Lawyers at the Homeland Security Department are trying to address privacy concerns now so that DHS can use big data to stop national security threats without running afoul of the law.
The federal government will stay open when Pope Francis visits Washington for three days later this month, but employees should telework or prepare themselves for long commutes, the Office of Personnel Management says.
When it comes to fire safety aboard commercial aircraft, Constantine “Gus” Sarkos is the nation’s expert. As head of the FAA’s Fire Safety Branch, Sarkos and his team have played a pivotal role improving cabin and cargo safety, leading to a dozen significant changes to U.S. and foreign aircraft during the past three decades. For his work, he’s been named one of the 33 finalists for this year’s Service to America Medals. He tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp more about that work and the likelihood of an aircraft catching fire nowadays.
The Labor Department used to be one of the worst agencies to work for, according to its own employees. But now, its leaders are focused on making the agency a model employer, says Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu.
DHS officials said the department needs congressional help to increase teamwork among components as disparate as the Secret Service and FEMA.
Some simple tips and tools can solve most of the problems that employees with disabilities have in open offices. Others can use them too. The story begins below the photo gallery.
As federal agencies consolidate and rehab their offices, more and more of them are choosing open designs with little or no partitions between colleagues. A Federal News Radio survey last month showed many employees hate to see private offices, or even cubicles, disappear in favor of working in close quarters. None more so than people with disabilities, as Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp reports.
The lack of privacy and quiet is a nuisance to many federal employees. But those with disabilities see the trend toward shared office space in much starker terms.
Agencies are dragging their employees kicking and screaming into open offices, as a Federal News Radio survey uncovered last month. The most wary ones are people with disabilities who need special accommodations to work. Ned Holland is the assistant secretary for administration at Health and Human Services. He tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp that HHS is rapidly consolidating its buildings under a White House directive. As it does so, it’s turning to open offices.
Just when Congress is considering tougher penalties for Veterans Affairs employees engaged in misconduct, the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association have asked lawmakers to investigate a “hit list” created by the American Federation of Government Employees, VA’s largest labor union.
Senate Democrats want to launch bipartisan budget talks now. Wait any longer, they say, and it could be too late to stave off cuts or even a government shutdown.
The government is getting ready to declare a big win at the end of next month. It looks likely to reach a goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities within five years. President Barack Obama set that target in a July 2010 executive order. The Office of Personnel Management’s special adviser on disabilities, Michael Murray, tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp what happened next.
The share of jobs going to veterans has increased steadily each year since President Barack Obama issued an executive order in 2009 to focus efforts on veterans’ employment.