Workforce Rights/Governance

  • What’s next for feds?

    NARFE president Joseph Beaudoin and Federal Times reporters Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly join host Mike Causey to talk about a wide variety of issues affecting federal workers. June 6, 2012

  • Obama picks GMU prof to replace Jaczko at NRC

    President Barack Obama said he plans to nominate Allison Macfarlane to lead the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, just days after the embattled head of the agency announced he would step down.

  • Retirement and insurance

    Joan Melanson from Long Term Care Partners and retirement benefits specialist James Marshall will talk about the retirement and insurance options that feds should consider. May 18, 2012

  • Federal Drive interviews — May 18

    The Federal Drive talks to Susan Grundmann, the chairwoman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, about changes to federal employment cases. Plus, interviews with top officials from the Broadcasting Board of Governors and GSA’s Public Buildings Service.

  • IT upgrades highlight MSPB’s innovations in how it meets its mission

    CIO Tommy Hwang said the agency is receiving more documents electronically from agencies and law firms than ever before. He also is moving the email system to the cloud and developing a BYOD policy. May 17, 2012(Encore presentation June 28, 2012)

  • Hatch Act reform could put more feds in the hot seat

    State and local investigations make it difficult for investigators to probe possible Hatch Act violations by federal employees, said Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner. The Office of Special Counsel is asking Congress to remove OSC’s duty of policing state and local issues, so it can focus on federal cases.

  • Special counsel letter details air safety concerns

    Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday, calling attention to reports of safety lapses at some U.S. commercial aviation facilities. She also criticized the Federal Aviation Administration for delays in responding to whistleblower disclosures.

  • Honoring law enforcement officers

    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund chairman Craig Floyd and David Weisz from Motorola Solutions, join host Debra Roth to talk about 2012 National Police Week and the latest on the National Law Enforcement Museum. May 4, 2012

  • Panel: Hiring reform critical as brain drain looms

    The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discussed the big issues in recruitment, hiring and retention with a panel of federal hiring experts.

  • The silver lining in the GSA scandal

    Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.

  • Public service recognition week

    A roundtable discussion of the events at this years’ Public Service Recognition Week. April 20, 2012

  • OSC protection sought for VA whistleblower

    The American Federation of Government Employees has asked the Office of Special Counsel to investigate the case of a VA doctor who believes she was unfairly targeted by superiors due to her critical Senate testimony.

  • Congress returns to packed budget agenda, tight deadlines

    Congress returns to session this week with a few short months to reach a budget resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 and agree on how to avoid the automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next decade that will be triggered Jan. 2, 2013, under the Budget Control Act debt limit deal. But don’t expect much to get accomplished before the election, say budget experts.

  • GSA spending scandal puts agency whistleblowers in spotlight

    Not all claims of agency wrongdoing wind up with the agency IG’s office. Some employees turn to the Office of Special Counsel, the independent investigative agency that acts under the authority of the Whistleblower Protection Act. OSC’s relatively-low profile has grown since Carolyn Lerner, the head of the office, joined the agency about nine months ago.