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  • FMLA’s 25th anniversary prompts new leave legislation

    Twenty-five years ago this month, then President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill that requires certain employers to provide unpaid medical leave to employees, and on its anniversary, new legislation has been introduced that would create a program to make that leave paid.

  • It’s flu season; drink more wine

    Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are giving people a new reason to have a glass of merlot—it can prevent severe flu.

  • Military seeking drug-free pain management

    Several federal agencies are partnering to find better ways to treat veterans' and servicemembers' pain that does not involve drugs.

  • Is it ever OK to cry at work?

    In a survey of workers across the country, an author found that there are benefits to crying in the office, but the emotion has a different effect on men than women.

  • Mediterranean diet more than just weight loss

    It has been touted as one of the healthiest diets in the world; the traditional cuisine rich in fresh produce, healthy fats, whole grains and limited dairy, the Mediterranean diet is way more than just a plan to shed a few pounds.

Federal Resume

  • Want an IT job with IRS? They are hiring

    I got an email from Paula Galloway, who is the Schedule A Program Manager at IRS – and who recently won the 2018 Employee of the Year Award from Employment Opportunity Publications. She cares about her Schedule A federal jobseekers.

  • Three cheers for the Military Spouse Employment Act of 2018

    As any military spouse will tell you, being married to the military with moving up to 10 times in 20 years, can make it almost impossible to have a career for the spouse. As any military spouse will tell you, being married to the military is like living the life of a gypsy family?

  • Diverse jobs for vets

    Tell me, when you think of military folks retiring or separating and taking their skills to a job in government, what federal organizations come to mind?

  • VA expedites hiring for occupations with ‘severe shortage of candidates’

    The VA is looking for tens of thousands of employees in scores of occupations, from healthcare to IT to building maintenance, which the VA considers a critical personnel situation because overworked staffers in understaffed occupations can have higher rates of attrition

  • 'I am thankful for this federal job'

    Troutman features success stories: “Thank you for your great writing and support for my federal resume building. I am starting my new job with a different agency on Monday and I am very excited. I feel this is the caliber of job that I deserve and need to be in."

Federal Coach

  • Federal Coach: Leadership books for volatile and uncertain times

    Leaders – especially those in the federal government – are facing some extraordinary challenges these days. Our volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous world, or VUCA as the military and intelligence communities call it, seems to be running at a fever pitch.

  • Federal Coach: Sen. Thom Tillis on why he expects his staffers to apply for other jobs

    Sen. Thom Tillis (R.N.C.) was a management consultant before entering elective politics, and has used this background to help inform his decision-making as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel and to manage his Senate staff. In a conversation with Tom Fox, Tillis talked about how he promotes professional development of his employees and the approach he takes to ensure staff accountability.

  • Federal Coach: Leadership lessons from 40 years in the Coast Guard

    Admiral Paul Zukunft has been the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard since May 30, 2014, leading 41,700 men and women on active duty, 7,800 reserves, 8,300 civilians and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists. In an interview with Tom Fox, Zukunft discussed the times that have tested his leadership skills, the lessons he has learned during 40 years of service and his 4:30 a.m. exercise routine.

  • This USDA administrator’s leadership style?: ‘Good or bad, I’m authentic’

    Chavonda Jacobs-Young has been the administrator of USDA's Agricultural Research Service since 2014. Tom Fox discussed the importance of communicating with the workforce, her leadership approach and her athletic accomplishments of many years ago.

  • Federal Coach: A week to publicly recognize the good work of federal employees

    While praise from the public would be welcome, it is critically important that political and career federal leaders take the time during the week of May 7 to let their employees know they are valued and that the work they do is important.

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