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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 ...
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    Calif. GOP Lawmaker Caught Bragging About Affairs Resigns

    Calif. GOP Lawmaker Caught Bragging About Affairs Resigns
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker from Southern California was ousted Wednesday from two legislative committees after he was caught on tape bragging about having sex with female lobbyists. Assemblyman Mike Duvall of Yorba Linda made the comments to another man during a break in a committee meeting at the Capitol over the summer, and they were caught on ...
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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, ...
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    'Cool' Jobs and Same-Sex Benefits

    Remember when President Obama said he wanted to make working for the federal government "cool again"? The government's chief human resources officer told lawmakers Thursday that they need to approve a bill that extends full benefits to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian federal employees to ensure that the government remains competitive with the private sector. "Young people are looking ...
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    Pay & Benefit Changes in Sight for Federal Employees

    Pay & Benefit Changes in Sight for Federal Employees
    Long-sought changes to the pay and benefits structure for current and former federal employees await President Obama's signature. The defense authorization bill passed by the Senate on Thursday night included alterations to benefits and practices first announced earlier this month. Perhaps the biggest change is that members of the Federal Employees Retirement System will be able to get credit for unused ...
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    4 Government Interventions: Did They Work?

    4 Government Interventions: Did They Work?
    Since the BP (NYSE:BP) Deepwater Horizon oil spill on April 20, the American government has deployed 17,500 National Guard troops to respond to the environmental crisis. Over 484 miles of shoreline have been impacted, and 81,181 square miles of Gulf of Mexico waters have been closed to fishing. Many are wondering if, with stronger regulations, the incident could have been prevented. ...
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    Schwarzenegger Supports Health Overhaul Goals

    Schwarzenegger Supports Health Overhaul Goals
    WASHINGTON — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised President Barack Obama's drive to overhaul the nation's health care system on Tuesday and urged fellow Republicans to join in efforts to finish the job this year. Although Schwarzenegger stopped short of embracing a Democratic bill, his words of encouragement came on the heels of similar statements from other Republicans outside Congress, including former ...
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    NSPS Repeal May Lead to New Performance System

    NSPS Repeal May Lead to New Performance System
    The Defense Department's controversial pay-for-performance system is headed for repeal, and there are several ways the dismantling of the National Security Personnel System could proceed, say advocates and employee groups. The fiscal 2010 Defense authorization legislation, which is on its way to President Obama, requires the Pentagon to begin returning the 200,000 employees covered by NSPS to their previous pay systems ...
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    Job-Hunting Seminars Lead to New York Lawsuit

    The New York attorney general’s office is inviting anyone who spent $1,000 for a particular training package sold as a sure route to a high-paying government job to become part of its lawsuit against the company that sold the allegedly phony promises. Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced that his office has filed suit against the New Jerseybased State ...
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    22 million Bush-era e-mails found

    WASHINGTON - Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mail messages from the administration of President George W. Bush, and the Obama administration is searching for dozens more days' worth of potentially lost e-mail from the Bush years, according to two private groups that sued over the Bush White House's failure to install an electronic recordkeeping system. The groups ...
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    Candidate Puts Rivals' Names on Tombstone in Yard

    Candidate Puts Rivals' Names on Tombstone in Yard
    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - A man running for office in Ohio has put a Halloween display in his yard that includes tombstones bearing the names of his political opponents. Royal Barber of Sylvania Township near Toledo said it's all in good fun. Some of his opponents don't think so. One asked that his name be taken off the tombstone. Barber agreed, ...
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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 ...
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    Councilman’s Daughter: ‘I’ll Have You Fired’

    Councilman’s Daughter: ‘I’ll Have You Fired’
    BALTIMORE, Md. — After days of public displays of profanity and abuse – in Congress, at the U.S. Open tennis championships, during the MTV Video Music Awards – news came Wednesday of another such incident closer to home. Baltimore County police released details of the arrests of two women accused of dispensing an obscenity-laden tirade against a police officer who pulled ...
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    Praise For The Thrift Savings Plan

    During these highly partisan and contentious times, it's not every day that Democrats and Republicans, labor and management, and workers and retirees find themselves on the same side of an issue. But that was generally the situation Tuesday when the Thrift Savings Plan for federal workers was mostly praised during a House subcommittee hearing. The TSP operates like a 401(k) retirement ...
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    Federal Government Closed on Monday

    Federal Government Closed on Monday
    Federal government offices in the Washington region will be closed on Monday. Nonessential government workers will be granted excused absences. Emergency employees are expected to report for work on time, and some employees who telework may be expected to work from their telework sites, as specified in their individual agreements. The Office of Personnel Management made the announcement Sunday afternoon, well ...
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    Senate on track to approve health bill

    The Senate is on track to achieve one of President Obama's top priorities this year, a major overhaul of the country's healthcare system. The Senate is expected to hold a series of votes this week on the legislation, with final passage set for Christmas Eve unless Republicans relent and allow an early vote. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., admitted Sunday on Fox ...
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    FEATURES Rebooting Reform

    FEATURES Rebooting Reform
    Dismantling the embattled Defense personnel system could spark a reinvention of performance management across government. When President Obama signed legislation that repealed the National Security Personnel System, on a warm day in late October, the Rose Garden celebration seemed like a bit of a letdown. The rollback of the controversial Defense Department pay program was just one of many federal employee ...
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    New Boss Moves to Change Sluggish Patent Office

    New Boss Moves to Change Sluggish Patent Office
    You know things are bad at a government agency when a Cabinet secretary says as much while swearing in the new boss. It happened at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August, when Commerce Secretary Gary Locke showed up to swear in the new director, David Kappos, and told the rank-and-file that the agency's backlog had a negative impact on ...
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    From Uniforms to Cybersecurity, Report Details Defense Dept. Activities

    From Uniforms to Cybersecurity, Report Details Defense Dept. Activities
    If you want to get a sense of the broad range of Defense Department activities, there's no better reading than the 638-page House-Senate conferee report on the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill released last week. You could start with apparel. Each service has its camouflage uniforms, which are different even within services. What to do? The House wants to standardize uniforms ...
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    Mich. Gov Veto Slashes School Aid

    LANSING -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm flexed her veto muscle Monday, wiping out $54 million from a public school budget and putting lawmakers on the spot to come up with more cash for schools or watch deep cuts at 39 select districts, including 26 in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties. That's certain to stoke debate over higher taxes to pay for schools. ...
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