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Steve Barr/Federal DiaryStephen Barr is the new author of The Federal Diary, which runs Sunday through Friday in the Metro section. Steve has been a reporter and editor at The Post since 1979, including stints as Federal Page editor, congressional editor and a staff writer covering the federal bureaucracy. (See The Post's May 2000 series, Empty Pipeline: The Federal Hiring Crisis.)

He takes the column live to answer your questions Wednesdays at noon EST. Below are the transcripts from past discussions

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Transcript Archive

May 24 Reinventing government; ratio of employers to managers; ULPs and grievances; Postal Service employees; telecommuting and alternate transport to work; breaking into federal service; federal pay; standards of conduct and discipline; retaining workers; PBOs; unions; buy-ins
May 17 "Retirement wave"; buyouts; interviewing for a gig in the federal government; filling jobs left by retirements; school debt forgiveness; political appointees and Paul Light's Brookings study; foreign service
May 10 "Brain Drain" series; Navy IT outsourcing; finding and retaining skilled, trained young civil servants; private sector/federal government pay gap; Presidential Management Intern program; business models; Gore v. Bush on feds; special pay rate; portable retirement system

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