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Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results – 2014

Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results – Employees Influencing Change, 2014

“The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) calls on the Federal workforce to provide their straightforward  opinions on all aspects of their Federal employment experience – from views on their job and agency, through views on their immediate supervisors, managers and ultimately, senior leaders. This year, 392,752 Federal employees took the time to respond to the survey. These employees included both full and part time workers, relatively new hires to long time employees, and the vast array of occupations that make up our Federal workforce. A total of 82 agencies participated in the survey effort, consisting of 37 Departments/Large Agencies and 45 Small/Independent Agencies. The 2014 survey instrument was very similar to the 2013 survey; new to the 2014 was a question on education attainment, the response categories for veterans status and telework eligibility questions were expanded, and revised the definition for senior leaders. The clarification of the senior leader definition should be taken into consideration when comparing the 2014 results regarding employees’ views of senior leaders with the same items from previous years. Data collected from the 2014 survey respondents were weighted to produce survey estimates that accurately represent the survey population. Unweighted data could produce biased estimates of population statistics. The weights developed for the 2014 FEVS take into account the variable probabilities of selection across the sample domains, nonresponse, and known demographic characteristics of the survey population. Thus, the final data set reflects the agency composition and demographic makeup of the Federal workforce within plus or minus 1 percentage point. Demographic results are not weighted.”

A blueprint for addressing the global affordable housing challenge

“Decent, affordable housing is fundamental to the health and well-being of people and to the smooth functioning of economies. Yet around the world, in developing and advanced economies alike, cities are struggling to meet that need. If current trends in urbanization and income growth persist, by 2025 the number of urban households that live inContinue Reading

Labor Department’s Office Web portal on accessible workplace technology

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the launch of http://www.PEATworks.org — a comprehensive Web portal spearheaded by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology. From educational articles to interactive tools, the website’s content aims to help employers and the technology industry adopt accessible technology as part of everyday business practiceContinue Reading

H.R.5490 – Wall Street Accountability through Sustainable Funding Act

Summary: H.R.5490 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) All Bill Information (Except Text). There is one summary for this bill. Bill summaries are authored by CRS. Shown Here: Introduced in House (09/16/2014) Wall Street Accountability Through Sustainable Funding Act – Amends the Commodity Exchange Act to require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to impose fees to recover the costContinue Reading

Wiley Open Access publishes authoritative peer reviewed open access journals across many research disciplines

“Wiley Open Access journals are supported by a network of authoritative journals and societies as well as internationally renowned editorial board members. All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately freely available to read, download and share. Wiley Open Access publishes a number of online journals across biological, chemical and health sciences.Continue Reading

CJEU and the Social Market Economy Goal of the EU

Šmejkal, Václav, CJEU and the Social Market Economy Goal of the EU (October 22, 2014). Charles University in Prague Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2014/I/1. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2513377 “From the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty the EU has among its constitutional objectives the goal of achieving a highly competitiveContinue Reading

The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

“Chapman University has initiated a nationwide poll on what strikes fear in Americans. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants from across the nation and all walks of life. The research team leading this effort pared the information down into four basic categories: personal fears, crime, natural disasters and fear factors. AccordingContinue Reading

New GAO – Managing for Results, Small Business Administration

MANAGING FOR RESULTS: Selected Agencies Need to Take Additional Efforts to Improve Customer Service, GAO-15-84: Published: Oct 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2014: “Providing customer service has been a long-standing challenge for federal agencies. GPRAMA requires that agencies establish a balanced set of performance indicators to be used in measuring progress toward performance goals, including customer service.Continue Reading

Open Data Hub of the European Union

“This portal is about transparency, open government and innovation. The Open Data Portal will provide access to open public data from the European Union. It will also provide access to data of other Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies at their request. The published data will be downloadable by everyone interested to facilitate reuse, linkingContinue Reading

The Facts on Immigration Today

Center for American Progress – Report by the CAP Immigration Team: “Immigration has been a constant source of economic vitality and demographic dynamism throughout our nation’s history. Immigrants are taxpayers, entrepreneurs, job creators, and consumers. But the immigration system is broken and in need of an overhaul. Although the U.S. border is now more secure than ever, decades ofContinue Reading

IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014

Danilenko, Alexander; van den Berg, Caroline; Macheve, Berta; Moffitt, L. Joe. 2014. The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014 : The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities Databook. World Bank Group, Washington, DC. © World Bank. “Well-run water utilities play an important role in ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity. ConsumersContinue Reading

Bitcoin over Tor isn’t a good idea – Paper

Paper by Alex Biryukov, Ivan Pustogarov “Bitcoin is a decentralized P2P digital currency in which coins are generated by a distributed set of miners and transaction are broadcasted via a peer-to-peer network. While Bitcoin provides some level of anonymity (or rather pseudonymity) by encouraging the users to have any number of random-looking Bitcoin addresses, recent research shows that this level ofContinue Reading