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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.”

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

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

Potential for Predictive Analytics and Rapid-Cycle Evaluation to Improve Program Development and Outcomes

The Hamilton Project: “Public administrators have always been interested in identifying cost-effective strategies for managing their programs. As government agencies invest in data warehouses and business intelligence capabilities, it becomes feasible to employ analytic techniques used more-commonly in the private sector. Predictive analytics and rapid-cycle evaluation are analytical approaches that are used to do more than describe the current status of programs:Continue Reading

So Little Paper to Chase in a Law Firm’s New Library – NYT

New York Times, David W. Dunlap: “The law firm Kaye Scholer left a lot behind when it moved this month from 425 Park Avenue, where it had been since 1957, into new quarters at 250 West 55th Street. It left behind offices that had served giants like Milton Handler, one of whose students, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,Continue Reading

Free Public Access to Federal Materials on Guide to Law Online

[Via Emily Carr, Senior Legal Research Specialist, Library of Congress] – this posting by Ann Hemmens, legal reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress: “Through an agreement with the Library of Congress, the publisher William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has generously allowed the Law Library of Congress to offer free online access to historical U.S. legal materialsContinue Reading

Security – a perpetual war: lessons from nature

Via Cornell University Library – Security – a perpetual war: lessons from nature, Wojciech Mazurczyk, Elżbieta Rzeszutko (Submitted on 17 Oct 2014) “For ages people have sought inspiration in nature. Biomimicry has been the  propelling power of such inventions, like Velcro tape or “cat’s eyes” – retroreflective road marking. At the same time, scientists have been developing biologicallyContinue Reading

Beyond Fairness: The Place of Moral Foundations Theory in Mediation and Negotiation

Hyman, Jonathan M., Beyond Fairness: The Place of Moral Foundations Theory in Mediation and Negotiation (October 9, 2014). Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 15, Forthcoming; Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 150. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2511414 “Intuitive moral judgments pervade mediation and negotiation but are not well understood or managed. People usually experienceContinue Reading

RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response

Via Cornell University Library Open Access e-prints: RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response. Úlfar Erlingsson, Vasyl Pihur, Aleksandra Korolova (Submitted on 25 Jul 2014 (v1), last revised 25 Aug 2014 (this version, v2)). “Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response, or RAPPOR, is a technology for crowdsourcing statistics from end-user client software, anonymously, with strong privacy guarantees. In short, RAPPORsContinue Reading

The Economist Essay – The Future of the Book

From Papyrus to Pixels – The digital transformation of the way books are written, published and sold has only just begun: “Many are worried about what such technology means for books, with big bookshops closing, new devices spreading, novice authors flooding the market and an online behemoth known as Amazon growing ever more powerful. TheirContinue Reading

Pew – Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

“The age of gigabit connectivity is dawning and will advance in coming years. The only question is how quickly it might become widespread.A gigabit connection can deliver 1,000 megabits of information per second (Mbps). Globally, cloud service provider Akamai reports that the average global connection speed in quarter one of 2014 was 3.9 Mbps, withContinue Reading