FEDtalk with FEDS President
FEDS President Tony Vergnetti contributes his history as a federal employee and subsequent years of experience as a federal employment attorney to provide FEDtalk with expertise on a host of cutting edge issues affecting today's federal community. Alongside highly sought after guests from a variety of capacities, Tony delivers insider perspectives into the unique world of federal employment on this biweekly show.
Ethics and Accountability for Government Attorneys
Host Tony Vergnetti of FEDS Insurance sits down with Chris Keeven, a Partner at Shaw Bransford Roth, and Larry Leiser, President of the National Association of Assistant US Attorneys for a discussion of ethics and accountability in the federal government. The guests will cover the Professional Review process for government attorneys and other government ethics considerations.
Sussing Out the Security Clearance System
President Trump signed an executive order officially moving all security clearance functions under the purview of the Department of Defense. Co-hosts Tony Vergnetti and Chris Keeven sit down with Alan Chvotkin of the Professional Services Council and Perry Russell-Hunter of the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals to discuss the security clearance system. Listen now to find out what this change means for the process, the backlog, and the future.
Fitting Leadership Development Into Busy Schedules
Even though senior leaders know they need to keep their skills sharp through continued development opportunities, finding the time, let alone the budget, for training and development is a constant challenge. In this FEDtalk, host Tony Vergnetti explores different methods and opportunities for just in time training and the types of skills that leaders can explore through these opportunities. He is joined in studio by Debra Schweikert, the newly elected President of the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA), Abe Brown III, the FEIAA Vice President, and Jonathan Herrman, a FEIAA Board Member, to talk about FEIAA’s upcoming Executive Forum. He’ll also spend time talking about leadership development more broadly with Jenny Mattingley, former Director of the White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP).
Tax Season Special
Tune into this discussion on the most important things for federal employees and members of the public to know when filing their taxes. Joining hosts Tony Vergnetti and Natalia Castro are Tom Burger, Executive Director of the Professional Managers Association, and Edward Karl, Vice President of Taxation at the American Institute of CPAs.
Be Prepared for Open Season 2018
With open season just around the corner, this FEDtalk explores some of your options as a federal employee when making benefits decisions and planning for your future. Joining host Tony Vergnetti is Joan Melanson of Long Term Care Partners, which offers long-term care services for federal employees, and Shane Canfield of WAEPA, a widely-used provider of life insurance and other services for federal employees.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Federal Sector Programs
Host Tony Vergnetti of Federal Employee Defense Services is joined by Dexter Brooks and Timothy Bladek from the EEOC Office of Federal Operations. Hear them discuss the federal sector EEO programs, with an emphasis on what outreach and training the EEOC is providing to help with eradicating harassment in the federal sector. The show will also be highlighting the annual EEOC Executive Leadership Training Program.
Understanding Your Thrift Savings Plan
Join host Tony Vergnetti with guest Michael Livingston from the Livingston Financial Group to hear about important financial planning strategies for all federal employees to consider. They will talk about your Thrift Savings Plan Contributions, Fund Choices, Investment Basics, and Withdraw Options. They will also discuss the upcoming changes to the TSP from the TSP modernization act that was signed in December 2017.
Women’s History Month and the Suffrage Movement
Tune into the special Women’s History Month show to learn about some of the greatest female contributions to history, culture, and society. In honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote nationwide, host Tony Vergnetti has invited local experts to discuss the key players and events leading up to the passage of this momentous amendment, and how the movement traces its roots back to colonial times.
Vergnetti is joined in-studio by Maggie Worsdale, a historian and performer, to highlight the first ladies who were involved in the fight to grant women the right to vote, as well as other freedoms women have fought for over the years. Barbara Callander, a historian and performer currently working with the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Memorial, will also be in-studio to discuss key women leaders involved in the fight to win women the vote, and how the upcoming 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment affects all the women of our country.