Workforce Rights/Governance

  • Low morale? You’re not alone, new federal survey shows

    Sequestration? Furloughs? Pay freeze? Fed bashing? Poor leadership? The list of morale killers goes on and on. A new Federal News Radio survey on employee morale and leadership — part of our special report, Leaders in Federal Service — shows just how bad people are feeling in the federal workforce.

  • Tips on training and developing good leaders

    Jenny Mattingley hosts a rountable discussion on government training and leadership development. February 22, 2013

  • EEOC becoming one by meeting strategic goals

    A year into its 16-point strategic plan, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is making solid progress against most of its milestones. The strategy includes using technology to improve its services and creating a federal sector plan to better address specific issues.

  • Telework: Creating a more mobile federal workforce

    Bill Bransford hosts a roundtable discussion of how teleworking can benefit your agency. February 8, 2013

  • 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.