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    Federal Employees Have Fewer Health Insurance Choices This Year

    The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program typically includes an array of health insurance options. But this year the choices are more limited than before because 32 health insurance plans are leaving FEHBP or reducing their coverage across the country. "It's kind of a disturbing trend," said Dave Snell, retirement benefits service department director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees ...
    Published over 9 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 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Insurance Providers Drop Out of Federal Employee Health Program

    Insurance Providers Drop Out of Federal Employee Health Program
    Some federal employees will have to choose new health plans during open season this year because their insurance providers are leaving the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, or reducing the number of areas they cover. "Some employees still might not receive instructions to change plans during open season," Kathleen M. McGettigan, deputy associate director of the Center for Retirement and Insurance ...
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    Senate Passes Bill to Provide Funding for Federal Executive Boards

    Senate Passes Bill to Provide Funding for Federal Executive Boards
    By unanimous consent, the Senate on Thursday passed legislation (S. 806) to stabilize the funding and management of Federal Executive Boards, which coordinate the actions of federal offices outside the Washington area. "President Kennedy showed great foresight when he called for the coordination of federal agencies' activities in 1961, and FEBs have done a good job since then in coordinating their ...
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    Obama Again Pledges to Change Policy on Gays

    Obama Again Pledges to Change Policy on Gays
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama restated his campaign pledge to allow homosexual men and women to serve openly in the military, but many in his audience of gay activists were left wondering when he would make good on the promise. "I will end 'don't ask-don't tell,'" Obama said Saturday night to a standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Job Simulations Could Help Agencies Make Better Hires, Report Says

    Job Simulations Could Help Agencies Make Better Hires, Report Says
    Federal agencies might have better luck selecting the best job candidates if they included a simulation of the work in the application process, according to a new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Developing tests to see how prospective employees respond to a given work environment or how they perform a particular task can be expensive. But "agencies need to ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Border Fence Funds Pulled from Spending Bill

    Border Fence Funds Pulled from Spending Bill
    WASHINGTON — A provision to build an additional 300 miles of pedestrian fence along the U.S.-Mexico border has been stripped out of a $42.8 billion spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The provision by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., was removed at the behest of House members from Texas, Arizona and California who called the fencing a waste of taxpayer ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Help With The Homework On Health Plans

    One of the good things about being a federal employee is the large number of health insurance companies available to them. One of the difficult things about being a federal employee is picking from the large number of health insurance companies available to them. Difficult isn't the same as bad, but it can be confusing. Even so, as government workers face ...
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    Stimulus Funds Vulnerable to Pay-to-Play Contracting

    Stimulus Funds Vulnerable to Pay-to-Play Contracting
    A POGO investigation has found that many state and local governments with laws limiting contractors’ campaign contributions (meant to reduce the influence of private interests in the public contracting process) are facing obstacles to enforcing these “pay-to-play” laws on stimulus-funded contracts. As a result, stimulus-funded contracts are not being subjected to this additional level of corruption prevention, a missed good-government opportunity. ...
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    Wal-Mart Launches Employee College Plan

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced a program Thursday in which its workers can receive college credit from the online American Public University and receive a tuition discount from the school. The company also said it will commit $50 million over three years to help workers pay for books and tuition above the reduced tuition rate. After the reduction, ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Givebacks Sought From Workers at Erie County, NY Jail

    Givebacks Sought From Workers at Erie County, NY Jail
    The terms of a proposed contract between Erie County and the union that represents jail personnel at the Holding Center call for the workers to contribute to their health insurance, especially in retirement, and surrender some paid time off. In return, they would receive a lump sum payment that county officials say will average $4,000 a worker, plus a more generous ...
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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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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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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    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 9 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 ...
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    Eye Opener: Gov't Opens Entrepreneurship Office

    Happy Friday! The Commerce Department will establish a new Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help small businesses grow faster, part of the Obama administration's new $100 billion innovation agenda announced earlier this week. The administration is especially interested in helping small businesses and entrepreneurs as statistics suggest businesses less than five years old accounted for nearly all private sector employment ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Survey: Feds Save More Money Than Average Americans

    Survey: Feds Save More Money Than Average Americans
    Federal employees saved more money between March and September than the general population, according to a new survey from a financial firm. On average, fed workers contributed $2,289 per month to their savings -- either through short-term, long-term or retirement savings accounts -- during the six-month period studied by First Command Financial Services, a firm that serves military and public sector ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama Stands Firm on 2 Percent Civilian Pay Hike

    Obama Stands Firm on 2 Percent Civilian Pay Hike
    Citing the ongoing economic crisis and a ballooning federal budget, President Obama announced he would use his authority to set a 2 percent pay raise for federal employees starting in January 2010. The proposal angered employee groups and lawmakers who have pushed for pay parity between civilians and members of the military, who are slated to receive a 3.4 percent raise ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 about 9 years ago | Rate This
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