Workforce Rights/Governance

  • Federal Drive Interviews — Feb. 1, 2013

    Sharon Roth of the Merit Systems Protection Board discusses a new survey on federal management. Lt. Cmdr. Jean Marie Sullivan of the Navy Office of Women’s Policy talks about the new DoD decision to open up combat jobs to women. Greg Kutz, a senior audit executive with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Audit, talks about a new report his agency released. Keith Lucas, vice president for AFGE Council 228, discusses a new contract his union signed with the Small Business Administration.

  • Employees skeptical of managers’ ability to cut deadwood

    Federal employees are skeptical their managers are making effective decisions about the federal workforce, according to a new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Just 24 percent of the employees agreed that their agencies properly addressed poor performers, while 29 percent of respondents indicated their organizations eliminated unnecessary programs and positions, according to the survey of 42,000 feds from 24 agencies and departments.

  • Demystifying the Pathways Program

    Jenny Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion of the Pathways Program. January 25, 2013

  • Federal Drive Interviews — Jan. 24, 2013

    Sally Claggett of the U.S. Forestry Services reports on efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. EEOC’s Dexter Brooks wants to hear your thoughts on how the commission can better enforce anti-discrimination laws at federal agencies. Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) fills us in on how the government can triage dangers in cyberspace. Dr. Rebecca J. Johnson discusses a new approach to teaching ethics.

  • Beyond the statistics: Law enforcment officer fatality rates in 2012

    Host Bill Bransford hosts a roundtable discussion of a recent report on law enforcement officer fatality rates. January 11, 2013

  • MSPB eyes gaps in employee motivation

    From tightened purse strings to a rapidly retiring workforce, federal agencies face a potential witches’ brew when it comes to maintaining employee motivation, the Merit Systems Protection Board found in a new report. While overall motivation levels remain high, MSPB pointed to two potential gaps: Many federal employees do not feel all that motivated by the specific characteristics of their jobs, and they increasingly feel that job performance is disconnected from reward.

  • OGE clarifies gift-giving rules as inauguration approaches

    With President Barack Obama’s second inauguration – along with the flurry of balls, receptions and other related ceremonies – just weeks away, the Office of Government Ethics has issued new guidance to agency ethics officials.

  • Diet COLAs for everybody?

    If you could pick any historical event to relive, it probably wouldn’t be the maiden voyage of the Titanic — that didn’t go well. And now, 100 years later, federal, military and Social Security retirees are just becoming aware of a political iceberg that could punch a hole in their future benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • What is the Memos to National Leaders Project?

    NAPA’s Dan Blair and Antoinette Samuel and Paul Posner from ASPA, discuss how the new Memos to National Leaders project helps federal managers address the challenges at their agencies. December 14, 2012

  • In deficit talks, fed groups fear alternatives could cut benefits

    Many in government are worried about the threat of sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect in January unless Congress and the White come up with an alternative deficit-cutting plan. But federal employee groups and sympathetic lawmakers are also concerned about such alternatives — if they contain changes to federal employee pay or compensation. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a slate of federal-employee unions and groups are warning of such proposals in the deficit talks to replace sequestration.

  • FERS pioneers examine past, present and future of retirement fund

    In the 25 years since the Federal Employees Retirement System went into effect, much has changed when it comes to federal retirement. Tom Trabucco, the former longtime director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, and Judy Park, the former legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, joined Your Turn with Mike Causey for a look back at the creation of FERS and how it has evolved over the years.

  • Survey: Limits on MSPB resources affect employee productivity

    A closer look at the results of the Merit Systems Protection Board’s 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) reveals that the limits of the agency’s resources are having a negative effect on it employee’s ability to do their jobs.

  • Supreme Court ruling allows feds to appeal some discrimination cases in district court

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal employees can appeal decisions of the Merit Systems Protection Board stemming from discrimination-related complaints in federal district court. The ruling follows earlier lower court decisions that required employee appeals to go solely through the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The justices’ decision applies to federal employees filing “mixed cases” — complaints involving both allegations of wrongful termination and job discrimination — under the Civil Service Reform Act.

  • Budget pressures force EEOC to shift gears

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission needed to find savings after its IT budget received a 15 percent reduction in 2012. Kim Hancher, the EEOC CIO, decided to reduce spending on mobile devices and instituted a BYOD policy to cut spending by almost 50 percent. December 6, 2012