Federal contractors have new hiring goals for employees with disabilities. Final rules from the Labor Department set the hiring bar at seven percent of a company’s workforce. Scott Morrow is an associate at Arnold and Porter.
You’ll probably pay more for health insurance in 2014. The Office of Personnel Management says premiums will go up next year an average of just under 4 percent. The good news is that’s a lot lower increase than the private sector will see.
Dr. Richard Carlin Head of the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department Office of Naval Research
Private sector mentors are helping small businesses develop new technologies for the Navy. The Navy’s linking them together through its Energy Excelerator program and so far business is good. Dr. Richard Carlin is the head of the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department at the Office of Naval Research. He tells Federal News Radio’s Sean McCalley in the latest edition of Agency of the Month how the Energy Excelerator program started.
Frank McDonough Chief Human Capital Officer Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
Five winners are celebrating their selection as this year’s Causey Award winners from Federal News Radio. Those winners demonstrated excellence in human resources. Frank McDonough is chief human capital officer of the Food and Nutrition Service at the Agriculture Department. His selection stems from his success in HR reform.
Kim Weaver Director, External Affiars Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Congress still has six days to pass a continuing resolution to fund your agency for fiscal 2014. But the Thrift Savings Plan doesn’t have that problem. Their budget is ready to go for next fiscal year. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, says participants can thank the TSP board.
Erica McCann Manager of Procurement Policy Global Public Sector at TechAmerica
An Army request to spend $175 million to completely restructure the way the service secures its computer networks in the U.S. and in the Middle East is a go. Key congressional committees approve the move. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, it’s an early step on the path to completing DoD’s Joint Information Environment.
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Every Tuesday on Executive Suite we dive into issues affecting top agency leaders around the federal government. Today, we focused on the Postal Service, which is in the middle of a financial crisis, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. That’s straight from his testimony last week before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The committee conducted a hearing called “Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service” to explore options of save the Postal Service from its financial struggles. Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) said Congress cannot save the agency through budget or service cuts.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 8-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.