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    Yet Another Blow to Efforts to Freeze Federal Pay

    After strong debate from both sides of the aisle, the Senate on Thursday rejected a legislative provision that would have frozen federal pay and the size of the government workforce. The chamber voted 57-41 to let stand a budgetary point of order against a GOP alternative amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. The point of order essentially ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Online Horse Gambling Off and Running in Illinois

    Online Horse Gambling Off and Running in Illinois
    Gamblers can now play the ponies without leaving the comfort of home after the Illinois Racing Board gave permission Tuesday to three companies to host online horse betting. The decision means gamblers can place bets on horses through approved Web sites or by phone, interactive television and mobile devices. Previously, wagers could be made only at a horse track or an ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 — 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 ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Discrimination Complaints Up Slightly

    Complaints from the federal workforce alleging discrimination by the government increased slightly in the latest figures from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, ending a recent downward trend. The EEOC's Annual Report on the Federal Workforce notes 16,752 complaints alleging employment discrimination filed against the federal government in Fiscal Year 2008 -- up 2.4 percent from the prior year. The complaints ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 9 years ago | Rate This
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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. ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Patent Office Weighs Ways To Cut Growing Backlog

    Patent Office Weighs Ways To Cut Growing Backlog
    In a move designed to improve employee morale and to help reduce a growing backlog, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office proposed changes Wednesday to its way of determining how long a patent examiner has to complete a patent examination and the incentives that examiners earn. The modifications, which must be approved by agency employees in the coming weeks, would be ...
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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 over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    GSA Designing Next Generation of USA.gov

    In recent years, the web portal, USA.GOV has become one of the most popular destinations in the federal government's web presence. But now, the site's managers are plotting the "next generation" of the site, at a time when social collaboration tools are reshaping the way that people use the World Wide Web. David McClure, associate administrator with the Office of Citizen ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 9 years ago | Rated: +7
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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 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Economy grows at 5.7 pct pace, fastest since 2003

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy grew for a second straight quarter from October through December, posting a 5.7 percent annual rate, the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2003. The Commerce Department report is the strongest evidence to date that the worst recession since the 1930s ended last year, though an academic panel that dates recessions has yet to officially ...
    Published about 9 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 ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Government Fitness Challenge Shows Wet Determination

    Government Fitness Challenge Shows Wet Determination
    Ever the optimist, John Berry didn't seem fazed by the dreary skies, the steady drizzle, the muddy paths and the swampy grass. Resplendent in bright-green athletic shoes, the Office of Personnel Management director braved the weather with fellow federal workers to gather on the Mall at lunchtime Tuesday in the name of physical fitness. "Who said federal employees aren't tough?" he ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    For Labor and Management, Bargaining Rights Loom Large

    President Obama wants to issue an executive order creating panels that would foster greater collaboration between management and labor in federal agencies, but it's hard to craft a document that pleases both sides. Union leaders, who had felt good about an early draft, aren't so happy with a revised proposal from the White House this month. But groups representing managers are ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Wired Workplace: OPM Looking For New Cyber Job Models

    Wired Workplace: OPM Looking For New Cyber Job Models
    The Office of Personnel Management is looking to create a new framework for classifying, selecting, developing and evaluating federal cybersecurity workers. In a letter sent Friday to agency chief human capital officers, OPM Director John Berry noted that creating competency models for cybersecurity jobs has been deemed a high priority. As a result, OPM along with the National Security Council Interagency ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Big Career Changes Coming at You

    Big Career Changes Coming at You
    Imagine working for an outfit with a 3-step rank-in-person system instead of 15 grades. A system where outstanding employees could be rewarded, big time, and losers could be punished financially (maybe losing annual leave) and, if necessary fired quickly without red tape and endless appeals. Imagine that if the boss proposed to fire you, you could demand a trial, complete with ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +6
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