Articles by Shefali Kapadia

  • From Army sniper to IT professional: One vet’s story of his transition to civilian life

    It may seem like a leap to go from Army sniper to a career helping federal agencies deliver great online customer service and software development practices. But that’s the story of Randy Tharp. A wounded warrior of two tours of duty in Iraq, he’s also had two tours of duty as a federal civilian employee before heading to the Five-Nine Group.

  • Latest employee viewpoint survey shows dissatisfaction with VA’s senior leaders

    In an agency rocked by scandal and mismanagement, employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are becoming less pleased with their senior leaders. According to data from the Office of Personnel Management’s 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey, only 37 percent of employees surveyed said they are satisfied with their senior leaders’ policies and practices. The number is down from 40 percent in the 2013 survey.

  • Communication, transparency key to successful procurements

    Like virtually everything in the federal government, the relationship federal agencies and industry organizations is complex. Contracts, buying and selling are just a small piece of the pie. Communication and collaboration are key factors that must exist in the pipeline between the public and private sectors. As part of our special report, the Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio hosted a panel with acquisition experts.

  • 10 ways to improve program management

    Strong management is essential to driving successful project and program results. But many executives say their organizations struggle to move ideas into action. As part of our special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio offers a best practices for program management.

  • OPM releases long-awaited report on official time

    After months of urging from lawmakers, the Office of Personnel Management released a new report on official time, including data from fiscal year 2012. Official time hours totaled nearly 3.5 million in FY 2012, with cost estimates at $157 million, according to OPM’s data.

  • USPS to add 9,000 union jobs in 90 days

    In accordance with an agreement with the American Postal Workers Union, the U.S. Postal Service will convert 9,000 jobs previously held by non-union employees into bargaining unit positions.

  • White House, GSA welcome Round 3 Innovation Fellows

    The White House and the General Services Administration select 27 new Presidential Innovation Fellows to work on “high-impact” projects.

  • OPM final rule bestows flags for fallen feds

    Two years after passage of the Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011, the Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule to grant flags to the families of fallen feds.

  • DoD’s strategy doesn’t match its budget

    An analysis from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says the Defense Department will need between $200 billion to $300 billion more than budget caps allow to move forward with its current strategy.

  • IG: DHS spends up to $49M on underused vehicles

    DHS has the second largest civilian vehicle fleet in the federal government, with about 56,000 vehicles and operating costs totaling $534 million annually. The department’s fleet program manual designates vehicles as underused if they accrue fewer than 12,000 miles per year.

  • Do you know your whistleblower rights?

    Many agencies are making well-known their Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman and employees’ rights when exposing wrongdoing. But other agencies are missing the mark.

  • Rep. Issa slams Labor for frivolous spending on posters, mascots

    In a letter sent to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Monday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) slams Labor’s Office of Public Affairs for “frivolously” spending money on public relations contests, mascots and book clubs.

  • White House sends Park to recruit in Silicon Valley

    In his new role, Chief Technology Officer Todd Park will leave the White House and head west to recruit tech whizzes from Silicon Valley to help the government.

  • FERS TSP enrollment hits record high

    At its monthly board meeting Thursday in Washington, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) announced that 87.5 percent of FERS employees are actively contributing to their TSP accounts. The percentage just surpasses the previous record high of 87.4 percent in January 2003. Although participation is increasing, a lower percentage of participants are contributing full match to their TSP accounts.