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    House passes bill to pay furloughed DoT workers

    Rep. Gerry Connolly wants to make sure the 2,000 or so Transportation workers who were furloughed last week get paid. The Virginia Democrat introduced a bill Tuesday and the House passed it this morning to pay the employees for the two days they were off due to the lapse in the Highway Trust Fund legislation. President Obama signed into law a ...
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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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    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 ...
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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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    Dulles TSOs who missed work during snowstorm marked AWOL

    Dulles TSOs who missed work during snowstorm marked AWOL
    When it comes to an agency's reputation among federal employees, the Transportation Security Administration has long been a bottom feeder. Morale is low, attrition is high and it has no leader. And if that were not enough, the agency now has some really unhappy transportation security officers at Dulles International Airport who say they are being marked AWOL, absent without leave, ...
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    Senate bill aims to boost small business contracting

    Civilian agencies might soon be required to set aside a percentage of funds from multiple-award, multiagency contracting vehicles for small businesses. The provision, included in the 2010 Small Business Contracting Improvements Act introduced by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, on Thursday, would require agencies to reserve for small firms a yet undetermined portion of orders placed against federal ...
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    Senator puts blanket hold on presidential nominees

    Senator puts blanket hold on presidential nominees
    Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has placed a blanket hold on all executive nominations on the Senate calendar in an effort to win concessions from the Obama administration and Pentagon on a variety of fronts affecting his home state, according to aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Reid spokeswoman Regan Lachapelle said Shelby is blocking more than 70 pending nominations. ...
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    OPM Releases Strategic Plan on Veterans Employment

    OPM Releases Strategic Plan on Veterans Employment
    Washington, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released a government wide Strategic Plan to increase support and access for Veterans seeking employment with the Federal government. The plan is part of President Obama’s Veterans Employment Initiative, a pragmatic, straightforward approach to helping the men and women who have served our country in the military find employment as civilians ...
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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 ...
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    Economy grows at 5.7 pct pace, fastest since 2003

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy grew for a second straight quarter from October through December, posting a 5.7 percent annual rate, the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2003. The Commerce Department report is the strongest evidence to date that the worst recession since the 1930s ended last year, though an academic panel that dates recessions has yet to officially ...
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    Obama calls for loan forgiveness for public service, transparency

    In a State of the Union address that ranged from job creation to education reform, President Obama also called for restoring trust in government, streamlining the federal budget, and extending debt forgiveness to students who spend 10 years in public service careers. Saying "no one should go broke because they choose to go to college," Obama proposed a program that would ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce

    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce
    The lack of permanent leadership at the Transportation Security Administration is delaying action on several agency personnel issues, union leaders and other observers said on Wednesday. "TSA has a number of issues that continue to contribute to its high attrition rate and low workforce morale," said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, in a statement. "Many of these ...
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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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    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 ...
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    Feds are left out of excise tax compromise

    Federal employee groups fear that they are being left out of a health care reform compromise forged by unions and lawmakers to alleviate the effects of a proposed excise tax on insurance plans. The deal, posted on the Web sites of the AFL-CIO and the National Education Association, would raise the premium threshold level at which a 40 percent tax kicks ...
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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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    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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    Economy loses 85K jobs, unemployment rate steady

    Economy loses 85K jobs, unemployment rate steady
    WASHINGTON -- The economy lost more jobs than expected in December while the unemployment rate held steady at 10 percent, as a sluggish economic recovery has yet to revive hiring among the nation's employers. The Labor Department said Friday that employers cut 85,000 jobs last month, worse than the 8,000 drop analysts expected. A sharp drop in the labor force, a ...
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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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    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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