Congress slams EPA for turning blind eye to 'serial sexual harasser'

Is the EPA turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and pornography in the in the office? Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee gave the impression that they thought so at a hearing Thursday.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 04:06pm EDT

6 signs of hope for the federal workforce of the future

While statistics show that baby boomers within the federal government are in no hurry to retire now, eventually that day will come. And the new leaders who will take their place want to work for a government that is nimble and uses technology to its advantage. In the final part of Federal News Radio's special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we take a look towards the future. What will the workforce of 2025 look like? We asked six government leaders today where they see the greatest opportunities for growth and what's working now that could be replicated on a larger scale.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 02:00am EDT

Government cuts security clearances by 12 percent

New data reflects the Obama administration's efforts to pare back their lists of cleared employees and contractors to those who need access to classified data in order to do their jobs and to buckle down on insider-threat programs.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 07:36pm EDT

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
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