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    Pay and Benefits Watch: Back in Session

    As Congress returns from a not-so-relaxing August recess, health care reform tops the legislative to-do list. But lawmakers also face several pieces of legislation affecting the federal workforce, which were left unresolved at the end of July. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday will consider H.R. 1881, a bill that would eliminate the Transportation Security Administration's special pay ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    State Turning to Contractors for Support in Iraq

    The State Department will have to hire thousands of contractors to provide security and logistical support as the U.S. military begins to withdraw from Iraq in 2011, according to new findings by a congressional commission. Within 18 months, U.S. troops are scheduled to depart Iraq. But, the difficult work of rebuilding the war-torn nation will continue, with most of the responsibility ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Sex Complaints Against Prison Workers Double

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Accusations of sexual abuse at the hands of federal prison workers doubled in the past eight years, according to a new government report released Thursday. Justice Department inspector general Glenn Fine found that claims made against Bureau of Prisons staff members increased dramatically from 2001 to 2008. Claims of sexual misconduct more than doubled, rising 130 percent in ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Employees Face Big Hike in Health-Care Costs

    Federal government employees can expect a big jump in their health-care costs in 2010, officials said Tuesday. Employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will pay an average 8.8 percent more in health-care costs, according to figures released by the Office of Personnel Management. The increase averages $5.98 per paycheck for individual health-care coverage, and a $12.87 increase for ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Stimulus Saves Oregon Jobs, But Most Are In Government

    Stimulus Saves Oregon Jobs, But Most Are In Government
    Federal stimulus spending has created or saved thousands of Oregon jobs, state officials boasted Monday, but at least three out of every four positions were in government work, according to the state's own figuring. The lion's share of the money -- about $750 million, went to beefing up entitlement programs, such as Medicaid, unemployment benefits and food stamps. But the remaining ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Obama Picks Colorado Official to Lead U.S. Forest Service

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional aides say the Obama administration has chosen a Colorado natural resources official to be the new agriculture undersecretary in charge of the U.S. Forest Service. Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, is to be nominated soon, they said. The congressional aides familiar with the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because the ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Defense Authorization Bill Repeals NSPS

    Defense Authorization Bill Repeals NSPS
    Federal employees and their unions should remember Oct. 7, 2009: It's the day they got to cross several items off their wish list. The conference committee working on a compromise version of the Defense authorization bill (pdf) delivered several long-sought reforms impacting current and former federal employees, their salaries and the way the government measures their performance. The big one: a ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Lack of Equity Slows Federal Aid Housing Program

    Lack of Equity Slows Federal Aid Housing Program
    A federal program to allow borrowers with little or no equity in their homes to refinance is struggling to gain traction, according to government data released Tuesday, showing that only 93,070 borrowers have been helped since the effort was launched in April. The program has encountered difficulties that government regulators had not expected, such as the limited capacity of lenders to ...
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    Pay-for-Performance Program Gets the Boot

    Pay-for-Performance Program Gets the Boot
    Christmas came early for some federal employees and their unions Wednesday as lawmakers delivered one of the biggest items on their wish list, repealing a controversial pay-for-performance program. The repeal of the National Security Personnel System came as part of a compromise House and Senate members announced in their negotiations over the Defense Department authorization bill. The Defense Department will maintain ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    In Cali, a Community Rallies to Save School Sports

    DIXON, Calif. — For a while, it appeared budget cuts at Dixon High School would make it harder for athletes Jeffery Anderson and Kayla Beal to impress college recruiters. Faced with a $3 million budget shortfall, the school system 20 miles southwest of Sacramento decided in February to discontinue all sports at the town's middle and high schools for the 2009-10 ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Swine Flu: 10 Things You Need to Know

