Carter Administration

  • Government shutdowns: Once ‘incomprehensible, inconceivable, unthinkable,’ now the norm

    Government shutdowns are the norm today, but it wasn’t always that way. A 1980 interpretation of the Antideficiency Act changed the way both the executive and legislative branches handled lapses in appropriations, and they haven’t looked back since.

  • The future of the civil service

    Kristine Simmons, Thomas W. Ross and Bill Valdez join host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to talk about a new report that proposes some major changes to the Civil Service Reform Act.

  • Surviving your boss’ midlife crisis

    For many people age 40 seems to be the not-so-magic number. If you buy that, be advised that the Civil Service Reform Act is turning 40 this Saturday.

  • How ‘official time’ saves nonunion members money

    The recent court ruling against the administration’s crackdown by executive order against federal unions delighted some people inside government. Others think the decision is highly political.

  • The past, present and future of the civil service

    This week on Your Turn, Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko will discuss the past, present and future of the federal civil service, and Federal News Radio Senior Digital Editor Michael O’Connell will explain how podcasts could help you get ahead in your federal career. August 22, 2018

  • Ready for some more reforms?

    Forty years after the civil service was officially “reformed” by the Carter administration, a new team with very different ideas about the role of government and regulations is looking to do some reforming of its own.

  • White House wants to slow zombie pay raises

    Upon learning how the semi-automatic 3 percent within-grade increases work, one top outsider assigned to White House government overhaul is said to have referred to them as “zombie pay raises.’’