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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 almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Federal Intern Program Blasted as Undermining Open Market Hiring

    WASHINGTON, DC - If you think the word "intern" refers just to the legions of eager young folks who descend on Washington each summer, providing cheap labor by day and guzzling beer at night, think again. When Uncle Sam talks about interns, he might mean the college students who get a few months of valuable on-the-job experience, but he also could ...
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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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    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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    Federal Benefits Payments to go Paperless by 2013

    Federal Benefits Payments to go Paperless by 2013
    Federal benefits payments will go exclusively electronic by 2013, the Treasury Department announced on Monday. Treasury's decision applies to all recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Affairs, Railroad Retirement and Office of Personnel Management benefits. Enrollees will be able to choose between direct deposits and balances added to Treasury debit cards. All new program enrollees will receive their benefits ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Furloughed Transportation Workers Receive Back Pay

    Nearly two months after they were furloughed because of a temporary expiration of the Highway Trust Fund, 2,000 Transportation Department workers will receive back pay for the two days of missed. "I have seen nothing but dedicated, hardworking folks doing the work of the American people," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote on his blog. "It was unfortunate that they had to ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Getting Back to Job Creation Basics

    Getting Back to Job Creation Basics
    President Obama recently noted that, by itself, government cannot replace the 8.2 million jobs lost over the past two years. What government can do, he said, is “help to create the conditions” for renewed hiring. We couldn’t agree more. The question is whether Congress will do what is needed. The job situation is dire. But Republicans have apparently decided that grandstanding ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hiring rate stalls for women in top federal government jobs

    Progress in promoting women to the top levels of the federal civil service has flowed like the mighty Mississippi River in the springtime. Wrong. Lately, it's been more like a leaky faucet in Uncle Sam's kitchen. While men and women are close to being equally represented in the lower grades of the federal workforce, "at the higher levels women are woefully ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Working from home may soon be federal mandate

    WASHINGTON - The federal government may soon mandate that you avoid your usual morning traffic headaches. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., has sponsored a bill that would require all federal agencies to allow 20 percent of their employees to telework at least one day a week. "It will improve air quality, it will improve congestion, and make for a much better quality ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    OPM will test new work flexibility program

    Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry announced at a White House forum on Wednesday that he is moving 400 agency employees into a pilot program that will go beyond existing workplace flexibility and telework programs and could serve as a model for the rest of government. "If flexibility can succeed in the federal government with the unrivaled complexity of our ...
    Published about 4 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 about 4 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 about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    House votes to exempt TRICARE from health reform bill

    House lawmakers over the weekend voted to protect TRICARE and Defense non-appropriated fund health care beneficiaries from unintended consequences of national health reform. The exemption (H.R. 4887) applies to the health care coverage provided by the Defense Department to military service members, retirees and their families. It clarifies the tax code to stipulate that coverage provided by Defense is treated as ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Senator holds up bill compensating furloughed Transportation workers

    A Republican senator is holding up legislation that would prevent Transportation Department workers furloughed earlier this month from losing pay. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said he is upset by the bill's funding mechanism. "Time and time again, Congress intentionally waits until the last minute to consider important legislation and then declares the billions of dollars in foreseeable costs as emergency spending ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Stimulus workload taxes agency staffs and missions

    The additional workload associated with administering billions of dollars in stimulus funds has put a strain on the federal government's contracts and grants workforce, according to new findings the Commerce Department's inspector general released last Friday. Although agencies are prioritizing Recovery Act work and, in many instances, hiring more staff or realigning tasks, the increased workload has exacted a price on ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    OPM Director Berry furious over federal pay editorial

    OPM Director Berry furious over federal pay editorial
    Throughout the week, Federal News Radio has been covering the debate over federal employee pay. From an analysis in USA Today on Monday, to a rebuttal from the Bureau of Labor Statistics last Thursday, there is a lot of anger on both sides of the issue. Last Friday, The Washington Times printed an editorial, The Federal Bonus Bonanza. John Berry, director ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Update: Office politics, the NSPS transition and available tax credits for retirees

    There are a lot of questions about pay & benefits that have been cropping up lately, and Senior Correspondent Mike Causey spoke with three experts to get the answers for you. His guests on this week's show were: Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executive Association; Jessica Klement of the Federal Managers Association; and Dan Adcock, legislative director of the National ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Salary Statistics from the OMB Director

    At a Government Executive breakfast meeting yesterday, I was asked about salaries for federal employees – an issue that has received some attention lately in the popular press. Especially in these difficult economic times, everyone is understandably concerned about the performance and salaries of our federal workers (which is one reason why the President is freezing salaries and bonuses for all ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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