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    Obama's Speech Pays Tribute to Troops, Refocuses on Economy

    Obama's Speech Pays Tribute to Troops, Refocuses on Economy
    WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama Tuesday night told an American public weary of war that it is time to “turn the page” on the war in Iraq. And although he said the formal end of US combat operations in Iraq would allow the military to turn fuller attention to the war in Afghanistan, Mr. Obama also repeated his pledge to begin ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Congress Readies Huge Year-End Spending Bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional negotiators sealed agreement Tuesday night on sweeping spending legislation that boosts housing and heating subsidies but curbs President Barack Obama's requests for aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The move comes as lawmakers wrapped the budgets of nine Cabinet agencies into a $1.1 trillion spending bill they hope to complete before a stopgap measure expires Dec. 18. The ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Telework for Gov't Employees Increasing Steadily But Slowly

    Telework for Gov't Employees Increasing Steadily But Slowly
    Participation in telework rose in 2008, but the percentage of eligible federal employees who took advantage of the alternative work arrangement on a regular basis remained small, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of Personnel Management. Click here to read the report Last year, 102,900 federal employees worked off-site at least once a month, the report stated. That's ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Omnibus Includes Federal Pay Raise with Locality Pay

    Congressional negotiators sealed agreement Tuesday night on sweeping spending legislation that would fund agencies into the new year. The $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill includes a 2.0 percent federal employee pay adjustment, including a 1.5 percent nationwide increase in base pay and a 0.5 percent average increase in locality pay. It would combine six of 12 appropriations measures for fiscal 2010. ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: -2
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    New Study Finds Recession Cut Into Employment for Half of Working Adults

    WASHINGTON, DC - The recession has directly hit more than half of the nation's working adults, pushing them into unemployment, pay cuts, reduced hours at work or part-time jobs, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The economic shock has jolted many Americans into a new, more austere reality, which is likely to have lasting consequences for an economy fueled ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Career OPM Officials Will Review All Political Conversions

    Career OPM Officials Will Review All Political Conversions
    The number of political appointees converting-or burrowing-into career positions is minute, according to the Office of Personnel Management. In 2008, OPM says it reviewed 58 conversions and found only two of the required further evaluation. This is out of more than 1,600 political positions. The minority staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reported in 2005 that the Bush ...
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    Union Leaders Step Up Fight Against Excise Tax

    Federal employee union leaders threw the second of a one-two punch at a Senate plan to tax health insurance premiums on Tuesday, saying it would mean significant benefit cuts and higher health costs for workers. The presidents of the American Federation of Government Employees, the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers joined with the Communications Workers ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Federal Oversight of Subways Proposed

    Federal Oversight of Subways Proposed
    The Obama administration will propose that the federal government take over safety regulation of the nation's subway and light-rail systems, responding to what it says is haphazard and ineffective oversight by state agencies. Under the proposal, the U.S. Department of Transportation would do for transit what it does for airlines and Amtrak: set and enforce federal regulations to ensure that millions ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Bill calls for feds who owe taxes to be fired

    Congressman Jason Chaffetz wants federal employees who don't pay their taxes to be fired. The Republican from Utah introduced a bill Wednesday and will offer it as amendment to legislation focused on vendors Thursday during a markup by the House oversight and Government Reform Committee. "We have about 100,000 federal employees how are seriously delinquent and have tax debt that is ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Manufacturers Ask for Feds to Help Re-tool Factories

    Manufacturers Ask for Feds to Help Re-tool Factories
    A group of manufacturing industry representatives--including the National Association of Manufacturers, American National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Manufacturers Alliance, and Rockwell Automation--has gone on record noting that a federal strategy and support is critical if American manufacturers are to thrive in the post-recession global economy. This transformation to smarter, safer, and more sustainable manufacturing provides an opportunity for the federal government ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    U.S. Ag Dept Debuts New Online Learning Platform

    A leading government online learning program that serves as a model for job training programs in China soon will allow federal employees to use more social media tools for training. The Agriculture Department's program, AgLearn, is scheduled for an upgrade to a new version of its supporting software, allowing it to provide its employees with blogs and wikis related to their ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Time For a Plain-Language Revolution

    Sometimes Uncle Sam sounds like he has marbles in his mouth. Read, if you can, the accompanying excerpt from an Education Department regulation, which was printed in Wednesday's Federal Register. This one sentence has more than 220 words, nearly the equivalent of a typed page, double-spaced. It's typical of impenetrable fedspeak that produces more indigestion than information. But help is on ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Poll: Southerners Want Federal Help, Fear for Jobs

    Poll: Southerners Want Federal Help, Fear for Jobs
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new poll shows Southerners are fretting about job loss and the economy and don't think the federal government is doing enough to address either. The Winthrop Poll of 866 respondents in 11 Southern states found the economy was the top concern of four in 10 — the same share of people who said they were concerned about ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Lag in Filling Senior Policy Jobs at Treasury, HHS

    Lag in Filling Senior Policy Jobs at Treasury, HHS
    WASHINGTON — The White House has filled important policy jobs at the two departments essential to President Barack Obama's domestic priorities at a much slower rate than elsewhere in his administration after eight months in charge of the government. At the Treasury Department, which is overseeing one of the largest financial rescue plans in history, just 12 of the 33 high-level ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Mass. Gov. Credits Stimulus With 23,000 jobs

    BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday that the federal stimulus program has created or saved more than 23,000 jobs in Massachusetts since February. State agencies have received $4 billion from the national $787 billion package, and have spent $1.9 billion. The expenses include $1.3 billion for such benefits as unemployment insurance and $500 million on programs and infrastructure. The 23,533 ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Census Bureau Cuts Ties with ACORN in 2010 Count

    Census Bureau Cuts Ties with ACORN in 2010 Count
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Census Bureau on Friday severed its ties with ACORN, a community organization that has been hit with Republican accusations of voter-registration fraud. "We do not come to this decision lightly," Census director Robert Groves wrote in a letter to ACORN, which was obtained by The Associated Press. In splitting with ACORN, Groves sought to tamp down GOP ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    HHS Sec. Sebelius: Swine Flu Shots May Start Early Oct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's first round of swine flu shots could begin sooner than expected, with some vaccine available as early as the first week of October, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday. Sebelius said she is confident the vaccine will be available early enough to beat the peak of the expected flu season this fall and ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Borlaug, Who Saved Millions From Hunger, Dies

    Borlaug, Who Saved Millions From Hunger, Dies
    DALLAS (AP) -- Scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug rose from his childhood on an Iowa farm to develop a type of wheat that helped feed the world, fostering a movement that is credited with saving up to 1 billion people from starvation. Borlaug, 95, died Saturday from complications of cancer at his Dallas home, said Kathleen Phillips, ...
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    Baltimore Mayor Convicted of Embezzlement

    Baltimore Mayor Convicted of Embezzlement
    Jurors in the theft trial of Sheila Dixon convicted the Baltimore mayor Tuesday on a single charge of taking gift cards intended for the city's poor. Although Dixon was acquitted of a felony theft charge, her conviction could force her from office. Jurors deliberated more than six days after hearing the Democrat was accused of using or keeping $630 worth of ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    A look at honors bestowed on Norman Borlaug

    Agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug, the father of the "green revolution," died Saturday at his home in Dallas at age 95. Here is a look at some of the honors he received: -Nobel Peace Prize, 1970 -Election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 1970 -Aztec Eagle, Government of Mexico, 1970 -Outstanding Agricultural Achievement Award, World Farm Foundation (USA), 1971 -Presidential Medal ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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