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    High Turnover: When Everyone is Jumping Ship

    Last week in Washington at the Center for Government Leadership, the Partnership for Public Service trained nearly 190 federal leaders from more than two dozen agencies on business acumen. Two questions this week come from federal managers. Please continue sharing your ideas and questions by emailing me at fedcoach@ourpublicservice.org. How can I engage an unmotivated employee? --Federal manager (GS-14), Small Business ...
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    Senator Kaufman: 'Your word is your bond'

    Sen. Ted Kaufman is the junior senator from Delaware appointed in 2009 to fill the unexpired term of senator now Vice President Joseph Biden. Kaufman was Biden's chief of staff for 19 years and was a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. One of Kaufman's senate endeavors has been his Great Federal Employees Initiative, an ongoing series of floor speeches ...
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    The Federal Coach: Are Generation Stereotypes Real?

    The Federal Coach: Are Generation Stereotypes Real?
    If I refer to the Jersey Shore, does your first thought go to a vacation spot or to someone named "Snooki?" Your answer may say a lot about your generation. Traditionalists or Baby Boomers are thinking of summertime memories, while Millennials are thinking about Snooki and her friends on the MTV reality show. Right? Maybe. The truth is your answer probably ...
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    Administration Announces Hiring Overhaul

    The Obama administration unveiled a major overhaul of the federal hiring process on Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management announced. The hiring reform memorandum will ask agencies to do away with hand-graded knowledge, skills and abilities essays by Nov. 1, at least in the early stages of the hiring process, Jeri Buchholz, associate director for human resources operations and policy at ...
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    Highway Money Dries Up, Furloughs Could Start Tuesday

    Highway Money Dries Up, Furloughs Could Start Tuesday
    Inaction by the Senate to pass a short-term highway funding bill may cause the Department of Transportation to furlough nearly 4,000 employees nationwide starting Tuesday. With no extension, the Department of Transportation will cutoff payments to state highway programs as well as the Federal Transit Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These programs are paid ...
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    Want a Chance to Win $500 Just for Using GovCentral?

    Frequently Asked Questions: GovCentral's Spring Is Greener Promotion Do I need to register more than once? No How do I increase my odds of winning? Simply sign into your GovCentral account once a day through March 31, 2010 to be entered again to win. If you allow your browser to save your log-in information, you will need to click "Sign out" ...
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    Where will job growth be in the next 20 years?

    Unemployment may have dipped to 9.7 percent, but job growth is still lacking. Thankfully, this won't be the case forever. Mint.com, my favorite personal finance website, takes a look at where job growth is expected over the next 20 years. As expected, the largest job growth is in urban areas. Atlanta, GA is projected to have the most job growth at ...
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    Wake up with the Gov - GovCentral Morning Round-up February 10

    OPM director considers overhaul of civil service system Joe Davidson, curator of Washington Post's Federal Diary, gives a glimpse of an impending shake-up for civil service employees in the federal government. OPM Director John Berry is looking at ways to refresh the antiquated 60-year old General Schedule pay system. Read more at the Washington Post For Telecommuters, It's Not About Going ...
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    Telework to Expand for Federal Jobs

    Telework to Expand for Federal Jobs
    Back-to-back snow storms in the Washington, DC area have knocked out the federal government for a record fourth day in a row. The Office of Personnel Management estimates the loss of productivity to be $100 million a day, which many consider a necessary cost to ensure the safety of hundreds of thousands federal, state, and local government employees in the area. ...
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    Wake up with the Gov - GovCentral Morning Round-up

    D.C. Federal Agencies Closed Tuesday While people in the D.C. region already know this, the Office of Personnel Management has closed all federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area. Here are GovCentral, we really think that Tuesday's snow should be called snow-over-it". Rep. John Murtha dies at 77 U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an unapologetic bearer of pork for his congressional district ...
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    GovCentral takes home #4 spot in top-ranked Gov't social networks

    We're pretty excited in GovCentral HQ today as we were ranked #4 in the top government social networks by OhMyGov.com In addition to GovCentral.com, our friends and Monster cohorts, Military.com took home the top spot. I'm pretty excited to see GovCentral in this group as we continue to see growth since integrating with Monster.com in September 2009. The purpose of the ...
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    OPM Launches FedsHireVets.Gov

    OPM Launches FedsHireVets.Gov
    Washington, DC - Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the official launch of FedsHireVets.gov, a critical component of President Obama's Veterans Employment Initiative. This website will help ensure Veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, HR professionals, and hiring managers receive accurate and consistent information regarding Veterans employment in the Executive Branch. John Berry, Director of OPM, stated "FedsHireVets.gov ...
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    OPM Announces Reorganization

    OPM Announces Reorganization
    An announcement from the Office of Personnel Management yesterday about their reorganization: OPM Reorganizes to Better Meet the Needs of Its Customers Washington, DC - In order to help fulfill President Obama's promise to make the Federal government more transparent and customer friendly, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has undergone a major reorganization. It became effective with the signing ...
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    Finding Opportunity Amid the Scary (Job) Statistics

    Finding Opportunity Amid the Scary (Job) Statistics
    I promised my editor I’d cut to the chase. But first, an introduction: My name is Jonathon Feit, and in the Summer of 2009 I received a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to serve as an MBA Intern in the Office of Management & Budget, within the Executive Office of the President of the United States. I was assigned to the Performance & Personnel ...
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    Management Matters: Putting the 'I' in Teamwork

    Management Matters: Putting the 'I' in Teamwork
    The procedure for evaluating federal employees' performance isn't just written in agencies' human resources handbooks. It's written in law. See Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Section 4302. There you'll find that agencies' performance appraisal systems must establish objective criteria "related to the job in question for each employee or position." In other words, federal performance evaluations are all about individual ...
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    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction

    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction
    Federal agencies are catching on to the social media craze and leveraging that technology to attract job seekers, especially young recruits. For example, the Labor Department advertises open positions on Twitter and plans to upload its recruitment videos to YouTube. The State Department regularly updates its Facebook page and maintains the @DOSCareers Twitter account. But conventional wisdom, which holds that recent ...
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    Temporary Jobs Forecast: 2009-2010

    Temporary Jobs Forecast: 2009-2010
    As usual, contingent hiring is expected to be a bellwether for the broader labor economy. “We expect to see improvement for temporary workers before we see it anywhere else,” says Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute. “But that’s not happening yet. We’re still seeing declines in temp help services, though they’re much smaller declines.” As the economy sputters ...
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    Much Good is Done by Government Workers

    Anti-government sentiment has been prevalent across the country, fueled in part by the acrimonious health-care debate, anger over the Wall Street and auto industry bailouts, anxiety over high unemployment rates, and worry over increased spending and ballooning budget deficits. These feelings of distrust and resentment, seen in public opinion polls, vocal town hall meetings this past summer and during various demonstrations, ...
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    DHS science and technology puts innovation first

    It is a dangerous world out there, where threats -- both manmade and natural -- are predictably unpredictable. We cannot always find answers in an off-the-shelf toolbox. That is the thinking here in the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate, where we spend a small portion of our research and development (R&D) budget on high-risk, high-payoff ideas. [photo:115463] Each ...
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    Office of Naval Research is Proof of Government's Technology Cutting Edge

    Office of Naval Research is Proof of Government's Technology Cutting Edge
    Another convenient stereotype attached to all things related to the Federal Government is the notion that somehow, all those billions of dollars spent annually still result in technology that is "behind the curve". Several years ago, DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, sponsored the DARPA Urban Challenge, to spur college students, inventors, and industry to develop autonomous robotic vehicles for ...
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