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    With Jobs Order, Obama Gives Veterans More to Celebrate

    With Jobs Order, Obama Gives Veterans More to Celebrate
    Presidential executive orders are lofty, historical documents, generally signed in White House ceremonies with pomp and circumstance. Seldom do we think of them beginning in a small town on the eastern edge of West Virginia. But it was in Shepherdstown, with a population of 803 at last count, where President Obama's latest executive order, designed to facilitate the hiring of veterans ...
    Published over 4 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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Ted Stevens, Longest Serving GOP Senator, Dies in Alaskan Plane Crash

    Ted Stevens, Longest Serving GOP Senator, Dies in Alaskan Plane Crash
    JUNEAU, Alaska β€” A plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens and eight others crashed in remote southwest Alaska, killing the longtime Republican lawmaker and four other people, authorities said Tuesday. Ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe was also believed to be aboard, but it was unclear whether he was among the dead. Stevens' family has been notified that the 86-year-old was among ...
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    OPM's Berry Deals Out First Set of Civil Service Reform Suggestions

    OPM's Berry Deals Out First Set of Civil Service Reform Suggestions
    John Berry fired the first salvo for how to "reinvigorate" and "unshackle" all aspects of federal human resources. The director of the Office of Personnel Management laid out Monday some initial ideas about changes that he hopes could bring agency hiring, firing, recruiting and retention practices in line with other Fortune 500 companies. Listen to WFED's Federal Drive "Our hiring system ...
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    GAO Names New Head of Its Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness

    GAO Names New Head of Its Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness
    PRESS RELEASE GAO NAMES NEW HEAD OF ITS OFFICE OF OPPORTUNITY AND INCLUSIVENESS WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 24, 2009)β€”The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced that Reginald Jones, a labor and employment attorney and former Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has joined the legislative branch support agency as Managing Director of its Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness. ...
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    Too Old for Foreign Service Work?

    Too Old for Foreign Service Work?
    On Nov. 3, 2008, Elizabeth Colton, a Foreign Service officer, received an e-mail with good news: She had been offered a two-year posting as chief of the political-economic section at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. "Congratulations!" wrote Maggie Nardi, acting director of the Office of Maghreb Affairs in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. "On behalf of NEA and ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    U.S. Unemployment Rate Stuck at 9.5 Percent

    The nation's unemployment rate stayed flat at 9.5 percent -- with private hiring unable to outweigh government layoffs. The number of government workers dipped by 202,000 -- mostly the loss of 143,000 paychecks as temporary employees hired to conduct the decennial census wrapped up their work. Meantime, private payrolls inched up by 71,000 people, according to the Labor Department. Unemployment, which ...
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    Britain to Relocate Unemployed to Area That are Hiring

    Unemployed people living on sink estates could be relocated to areas with job vacancies as part of a Government plan to break up Britain's 'poverty ghettos'. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the move was designed to help those 'trapped' on council estates in unemployment blackspots. The plan, which is still at an early stage, carries echoes of the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Tight Budgets Mean Fewer Jobs, Services

    WASHINGTON β€” Local government revenue has withered so drastically that U.S. cities and counties will have to cut hundreds of thousands of jobs in the coming months, leaving communities without basic services and raising jobless rates, according to a survey. The survey, released Tuesday by three government associations, aims to press Congress on pending legislation that would give them $75 ...
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    Gunman Shoots Two Federal Employees at Las Vegas Courthouse

    Gunman Shoots Two Federal Employees at Las Vegas Courthouse
    A gunman fatally shot one federal employee and wounded another at a Las Vegas federal courthouse before being killed by U.S. marshals on Monday morning. The victims were a court security officer and a deputy U.S. marshal, who was listed in stable condition. "I can receive no news more grim or sobering than word of a line-of-duty death or injury to ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Miami-Dade County May End Costly 'Nuisance Laws'

    Miami-Dade County May End Costly 'Nuisance Laws'
    Miami house painter Alexis Marichal was driving his work truck when police pulled him over, placed him under arrest and sent him to jail for a night. His crime: not having a business sign on the side of the vehicle. In court later, the judge dismissed the charge after Marichal proved he had purchased the sign and was a legitimate painter. ...
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    Pay and Benefits Watch: For Leave or Money

    Pay and Benefits Watch: For Leave or Money
    Between November and January, federal employees tend to think more about how they will use their leave than how they accrue it. But as personnel officials weigh hiring reforms, and existing flexibilities for enticing promising applicants to federal service, one leave policy raises concerns about how managers should be negotiating more strategically with new hires and how accrual rates vary across ...
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    Stimulus Funds Boost Number of Federal Jobs

    Stimulus Funds Boost Number of Federal Jobs
    WASHINGTON β€” The $787 billion economic recovery package also is stimulating growth in the federal government as agencies hire thousands of workers and spend millions of dollars to oversee and implement the package, according to government records and spokesmen. Fourteen of the top federal agencies responsible for spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act say they've hired about 3,000 workers ...
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    More Job and Service Cuts Coming from Strapped Counties and Cities

    Local governments across the country are facing an intensifying fiscal crisis that is forcing them to make deep cuts in personnel and services just as more hard-pressed residents are seeking their help, according to a report released Tuesday. These cities and counties -- which have cut jobs significantly since the start of the downturn -- could slash as many as 500,000 ...
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    Deadbeat Feds: Employees Owe Uncle Sam $3B In Unpaid Taxes

    WASHINGTON - At a time when the White House is projecting the largest deficit in the nation's history, Uncle Sam is trying to recover billions of dollars in unpaid taxes from its own employees. Federal workers owe more than $3 billion in income taxes they failed to pay in 2008. According to Internal Revenue Service documents, 276,300 federal employees and retirees ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Pay and Benefits Watch - Family Matters

    Pay and Benefits Watch - Family Matters
    President Obama's executive order expanding job opportunities for veterans in federal agencies made headlines last week. He also marked Veterans Day by signing into law a bill that makes it easier for the families of service members to navigate the complicated landscape of rules governing their benefits during reassignments. The 2009 Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (S. 475) allows the husbands ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    State Turning to Contractors for Support in Iraq

    The State Department will have to hire thousands of contractors to provide security and logistical support as the U.S. military begins to withdraw from Iraq in 2011, according to new findings by a congressional commission. Within 18 months, U.S. troops are scheduled to depart Iraq. But, the difficult work of rebuilding the war-torn nation will continue, with most of the responsibility ...
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    Labor Group Opposes Senate Pay-for Performance Language

    Labor Group Opposes Senate Pay-for Performance Language
    A coalition of 36 labor unions have rejected a Senate provision to repeal the Pentagon's National Security Personnel System, claiming that it wouldn't do enough to ensure that employees are paid fairly. The language, included in the Senate's 2010 Defense authorization bill (S. 1390), would eliminate the NSPS within a year. But it also would give the Defense Department the opportunity ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Proposed Hiring Rule Would Limit Contractors

    Imagine you've just been hired to manage the Washington Nationals. Your contract is contingent on your ball club making it to the World Series. But the team's owner says you have to take the field with essentially the same players you inherited -- despite their losing record. Sound absurd? Of course, but it isn't far from reality, considering an administration proposal ...
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    Locality Pay For Federal Workers Won't Increase

    Locality Pay For Federal Workers Won't Increase
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal employees whose regional costs of living entitles them to higher compensation will see no increase in their "locality pay" percentages next year, President Barack Obama informed Congress on Monday. Workers who receive pay over and above the base federal rates _ because of higher living costs and greater private-sector pay in their regions _ would have been ...
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