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    Pentagon Pay Plan's Demise Could Pave Wave for Broad Reforms

    Pentagon Pay Plan's Demise Could Pave Wave for Broad Reforms
    When President Obama signed legislation that repealed the National Security Personnel System, on a warm day in late October, the Rose Garden celebration seemed like a bit of a letdown.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 provisions bundled into the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act and was largely overshadowed by ...
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    Miami Commissioners Finally Solve Budget Crisis

    Miami commissioners finally balanced the city's 2010 budget shortly before midnight Tuesday, after unanimously accepting hard-fought agreements with the city's police, fire and general service unions. All told, the agreements -- two of which were voted on by union members Monday, the other only a few hours before the city's third budget hearing got under way Tuesday -- will save Miami ...
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    Cali. Governor Backs Tax-Overhaul Plan

    Cali. Governor Backs Tax-Overhaul Plan
    As major Capitol business and labor groups denounced a tax overhaul package released Tuesday by a blue-ribbon commission, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger essentially embraced the plan, whose key components would flatten the state's income tax and install a new form of consumption tax on businesses. The Republican governor said he would sign the plan if it landed on his desk in ...
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    Search Is On for Best Cost-Cutting Ideas

    Search Is On for Best Cost-Cutting Ideas
    Who better to save taxpayers money than the federal employees who know how it's spent? This is the guiding principle of a White House contest being launched Wednesday to seek the best ideas on how to reduce government spending. Confronted with a staggering federal deficit, the White House is inviting employees across the federal sector to submit suggestions on how to ...
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    New Members Appointed to Fed Labor-Management Panel

    Six months after he fired their predecessors, President Obama has appointed new members to the panel responsible for resolving bargaining disputes between federal employee unions and agencies. Those appointments to the Federal Service Impasses Panel complete the new team at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which includes the panel. Agency and union officials said they hope the agency will be able ...
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    Leaders of Federal Worker Union Find Many Reasons To Be Merry About 2009

    Workers at the Department of Housing and Urban Development know how to party. The L'Enfant Plaza Hotel ballroom was filled around noon Wednesday with employees ready for a plentiful buffet. The Rooted East band rocked as government workers accustomed to sitting 9 to 5 behind a desk did the Electric Slide in the middle of the day. Amid all this, it ...
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    Lawmakers Urging Significant Cuts in Defense Spending

    A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Friday urged the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility to take a hard look a military spending as the panel weighs options for reducing the nation's growing budget deficit. Specifically, the legislators backed a list of cuts outlined in a new report by the Sustainable Defense Task Force, a diverse group of experts the lawmakers ...
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    Schwarzenegger Signs Kid's Health Care Bill

    Schwarzenegger Signs Kid's Health Care Bill
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Tuesday designed to prevent more than 600,000 children from losing health insurance provided through the state's Healthy Families program. "I'm proud to say that amidst the toughest of times and the most difficult choices we have found an innovative way to protect the health of our most precious resource, our children," Schwarzenegger said at ...
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    Over 300 New Jobs Announced At DOD Contractor ManTech

    BELCAMP, Md. - Defense contractor ManTech International Corp. says it expects to create 300 to 500 technology jobs near Aberdeen Proving Ground within three years. The Fairfax, Va.-based company celebrated the groundbreaking Monday for a building in Belcamp that will house the workers. It is scheduled for completion in March. ManTech Chairman George Pederson says the company has about 700 Maryland ...
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    Ex-Ohio Congressman Traficant Freed From Prison

    Ex-Ohio Congressman Traficant Freed From Prison
    ROCHESTER, Minn. – Former Ohio Rep. James Traficant walked out of a Minnesota prison Wednesday morning after serving a seven-year sentence for bribery and racketeering. The nine-term Democrat from Youngstown left the Federal Medical Center in Rochester and stepped into a waiting cab. Traficant, who wore a gray T-shirt, white shorts, white knee-high socks and had his famously wild hair pulled ...
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    U.S. Unemployment Rate Stuck at 9.5 Percent

    The nation's unemployment rate stayed flat at 9.5 percent -- with private hiring unable to outweigh government layoffs. The number of government workers dipped by 202,000 -- mostly the loss of 143,000 paychecks as temporary employees hired to conduct the decennial census wrapped up their work. Meantime, private payrolls inched up by 71,000 people, according to the Labor Department. Unemployment, which ...
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    Government Helps Keep Housing Loans Cheap - If You Can Get One

    NEW YORK — It's a good time to borrow money for a home, car or small business. A year after a global freeze in the credit markets prompted massive government intervention to prevent the financial system from collapsing, interest rates remain at historic lows. But banks are demanding more collateral, bigger down payments and detailed financial histories from borrowers. And that's ...
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    FDA Seeks Better Nutrition Labeling

    The federal government is wading into the supermarket aisle, making its first effort to provide better nutritional information on food products since it developed the black-and-white Nutrition Facts label 15 years ago. Margaret A. Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said Tuesday that shoppers are bombarded by slogans ("Heart Healthy," "Good for You," "A Better Choice") on products ...
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    NASA Scientist Accused of Espionage to Remain in Jail

    A federal judge ordered that a Chevy Chase scientist remain jailed on a charge that he tried to pass national secrets to the Israeli government in exchange for $11,000. Stewart D. Nozette, 52, was arrested Monday afternoon on a charge of attempted espionage after authorities accused him of passing classified information to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence ...
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    DeLay Does TV Mambo But Still In Legal Limbo

    DeLay Does TV Mambo But Still In Legal Limbo
    AUSTIN — Like the other contestants on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," Tom DeLay hopes he wowed the judges this week with his cha-chas across the stage with professional dancing partner Cheryl Burke. But the former U.S. House majority leader may be more concerned about the opinions of black-robed judges back in his home state as he continues to battle ...
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    Government Watchdogs are Given Their Due

    Government Watchdogs are Given Their Due
    There was no red carpet or pregame show. No musical acts or (good) jokes. No celebrity appearances, and perhaps best of all, the ceremony didn't drag on for hours (just 58 minutes). But the awards distributed Tuesday at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium honored achievements much more noble than "best supporting actor" or "best on-screen kiss." They heralded the federal watchdogs who ...
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    Nominees Pledge to Improve Management and Employee Relations

    Nominees Pledge to Improve Management and Employee Relations
    President Obama's nominees to lead the Merit Systems Protection Board on Tuesday told senators that if confirmed they would focus on recruiting talent to replace experienced staffers who are retiring and to meet increasing demands for the agency's services. During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, they also pledged to improve ...
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    Fact Sheet: Cutting the Deficit by Freezing Federal Employee Pay

    Because of the irresponsibility of the past decade, the President inherited a $1.3 trillion projected deficit upon taking office and an economic crisis that threatened to put the nation into a second Great Depression. He moved quickly to get the economy moving again. Now, the economy is growing, and we have gained private sector jobs for the past 10 months. But ...
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    Workers to Have Say on Higher Health Premiums

    Current and former federal employees angered by premium increases in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program will get their day before Congress on Wednesday, when senators hope to get answers about why the impending price jump is warranted and what the government did to inform participants. Most federal and postal employees are eligible for the program, which is run by ...
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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 ...
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