• On the outside: options for fired feds

    A former Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign has a lot to think about before coming back. Attorney Bill Bransford explains the issues to us.

  • OPM targets poor-performing feds

    The Office of Personnel Management is conducting a study to find out why the federal government has such a difficult time disciplining and firing poor performing workers.

  • Off with their heads! What would Mick Jagger do?

    For many people involved in the alleged scandals at the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service, the solution is simple: Off with their heads. Fire the offenders whether they are political appointees or career civil servants. But this isn’t Paris in 1789, it’s Washington in 2013 so things will go a little slower, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • EPA union objects to Administrator’s call to make firing employees easier

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator recently mentioned the administrative obstacles of firing employees and suggested Congress change the law. One of the unions representing EPA employees is now responding in a letter that blames management, not employees for agency problems.

  • EPA Administrator McCarthy defends statement about firing feds

    Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is clarifying remarks she made on simplifying the federal firing process. The clarification comes after the American Federation of Government Employees challenged a statement she made in her recent testimony before Congress.

  • John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

    The Veterans Affairs Department finally fired Terry Gerigk Wolf last week. The former director of the Pittsburgh VA center had been on paid leave since June following a review of a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak that claimed the lives of six patients there. Wolf is the fourth senior executive to be removed under the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what that firing means for the future of due process protections for federal employees.

  • No more fireproof feds

    Members of Congress are pursuing legislation that would make it easier to fire federal employees for misconduct or malfeasance. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the lawmakers are focusing on career civil servants, namely members of the Senior Executive Service.

  • Trump vows to ‘make VA great again’ amid government reforms

    Donald Trump concluded the third and final night of the Republican National Convention Thursday with a speech that unpacked several of the presidential candidate’s views on how federal executives and the Department of Veterans Affairs should be managed.

  • Is Uncle Sam playing the Old Maid card?

    Do your federal agency’s hiring and firing policies follow the rules of the Old Maid card game? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey dares to tackle that oh-so politically incorrect subject.

  • Nicole Ogrysko: 2016 was all about firing, hiring

    2016 was all about agencies’ ability to hire and fire federal employees. New initiatives from the Office of Personnel Management attempted to give agencies a refresher in hiring new talent more quickly, while Congress put its attention on how fast agencies are firing the poor performers. Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko covers the federal workforce, and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to talk with us about the year that’s just passed and the year ahead.