    Swine Flu: 10 Things You Need to Know
    Since it first emerged in April, the global swine flu epidemic has sickened more than 1 million Americans and killed about 500. It's also spread around the world, infecting tens of thousands and killing nearly 2,000. This summer, the virus has been surprisingly tenacious in the U.S., refusing to fade away as flu viruses usually do. And health officials predict a ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Hartford, CT Mayor Surrenders in Corruption Probe

    Hartford, CT Mayor Surrenders in Corruption Probe
    HARTFORD - Surrounded by cheering supporters in city hall this afternoon, Mayor Eddie A. Perez said "Truth is on my side. I committed no crime. I will be vindicated of all the charges that have been levied against me. "I want my day in court." Perez earlier had turned himself in at the Troop H state police barracks in Hartford. According ...
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    ABC Anchor Charlie Gibson to Step Down, Diane Sawyer to Replace Him

    Diane Sawyer will succeed her friend and former partner Charlie Gibson as the anchor of ABC's "World News" in January, making her the second woman to assume the prestigious chair at a network newscast. The move, announced Wednesday by ABC, will leave a sizable void at "Good Morning America," where Sawyer's star power will be hard to replace. Gibson, who left ...
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    Top post-recession mecca for young people: D.C.

    Top post-recession mecca for young people: D.C.
    WASHINGTON - Wake up and smell the coffee, Seattle. The D.C. metro area is tied for first place with Seattle as America's most-desirable city for the young and restless. The Wall Street Journal asked six experts which 10 cities will emerge as the hottest, hippest destinations for highly mobile, educated twenty-somethings, after the recession. One economist calls the D.C. region the ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Pentagon Pay Plan's Demise Could Pave Wave for Broad Reforms

    Pentagon Pay Plan's Demise Could Pave Wave for Broad Reforms
    When President Obama signed legislation that repealed the National Security Personnel System, on a warm day in late October, the Rose Garden celebration seemed like a bit of a letdown. The rollback of the controversial Defense Department pay program was just one of many federal employee provisions bundled into the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act and was largely overshadowed by ...
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    Miami Commissioners Finally Solve Budget Crisis

    Miami commissioners finally balanced the city's 2010 budget shortly before midnight Tuesday, after unanimously accepting hard-fought agreements with the city's police, fire and general service unions. All told, the agreements -- two of which were voted on by union members Monday, the other only a few hours before the city's third budget hearing got under way Tuesday -- will save Miami ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Watchdog Finds 'Pervasive Deficiencies' in Medicare Contract Management

    Watchdog Finds 'Pervasive Deficiencies' in Medicare Contract Management
    The Government Accountability Office has again found widespread flaws in how the office administering Medicare and Medicaid manages contracts. The watchdog agency studied a random sample of contract actions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and estimated that more than 84 percent of fiscal 2008 contract actions had at least one instance where officials failed to implement a key ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Cali. Governor Backs Tax-Overhaul Plan

    Cali. Governor Backs Tax-Overhaul Plan
    As major Capitol business and labor groups denounced a tax overhaul package released Tuesday by a blue-ribbon commission, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger essentially embraced the plan, whose key components would flatten the state's income tax and install a new form of consumption tax on businesses. The Republican governor said he would sign the plan if it landed on his desk in ...
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    Presidential Veterans' Initiative Will Help Thousands of Veterans and Returning Service Members

    Presidential Veterans' Initiative Will Help Thousands of Veterans and Returning Service Members
    Washington, DC - Administration officials continued their efforts to educate and employ veterans that began with President Barack Obama's recent signing of an Executive Order which will provide thousands of jobs for veterans and transitioning military service members. During a press conference at the Department of Labor that included a standing-room only crowd of representatives from Veteran's Service Organizations, veterans and ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Obama calls for loan forgiveness for public service, transparency

    In a State of the Union address that ranged from job creation to education reform, President Obama also called for restoring trust in government, streamlining the federal budget, and extending debt forgiveness to students who spend 10 years in public service careers. Saying "no one should go broke because they choose to go to college," Obama proposed a program that would ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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