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    BP Said in 2008 It Could Handle Oil Spill 10 Times the Size of Gulf Spill

    BP Said in 2008 It Could Handle Oil Spill 10 Times the Size of Gulf Spill
    Add fuzzy math to the list of problems plaguing BP. The British oil giant promised a government agency in 2008 that it could handle an oil spill 10 times the size of the disaster currently wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Mexico, according to documents. In BP's worst-case scenario presented to the Minerals Management Service, it listed a well roughly 60 ...
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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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 6 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 ...
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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, ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Fed Stimulus Plan Funded over 11.5K MA Jobs in Q1

    BOSTON - Federal stimulus funds directly funded 11,692 jobs in Massachusetts during the first three months of the year, according to newly released federal data. That's up from 9,474 jobs in the fourth quarter of last year, indicating some additional stimulus projects in Massachusetts have started ramping up hiring. Nationally, the government says 682,779 jobs were directly funded by the awards ...
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    House approves $1.1 trillion spending measure

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are muscling through a deficit-swelling spending bill, giving domestic programs their third major boost this year and awarding lawmakers with more than 5,000 home-state projects. The House voted 221-202 Thursday to pass the 1,088-page, $1.1 trillion measure _ combining $447 billion in operating budgets with about $650 billion in payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare ...
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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 ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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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    Tenn. Valley Authority Union Joins Larger Engineers Federation

    An independent engineers union at the Tennessee Valley Authority voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to affiliate with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. The Engineering Association, which represents scientists, engineers, technicians and other white-collar workers at TVA, voted 856 to 88 in favor of joining IFPTE. The association approached IFPTE after an internal deliberation about whether to join a larger ...
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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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    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 about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Michigan Shutdown Unlikely State's Preparing

    Michigan Shutdown Unlikely State's Preparing
    Michigan state government operations are being prepared for a partial shutdown Thursday -- one that almost everyone in Lansing agrees will not take place. Liz Boyd, spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm, declined Monday to discuss plans for shutting down operations if the governor and Legislature haven't reached an agreement by midnight Wednesday on spending for the budget year that begins Oct. ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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