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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 ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    End of NSPS, FERS Flu, And More From The Defense Authorization Bill

    President Obama signed the Defense Authorization bill on Wednesday, which means many federal employees will see changes in their pay & benefits. On this week's Your Turn, Mike Causey spoke with Jessica Klement of the Federal Managers Association, who broke down some of the more significant aspects of the bill. Listen to the audio at FederalNewsRadio "[It] will credit FERS employees ...
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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 ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    In Hiring, Uncle Sam Could Use Better HR -- and PR

    The 40 people who met behind closed doors in the Ronald Reagan Building on Wednesday weren't in a position to make any decisions about fixing the federal government's recruitment and hiring process, but their discussion could have a lasting impact on federal policy. The Harvard Kennedy School, along with the University of Maryland and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), organized ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Proposal To End Federal Health Plan Is Off The Table

    Proposal To End Federal Health Plan Is Off The Table
    Civil servants are no longer in danger of being forced off the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program under the Senate Finance Committee's version of health care reform legislation. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, agreed to scale back a proposal that would have required all federal employees to move from FEHBP to state-based health exchanges so it applied only to members of Congress ...
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    DEA Crackdown Hurts Nursing Home Residents Who Need Pain Drugs

    DEA Crackdown Hurts Nursing Home Residents Who Need Pain Drugs
    Heightened efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on narcotics abuse are producing a troubling side effect by denying some hospice and elderly patients needed pain medication, according to two Senate Democrats and a coalition of pharmacists and geriatric experts. Tougher enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, which tightly restricts the distribution of pain medicines such as morphine and ...
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    First Openly Gay US Attorney Begins Job in Wash.

    First Openly Gay US Attorney Begins Job in Wash.
    SEATTLE — The new top federal prosecutor in Seattle knows the significance her role carries for many people: She's apparently the nation's first openly gay U.S. attorney. But as a daughter of privilege — her dad was a powerful Democratic state senator, and she had all the benefits of a comfortable upbringing and a good education — Jenny Durkan also recalls ...
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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 almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Feds submit more than 10,000 ideas to OMB in effort to SAVE money

    Feds submit more than 10,000 ideas to OMB in effort to SAVE money
    Federal employees have submitted more than 10,000 ideas to improve government, and feds still are two more weeks to enter. The Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag wrote in his blog today that his office has received 10,266 entries under the Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award. OMB announced the competition Sept. 23, and it runs through Oct. ...
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    Britain to Relocate Unemployed to Area That are Hiring

    Unemployed people living on sink estates could be relocated to areas with job vacancies as part of a Government plan to break up Britain's 'poverty ghettos'. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the move was designed to help those 'trapped' on council estates in unemployment blackspots. The plan, which is still at an early stage, carries echoes of the ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Obama Pledges Massive Overhaul of Government

    Obama Pledges Massive Overhaul of Government
    In addition to a five-year discretionary spending freeze, President Obama on Tuesday night announced a reorganization effort to consolidate duplicative federal programs and reduce government waste. Government hasn't undergone a major restructuring in decades, leaving agencies with overlapping responsibilities, the president said during his State of the Union address. Efforts to cut waste haven't gone far enough, and administration officials in ...
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    Obama to Propose Five-year Spending Freeze

    President Obama will call for a five-year freeze in non-security, discretionary spending during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, according to a White House official. The spending freeze will save roughly $400 billion through 2015, according to White House estimates. "In areas outside the freeze, we also will be looking for cuts and efficiencies," a White House official said. ...
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    Promotions and Pay Increases Decline for Many Workers

    Opportunities for promotions and related salary increases have declined in the federal workforce, forcing managers to use other incentives to recognize good work and help employees advance, according to a human resources organization. A survey, released this month by WorldatWork, a human resources association focused on compensation, benefits and work-life issues, found that opportunities for promotions in the public sector have ...
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    Next Target: Fast-Track Hiring Programs!

    Groups representing federal and postal workers and retirees have delivered the goods as never before. This year, 2009, will go down in the books as as-good-as-it-gets. The new Defense Authorization Act contains an array of eye-popping new benefits for federal workers in both major retirement systems, retirees and former feds who want to make a comeback in government. The back-stage lobbying ...
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    Agencies Could Be Passing Over Good Job Candidates

    Federal agencies have room for improvement when it comes to assessing applicants for federal jobs, according to a new survey of government officials and observers. The report, released Thursday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and PDRI, a human resources consulting firm, found government does a poor job of evaluating applicants for federal positions. During discussions with seven focus groups ...
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    Commission to Review Agencies' Work on Bias Complaints

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will look into the quality of agencies' decisions about bias claims, after a new report revealed that during a five-year period, the percentage of those decisions upheld on appeal declined considerably. Click here to read the new report "Federal agencies must step up their efforts to improve complaint processing time, while also focusing on quality results," ...
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    DHS Gets Green Light to Hire 1,000 'Cyberspecialists'

    DHS Gets Green Light to Hire 1,000 'Cyberspecialists'
    Never let it be said that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano doesn't know how to kick off National CyberSecurity Awareness Month. "I'm pleased to announce today that we've been given direct authority to hire up to 1,000 additional cyberspecialists within the Department of Homeland Security, to assist, and make our efforts more robust and vibrant than they are right now." The ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    East Coast, West Coast Pay Spread

    When the 2010 pay raise kicks in later this month, white collar feds on the West Coast will continue to be at the top of the government's salary totem pole. But the gap between federal pay rates in San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose-Los Angeles will narrow thanks to bigger locality adjustments for civil servants in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington-Baltimore. Under President ...
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    Agencies Getting Too Attached to Incumbent contractors

    Federal agencies are failing to maximize opportunities to make contracts competitive, often because of poor management or because officials have grown comfortable with incumbent contractors, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The watchdog reviewed trends in noncompetitive contracts during the past several years and discovered a number of questionable business practices by contracting officials and program managers. ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Census Bureau Kicks Off Once-a-decade Head Count

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Census Bureau kicks off its $300 million campaign Monday to prod, coax and cajole the nation's more than 300 million residents to fill out their once-a-decade census forms. The bureau will mail out the 10-question forms to about 120 million households in March. On Monday, Census Director Robert Groves starts the nationwide campaign with an event ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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