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How would you like the job of keeping tabs on labor relations in an organization with two million employees? Or of emplo...
01/05/2024

How would you like the job of keeping tabs on labor relations in an organization with two million employees? Or of employee accountability? The Federal Drive with Tom Temin's guest isn't personally responsible for these things, but he's the main adviser at the Office of Personnel Management on them. Tim Curry is also a recent recipient of a Presidential Rank Award.

How would you like the job of keeping tabs on labor relations in an organization with two million employees? Or of employee accountability? The Federal Drive with Tom Temin's guest isn'

Last week I related the case for maintaining 25% retention pay  for a group of Bureau of Prison employees. There’s anoth...
01/05/2024

Last week I related the case for maintaining 25% retention pay for a group of Bureau of Prison employees. There’s another side of the story.

The employees in question work at the BOP’s low-security facility in Thomson, Illinois. BOP Director Colette Peters canceled their retention pay effective Jan. 1, and the head of the union local representing correctional officers predicted a mass exodus of staff. By Tom Temin

Former Bureau of Prisons warden says incentive pay at an Illinois facility should be removed and the staff reduced.

The Postal Service has one of the most diverse workforces in the U.S., but a recent watchdog report finds that diversity...
01/04/2024

The Postal Service has one of the most diverse workforces in the U.S., but a recent watchdog report finds that diversity doesn’t always reflect in its leadership ranks. By Jory Heckman

The Postal Service has one of the most diverse workforces in the U.S., but a recent watchdog report finds that diversity doesn’t always reflect in its leadership ranks.

The rulemaking is largely what CMMC insiders expected, but it still raises questions, like how the certification program...
01/04/2024

The rulemaking is largely what CMMC insiders expected, but it still raises questions, like how the certification program will impact external IT service providers. By Justin Doubleday

The rulemaking is largely what CMMC insiders expected, but it still raises questions, like how the certification program will impact external IT service providers.

Just because the Christmas season is in the rear-view mirror, doesn't mean you can't still give. In fact, the Combined F...
01/04/2024

Just because the Christmas season is in the rear-view mirror, doesn't mean you can't still give. In fact, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) continues until January 15. For a summary of the most recent campaign, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with the chair of the CFC for the National Capital Region, Vince Micone.

Just because the Christmas season is in the rear-view mirror, doesn't mean you can't still give. In fact, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) continues until January 15. For a summary of the most…

Happy New Year. The government-shutdown deadline is just a couple of weeks away. Some things never change. For a deeper ...
01/02/2024

Happy New Year. The government-shutdown deadline is just a couple of weeks away. Some things never change. For a deeper look at what a second session of a troubled Congress is likely to do, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with WTOP Capitol Hill Correspondent Mitchell Miller.

Happy New Year. The government-shutdown deadline is just a couple of weeks away. Some things never change. For a deeper look at what a second session of a troubled Congress is likely to do…

The Internal Revenue Service saw a major turnaround in its level of customer service this year, and will continue to del...
12/27/2023

The Internal Revenue Service saw a major turnaround in its level of customer service this year, and will continue to deliver on a higher level of service to the public, according to the agency’s top leader. By Jory Heckman

The Internal Revenue Service saw a major turnaround in its level of customer service this year, and will continue to deliver on a higher level of service to the public, according to the agency’s top…

This year Federal News Network heard from top defense tech officials about their priorities, developments and plans as t...
12/27/2023

This year Federal News Network heard from top defense tech officials about their priorities, developments and plans as the DoD is moving forward with its modernization efforts in line with the National Defense Strategy. By Anastasia Obis

This year Federal News Network heard from top defense tech officials about their priorities, developments and plans as the DoD is moving forward with its modernization efforts in line with the…

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received some good news as the year closed. It achieved a clean fi...
12/27/2023

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received some good news as the year closed. It achieved a clean financial audit opinion, with no material weaknesses. It even won praise from its inspector general. For how this happened, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Chief Financial Officer Vinay Singh.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received some good news as the year closed. It achieved a clean financial audit opinion, with no material weaknesses. It even won praise from its…

The commander of Army Futures Command wants to move toward acquisition strategies that can field new capabilities in und...
12/26/2023

The commander of Army Futures Command wants to move toward acquisition strategies that can field new capabilities in under two years -- but he says he's mindful of the integration problems that can accompany rapid acquisition. By Jared Serbu

The commander of Army Futures Command wants to move toward acquisition strategies that can field new capabilities in under two years — but he says he's mindful of the integration problems that can…

What a mess. Border security, foreign military aid, and the lack of a 2024 budget agreement have turned into a sort of G...
12/26/2023

What a mess. Border security, foreign military aid, and the lack of a 2024 budget agreement have turned into a sort of Gordian Knot for Congress. Happy New Year indeed. For what could happen this week, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Bloomberg Government Deputy News Director Loren Duggan.

