The Federal Eye: Federal buzz


Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Will new whistleblower protections work? | FedBuzz

Lawmakers are praising the new provision in the Whistleblower Protection Enforcement Act. Will it work?

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:42 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 08/15/2012

How has military medical consolidation affected employees and service members? | #FedBuzz

How has the consolidation of military medical care at Bethesda’s Walter Reed National Military Medical Center affected the lives of employees and service members?

By Rosie Powers  |  10:55 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Federal workers: Are you getting enough additional training? | #FedBuzz

What kind of professional growth opportunities would you like to have? Are the training and support available for you to get to your next level?

By Rosie Powers  |  01:39 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 07/25/2012

Would you be paid more in the private sector? | #FedBuzz

As a result of conflicting research, the GAO is still considering whether federal employees would be paid more doing their job in the private sector.

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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 07/18/2012

STOCK Act: How much info should feds have to give? | #FedBuzz

Groups that represent federal employees have voiced concerns in recent weeks over requirments in the Stock Act.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:06 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Telework: Is it working for you yet? | #FedBuzz

The recent storms in Washington again highlighted difficulties in implementing a federal telework policy.

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:41 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Federal workers’ summer reading list | #FedBuzz

Many government workers will be shipping out during the hot summer months and will take along their their favorite professional development book or novel.

By Corey McCarren for GovLoop  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Should federal employees under investigation receive bonuses?

Sen. Claire McCaskill disclosed last week that 84 GSA employees under investigation by the inspector general received $1 million in bonuses.

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:13 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Federal workers: Does your office tolerate slackers? | #FedBuzz

How managers handle underperforming employees can determine whether one bad apple affects the culture of a workplace.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:13 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Government workers keep on working after hours | #FedBuzz

The Federal Eye and GovLoop set out to see how many government workers work well beyond their normal eight-hour day.

By Stephen Cottle for GovLoop  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Federal workers: How much overtime do you work? | #Fedbuzz

Do you step away from your work outside the 9-5, or do you find yourself staying as long as it takes to get the job done?

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:09 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Tension is common in federal employee-contractor relationships | #FedBuzz

For the Federal Buzz question of the week, The Federal Eye and GovLoop asked government workers and contractors about their relationships.

By Corey McCarren for GovLoop  |  04:29 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 05/11/2012

#FedBuzz: How government workers marked Public Service Recognition Week

The week is supposed to be filled with events acknowledging feds. It’s exciting stuff, right? Well, according to some federal workers, not so much.

By Corey McCarren for GovLoop  |  02:31 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 05/08/2012

How is your agency marking Public Service Recognition Week? | #FedBuzz

Tell us how your workplace is commemorating the event for this week’s Federal Buzz Question of the Week

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:09 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Federal workers say vendors make budgeting for events difficult | #FedBuzz

Sometimes the fleecing of taxpayers is an outside job.

By Corey McCarren and GovLoop  |  02:34 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Increasing required contributions would squeeze some feds | #FedBuzz

We asked if raising the required retirement contributions for federal workers would mean they would cut back on voluntary saving in their Thrift Savings Plans.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 04/27/2012

GSA scandal won’t help whistleblowers, some fed workers say | #FedBuzz

Whistleblowing is often openly encouraged by government, but is it really widely supported?

By Corey McCarren for GovLoop  |  08:46 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/25/2012

GSA scandal: Will it lead to more whistleblowers? | #FedBuzz

Is it realistic to think more federal workers will become whistleblowers for their colleagues?

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 04/17/2012

GSA, Secret Service scandals and tax day: A perfect storm for federal workers?

April has may be the cruelest month yet for the federal workforce’s reputation. Two scandals involving waste and misbehavior within favorable agencies erupted. And to make matters worse, Tuesday’s tax day.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:28 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 04/13/2012

#FedBuzz: Federal workers rate their professional training

Quality was often — but not always — dependent on budget constraints and the individual instructors.

By Natalie Jennings and Allison Primack and GovLoop  |  03:31 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Federal Buzz: What sort of training is available to federal workers?

Have you ever been to a training session that energized you or significantly changed the way you do your job?

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:57 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Federal Buzz: Was the GSA Western states conference the exception or the norm?

The Federal Eye and our partners at GovLoop asked federal workers to tell us whether conferences like the now-infamous GSA Western states one are the norm or the exception.

By Natalie Jennings and Corey McCarren  |  01:15 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 03/22/2012

What would federal workers do with a 0.5 percent pay increase?

What do federal workers think about this proposition? Is something better than nothing, or is the increase so small that it isn’t worth it? Government workers’ responses from Twitter, GovLoop and our Federal Eye post ranged from sarcasm to deep concern.

By Allison Primack, GovLoop and Natalie Jennings  |  04:54 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/20/2012

How would you use a 0.5 percent pay increase? | Federal Buzz

For this week’s federal worker question of the week, we want to know what the difference between a little something and nothing would be for your family.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Would you mentor a younger worker? | Federal Buzz

Congress is considering allowing federal employees to phase into retirement by drawing a partial annuity while working part time and using some of that time to mentor young employees.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:57 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Telework week: Why managers balk at authorizing telework

A guest post for telework week.

By Andrew Krzmarzick  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Telework: Is it working in the federal government? | Federal Buzz

Are telecommuting initiatives by federal agencies having any impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal workforce?

By Natalie Jennings  |  04:26 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Obama’s 2013 Budget: Federal workers react

FEDERAL BUZZ | The Federal Eye and partners at GovLoop asked federal workers for feedback on which agency cuts go too far or not far enough.

By Ryan Kellett and Dorothy Ramienski Amatucci  |  02:10 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Federal pay freeze: How would it affect you? | Federal Buzz

Congressional Republicans are planning to vote Wednesday on a bill that would freeze federal employee and congressional pay for an additional year.

By Natalie Jennings  |  04:47 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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