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    Fiery Remarks Leads Obama Adviser to Resign

    Fiery Remarks Leads Obama Adviser to Resign
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House environmental adviser under fire for inflammatory statements made before he joined the administration resigned after what he called a "vicious smear campaign against me." Van Jones "understood that he was going to get in the way" of President Barack Obama's agenda, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday. The resignation was disclosed without advance ...
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    Update: Office politics, the NSPS transition and available tax credits for retirees

    There are a lot of questions about pay & benefits that have been cropping up lately, and Senior Correspondent Mike Causey spoke with three experts to get the answers for you. His guests on this week's show were: Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executive Association; Jessica Klement of the Federal Managers Association; and Dan Adcock, legislative director of the National ...
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    Defense Authorization Bill Repeals NSPS

    Defense Authorization Bill Repeals NSPS
    Federal employees and their unions should remember Oct. 7, 2009: It's the day they got to cross several items off their wish list. The conference committee working on a compromise version of the Defense authorization bill (pdf) delivered several long-sought reforms impacting current and former federal employees, their salaries and the way the government measures their performance. The big one: a ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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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    WWE CEO Linda McMahon to Run for Senate

    WWE CEO Linda McMahon to Run for Senate
    STAMFORD, Conn. — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., the sports entertainment company behind shows such as "Friday Night SmackDown," said Wednesday that Linda McMahon has resigned as its CEO to seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Connecticut Democrat Christopher Dodd. McMahon's husband, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, will assume her duties as chief executive, the company said ...
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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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    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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    Pay and Benefits: Watch Tax Trap

    Most people who have earned a paycheck probably have discovered that the federal income tax withholding formula can be complicated. But changes to withholding stemming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are causing even more head-scratching than usual this year, both inside and outside the federal workforce. "When the tables first came out, there was a flurry of questions," ...
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    Virginia County Looking to Attract Defense Contractors

    Virginia County Looking to Attract Defense Contractors
    QUANTICO, Va. - Prince William County is looking to attract more defense-related businesses to the areas around nearby military bases. "We're starting to see quite a lot of interest in and around Quantico Marine Corps Base and in the northern part of Route 1, close to Fort Belvoir," says Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart. The county ...
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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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    12 die in dual shootings at Fort Hood, Texas

    FORT HOOD, Texas – A soldier opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, unleashing a stream of gunfire that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman, and apprehended two other soldiers suspected in the attack. The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said at a news conference. He ...
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    Federal Intern Program Blasted as Undermining Open Market Hiring

    WASHINGTON, DC - If you think the word "intern" refers just to the legions of eager young folks who descend on Washington each summer, providing cheap labor by day and guzzling beer at night, think again. When Uncle Sam talks about interns, he might mean the college students who get a few months of valuable on-the-job experience, but he also could ...
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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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    Pay & Benefits Watch: Benefits Breakthroughs

    Pay & Benefits Watch: Benefits Breakthroughs
    Federal employees are set to receive smaller raises than they've become accustomed to, and lawmakers failed to secure civilians the same pay hike as their military counterparts next year. But despite that setback, 2009 was a big year for federal pay and benefits. Congress passed long-delayed changes to federal benefits policy and rolled back the Pentagon's controversial pay-for-performance system. A new ...
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    Baltimore Mayor Dixon Resigns, Leave Office Feb 4

    Baltimore Mayor Dixon Resigns, Leave Office Feb 4
    Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned Wednesday, part of a plea deal that brings a years-long corruption investigation to a close and ends the tenure of the city's first female mayor. Dixon, 56, will leave office Feb. 4, the day she is sentenced both for a guilty plea she entered in a perjury case and for her embezzlement conviction last month. She ...
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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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    More Jobs After Obama Approves Broadband Capacity Expansion?

    More Jobs After Obama Approves Broadband Capacity Expansion?
    President Obama signs a memorandum today committing the government to provide 500 MHz worth of new broadband to ease the use of electronic equipment ranging from cell phones to laptop computers. Under the memorandum, the government will begin identifying specific sources of the new spectrum; they will come from both the public and private sectors, including television broadcast and mobile satellite ...
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    New Cyber Hiring Authority at DHS

    New Cyber Hiring Authority at DHS
    The Senate was moving closer to passage of the $636.3 billion fiscal 2010 Defense Appropriations bill Thursday night, although a long list of amendments awaiting consideration and votes will push a final vote on the measure to Tuesday at the earliest. During floor debate, the chamber approved an amendment offered by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., that requires the Missile Defense Agency ...
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    Military 'Mentor' Pay a Main Factor in Review of Program

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates' decision announced Wednesday to order a review of the Pentagon's payments to retired senior officers for their advice was prompted in part by how much these "mentors" get paid. A USA TODAY review found: • The Navy pays its mentors an average of about $330 per hour, including expenses, according to its budget. • The ...
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    Defense takes aim at contractor business systems

    Defense takes aim at contractor business systems
    The Defense Department is getting tough on contractors that fail to maintain adequate controls against waste, fraud and abuse. In a draft rule posted Friday in the Federal Register, Defense proposed allowing contracting officers to withhold payments from companies with certain deficiencies in their business systems. A clause would be added to contracts requiring firms to certify that they have no ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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