What a mess. Border security, foreign military aid, and the lack of a 2024 budget agreement have turned into a sort of Gordian Knot for Congress. Happy New Year indeed. For what could happen this week…

Experts say the national cyber strategy was the biggest development of 2023, but several other events also made for an i...
12/26/2023

Experts say the national cyber strategy was the biggest development of 2023, but several other events also made for an interesting year in cyber. By Justin Doubleday

Experts say the national cyber strategy was the biggest development of 2023, but several other events also made for an interesting year in cyber.

The chief operating officer of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has received recognition from a leading univer...
12/26/2023

The chief operating officer of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has received recognition from a leading university public administration program. Orice Williams Brown, who has worked at GAO for more than 30 years, got the Excellence in Federal Leadership Award from the public administration and policy department at American University. For more, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Ms. Brown.

The chief operating officer of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has received recognition from a leading university public administration program. Orice Williams Brown, who has worked at GAO…

The Office of Management and Budget detailed to agencies in new FAQs why the short-term continuing resolution will not r...
12/26/2023

The Office of Management and Budget detailed to agencies in new FAQs why the short-term continuing resolution will not require cuts as called for under the Fiscal Responsibility Act. By Jason Miller

The Office of Management and Budget detailed to agencies in new FAQs why the short-term continuing resolution will not require cuts as called for under the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) have for decades limited Social Securit...
12/21/2023

The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) have for decades limited Social Security payments available to certain federal employees; mainly those under the old Civil Service Retirement System and anyone else who receives a pension from earnings that were not taxed by Social Security. A bill to repeal GPO and WEP had a Congressional hearing last month at a field hearing in Louisiana. For analysis, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with John Hatton, the Vice President for Policy and Programs at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) have for decades limited Social Security payments available to certain federal employees; mainly those under the old…

State Department is celebrating members of the Foreign Service community for their volunteer work overseas.  By Jory Hec...
12/20/2023

State Department is celebrating members of the Foreign Service community for their volunteer work overseas. By Jory Heckman

State Department is celebrating members of the Foreign Service community for their volunteer work overseas.

Theaters, opera halls and concert venues were all hit hard by the pandemic. People didn't want to gather in close quarte...
12/20/2023

Theaters, opera halls and concert venues were all hit hard by the pandemic. People didn't want to gather in close quarters. To get a gauge on how and where people might be participating in the arts again, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) focused on that topic in its most recent five-year survey. For more on the methodology and how the results guide NEA activities, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked with the agency's director of research and analysis, Sunil Iyengar.

Theaters, opera halls and concert venues were all hit hard by the pandemic. People didn't want to gather in close quarters. To get a gauge on how and where people might be participating in the arts…

The National Defense Authorization Act, which Congress finished just days ago, moves the marker on several matters perip...
12/19/2023

The National Defense Authorization Act, which Congress finished just days ago, moves the marker on several matters peripherally connected to the armed forces. Covington and Burling attorneys Alex Hastings and Michelle Pearce dropped by the Federal News Network studios in Chevy Chase, Maryland to talk with the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

The National Defense Authorization Act, which Congress finished just days ago, moves the marker on several matters peripherally connected to the armed forces. Covington and Burling attorneys Alex…

The Biden administration's executive order on cybersecurity from three years ago alerted the uninitiated to the existenc...
12/18/2023

The Biden administration's executive order on cybersecurity from three years ago alerted the uninitiated to the existence of software bills of material (SBOMs). The idea is, knowing all of the elements that make up a software package can help buyers better understand their cybersecurity holes. But can the SBOM also give hackers the blueprint they need. For analysis, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked with Endor Labs adviser and former federal cybersecurity manager Chris Hughes.

