Workforce Rights/Governance

  • What’s the latest on Capitol Hill?

    NARFE’s Chris Farrell joins host Mike Causey to talk about some of the bills introduced in Congress that affect federal workers. May 21, 2014

  • Shirine Moazed, Chief of Washington field office, Office of Special Counsel

    Your agency’s deadline for a Whistleblower Certification Program is June 1. Congress created the program in 2002 and the Obama Administration wants federal agencies to finish making it a standard part of their workforce policies. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Shirine Moazed, chief of the Washington field office for the Office of Special Counsel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the certification program works and offers five steps to meet the deadline.

  • Are you violating the Hatch Act and you don’t even know it?

    Under the Hatch Act, federal employees face a number of restrictions when it comes to their political activity on and off the job. The law was originally designed to protect feds from political coercion.

  • Is hike in whistleblower claims a sign of progress or growing mistrust?

    The heads of both the Office of Special Counsel and Merit Systems Protection Board tell Federal News Radio as part of our special report, “Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees,” that their increasing workloads could actually be a sign of progress, and that more employees feel protected enough to make whistleblower disclosures. However, an exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals a wide chasm of trust remains when it comes to feds blowing the whistle at work.

  • Agency budget squeeze eroding trust between employees, management

    Susan Tsui Grundmann, chair of the Merit Systems Protection Board, said many federal employees filed furlough appeals last year because they said they didn’t trust that their managers were making the right spending decisions that could have fended off the need to furlough employees. This article is part of the Federal News Radio special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees.

  • Doug Nierle, Bryan Polisuk, Merit Systems Protection Board

    Even in 2014, sexual orientation is a touchy subject in the workplace. The Merit Systems Protection Board has just finished taking a comprehensive look at workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and published the results in a report. MSPB’s General Counsel Bryan Polisuk and Project Manager Doug Nierle discussed the findings with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

  • Celebrate Police Week 2014

    Jenny Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion of National Police Week 2014, which is being held in Washington D.C. from May 11th through the 17th. May 9, 2014

  • Hearing weighs causes of, solutions to low morale in federal workforce

    Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, hosted a hearing Tuesday to discuss the low morale of federal employees and explore possible solutions for agencies seeking to improve it.

  • Promoting public service

    Tony Vergnetti hosts a roundtable discussion of the Public Employees Roundtable and Public Service Recognition Week. April 25, 2014

  • Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

    The Merit Systems Protection Board is fishing for ideas. It asks for help from the public as it refreshes its research agenda. The board is mandated by Congress to conduct studies on issues in the federal workforce. Recent reports have focused on workplace violence and perceptions of favoritism. Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the board strives to make an impact with its research.

  • What topics are trending for the federal workforce?

    Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of the hottest topics in the federal government. April 11, 2014

  • OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

    A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It’s one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

  • What’s going on on Capitol Hill?

    NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement will give us an update on pending legislation affecting federal workers and retirees. April 2, 2014

  • Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

    A bigger pay raise for federal employees is on Congress’ agenda. But so are some cuts to some of your most important benefits. Jessica Klement, Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose.