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info_outline FedUpward Episode 49: Benefit Basics - Payroll Tax Deferral, TSP, Retirement 09/15/2020
FedUpward Episode 49: Benefit Basics - Payroll Tax Deferral, TSP, Retirement Confused about the payroll tax deferral? Don't understand how FERS retirement works? Need explanations about TSP match and life insurance? Meet Brian. Brian Sigwart is a Certified financial planner with Cummins and Associates Financial Group. He focuses his practice on educating federal employees how their benefits work. He has been providing financial wellness classes for over a decade at over 25 federal agencies in the DELMARVA area.
info_outline FedUpward Episode 48: Mission is Possible - Starting your National Security Sector Career 09/12/2020
FedUpward Episode 48: Mission is Possible - Starting your National Security Sector Career Join Sasha O'Connell, a former FBI executive and director of public sector strategy at Guidehouse, and Love Rutledge of the FedUpward Podcast, along with expert guests as they discuss how young professionals and students should best position themselves for success in the National Security Sector.management and executive leadership. The Mission Is Possible podcast series offers real advice and experiences from some of the top experts in federal law enforcement. This episode is brought to you by a partnership between Guidehouse, American University School of Public Affairs and the FedUpward Podcast. The team conducted a webinar and followed up with a podcast about job hunting while faced with pandemic-related challenges. For more information about the Mission is Possible series, click here:
info_outline FedUpward Episode 47: What's in a Good Statement of Work? 09/09/2020
FedUpward Episode 47: What's in a Good Statement of Work? Need more contracting knowledge? The Pulse at Government Contracting founders Amber Hart and Lisa Shea Mundt discuss the important of a good statement of work and how we govvies can get exactly what we want out of contractors. Want more info? Check out their website: Amber Hart received her Bachelor’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution & Global Affairs from George Mason University (GMU). A skilled Federal Business Developer, Ms. Hart has ten years’ experience in all aspects of selling to the Federal Government. She brings the critical knowledge and experience in navigating congressional and federal procurement data and sources, from legislation to appropriations and historical discretionary spending obligations, to The Pulse. Her honesty and desire to invoke federal procurement change makes her a breath of fresh air in a convoluted and cumbersome industry. Lisa Shea Mundt received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication (WRTC) from James Madison University (JMU). As a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and CF APMP, she is a coveted Proposal Consultant who applies her ten years of federal procurement experience in the formulation of strategic, comprehensive, and compelling proposals for a wide array of Government Contractors. Ms. Mundt uses her experience to help manage the strategic direction of The Pulse. She is passionate about all methods of communication, and frequently leads industry-specific training, facilitates events, and engages in public speaking.
info_outline FedUpward Episode 46: Support to Fed Parents 09/03/2020
FedUpward Episode 46: Support to Fed Parents Latika Vines gets it. She's a federal employee and mother. She saw the overwhelm and struggles of parents at work and started a side hustle helping them navigate everyday struggles. In my interview with her, she discusses her approach and advice for fed parents. She has a podcast of her own - check it out. https://anchor.fm/latika-vines The Latika Vines Show is an inspirational podcast for working moms who are overwhelmed in navigating their life and career, teaching them that it can be possible to have both a rewarding career and be a great mother. Latika and her guests share and explore the life lessons, challenges, and blessings of being a working mom and discuss immediate steps for leading and growing a career and mastering work and life balance, while putting God first. Teaching them that it is possible to do both.
info_outline FedUpward Episode 45: How to Write a Good Speech for your Boss 08/25/2020
FedUpward Episode 45: How to Write a Good Speech for your Boss Your boss asks you to write a speech for him/her on a topic in your lane. What are your first steps and what questions should you ask to ensure you're on the right track? Maria DeFazio has the answers. She wrote speeches for the highest ranking leadership at HUD and now serves as the Executive Director of the Presidential Management Alumni Association (PMAA).
info_outline FedUpward Episode 44: Need More Innovation in Your Fed Team? 08/19/2020
FedUpward Episode 44: Need More Innovation in Your Fed Team? Jen Choi and Dan Ward of MITRE explain what MITRE is (an operator of FFRDCs...and what FFRDCs are...and give us insight into the free resource they created for feds. It's a suite of tools to spark innovation - no training required. You can find them here: ITK intro video: Sample ITK tool: About MITRE:
info_outline FedUpward Episode 43: Combatting Toxic Leadership, Finding Mentors 08/13/2020
FedUpward Episode 43: Combatting Toxic Leadership, Finding Mentors Colonel Candice Frost provides advice on dealing with toxic bosses, how to manage up and keep your sanity. She's also an expert on finding mentors and providing effective mentorship. Listen to her tips here and in her new podcast, Candid Leadership at the link below. Candice truly leads by example. She's known for lifting others up, amplifying the voices of those under her command and in her circle, and always makes time to offer advice to the next generation of feds.
info_outline FedUpward Episode 42: GS Thinking About SES? Here are the downsides. 08/09/2020
FedUpward Episode 42: GS Thinking About SES? Here are the downsides. If you've ever thought about making the jump from GS to SES or you're wondering why more talented people don't consider it themselves, listen up. There are many unexpected downsides to getting promoted to the SES corps that are, frankly, counterintuitive. Our system isn't set up to financially incentivize those of us already working in high cost areas. If you're new to government service, listen up. Planning your future should include careful consideration of the issues I highlight in this episode.
info_outline FedUpward Episode 41: Contract Basics Nobody Taught You 08/05/2020
FedUpward Episode 41: Contract Basics Nobody Taught You If you work around or with contractors, there are a few basic terms and principles you should know. Most of us don't get a crash course unless we manage contracts. That's where Paul Schauer comes in. He is the co-host of the Contracting Officer's podcast. Don't be fooled by the title. This show offers tons of knowledge for newbies, as well as experienced contracting officers. Listen to his podcast on your podcast app, or find it here: h Paul worked for the Department of Defense for many years before leaving government and working for defense contractors. Now that he speaks both languages fluently, he bridges the gap between govvies and private industry professionals to ensure both make the most out of the contract experience.
info_outline FedUpward Episode 40: Feds and childcare during COVID-19 and beyond 08/01/2020
FedUpward Episode 40: Feds and childcare during COVID-19 and beyond In this solo episode, I express my personal concerns about how we're all handling the childcare and school situation over the summer and in the fall. I'm personally at a loss. How about you? And have you ever heard about the childcare subsidy some federal agencies offer? Yep, it exists. It's rare to find it and it's aimed at lower income feds who need it most. Joint the conversation with other feds in my new Facebook group called FedUpward Parents. https://www.facebook.com/groups/778086752998093/
info_outline FedUpward Episode 39: National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service and What It Means to You 07/28/2020
FedUpward Episode 39: National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service and What It Means to You Ever wonder if Congress cares about our struggles as feds? Listen to hear from Shawn Skelly, commissioner on the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service created by Congress. The Commission's final report outlines tons of recommendations to ultimately make our lives easier and serve the public more efficiently through improved systems, structures and education. She worked hard to represent ALL public servants and ensure sound advice made its way to members of Congress. You'll notice I tried to get granular about specific HR recommendations, but Shawn deftly ensured the conversation stayed strategic and highlighted the interconnectedness of all types of government service. Final Report:
info_outline FedUpward Episode 38: Federal Education and Assistance Fund 07/23/2020
FedUpward Episode 38: Federal Education and Assistance Fund The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) is the only independent, nonproﬁt 501c3 organization devoted solely to providing emergency ﬁnancial assistance and scholarships to our dedicated civilian federal and postal public servants and their families.Listen to learn more about what they have to offer if you're in need AND how you can help support feds in tough times. Learn more at Need masks during the pandemic?
info_outline FedUpward Episode 37: How can fed agencies recruit and support diverse talent? 07/21/2020
FedUpward Episode 37: How can fed agencies recruit and support diverse talent? Tinisha Agramonte started her career in public service as an Air Force spouse working drug demand reduction programs (or, in her words "Pee Queen") to SES as the Director of the Office of Civil Rights at Dept of Commerce. She is an eloquent advocate for first generation professionals in federal service, people like her who are the first in a family to work an office job or attend college. Many of us entering the workforce don't have insight into social norms of the workplace or resume writing if we come from a socioeconomic background devoid of examples we can follow. She created the First Generation Professionals Initiative for that group of people to ensure the nation gets the diverse, savvy, hard-working public servants it deserves, people who truly represent the full spectrum of our population. If you are curious about her work or setting up a program like this in your department or agency, listen now. I hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as I did recording it with TInisha.
info_outline FedUpward Episode 36: What makes a GOOD gov social media post? 07/16/2020
FedUpward Episode 36: What makes a GOOD gov social media post? If you've ever been asked to create social media content for your agency, this episode is for you. Here's what's probably run through your head: Who's my target audience? What's the strategy here? Is this going to sound cheesy? Will I get in trouble if I say this? I interviewed Kristy Dalton of Government Social Media to get best practices for government social media posts. Kristy created an online community for govvies working social media issues that you can join for free. https://www.governmentsocialmedia.com/
info_outline FedUpward Ep 35: Helping the Next Gen of Feds 07/09/2020
FedUpward Ep 35: Helping the Next Gen of Feds If your new to the DC area or thinking about moving here to pursue a federal career, Tommy Pevehouse is here to help. He make the move from Arkansas, full of optimism and enthusiasm, only to encounter a variety of professional obstacles. He created a resource for young feds to get help learning basic professional skills and avoid the pitfalls he experienced. And he reminds those of us with a few years under our belts that we need to support the next gen of feds in a variety of ways we might not have considered. If you get asked by friends and family how someone's child/cousin/friend can get a job with the government and how to start, DC Hopefuls, Tommy's community of newbies, is a great place to start.
info_outline FedUpward Episode 34: What is WAEPA? 07/06/2020
FedUpward Episode 34: What is WAEPA? If you're like me, you've heard the ads for WAEPA and wondered what it is and how it actually compares to FEGLI. Listen to Shane Canfield, the CEO of WAEPA, describe what it is and why you might want to run the numbers to compare WAEPA to your current insurance. This is NOT an ad. Want to learn more? https://www.waepa.org/
info_outline FedUpward Ep 33: What's the Vacancy Act and Why Should You Care? 07/02/2020
FedUpward Ep 33: What's the Vacancy Act and Why Should You Care? The Federal Vacancies Reform Act impacts all federal employees - some more than others. Stanford Law faculty member and federal bureaucracy expert Anne Joseph O'Connell outlines what the Act is and why we should care, as well as how it impacts us. Her bio: A summary of the Act:
info_outline FedUpward Ep 32: The Importance of networking ... even in government 06/25/2020
FedUpward Ep 32: The Importance of networking ... even in government Ever felt a little awkward about networking? Public sector career coach Alex Tremble dishes advice for feds and has a special offer for FedUpward listeners. He's offering his networking training at 20% off and a free 30 minute coaching call to YOU. Listen for details. https://alextremble.com/ Not on the FedUpward mailing list? Find out what you're missing. https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e5da1e45fc9a50026db6d8a
info_outline FedUpward Ep 31 Is a Credit Union for Feds right for you? 06/18/2020
FedUpward Ep 31 Is a Credit Union for Feds right for you? FedUpward listeners can get $25 for opening an account with FedChoice Federal Credit Union right now. Courtney Brown of FedChoice talks about the benefits of credit unions and how FedChoice has a very long history of supporting feds when we need it most. This episode is sponsored by FedChoice Federal Credit Union.
