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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 ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    With U.S. Forces in Iraq Beginning to Leave, Need for Private Guards Grows

    With U.S. Forces in Iraq Beginning to Leave, Need for Private Guards Grows
    As the United States withdraws its combat forces from Iraq, the government is hiring more private guards to protect U.S. installations at a cost that could near $1 billion, according to the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. On Sept. 1, the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) awarded contracts expected to be worth $485 million over the next two years to five firms ...
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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 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Swine Flu: 10 Things You Need to Know

    Swine Flu: 10 Things You Need to Know
    Since it first emerged in April, the global swine flu epidemic has sickened more than 1 million Americans and killed about 500. It's also spread around the world, infecting tens of thousands and killing nearly 2,000. This summer, the virus has been surprisingly tenacious in the U.S., refusing to fade away as flu viruses usually do. And health officials predict a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Givebacks Sought From Workers at Erie County, NY Jail

    Givebacks Sought From Workers at Erie County, NY Jail
    The terms of a proposed contract between Erie County and the union that represents jail personnel at the Holding Center call for the workers to contribute to their health insurance, especially in retirement, and surrender some paid time off. In return, they would receive a lump sum payment that county officials say will average $4,000 a worker, plus a more generous ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Career OPM Officials Will Review All Political Conversions

    Career OPM Officials Will Review All Political Conversions
    The number of political appointees converting-or burrowing-into career positions is minute, according to the Office of Personnel Management. In 2008, OPM says it reviewed 58 conversions and found only two of the required further evaluation. This is out of more than 1,600 political positions. The minority staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reported in 2005 that the Bush ...
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    Claims Fall; When Jobs Will Come is Anyone's Guess

    Claims Fall; When Jobs Will Come is Anyone's Guess
    WASHINGTON — With the sputtering job market flashing an encouraging sign — unemployment claims at their lowest point since January — the White House announced a summit Thursday to try to speed the day when hiring finally starts again. While President Barack Obama called the new jobless figures hopeful, economists think claims will probably stay too high to indicate even a ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Stimulus Saves Oregon Jobs, But Most Are In Government

    Stimulus Saves Oregon Jobs, But Most Are In Government
    Federal stimulus spending has created or saved thousands of Oregon jobs, state officials boasted Monday, but at least three out of every four positions were in government work, according to the state's own figuring. The lion's share of the money -- about $750 million, went to beefing up entitlement programs, such as Medicaid, unemployment benefits and food stamps. But the remaining ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Transportation Department furloughs end

    Transportation Department furloughs end
    Furloughs at the Department of Transportation have come to an end and employees are to return to work Wednesday. In a press release Tuesday evening, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "I am pleased that the Senate has acted to break its logjam and extend the Highway Trust Fund for another 30 days. This means that our valued employees may return to ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    House Approves Federal Pay Raise; Sends Omnibus to Senate

    The House on Thursday took a major step toward wrapping up the fiscal 2010 appropriations process when it approved, 221-202, a nearly $450 billion spending package that includes a 2.0 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees. Rejecting President Obama's recommendation to freeze locality pay at 2009 rates, the House allocated 1.5 percent of the 2.0 percent raise to base pay ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Defense Police Bill Could Affect Insourcing Efforts

    Defense Police Bill Could Affect Insourcing Efforts
    Many federal service contractors could see their jobs brought back in-house if provisions in the House and Senate Defense authorization bills are passed into law, according to an industry group. The House version of the policy measure includes an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., that would give "special consideration" to federal employees for any function that has been performed ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Wal-Mart Launches Employee College Plan

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced a program Thursday in which its workers can receive college credit from the online American Public University and receive a tuition discount from the school. The company also said it will commit $50 million over three years to help workers pay for books and tuition above the reduced tuition rate. After the reduction, ...
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    Watchdog: Inadequate Staffing Hampers Oversight of DHS Tech Procurement

    Watchdog: Inadequate Staffing Hampers Oversight of DHS Tech Procurement
    The Homeland Security Department's ability to fully integrate its new IT procurement practices has been hindered by insufficient staffing in the Office of the Chief Information Officer and fragmented management practices, an agency watchdog testified on Tuesday. Deputy Inspector General James Taylor told a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that DHS has made significant progress in managing and overseeing its ...
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    Bill calls for feds who owe taxes to be fired

    Congressman Jason Chaffetz wants federal employees who don't pay their taxes to be fired. The Republican from Utah introduced a bill Wednesday and will offer it as amendment to legislation focused on vendors Thursday during a markup by the House oversight and Government Reform Committee. "We have about 100,000 federal employees how are seriously delinquent and have tax debt that is ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Can Our Government Do More To Get People Back to Work?

    Why isn't our government doing more to put people back to work? Mass unemployment is a human and national calamity. It destroys families, crushes hopes. The longer it lasts, the more it cripples economic recovery and undermines democracy. Nearly 27 million Americans are unemployed or can't find more than part-time work. Yet legislators are reacting to this reality somewhat like the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    AP Exclusive: Tourists Enjoy White House Breakfast

    AP Exclusive: Tourists Enjoy White House Breakfast
    WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a state dinner, and they didn't crash it on purpose. Still, a Georgia couple who showed up at the White House a day early for a tour somehow wound up at an invitation-only breakfast with President Barack Obama and the first lady. It left the White House once again explaining how people who were not on an ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Social Security makes it official: No COLA

    Social Security makes it official: No COLA
    WASHINGTON - There will be no cost-of-living increase for more than 50 million Social Security recipients next year, the first year without a raise since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. Blame falling consumer prices. By law, cost-of-living adjustments are pegged to inflation, which is negative this year because of lower energy costs. Social Security payments, however, do not go down ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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