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    Schwarzenegger Supports Health Overhaul Goals

    Schwarzenegger Supports Health Overhaul Goals
    WASHINGTON — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised President Barack Obama's drive to overhaul the nation's health care system on Tuesday and urged fellow Republicans to join in efforts to finish the job this year. Although Schwarzenegger stopped short of embracing a Democratic bill, his words of encouragement came on the heels of similar statements from other Republicans outside Congress, including former ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Jobless Rate at 9.7 pct.; 216K Jobs Lost in Aug.

    Jobless Rate at 9.7 pct.; 216K Jobs Lost in Aug.
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The unemployment rate jumped to 9.7 percent in August, the highest since June 1983, as employers eliminated a net total of 216,000 jobs. The level of job cuts is less than July's upwardly revised total of 276,000 and is the lowest in a year. Analysts expected the unemployment rate to rise to 9.5 percent from July's 9.4 ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce

    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce
    The lack of permanent leadership at the Transportation Security Administration is delaying action on several agency personnel issues, union leaders and other observers said on Wednesday. "TSA has a number of issues that continue to contribute to its high attrition rate and low workforce morale," said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, in a statement. "Many of these ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama Puts Union Strings on Federal Jobs

    Obama Puts Union Strings on Federal Jobs
    Delivering on President Obama's promise to boost the labor movement, the administration has announced a $35 million federal construction project in New Hampshire that requires union representation for the workers and forces nonunion employees to pay dues and contribute to a union pension fund. Mr. Obama issued an executive order in the first weeks of his presidency that would make the ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Jobless Claims Drop for Third Straight Week

    Jobless Claims Drop for Third Straight Week
    WASHINGTON — First-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped for the third consecutive week, a sign the job market is slowly recovering. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 444,000. That's above economists' forecasts of 440,000, according to Thomson Reuters. Layoffs have dropped back to pre-recession levels and employers have slowly ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Public Sector to Add 55,000 Jobs

    Multiple indicators pointed to improvement in the job market, but recovery continues to come at a slow pace. Private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by 55,000 last month, according to a national employment report published by payroll giant Automatic Data Processing Inc. and consultancy Macroeconomic Advisers. Separately, the number of U.S. workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Search Technology for Illegal Immigrants Widens

    Top Homeland Security officials on Thursday announced that by 2013 all law enforcement agencies across the country will be able to use a technology program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants held in jails and prisons -- assuming Congress provides the necessary funding. Under the Secure Communities program, which is run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, state and local law enforcement ...
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    Officials Stress Nuclear Threat, U.S. Strength During Summit

    Officials Stress Nuclear Threat, U.S. Strength During Summit
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A historic two-day nuclear summit is getting underway in Washington Monday, with the Obama administration stressing the urgency of the threat of nuclear terrorism and residents of the nation's capital bracing for potentially massive traffic disruptions due to motorcades, street closures and security checkpoints. Even as President Obama met Sunday with a succession of global leaders to discuss ...
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    Game Developer's Newest 'Call of Duty': Help Vets Find Jobs

    Game Developer's Newest 'Call of Duty': Help Vets Find Jobs
    A video game company is donating $1 million on Tuesday to set up a foundation to help veterans find employment, organizers announced. Activision Blizzard, which produces the popular Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk franchises, said its Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) will support other groups that assist veterans with their careers. Unemployment may have hit double digits in the nation last ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Federal Labor Unions Push Back Against Senator's TSA 'Hold'

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) announced yesterday that he will bring the nomination of former FBI agent and police detective Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration to the floor of the full Senate for consideration when lawmakers re-convene next month. The move comes as federal worker labor unions respond to the South Carolina Senator who is blocking Southers's ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Personnel Chiefs on the Hook for Hiring Reform

    In early May, President Obama released a long-anticipated hiring reform memorandum, replacing a requirement that federal job applicants respond to essay questions with a resume-based approach more in line with private sector practices. The memo also outlined new responsibilities for managers and supervisors, requiring them to get more involved in the hiring process. The job of making sure the hiring reform ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Student Interns Head Back to College to Tout Energy Department

    A second class of student ambassadors have completed their internships with the federal government, and six of them will return to their college campuses talking about the Energy Department. Of the 30 participants in the 2009-2010 Federal Service Ambassador Program sponsored by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, six college students were enrolled in a new Energy Department-specific internship. Energy's program ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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