info_outline FedUpward Ep 30 Resume Writing for SES Jobs 06/17/2020
FedUpward Ep 30 Resume Writing for SES Jobs Ever considered hiring a company to write your SES package? There are pros and cons. Lee Kelley of Career Pro Global walks you through the process and what boards are actually looking f or. Joint the FedUpward mailing list here: If you like the podcast, consider supporting me here:
info_outline FedUpward Ep 29 Resume Writing for GS Jobs 06/11/2020
FedUpward Ep 29 Resume Writing for GS Jobs Frustrated with resume updates in USAJOBS? Trying to get the format right but struggling to make the certs for positions you really want? Lee Kelley of Career Pro Global has advice for you. If you've ever considered getting professional help to land the government job you're looking for, check out the link below.
info_outline FedUpward Ep 28 Feds Can Protest - Keep These Issues in Mind If You Do 06/10/2020
FedUpward Ep 28 Feds Can Protest - Keep These Issues in Mind If You Do GovExec posted an article last week that started the conversation about protesting and what federal employees should keep in mind if they engage in political activity or support to causes. This interview goes one step deeper to answer your questions about what you can and cannot do as a fed.
info_outline FedUpward Episode 27 How to approach hard conversations at work NOW 06/05/2020
FedUpward Episode 27 How to approach hard conversations at work NOW I've had current events on my heart this week. I've talked to a few people about it, but everyone seems scared to address how people are feeling for fear they'll be reprimanded. Staying silent isn't helping. Dr. Amy Grubb offers tips to offer supportive, appropriate words for your co-workers and subordinates. I hope you find this helpful and can let people know you care about them even if your politics aren't the same.
info_outline FedUpward Ep 26 Do you need professional liability insurance? 06/04/2020
FedUpward Ep 26 Do you need professional liability insurance? Y'all - We're all rule followers, right? But sometimes circumstances beyond our control put feds on the hot seat. Professional liability insurance allows you to access legal advice in a time of crisis. I interviewed founder and CEO of FEDS Protection, Tony Vergnetti in this week's episode, and he gives you all the info you need to make an informed decision about insurance. This episode is sponsored by FEDS Protection.
info_outline FedUpward Ep 25 National Academy of Public Administration 05/28/2020
FedUpward Ep 25 National Academy of Public Administration Terry Gerton, President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration, outlines the grand challenges in PA identified by her organization and what resources the NAPA has to offer feds.
info_outline FedUpward Ep 24 What professional organizations can do for you 05/21/2020
FedUpward Ep 24 What professional organizations can do for you Interesting in understanding what joining a professional network can do for you? I spoke with Rachel McCaffrey of the National Defense Industrial Association and its affiliate Women in Defense..
info_outline FedUpward Ep 22 Leota thanks you for your service 05/12/2020
FedUpward Ep 22 Leota thanks you for your service Founder and CEO of Leota, Sarah Carson, works hard to make stylish, machine washable clothing for women. She and her team have partnered with the FedUpward Podcast to offer ten dresses for mission essential federal employees because we NEED clothes we can throw in the wash during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enter to win at FedUpward.com
info_outline FedUpward Ep 21 What to do When Difficult Happens with author Lara Currie 05/11/2020
FedUpward Ep 21 What to do When Difficult Happens with author Lara Currie Lara Currie literally wrote the book about dealing with difficult people, Difficult happens. Her background handling tough, high-stress situations makes her a true expert in handling our own responses to difficult bosses, co-workers and crises.
info_outline FedUpward Ep 20 Feds on the Move - Overseas posting 05/03/2020
FedUpward Ep 20 Feds on the Move - Overseas posting There's a Facebook Group for that - Trailing Houses. Trailing DoS spouse Ed Dyer maintains a super helpful group to answer questions and provide support for feds and their families living overseas. Listen for tips he has for protecting your household goods and your sanity.