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    Congress Extends Benefits to Military Spouses

    Congress Extends Benefits to Military Spouses
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. [widget:militarycom_call_out] Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same right would prevent hassles associated with every ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Census Bureau Kicks Off Once-a-decade Head Count

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Census Bureau kicks off its $300 million campaign Monday to prod, coax and cajole the nation's more than 300 million residents to fill out their once-a-decade census forms. The bureau will mail out the 10-question forms to about 120 million households in March. On Monday, Census Director Robert Groves starts the nationwide campaign with an event ...
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    Union Leaders Make Pay-for-Performance Reform Major Priority

    After wrapping up their national conventions in August, leaders of some of the largest federal employee unions prepared to aggressively pursue a broad set of legislative priorities when Congress returns on Tuesday. They also said their members are looking for clarity about what kind of reforms to the pay and personnel systems the Obama administration might pursue. One of the first ...
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    Yet Another Blow to Efforts to Freeze Federal Pay

    After strong debate from both sides of the aisle, the Senate on Thursday rejected a legislative provision that would have frozen federal pay and the size of the government workforce. The chamber voted 57-41 to let stand a budgetary point of order against a GOP alternative amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. The point of order essentially ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    GSA Designing Next Generation of USA.gov

    In recent years, the web portal, USA.GOV has become one of the most popular destinations in the federal government's web presence. But now, the site's managers are plotting the "next generation" of the site, at a time when social collaboration tools are reshaping the way that people use the World Wide Web. David McClure, associate administrator with the Office of Citizen ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Government Fitness Challenge Shows Wet Determination

    Government Fitness Challenge Shows Wet Determination
    Ever the optimist, John Berry didn't seem fazed by the dreary skies, the steady drizzle, the muddy paths and the swampy grass. Resplendent in bright-green athletic shoes, the Office of Personnel Management director braved the weather with fellow federal workers to gather on the Mall at lunchtime Tuesday in the name of physical fitness. "Who said federal employees aren't tough?" he ...
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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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    Candidate Puts Rivals' Names on Tombstone in Yard

    Candidate Puts Rivals' Names on Tombstone in Yard
    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - A man running for office in Ohio has put a Halloween display in his yard that includes tombstones bearing the names of his political opponents. Royal Barber of Sylvania Township near Toledo said it's all in good fun. Some of his opponents don't think so. One asked that his name be taken off the tombstone. Barber agreed, ...
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    Personnel Agency Cracks Down on Appointees 'Burrowing' In

    Personnel Agency Cracks Down on Appointees 'Burrowing' In
    The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday announced it will monitor movement of political appointees to career civil service jobs continuously to better protect against politicization of the merit system. In a memorandum to agency heads, Director John Berry said starting in 2010 all agencies must get OPM's permission before giving current or recent political appointees competitive or nonpolitical excepted service ...
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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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    Audit Unit Helped GSA Save Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    Audit Unit Helped GSA Save Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
    The General Services Administration's Office of the Inspector General says its work in the second half of fiscal 2009 saved the agency more than $466 million. In its semiannual report to Congress, covering April 1 to Sept. 30, the inspector general said it made more than $268 million in financial recommendations for better use of government funds. The office also made ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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    Lawmakers Urging Significant Cuts in Defense Spending

    A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Friday urged the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility to take a hard look a military spending as the panel weighs options for reducing the nation's growing budget deficit. Specifically, the legislators backed a list of cuts outlined in a new report by the Sustainable Defense Task Force, a diverse group of experts the lawmakers ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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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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    New Members Appointed to Fed Labor-Management Panel

    Six months after he fired their predecessors, President Obama has appointed new members to the panel responsible for resolving bargaining disputes between federal employee unions and agencies. Those appointments to the Federal Service Impasses Panel complete the new team at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which includes the panel. Agency and union officials said they hope the agency will be able ...
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    Census Worker Hanged with 'Fed' on Body

    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Census worker found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery had the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment. The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, did not say what ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Five-day mail delivery plan would cut tens of thousands of jobs

    Eliminating Saturday mail delivery could save the U.S. Postal Service $5.1 billion annually by 2020, most of which would come from lower personnel costs, agency officials said on Monday. In the face of declining mail volume and a 10-year, $238 billion budget deficit, the Postal Service is proposing to reduce mail delivery days from six to five. The move would eliminate ...
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    Government Helps Keep Housing Loans Cheap - If You Can Get One

    NEW YORK — It's a good time to borrow money for a home, car or small business. A year after a global freeze in the credit markets prompted massive government intervention to prevent the financial system from collapsing, interest rates remain at historic lows. But banks are demanding more collateral, bigger down payments and detailed financial histories from borrowers. And that's ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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