1. Episode 1: AFGE's Fight to Federalize TSA

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    from Paul Heayn / Added

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    AFGE is excited to announce the release of the first in a series of videos explaining AFGE's role as the only union to stand behind TSA employees from the beginning. AFGE, in fact, was involved before TSA was created, arguing the need for a federalized workforce. The first video details those efforts. Stay tuned for our next installment. Background: I am a web developer at AFGE and was involved in management of this project

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    • Event of Excellence: Mission-Critical Diversity: Lessons Learned from DOI (Part 3)

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      On March 6, 2012 the Partnership for Public Service and Franklin Covey Co. hosted a conversation with Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes to learn how Interior increased their level of diversity by changing the agency’s culture and how an inclusive workplace is vital to any agency’s mission. A panel discussion also shed light on how to improve diversity levels by changing attitudes.

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      • Event of Excellence: Sustaining the Leadership Agenda Beyond the Offsite (Part 2)

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        Leaders are often energized and excited after departing an offsite where new ideas were generated and buy-in was obtained for change and transformation. Implementing those ideas and sustaining the momentum can be challenging. Listen to a panel of senior executives discuss how they successfully realized big ideas and the leadership required to carry their teams and their organizations through the significant changes. Featured panelists: Fran Early, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Douglas Holt, Defense Intelligence Agency Anne Manganero, National Reconnaissance Office This event is made possible with the generous support of Korn/Ferry International.

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        • Event of Excellence: Sustaining the Leadership Agenda Beyond the Offsite (Part 1)

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          Leaders are often energized and excited after departing an offsite where new ideas were generated and buy-in was obtained for change and transformation. Implementing those ideas and sustaining the momentum can be challenging. Listen to a panel of senior executives discuss how they successfully realized big ideas and the leadership required to carry their teams and their organizations through the significant changes. Featured panelists: Fran Early, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Douglas Holt, Defense Intelligence Agency Anne Manganero, National Reconnaissance Office This event is made possible with the generous support of Korn/Ferry International.

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          • Federal employees protest shutdown

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            Federal employees gathered in front of the State Department to protest against a government shutdown and voice their concerns about not working. (April 8) (Madeline Marshall) Original Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-employees-protest-shutdown/2011/04/08/AFyIup2C_video.html?hpid=z2

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            • First Lady Michelle Obama Thanks Federal Employees

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              • 2008 Justice and Law Enforcement Recipient

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                Honoring Our Contracts U.S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq have been marred by contract fraud. Mark Pletcher is cracking down on the criminals that offer bribes and the officials who accept them. The war in Iraq has cost hundreds of billions of dollars, much of which has been awarded to contractors to provide valuable supplies and services to our soldiers. While the vast majority of men and women overseas are serving our country with great skill and honor, some military and government contracting personnel have accepted millions of dollars in bribes from corrupt businesses seeking to gain illegal favor. Fortunately, these officials are being brought to justice, along with the greedy businessmen who offer the bribes, by Mark Pletcher, a trial attorney at the Department of Justice (DOJ). For the past two and a half years, Pletcher has been a driving force behind ferreting out greed and corruption in the defense contracting process, during which time he has worked on the ground in Baghdad, Kuwait City, Manama, Doha and across the United States. Within the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, Pletcher leads a team of six attorneys and works with a coalition of federal law enforcement organizations, including the FBI, Defense Criminal Investigative Services, the Army Criminal Investigations Command, the Special Inspector General of Iraq Reconstruction and others. Despite the novel legal, territorial and diplomatic challenges of working in the Middle East, this coalition has successfully secured evidence at home and abroad by systematically identifying and exploiting the conspiracies’ weaknesses. Pletcher has helped investigate and prosecute cases against 18 individuals and companies to date. He has charged government employees and contractors for profiteering from U.S. military contracts for drinking water, life support services, armor, fuel and other necessities. In his most high-profile case, Pletcher and others prosecuted a U.S. Army major who accepted more than $9 million in bribes in just one year in Kuwait. The officer set up an elaborate network of offshore bank accounts to hide millions in payoffs from companies seeking military contracts. In scenes that almost defy belief, businessmen delivered garbage bags filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to the major’s wife or sister, who would transfer it to a safe deposit box. Today, the major and his wife are in a federal prison in Texas. Pletcher’s prosecutions have served as a powerful deterrent for future fraud and a driver of reform. There are multiple reports that the culture within Army contracting has changed dramatically, with a heightened emphasis on making sure contracting officials are behaving ethically. His cases also prompted a major report, commissioned by the Secretary of the Army. This investigation identified structural weaknesses with the Army’s acquisition and procurement activities used to support large-scale expeditions like the war in Iraq. In particular, the report exposed an insufficient number of personnel on the ground with the skills to manage high-dollar contracts. Not only were there not enough skilled contract managers in the field, the people who were administering these contracts were not receiving the training and tools they needed. This review has led to an overhaul of the war-zone procurement system for the entire Department of Defense. Traditionally, U.S. efforts to crack down on corruption have started and ended with the prosecution of U.S. officials, but Pletcher hasn’t stopped there. He has also aggressively tracked down the individuals and companies that are paying the bribes. Pletcher is currently working on many more cases that are likely to end in prosecution, and because of his work, the U.S. government has taken steps to increase oversight and end contracting abuses. “Mark says his goal is to put himself out of work,” said fellow DOJ trial attorney Emily Allen, who has worked closely with Pletcher on these cases. “It looks like he’s on his way there.”

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                • OMB Director Peter Orszag Announces the Save Award

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                  OMB Director Peter Orszag discusses the President's Save Award program. In a radio address on April 25, 2009, the President called for “a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better.” The President’s SAVE Award will fulfill this commitment by enabling any federal employee to submit ideas for efficiencies and savings as part of the annual Budget process. This contest is part of a larger effort to make sure that we invest taxpayer dollars in programs and initiatives that have proven records of success and fix or end programs that do not. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 14th. The winner will meet with President Obama at the White House and have his or her savings initiative incorporated into the FY 2011 Budget. In addition, the agency with the most participation in the contest will receive an award. All submissions are confidential, and can be made at www.SaveAward.gov.

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                  • Out of Control Federal Employee Payroll

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                    Dennis Prager talks about a USA Today article (http://religiopoliticaltalk.com/2010/11/federal-employee-pay-out-of-control/) that documents the continually growing payroll and number of Federal employees -- especially since Obama has been Pres. For more clear thinking like this from Dennis Prager... I invite you to join Pragertopia: http://www.dennisprager.com/

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                    • President Obama Announces Benefits for Gay Partners of Federal Employees

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                      The President signs a Presidential Memorandum expanding benefits for partners of gay federal employees. June 17, 2009. (Public Domain)

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