Workforce Rights/Governance

  • Win a paid October vacation: No charge to annual leave

    Could you use a bonus or paid vacation in October? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it’s a distinct possibility — like the one you had in 2013.

  • Emily Kopp: Serious solutions for open office productivity problems

    Plenty of workers fear the noise and distractions of open offices. Those with disabilities say the situation can be even worse for them. But a couple have found ways to make their offices more bearable. As Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp reports these tricks and tools may work for you whether you have disabilities or not.

  • Miguel Joey Aviles: The Pinterest of government open for business

    Young federal employees have a new space to communicate and share ideas and with each other. Young Government Leaders has launched an online university. It’s a place where feds can share the lessons they’ve learned in training or articles relevant to their jobs in the federal workplace. Miguel Joey Aviles is the chief learning officer for YGL. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the university can help young feds with their careers.

  • Debora Plunkett: A new leader and a new look for NSA

    The National Security Agency’s leader — Adm.l Mike Rogers — now has a senior adviser for equality. Debora Plunkett holds that position and has been in that role for about almost a year. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about her office’s mission and the responsibilities she was given when the office was created.

  • New NTEU president to press Congress on IRS budget, government shutdown

    The National Treasury Employees Union’s new president wants Congress to get serious about avoiding a government shutdown and funding the Internal Revenue Service.

  • What shape is your boss in?

    Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, joins host Mike Causey to discuss how career federal executives are impacted by lame duck presidential administrations. She will also give her thoughts on a recent report based on an employee job survey conducted last year by the Office of Personnel Management. August 26, 2015

  • Nadine Vogel: How to help employees with disabilities cope with open offices

    More federal agencies are swapping private offices for open floor plans as the White House pushes its Freeze the Footprint policy. Many federal employees aren’t thrilled. Nadine Vogel is CEO of Springboard Consulting. It advises agencies and companies on accommodating employees with disabilities. She tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp what some employees are telling her.

  • John Palguta: No more performance reviews?

    Several large corporations have changed the way they manage employee performance. The latest one is General Electric. GE’s top management has voted to get rid of annual performance evaluations. But should the federal government follow suit, especially with the recent push to encourage employee accountability? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer one answer.

  • Jason Briefel: VA ‘hit list’ doesn’t sit well with SEA

    The Senior Executives Association and Federal Managers Association have asked Congress to investigate what they call a “hit list” created by VA’s largest labor union. It’s a report compiled by the American Federation of Government Employees, which names managers and executives the union recommends for discipline. SEA questions whether the list was compiled on official time. Jason Briefel is the legislative director at SEA. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on this list and why the associations are so upset by it.

  • Emily Kopp: Union ‘hit list’ has VA managers steaming

    Managers at the Veterans Affairs Department may be targets of one of the largest federal employee unions. Representatives of the American Federation of Government Employees may have been using their work time to compile suggestions for discipline by top VA leaders. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose why this controversy may boil down to a classic labor-versus-management clash.

  • Let’s kill the performance appraisal process

    If killing traditional appraisals is good enough for some of the biggest and best businesses in the country, it is good enough for the federal government, says former DHS HR exec Jeff Neal.

  • MSPB chair: VA bill endangers feds’ civil rights

    MSPB Chair Susan Tsui Grundmann took aim at a recent law and the legislation it’s spawned. The year-old Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 curtails the due process rights of Senior Executive Service members in the Veterans Affairs Department. Just recently, the House passed legislation to extend the measure to the rest of the VA’s workforce.

  • Emily Kopp: MSPB chair says VA bill may violate federal workers civil rights

    The house has passed a bill that makes it easier and quicker to fire Veterans Affairs employees. Some see Congress’ latest drive to hold government accountable as noble. Others see it as an impending civil rights violation. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board. As Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp report, she falls into the latter category.

  • Alan Chvotkin: Enough is enough when it comes to executive orders

    Four associations representing federal contractors sent a letter to the White House on Tuesday saying they were fed up with executive orders and presidential memos that target their member companies. The representatives point collectively to a dozen executive orders and memos that President Barack Obama has issued since 2009, which have led to 16 new regulations so far. Alan Chvotkin is the Executive Vice President of the Professional Services Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why contractors are so upset.