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    November Jobless Rate Falls to 10 Percent, Only 11,000 Job Cuts

    November Jobless Rate Falls to 10 Percent, Only 11,000 Job Cuts
    WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell to 10 percent in November as employers cut the smallest number of jobs since the recession began. The Labor Department says the economy shed 11,000 jobs last month, an improvement from October's revised total of 111,000. That's also much better than the 130,000 Wall Street economists expected. But the respite may be temporary, as many ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Working from home may soon be federal mandate

    WASHINGTON - The federal government may soon mandate that you avoid your usual morning traffic headaches. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., has sponsored a bill that would require all federal agencies to allow 20 percent of their employees to telework at least one day a week. "It will improve air quality, it will improve congestion, and make for a much better quality ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Feds are left out of excise tax compromise

    Federal employee groups fear that they are being left out of a health care reform compromise forged by unions and lawmakers to alleviate the effects of a proposed excise tax on insurance plans. The deal, posted on the Web sites of the AFL-CIO and the National Education Association, would raise the premium threshold level at which a 40 percent tax kicks ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Defense takes aim at contractor business systems

    Defense takes aim at contractor business systems
    The Defense Department is getting tough on contractors that fail to maintain adequate controls against waste, fraud and abuse. In a draft rule posted Friday in the Federal Register, Defense proposed allowing contracting officers to withhold payments from companies with certain deficiencies in their business systems. A clause would be added to contracts requiring firms to certify that they have no ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Transportation Department furloughs end

    Transportation Department furloughs end
    Furloughs at the Department of Transportation have come to an end and employees are to return to work Wednesday. In a press release Tuesday evening, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "I am pleased that the Senate has acted to break its logjam and extend the Highway Trust Fund for another 30 days. This means that our valued employees may return to ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Defense Police Bill Could Affect Insourcing Efforts

    Defense Police Bill Could Affect Insourcing Efforts
    Many federal service contractors could see their jobs brought back in-house if provisions in the House and Senate Defense authorization bills are passed into law, according to an industry group. The House version of the policy measure includes an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., that would give "special consideration" to federal employees for any function that has been performed ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Hiring rate stalls for women in top federal government jobs

    Progress in promoting women to the top levels of the federal civil service has flowed like the mighty Mississippi River in the springtime. Wrong. Lately, it's been more like a leaky faucet in Uncle Sam's kitchen. While men and women are close to being equally represented in the lower grades of the federal workforce, "at the higher levels women are woefully ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Personnel Chiefs on the Hook for Hiring Reform

    In early May, President Obama released a long-anticipated hiring reform memorandum, replacing a requirement that federal job applicants respond to essay questions with a resume-based approach more in line with private sector practices. The memo also outlined new responsibilities for managers and supervisors, requiring them to get more involved in the hiring process. The job of making sure the hiring reform ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    With Jobs Order, Obama Gives Veterans More to Celebrate

    With Jobs Order, Obama Gives Veterans More to Celebrate
    Presidential executive orders are lofty, historical documents, generally signed in White House ceremonies with pomp and circumstance. Seldom do we think of them beginning in a small town on the eastern edge of West Virginia. But it was in Shepherdstown, with a population of 803 at last count, where President Obama's latest executive order, designed to facilitate the hiring of veterans ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    AP Exclusive: Tourists Enjoy White House Breakfast

    AP Exclusive: Tourists Enjoy White House Breakfast
    WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a state dinner, and they didn't crash it on purpose. Still, a Georgia couple who showed up at the White House a day early for a tour somehow wound up at an invitation-only breakfast with President Barack Obama and the first lady. It left the White House once again explaining how people who were not on an ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Senator Asks IRS to Report on Contractors' Unpaid Taxes

    Senator Asks IRS to Report on Contractors' Unpaid Taxes
    A day after a report released by the Internal Revenue Service showed that federal workers owe more than $3 billion in taxes from 2008, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee has asked the agency to turn its attention on contractors, specifically those working within Medicare and Medicaid programs. According to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Government Accountability Office previously ...
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    Girding For An Uphill Battle for Military Recruits

    Girding For An Uphill Battle for Military Recruits
    It's tough enough selling military service to teenagers who might not be so keen on getting their heads shaved or buy the whole "we do more by 9 a.m." line. And the fact that enlisting today could very well mean a visit to the front lines doesn't help, either. But according to a new report, there are other factors that make ...
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    Mormon Church Supports Salt Lake City's Protection for Gays

    Salt Lake City has become the first Utah city to offer housing and employment protections for gays and lesbians — an action supported by the Mormon Church. The City Council, in a unanimous vote Tuesday, passed a pair of nondiscrimination ordinances that would bar landlords and employers from discriminating based on sexuality — a protection not currently afforded under state or ...
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    Groups Claim Data on Federal Employees' Salaries is Misleading

    Groups Claim Data on Federal Employees' Salaries is Misleading
    Federal employee groups on Monday questioned the accuracy of a recent news report that claimed from 2007 to 2009 the number of government workers earning more than $100,000 per year spiked. Based on an analysis of federal data, a Dec. 10 USA Today story, said the number of federal workers earning more than $100,000 per year rose from 14 percent in ...
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    Stimulus Money a "Lifeline" for Colorado

    Stimulus Money a "Lifeline" for Colorado
    The stimulus money flowing through state agencies has saved or created almost 4,500 jobs in Colorado so far, most of them in colleges and prisons. An analysis released Tuesday by Gov. Bill Ritter's economic recovery team also found that about 6,200 homebuyers have taken advantage of the one-time $8,000 federal tax credit for buying their first home. It also found that ...
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    Virginia Gov.-elect Names 3 To Cabinet-Level Posts

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has appointed lieutenant governor Bill Bolling his administration's new jobs czar and made it a position in his cabinet. McDonnell also appointed retired Fortune 500 CEO Bob Sledd to be his commerce secretary and named longtime aide and adviser Janet Polarek Secretary of the Commonwealth. Bolling's new title won't mean a raise in his ...
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    Government Hiring to Increase From New Rules

    Government Hiring to Increase From New Rules
    Civilian agencies should increase their acquisition workforce by at least 5 percent by 2014, according to a memo the Office of Management and Budget released on Tuesday. In a second memo, OMB sought to limit the use of noncompetitive and higher-risk types of contracts. "These steps are essential to achieving the president's goal of $40 billion in annual savings through contracting ...
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    Proposed Hiring Rule Would Limit Contractors

    Imagine you've just been hired to manage the Washington Nationals. Your contract is contingent on your ball club making it to the World Series. But the team's owner says you have to take the field with essentially the same players you inherited -- despite their losing record. Sound absurd? Of course, but it isn't far from reality, considering an administration proposal ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Study to settle public-private pay debate still a ways off

    A new analysis claiming federal employees earn twice as much as their private sector counterparts is fueling the debate over pay disparities, but a comprehensive study on the issue still could be a while in coming. The analysis, conducted by USA Today, found that federal employees earned an average of $123,049 in pay and benefits in 2009 while private sector workers ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    OPM's Berry on Changes in the Hiring Process

    OPM's Berry on Changes in the Hiring Process
    It's been six months since John Berry took over the Office of Personnel Management. With his appointment, and increased attention provided by President Obama's White House, federal personnel issues have gained a much greater profile. More attention, however, doesn't mean Uncle Sam's broken hiring system is fixed, or the confusing employee pay and evaluation structure is suddenly sane, or the federal ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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