The Biden administration's executive order on cybersecurity from three years ago alerted the uninitiated to the existence of software bills of material (SBOMs). The idea is, knowing all of the…

A FEMA spokesperson told Federal News Network the new headquarters will include a larger space for FEMA’s National Respo...
12/15/2023

A FEMA spokesperson told Federal News Network the new headquarters will include a larger space for FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center, and that the new space “fits the unique needs of emergency management.” By Jory Heckman

A FEMA spokesperson told Federal News Network the new headquarters will include a larger space for FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center, and that the new space “fits the unique needs of…

The National Rural Letter Carriers Association filed a national-level grievance this week over the Postal Service’s “rep...
12/14/2023

The National Rural Letter Carriers Association filed a national-level grievance this week over the Postal Service’s “repeated failure to pay rural carriers correctly and on time.” By Jory Heckman

The National Rural Letter Carriers Association filed a national-level grievance this week over the Postal Service’s “repeated failure to pay rural carriers correctly and on time.”…

The war in Ukraine, and to some extent Israel, have drained away U.S. weapons and ammunition stockpiles. Numerous studie...
12/14/2023

The war in Ukraine, and to some extent Israel, have drained away U.S. weapons and ammunition stockpiles. Numerous studies have cited a shortage of shells, missiles and launch platforms, as well as whether the industrial supply chain and the military's own organic supply chain have the capacity to sustain the demand. For one informed view, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked with Al Abramson, the Vice President of Strategic Engagement with the National Armaments Consortium and a retired U.S. Army brigadier general.

The war in Ukraine, and to some extent Israel, have drained away U.S. weapons and ammunition stockpiles. Numerous studies have cited a shortage of shells, missiles and launch platforms…

A few things Thrift Savings Plan participants should know about upcoming changes from the SECURE 2.0 Act, aiming to make...
12/14/2023

A few things Thrift Savings Plan participants should know about upcoming changes from the SECURE 2.0 Act, aiming to make it easier to save for retirement. By Drew Friedman

A few things Thrift Savings Plan participants should know about upcoming changes from the SECURE 2.0 Act, aiming to make it easier to save for retirement.

The Defense Department is having trouble connecting with Gen Zers who are now in their prime military recruitment age as...
12/14/2023

The Defense Department is having trouble connecting with Gen Zers who are now in their prime military recruitment age as enlistment shortfalls persist. By Anastasia Obis

The Defense Department is having trouble connecting with Gen Zers who are now in their prime military recruitment age as enlistment shortfalls persist…

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is known for operating around the globe. Now it has a geospatial s...
12/14/2023

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is known for operating around the globe. Now it has a geospatial strategy it hopes will improve the decision-making and, ultimately, the effectiveness of its aid programs. For details, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Carrie, Stokes, USAID's Chief Geographer.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is known for operating around the globe. Now it has a geospatial strategy it hopes will improve the decision-making and, ultimately…

More than 15 years after the federal government first planned for a new FBI headquarters, the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover ...
12/13/2023

More than 15 years after the federal government first planned for a new FBI headquarters, the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building is breaking down in ways that hamper the agency’s mission. By Jory Heckman

More than 15 years after the federal government first planned for a new FBI headquarters, the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building is breaking down in ways that hamper the agency’s mission.

The Biden administration has set a goal of increasing the DEIA index score in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) s...
12/13/2023

The Biden administration has set a goal of increasing the DEIA index score in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) six points by 2026. In the 2023 survey, agencies are one-third of the way there. By Drew Friedman

The Biden administration has set a goal of increasing the DEIA index score in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) six points by 2026. In the 2023 survey, agencies are one-third of the way there.

Education performance in developed countries, and in the United States, is a mixed bag. That is according to the latest ...
12/13/2023

Education performance in developed countries, and in the United States, is a mixed bag. That is according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a periodic project of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In the U.S., math performance by 15-year-olds was worse than in 2018, among the lowest ever. Reading and science held steady. For analysis of what the results mean, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Ryan Tauriainen, the Executive Director of Teach For America's D.C. region.

Education performance in developed countries, and in the United States, is a mixed bag. That is according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a periodic project of the…

The competition for strategic advantage in economic and military affairs depends more and more on critical materials. No...
12/13/2023

The competition for strategic advantage in economic and military affairs depends more and more on critical materials. Now the Energy Department has launched an initiative it calls the Critical Materials Collaborative. Among its goals, to accelerate a domestic supply chain for critical materials. For more, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked with the Senior Technology Manager for the Energy Department's Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office, Helena Khazdozian.

The competition for strategic advantage in economic and military affairs depends more and more on critical materials. Now the Energy Department has launched an initiative it calls the Critical…

The higher the employee response rate for FEVS, the more accurate the picture that chief human capital officers get into...
12/12/2023

The higher the employee response rate for FEVS, the more accurate the picture that chief human capital officers get into what their workforce both wants and needs. But for many agencies, it’s a challenging feat. By Drew Friedman

The higher the employee response rate for FEVS, the more accurate the picture that chief human capital officers get into what their workforce both wants and needs. But for many agencies…

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