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    Bill Could Offset Medicare Premium Increases for Federal Retirees

    The House last week overwhelmingly passed legislation that supporters say will save money for thousands of federal retirees facing a potential increase in their Medicare Part B premiums. The 2009 Medicare Premium Fairness Act would affect many retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System, who do not receive Social Security payments since CSRS was designed to be equivalent to the Social ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Stack's letter on Internet reveals anger at IRS

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- In a letter posted on the Internet, the software engineer who slammed his plane into an office building housing federal tax employees Thursday expressed his anger at the government, specifically the Internal Revenue Service. A U.S. law official says investigators are looking at an anti-government message on the Web linked to Joseph Stack. By Thursday afternoon, ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Senate approves debt ceiling increase

    The Senate Thursday passed legislation to increase the statutory debt limit to $14.3 trillion, a $1.9 trillion boost, after adopting a pay/go amendment requiring any mandatory spending increases or tax cuts to be offset. "We've gone to the restaurant; we've eaten the meal, and now the only question is whether we are going to pay the check," Senate Finance Committee Chairman ...
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    Why People Dislike Government and Why It Matters

    Why People Dislike Government and Why It Matters
    WASHINGTON, DC - new Pew poll finds historic levels of unhappiness about the federal government and its role in the lives of average Americans, unrest that is at the foundation of what is shaping up to be a strongly anti-incumbent political year. The current conditions in public opinion amount to a "perfect storm" of disgust/distrust toward government, according to Pew poll ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Federal Employees

    WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama on Wednesday ordered federal agencies to extend a range of benefits to same-sex domestic partners of their employees. "For far too long, many of our government's hard-working, dedicated [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] employees have been denied equal access to the basic rights and benefits their colleagues enjoy," Obama wrote in a memo to the heads ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Clean-Energy Jobs Touch Off Bidding Wars Between States

    Clean-Energy Jobs Touch Off Bidding Wars Between States
    When Arizona economic development officials look across their state, they envision the Saudi Arabia of solar. The state has sun, land, workers and proximity to California, the biggest solar market in the U.S. Yet for years, Arizona has failed to attract the big solar manufacturers that build the mirrors, panels and other components for solar equipment. In the past three years, ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Swine Flu: 10 Things You Need to Know

    Swine Flu: 10 Things You Need to Know
    Since it first emerged in April, the global swine flu epidemic has sickened more than 1 million Americans and killed about 500. It's also spread around the world, infecting tens of thousands and killing nearly 2,000. This summer, the virus has been surprisingly tenacious in the U.S., refusing to fade away as flu viruses usually do. And health officials predict a ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Defense Authorization Bill Repeals NSPS

    Defense Authorization Bill Repeals NSPS
    Federal employees and their unions should remember Oct. 7, 2009: It's the day they got to cross several items off their wish list. The conference committee working on a compromise version of the Defense authorization bill (pdf) delivered several long-sought reforms impacting current and former federal employees, their salaries and the way the government measures their performance. The big one: a ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Minnesota Public-Sector Jobs Benefit Most From Stimulus

    Madison — The first solid - if still incomplete - employment numbers for federal stimulus spending by Wisconsin state government show that retaining government positions was job one. Three-fourths of 8,284 stimulus-related jobs accounted for so far were public-sector posts protected by the federal infusion into state and local government coffers, Gov. Jim Doyle's office reported. That included teachers, police officers ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Claims Fall; When Jobs Will Come is Anyone's Guess

    Claims Fall; When Jobs Will Come is Anyone's Guess
    WASHINGTON — With the sputtering job market flashing an encouraging sign — unemployment claims at their lowest point since January — the White House announced a summit Thursday to try to speed the day when hiring finally starts again. While President Barack Obama called the new jobless figures hopeful, economists think claims will probably stay too high to indicate even a ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Field Poll Finds Californians Want State Government Overhauled

    Field Poll Finds Californians Want State Government Overhauled
    Frustrated California voters think a state government overhaul is needed, but a majority believe it shouldn't be so easy for them to change the state's constitution at the ballot box, a new Field Poll has found. Raising the ballot box threshold for approving a constitutional amendment from a majority to two-thirds was favored by 56 percent in the poll and opposed ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Phasing Out Wind Farm Tax Credit Divides Oregon Groups

    Phasing Out Wind Farm Tax Credit Divides Oregon Groups
    Proposed changes to rein in state tax incentives for renewable energy projects would do little in the short run to reduce subsidies going to the large, utility scale wind farms that are capturing the lion's share of the incentives. The 13 proposed large-scale wind farms that have submitted applications for Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit would be eligible for up to ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Transportation Department furloughs end

    Transportation Department furloughs end
    Furloughs at the Department of Transportation have come to an end and employees are to return to work Wednesday. In a press release Tuesday evening, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "I am pleased that the Senate has acted to break its logjam and extend the Highway Trust Fund for another 30 days. This means that our valued employees may return to ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Federal Charity Drive Reaches Out to Young Donors

    Since he arrived at the Office of Personnel Management in April, Director John Berry has been an active advocate for federal charitable giving. The summer-long Feds Feed Families canned food drive collected more than 1 million pounds of goods for food banks nationwide, and Berry is confident that federal employees of all ages also will deliver for the 2009 Combined Federal ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    DEA Crackdown Hurts Nursing Home Residents Who Need Pain Drugs

    DEA Crackdown Hurts Nursing Home Residents Who Need Pain Drugs
    Heightened efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on narcotics abuse are producing a troubling side effect by denying some hospice and elderly patients needed pain medication, according to two Senate Democrats and a coalition of pharmacists and geriatric experts. Tougher enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, which tightly restricts the distribution of pain medicines such as morphine and ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Stimulus Saves Oregon Jobs, But Most Are In Government

    Stimulus Saves Oregon Jobs, But Most Are In Government
    Federal stimulus spending has created or saved thousands of Oregon jobs, state officials boasted Monday, but at least three out of every four positions were in government work, according to the state's own figuring. The lion's share of the money -- about $750 million, went to beefing up entitlement programs, such as Medicaid, unemployment benefits and food stamps. But the remaining ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Girding For An Uphill Battle for Military Recruits

    Girding For An Uphill Battle for Military Recruits
    It's tough enough selling military service to teenagers who might not be so keen on getting their heads shaved or buy the whole "we do more by 9 a.m." line. And the fact that enlisting today could very well mean a visit to the front lines doesn't help, either. But according to a new report, there are other factors that make ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Military 'Mentor' Pay a Main Factor in Review of Program

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates' decision announced Wednesday to order a review of the Pentagon's payments to retired senior officers for their advice was prompted in part by how much these "mentors" get paid. A USA TODAY review found: • The Navy pays its mentors an average of about $330 per hour, including expenses, according to its budget. • The ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Defense Police Bill Could Affect Insourcing Efforts

    Defense Police Bill Could Affect Insourcing Efforts
    Many federal service contractors could see their jobs brought back in-house if provisions in the House and Senate Defense authorization bills are passed into law, according to an industry group. The House version of the policy measure includes an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., that would give "special consideration" to federal employees for any function that has been performed ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    SC Gov. Mark Sanford Admits Affair

    SC Gov. Mark Sanford Admits Affair
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday he's been having an affair with a woman he visited on a secret trip to Argentina and said he'll resign as head of the Republican Governors Association. Sanford, a rumored 2012 presidential candidate, refused to say whether he'll leave office. "I've let down a lot of people, that's the bottom line," Sanford ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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