Posts Tagged: feds

More Feds Should Say Yes to the FEVS

Last week the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the roll out of this year’s government-wide Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). However, did you know that over half of all feds disregarded the FEVS in 2013? That’s a paltry participation rate. Worse yet, some agencies had a shockingly low rate of under 30% of employees… Read more »

FEVS 2013: job satisfaction declines again; how did your agency fare?

In case you missed it, the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) was issued by OPM on Friday. Federal Times reports: “Federal employee job satisfaction ratings dipped again this year across a broad array of yardsticks.” “Of 77 areas measured by the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, 53 showed declines in satisfaction and most of the… Read more »

Budget Deal Gives Feds 1% Pay Hike

All federal workers are entitled to a 1% salary increase effective January as part of the budget deal that reopened the government and raised the debt limit, Federal Times reported Thursday. Sean Reilly writes it marks the first across-the-board federal pay raise in three years and allows President Barack Obama to implement with his plan… Read more »

POTUS Re-Election: 5 Key Issues for Feds

With the 2012 Presidential Election now behind us, a host of key issues affecting federal employees nationwide are once again front and center. Following is a post-election primer presenting a snapshot of five key issue areas for Feds during President Obama’s second term. To watch the President’s acceptance speech, click here. 1) Sequestration & Fiscal… Read more »

Why Feds Don’t Need Rebranding — Part III

Some argue that when it comes to polishing its public image, Feds should follow the rebranding examples of Corporate America. But Federal Government does not need to spend multiple millions of dollars — in our case with taxpayer money, whether real or perceived — to improve its public standing. Unlike the corporate world, we are… Read more »

Why Feds Don’t Need Rebranding – Part II

It’s true that negative public perceptions of Feds are more commonplace today than during prior years and decades — as discussed in Part I of my post on this topic. Therefore, some have suggested the solution is a wholescale rebranding of the Federal workforce, which appears to be a popular idea in theory. But to… Read more »

Daily Dose: How Can Seasoned Feds Get Their Mojo Back?

Back in early September, I asked a forum question around the findings of a new study which found that younger feds are happier at work. My colleague Alicia Mazzara summarized it in her Federal Buzz article in the Washington Post today. Study: Federal job satisfaction higher if you’re young In her article and as previously… Read more »

What’s the Deal with ‘Tightsizing’?

The Federal Times posted an article online yesterday about the emerging trend of ‘tightsizing’ in the federal government. Agencies are looking to reduce the office space of employees to accommodate more feds. The idea is that by fitting more workers into an already existing work space it prevents an agency form leasing additional real estate… Read more »

Armstead’s Experience Helps Guide Big GWACs

Mary Armstead, Program Director for the NIH Information Technology and Assessment Center (NITAAC) at the National Institutes of Health, has been a Fed for 38 years. But that doesn’t mean she’s become jaded or cynical – quite the opposite. She’s enthusiastic about her job and works hard to mentor people with less experience or who… Read more »