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Threat of furloughs & layoffs looms at OPM

Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, partner at the Federal Practice Group, discusses the possibility of furloughs at the Office of Personnel Management, and how they are being used as “a weapon.”

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Modeling system works to enhance global climate prediction & forecasting

Venkatachalam “Ram” Ramaswamy, director of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, discusses how NOAA’s new weather modelling system works, and what it means for climate science and forecasting.

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Unpacking the $309 million OPM spending bill

Jeff Pon, former director of the Office of Personnel Management, discusses what the new spending bill means for OPM, and why the agency needs more funding for policy and enforcement.

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Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Tim McManus, chief operating officer at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses how distance from HQ can impact morale at agencies.

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Behavioral scientist’s work improves health & safety of mine workers

Emily Haas, Sammies 2019 finalist and senior research behavioral scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, discusses the human element of improving mine safety.

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OPM distributes reskilling & workforce tools in playbook

Mika Cross, vice president of employer engagement and strategic initiative at FlexJobs, discusses the Office of Personnel Management’s newly released playbook and toolkit for workforce reshaping and upskilling in the Federal Government.

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Status of transfer & privatization of the Civilian Conservation Centers

Steve Lenkart, executive director of the National Federation of Federal Employees, discusses his organization’s efforts to keep the Forest Service Civilian Conservation Centers from being privatized.

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