Members of Congress in the Washington area scored highly yet again on this year’s report card put out by Federally Employed Women.
Federal News Radio examines what the winners of the midterm elections in Maryland, DC and Virginia could do for federal employees.
Defense analyst Jim McAleese reviews the Defense Authorization Bill agreed on by both the Senate and the House yesterday. OPM Director John Berry says proposed rules to implement phased retirement are on the fast track. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) discusses changes that will make it easier for feds to telework. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) talks about benefits that will help retain federal employees. Vivian Reifberg of McKinsey & Co. talks about why the current administrative transition is so important. Alex Bolton of The Hill discusses the fiscal cliff negotiations.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), whose district in the Washington, D.C., suburbs is home to many federal employees, said he understands the frustration voiced by federal unions about a de facto extension of the federal pay freeze. Sarbanes said too often lawmakers used federal pay and benefits as a “piggybank” in deficit- reduction efforts.
On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.
Democratic lawmakers want to codify the White House’s hiring reform initiative to ensure that agencies keep working at making their processes faster and simpler. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said the process is too complicated and changing it is key to attracting the best and brightest.
A new bill would require agencies to bring in new employees in an average of 80 days and require them to use resumes and cover letters.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) David Borer AFGE General Counsel Don Hale Chair, AFGE Defense Conference Nate Whiteman Director of Recruitment and National Events, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance
Sen. Mikulski and Rep. Sarbanes introduce legislation to change the way agencies outsource jobs and determine what are inherently governmental functions.
OPM reports a rise in teleworking from 2008 – 2009. The survey shows satisfaction among feds who do telework, but reveals barriers that are keeping others from doing so. One Congressman hopes the new law will turn interest in telework into practice.
U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Arnold Scott AFGE 6th District National Vice President Bill Wetmore AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council 3rd Executive Vice President William ”B.J.” Ocker AFGE National VA Council 1st District Representative
U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Enid Doggett AFGE Communications Director
Philip Dray AFGE 10th District Women’s Coordinator Author of ”There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America”
The telework bill for federal employees was signed into law today.
The House passes the Telework Enhancement Act.
The House approved a bill that would create government-wide regulations for teleworking.