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    Investing In Job Training Paying Off For Minneapolis

    Investing In Job Training Paying Off For Minneapolis
    As he coasts toward probable reelection, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak can boast of something that hasn't happened since at least 1990: parity between the unemployment rates of the city and the seven-county metro. Both averaged 5.1 percent last year, after several years of a steadily narrowing gap. The 13-county metropolitan unemployment rate was 5.2 percent. Although there's no way to determine ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Even With Check in Hand, GI Benefits Elusive

    Even With Check in Hand, GI Benefits Elusive
    The Department of Veterans Affairs' problems with the Post-9/11 GI Bill's benefits seem to linger, no matter what the government does. Tens of thousands of veterans, active-duty servicemembers and their dependents have been waiting for promised higher-education benefits from VA since fall classes began last month. The agency attempted to address the backlog by granting $3,000 in emergency checks, but that ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Back From Combat, Women Struggle For Acceptance

    Back From Combat, Women Struggle For Acceptance
    This report is the first in a three-part series. WASHINGTON (AP) - Nobody wants to buy them a beer. Even near military bases, female veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't often offered a drink on the house as a welcome home. More than 230,000 American women have fought in those recent wars and at least 120 have died doing ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    SC Gov. Mark Sanford Admits Affair

    SC Gov. Mark Sanford Admits Affair
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday he's been having an affair with a woman he visited on a secret trip to Argentina and said he'll resign as head of the Republican Governors Association. Sanford, a rumored 2012 presidential candidate, refused to say whether he'll leave office. "I've let down a lot of people, that's the bottom line," Sanford ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Supreme Court to Decide Labor Dispute Case

    Supreme Court to Decide Labor Dispute Case
    The Supreme Court said Monday that it will decide whether two people can do the work of five when it comes to resolving labor-management disputes in the workplace. The National Labor Relations Board, which for decades has had the responsibility of policing similar disputes, has operated with two members -- and three vacancies -- for more than a year. The reason ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Civilians in War Zones Face Inconsistency From the Government

    When we think of Uncle Sam's men and women overseas, our thoughts understandably go toward the troops in uniform who risk their lives in the name of the United States. But there are many other federal employees, with no uniforms or weapons, who also subject themselves to daily war zone dangers. The civilians, however, face an inconsistent set of compensation, benefits ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    OPM Releases Strategic Plan on Veterans Employment

    OPM Releases Strategic Plan on Veterans Employment
    Washington, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released a government wide Strategic Plan to increase support and access for Veterans seeking employment with the Federal government. The plan is part of President Obama’s Veterans Employment Initiative, a pragmatic, straightforward approach to helping the men and women who have served our country in the military find employment as civilians ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Army Captain Pleads Guilty to Stealing $690,000

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Army captain from Oregon pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he stole nearly $700,000 from the U.S. government while serving in Iraq. U.S. District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty set sentencing for March 1 after Capt. Michael Dung Nguyen entered guilty pleas to theft and money-laundering charges. The maximum sentence for each offense is 10 years in ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    For Many in Forest Service, Benefits Kept Just Out of Reach

    When it comes to providing employee benefits, Uncle Sam strives to be a model employer. But there's rust on his halo. Take a look at thousands of Forest Service workers who get no health and retirement benefits, despite years of service to the federal government. They are temporary employees. It's not uncommon for temps to go without benefits, but these folks ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Health Coverage Not Universal For Federal Workforce

    Health Coverage Not Universal For Federal Workforce
    The health insurance program that covers President Obama and members of Congress has been touted during the current debate as a model for overhauling the nation's health-care system. But one overlooked aspect of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program is that many federal workers go without health insurance for themselves or members of their families. Meet Lorene Salazar, the mother of ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Federal Government Needs Massive Hiring Binge, Study Finds

    Federal Government Needs Massive Hiring Binge, Study Finds
    The federal government needs to hire more than 270,000 workers for "mission-critical" jobs over the next three years, a surge prompted in part by the large number of baby-boomer federal workers reaching retirement age, according to the results of a government-wide survey being released Thursday. The numbers also reflect the Obama administration's intent to take on several enormous challenges, including the ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Economy loses 85K jobs, unemployment rate steady

    Economy loses 85K jobs, unemployment rate steady
    WASHINGTON -- The economy lost more jobs than expected in December while the unemployment rate held steady at 10 percent, as a sluggish economic recovery has yet to revive hiring among the nation's employers. The Labor Department said Friday that employers cut 85,000 jobs last month, worse than the 8,000 drop analysts expected. A sharp drop in the labor force, a ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Wired Workplace: OPM Looking For New Cyber Job Models

    Wired Workplace: OPM Looking For New Cyber Job Models
    The Office of Personnel Management is looking to create a new framework for classifying, selecting, developing and evaluating federal cybersecurity workers. In a letter sent Friday to agency chief human capital officers, OPM Director John Berry noted that creating competency models for cybersecurity jobs has been deemed a high priority. As a result, OPM along with the National Security Council Interagency ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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