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    A Campaign to Push the Hiring of Vets

    A Campaign to Push the Hiring of Vets
    It's ironic, and shameful, that President Obama's point man on his employment initiative for veterans is barred by law from being one. John Berry directs the Office of Personnel Management and is openly gay. No one is more eager about increasing employment opportunities for those who have served in the military, yet his government, but not this administration, says it does ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job

    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job
    When you’re young and the world is seemingly your oyster, going to a job fair sounds like a no-brainer. A bunch of agencies looking to hire? And all in the same place? As long as you bring enough copies of your resume and pass them out to everyone, you’re certain to get a callback. Right? Not necessarily. Without the right approach, ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    GW Roommates Recognized and Reunited in Their Calls to Service

    Not long after Kristen Taddonio and Clare Rowley moved into their George Washington University dorm in 2001, the freshman roommates bonded while watching the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, on a Lafayette Hall television. They went their separate ways after graduation and lost track of each other, but both ended up pursuing careers with the federal government. Eight years later, ...
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    OPM Chief Floats Ideas on Personnel System Fix

    OPM Chief Floats Ideas on Personnel System Fix
    In greater detail than he has before, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry outlined his thinking on remaking the federal personnel system during a speech this week. His address to a Human Capital Management: Federal conference was part of a series of discussions he is holding to help in the monumental task of developing a new civil service system. With ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 ...
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    Government Lags in Hiring of Latinos

    Government Lags in Hiring of Latinos
    Latino Americans may be the nation's fastest-growing minority group, but they're also the most underrepresented among civilian federal employees. As of last September, Hispanics accounted for about 8 percent of the total civilian federal workforce, according to the Office of Personnel Management. That's well below the 13.2 percent of Hispanics in the national civilian labor force, according to Labor Department statistics. ...
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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 ...
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    Vaccine Arrives as Flu Spreads

    Vaccine Arrives as Flu Spreads
    The first doses of swine flu vaccine arrived Monday as more than half the USA reported widespread flu cases. "The level of activity we're seeing for this time of year is really unusual," said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "We just really don't see the level of activity we're seeing." The high number ...
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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. ...
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    Bye-bye to 'GS, And Other Trial Balloons From OPM's John Berry

    If the federal civil service had a flag, it would be flying upside down. The civil service is in distress -- not dead, but in need of rescue. Recognizing this, John Berry, the Office of Personnel Management director, ran some sweeping ideas up the flagpole on Monday to see who salutes. At the same time he heaped praise on the "unsung ...
    Published over 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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Camden Hospitals to Create Health-Records Exchange

    Camden Hospitals to Create Health-Records Exchange
    In a model that could be copied by other cities, the three major health systems serving Camden are joining with local doctors to share health records of patients who give their permission, enabling doctors to give more timely and informed care. Cooper University Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, and Virtua Health - normally fierce competitors - plan to join ...
    Published over 9 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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 9 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Philadelphia Transit Strike Ends

    Philadelphia Transit Strike Ends
    WHEW! Just when commuters around the region were gearing up for the second week of the six-day transit strike, the Transport Workers Union Local 234 signed a deal that put its workers back on the job. Gov. Rendell said early this morning at a hastily called news conference at the Bellevue, at Broad and Walnut streets, that the subways, buses ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 over 9 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 ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama Looks to Increase Hiring of Disabled Workers

    Obama Looks to Increase Hiring of Disabled Workers
    The White House and the Office of Personnel Management this week announced hiring initiatives aimed at halting a decline in the representation of disabled employees in the federal workforce. President Obama earlier this week said he hoped the government could become a model for other employers. "Across this country, millions of people with disabilities are working or want to work, and ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +4
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