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    McChrystal Comments Bring WH Rebuke

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's national security adviser, retired Gen. James Jones, says decisions on how best to stabilize Afghanistan and beat back the insurgency must extend beyond the issue of troop levels to improved governance and how best to foster economic development. The debate over sending up to 40,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan is just one element that ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    ABC Anchor Charlie Gibson to Step Down, Diane Sawyer to Replace Him

    Diane Sawyer will succeed her friend and former partner Charlie Gibson as the anchor of ABC's "World News" in January, making her the second woman to assume the prestigious chair at a network newscast. The move, announced Wednesday by ABC, will leave a sizable void at "Good Morning America," where Sawyer's star power will be hard to replace. Gibson, who left ...
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    Praise For The Thrift Savings Plan

    During these highly partisan and contentious times, it's not every day that Democrats and Republicans, labor and management, and workers and retirees find themselves on the same side of an issue. But that was generally the situation Tuesday when the Thrift Savings Plan for federal workers was mostly praised during a House subcommittee hearing. The TSP operates like a 401(k) retirement ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Air-traffic controllers earn praise for a calm assist

    The next time you hear someone bad-mouthing federal workers as bureaucrats who sit around bemoaning this and that, tell him or her to ask Doug White about Lisa Grimm and Brian Norton. Grimm, Norton and other air-traffic controllers guided White to safety on April 12, 2009, when the pilot of his plane died during a flight. Grimm, based at the Federal ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Bill to Extend Benefits to Same-sex Partners Advances

    Bill to Extend Benefits to Same-sex Partners Advances
    The effort to expand domestic benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees took another step forward Wednesday when a House committee advanced legislation to do just that. After sometimes heated debate, the 23 to 12 vote in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee broke down along party lines, with the victorious Democrats arguing that the measure is a matter of ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Senate Again Considers Same-Sex Benefits Bill

    Senate Again Considers Same-Sex Benefits Bill
    Remember when President Obama said he wanted to make working for the federal government cool again? The government's chief human resources officer told lawmakers Thursday that they need to approve a bill that extends full benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of gay or lesbian federal employees in order to ensure the government's coolness factor. “Young people are looking at this ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Money-Saving Ideas Put Four Federal Workers in Running for Award

    Money-Saving Ideas Put Four Federal Workers in Running for Award
    Want to help the federal government save some money? Make sure to vote Thursday in a contest designed to help Uncle Sam cut costs. The winner gets a face-to-face meeting with President Obama before Christmas, and the winning idea will be included in his 2011 budget. The Office of Management and Budget launched the SAVE Award in September, an effort to ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Federal Pay Raise Almost Official as Spending Measure Clears Senate

    Federal Pay Raise Almost Official as Spending Measure Clears Senate
    The Senate cleared for President Obama's signature on Sunday a $447 billion omnibus spending bill that contains thousands of earmarks and double-digit increases for several Cabinet agencies, the latest target for Republicans seeking to make growing federal deficits a focal point of the 2010 elections. The House may vote this week to raise the federal debt ceiling by at least $1.8 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Dulles TSOs who missed work during snowstorm marked AWOL

    Dulles TSOs who missed work during snowstorm marked AWOL
    When it comes to an agency's reputation among federal employees, the Transportation Security Administration has long been a bottom feeder. Morale is low, attrition is high and it has no leader. And if that were not enough, the agency now has some really unhappy transportation security officers at Dulles International Airport who say they are being marked AWOL, absent without leave, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 ...
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    At Hearing on Future of Postal Service, No Lack of Despondency

    At Hearing on Future of Postal Service, No Lack of Despondency
    A congressional hearing on the future of the U.S. Postal Service can be one depressing experience. The sky outside the Rayburn House Office Building was bright Thursday morning, but it was all gloom and doom in Room 2154. Members of a Committee on Oversight and Government Reform panel explored novel ways the Postal Service might pull itself from deep debt -- ...
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    Obama to Federal Employees: Don't Text and Drive

    Obama to Federal Employees: Don't Text and Drive
    President Obama has banned federal employees from text messaging when they are behind the wheel of government vehicles and from texting in their own cars if they use government-issued phones or are on official business. The ban, in the form of an executive order signed Wednesday night, was announced Thursday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the culmination of a ...
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    Search Is On for Best Cost-Cutting Ideas

    Search Is On for Best Cost-Cutting Ideas
    Who better to save taxpayers money than the federal employees who know how it's spent? This is the guiding principle of a White House contest being launched Wednesday to seek the best ideas on how to reduce government spending. Confronted with a staggering federal deficit, the White House is inviting employees across the federal sector to submit suggestions on how to ...
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    Obama to Name Howard Schmidt as Cybersecurity Coordinator

    Obama to Name Howard Schmidt as Cybersecurity Coordinator
    Seven months after President Obama vowed to "personally select" an adviser to orchestrate the government's strategy for protecting computer systems, the White House will name a former Bush administration official to the job Tuesday. Howard A. Schmidt, who was a cyber-adviser in President George W. Bush's White House, will be Obama's new cybersecurity coordinator, an administration official said Monday night. Schmidt ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    In Hiring, Uncle Sam Could Use Better HR -- and PR

    The 40 people who met behind closed doors in the Ronald Reagan Building on Wednesday weren't in a position to make any decisions about fixing the federal government's recruitment and hiring process, but their discussion could have a lasting impact on federal policy. The Harvard Kennedy School, along with the University of Maryland and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), organized ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Obama Creates Good Cheer By Granting Labor-Management Forums

    President Obama gave federal employee unions an early holiday present on Wednesday. But like a Santa Claus who can't grant all the items on a wish list, Obama didn't provide everything labor leaders wanted. Obama met a long-sought union goal when he issued an executive order creating labor-management forums within the government. The order creates a National Council on Federal Labor-Management ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    A More Web-Friendly Federal Register

    A More Web-Friendly Federal Register
    Lawyers, lobbyists, librarians and concerned citizens, rejoice: As of Monday, it is much easier to access the Federal Register. The de facto daily newspaper of the executive branch publishes approximately 80,000 pages of documents each year, including presidential disaster declarations, Medicare reimbursement rates, and thousands of agency rulings on policies ranging from banking to fishing to food. It's a must-read for ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Agency Chief Makes the Case for Teleworking

    Agency Chief Makes the Case for Teleworking
    Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry sees great advantages to having federal workers stay home. That wouldn't mean taking the day off, however. Berry is an advocate of teleworking and is asking federal managers and employees to help sell the idea to skeptical managers and lawmakers. Berry was making his pitch Thursday, the same day that Washington area commuters experienced ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Study: Ban Cut Drivers’ Cellphone Use 43%

    Study: Ban Cut Drivers’ Cellphone Use 43%
    Stand on a busy corner in the District, and you'll notice that cellphones appear glued to the ears of dozens of passing drivers who openly flout the city's ban on hand-held phone use. That appearance is deceiving, according to a new study, which concludes that use of hand-helds would be 43 percent higher were it not for the District's ban and ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Letterman and the Diversity Issue at Homeland Security

    Is David Letterman to blame for the lack of diversity at the Department of Homeland Security? The talk show host's recent admission of trysts with women who worked for him, a Republican lawmaker said Wednesday, has provoked not outrage among his fans and the media, but rather a sense of reluctant acceptance. And Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) suggested that such a ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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