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    Federal Labor Unions Push Back Against Senator's TSA 'Hold'

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) announced yesterday that he will bring the nomination of former FBI agent and police detective Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration to the floor of the full Senate for consideration when lawmakers re-convene next month. The move comes as federal worker labor unions respond to the South Carolina Senator who is blocking Southers's ...
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    Feds Find 38,000 Ways to Make Government Better

    Feds Find 38,000 Ways to Make Government Better
    Federal employees submitted more than 38,000 ideas to help the government save money. An Office of Management and Budget official says as of Oct. 14 employees suggested about 38,400 ways to make the government more effective and efficient. OMB stopped accepting official entries as of last Tuesday, but says on its Web site that it would still take ideas. The official, ...
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    More Pa. State Government Layoffs Expected Soon

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ― It appears likely that state government will announce another round of layoffs soon. Gov. Ed Rendell said Monday that he might make an announcement on layoffs by the end of the week. The state has laid off more than 300 employees since July because of spending cuts. Rendell signed a state budget on Oct. 9 that cuts ...
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    Government Jobs Top Workplace Injuries in Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. - New numbers show more workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Virginia from those in government jobs than in the private sector in 2008. According to a Virginia Department of Labor and Industry report released Monday, 97,900 workers were injured or became ill on the job in 2008. That's down from 104,200 in the previous year, Of those, ...
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    Public-Private Pay Gap Rises in 2009

    Public-Private Pay Gap Rises in 2009
    The gap between average pay for federal and private sector workers rose 1.25 percent during the past year, the Federal Salary Council reported on Thursday. The council did not recommend a specific pay raise for federal employees in 2010. The pay gap between public and private sector workers increased from 25.17 percent in 2008 to 26.42 percent in 2009. The salary ...
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    D.C. Mayor Uses Federal SUVs For Recreational Purposes

    WASHINGTON - D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's use of government resources to facilitate his recreational activities isn't limited to a police escort while he trains with his bike team. The mayor has used a federal Homeland Security vehicle to transport himself and his bike to at least 14 races in the past two years. The District's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency ...
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    Women's Group Pushes Overhaul Of Pay-For-Performance Programs

    Federally Employed Women plans to lobby Congress and the Obama administration to make changes in pay-for-performance programs after a majority of FEW members said in a survey they did not support their agencies' alternative pay systems. "We firmly believe that just pointing out problems does not help," said Sue Webster, national president of the employee affinity group. "We are also offering ...
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    2011 Pay Raise Poker Chip

    Fed-watchers will be checking President Obama's budget or State of the Union address for clues of a possible link between the size of the next pay raise and soon-to-be-proposed major overhaul of the federal civil service system. Well-plugged in folks, like Politicio, are reporting that after a year of massive spending (to both save the economy and pump a little pork ...
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    Philadelphia Bracing For Thousands Of Possible Layoffs

    Philadelphia Bracing For Thousands Of Possible Layoffs
    Layoff notices were set to go out Friday to nearly 3,000 city workers, including hundreds of police officers and firefighters, as the cash-strapped city struggles to close a massive budget gap. Mayor Michael Nutter said the layoffs, which are effective Oct. 2, would mark the largest ever reduction in the city's work force. The cuts would include 739 police officers and ...
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    Study: Ban Cut Drivers’ Cellphone Use 43%

    Study: Ban Cut Drivers’ Cellphone Use 43%
    Stand on a busy corner in the District, and you'll notice that cellphones appear glued to the ears of dozens of passing drivers who openly flout the city's ban on hand-held phone use. That appearance is deceiving, according to a new study, which concludes that use of hand-helds would be 43 percent higher were it not for the District's ban and ...
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    Pay and Benefits Watch: Back in Session

    As Congress returns from a not-so-relaxing August recess, health care reform tops the legislative to-do list. But lawmakers also face several pieces of legislation affecting the federal workforce, which were left unresolved at the end of July. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday will consider H.R. 1881, a bill that would eliminate the Transportation Security Administration's special pay ...
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    State Turning to Contractors for Support in Iraq

    The State Department will have to hire thousands of contractors to provide security and logistical support as the U.S. military begins to withdraw from Iraq in 2011, according to new findings by a congressional commission. Within 18 months, U.S. troops are scheduled to depart Iraq. But, the difficult work of rebuilding the war-torn nation will continue, with most of the responsibility ...
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    Sex Complaints Against Prison Workers Double

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Accusations of sexual abuse at the hands of federal prison workers doubled in the past eight years, according to a new government report released Thursday. Justice Department inspector general Glenn Fine found that claims made against Bureau of Prisons staff members increased dramatically from 2001 to 2008. Claims of sexual misconduct more than doubled, rising 130 percent in ...
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    Employees Face Big Hike in Health-Care Costs

    Federal government employees can expect a big jump in their health-care costs in 2010, officials said Tuesday. Employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will pay an average 8.8 percent more in health-care costs, according to figures released by the Office of Personnel Management. The increase averages $5.98 per paycheck for individual health-care coverage, and a $12.87 increase for ...
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    Obama Picks Colorado Official to Lead U.S. Forest Service

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional aides say the Obama administration has chosen a Colorado natural resources official to be the new agriculture undersecretary in charge of the U.S. Forest Service. Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, is to be nominated soon, they said. The congressional aides familiar with the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because the ...
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    Lack of Equity Slows Federal Aid Housing Program

    Lack of Equity Slows Federal Aid Housing Program
    A federal program to allow borrowers with little or no equity in their homes to refinance is struggling to gain traction, according to government data released Tuesday, showing that only 93,070 borrowers have been helped since the effort was launched in April. The program has encountered difficulties that government regulators had not expected, such as the limited capacity of lenders to ...
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    In Cali, a Community Rallies to Save School Sports

    DIXON, Calif. — For a while, it appeared budget cuts at Dixon High School would make it harder for athletes Jeffery Anderson and Kayla Beal to impress college recruiters. Faced with a $3 million budget shortfall, the school system 20 miles southwest of Sacramento decided in February to discontinue all sports at the town's middle and high schools for the 2009-10 ...
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    Hartford, CT Mayor Surrenders in Corruption Probe

    Hartford, CT Mayor Surrenders in Corruption Probe
    HARTFORD - Surrounded by cheering supporters in city hall this afternoon, Mayor Eddie A. Perez said "Truth is on my side. I committed no crime. I will be vindicated of all the charges that have been levied against me. "I want my day in court." Perez earlier had turned himself in at the Troop H state police barracks in Hartford. According ...
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    ABC Anchor Charlie Gibson to Step Down, Diane Sawyer to Replace Him

    Diane Sawyer will succeed her friend and former partner Charlie Gibson as the anchor of ABC's "World News" in January, making her the second woman to assume the prestigious chair at a network newscast. The move, announced Wednesday by ABC, will leave a sizable void at "Good Morning America," where Sawyer's star power will be hard to replace. Gibson, who left ...
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    Top post-recession mecca for young people: D.C.

    Top post-recession mecca for young people: D.C.
    WASHINGTON - Wake up and smell the coffee, Seattle. The D.C. metro area is tied for first place with Seattle as America's most-desirable city for the young and restless. The Wall Street Journal asked six experts which 10 cities will emerge as the hottest, hippest destinations for highly mobile, educated twenty-somethings, after the recession. One economist calls the D.C. region the ...
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