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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 ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    U.S. Ag Dept Debuts New Online Learning Platform

    A leading government online learning program that serves as a model for job training programs in China soon will allow federal employees to use more social media tools for training. The Agriculture Department's program, AgLearn, is scheduled for an upgrade to a new version of its supporting software, allowing it to provide its employees with blogs and wikis related to their ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    In Cali, a Community Rallies to Save School Sports

    DIXON, Calif. — For a while, it appeared budget cuts at Dixon High School would make it harder for athletes Jeffery Anderson and Kayla Beal to impress college recruiters. Faced with a $3 million budget shortfall, the school system 20 miles southwest of Sacramento decided in February to discontinue all sports at the town's middle and high schools for the 2009-10 ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    A Campaign to Push the Hiring of Vets

    A Campaign to Push the Hiring of Vets
    It's ironic, and shameful, that President Obama's point man on his employment initiative for veterans is barred by law from being one. John Berry directs the Office of Personnel Management and is openly gay. No one is more eager about increasing employment opportunities for those who have served in the military, yet his government, but not this administration, says it does ...
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    Obama Picks Colorado Official to Lead U.S. Forest Service

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional aides say the Obama administration has chosen a Colorado natural resources official to be the new agriculture undersecretary in charge of the U.S. Forest Service. Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, is to be nominated soon, they said. The congressional aides familiar with the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because the ...
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    A look at honors bestowed on Norman Borlaug

    Agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug, the father of the "green revolution," died Saturday at his home in Dallas at age 95. Here is a look at some of the honors he received: -Nobel Peace Prize, 1970 -Election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 1970 -Aztec Eagle, Government of Mexico, 1970 -Outstanding Agricultural Achievement Award, World Farm Foundation (USA), 1971 -Presidential Medal ...
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    Federal Pay Raise Almost Official as Spending Measure Clears Senate

    Federal Pay Raise Almost Official as Spending Measure Clears Senate
    The Senate cleared for President Obama's signature on Sunday a $447 billion omnibus spending bill that contains thousands of earmarks and double-digit increases for several Cabinet agencies, the latest target for Republicans seeking to make growing federal deficits a focal point of the 2010 elections. The House may vote this week to raise the federal debt ceiling by at least $1.8 ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Woman, 82, Accused of Having Gun in Fed Building

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- An 82-year-old Maine woman faces charges after she tried to carry a concealed handgun into a federal building in Augusta. Imelda Yorkus, of Whitefield, said she forgot she had the gun when she tried to go to the post office in the Edmund S. Muskie Federal building on Tuesday afternoon. Security officers in the building discovered the ...
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    From Uniforms to Cybersecurity, Report Details Defense Dept. Activities

    From Uniforms to Cybersecurity, Report Details Defense Dept. Activities
    If you want to get a sense of the broad range of Defense Department activities, there's no better reading than the 638-page House-Senate conferee report on the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill released last week. You could start with apparel. Each service has its camouflage uniforms, which are different even within services. What to do? The House wants to standardize uniforms ...
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    Government Jobs Top Workplace Injuries in Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. - New numbers show more workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Virginia from those in government jobs than in the private sector in 2008. According to a Virginia Department of Labor and Industry report released Monday, 97,900 workers were injured or became ill on the job in 2008. That's down from 104,200 in the previous year, Of those, ...
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    HHS Sec. Sebelius: Swine Flu Shots May Start Early Oct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's first round of swine flu shots could begin sooner than expected, with some vaccine available as early as the first week of October, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday. Sebelius said she is confident the vaccine will be available early enough to beat the peak of the expected flu season this fall and ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    ABC Anchor Charlie Gibson to Step Down, Diane Sawyer to Replace Him

    Diane Sawyer will succeed her friend and former partner Charlie Gibson as the anchor of ABC's "World News" in January, making her the second woman to assume the prestigious chair at a network newscast. The move, announced Wednesday by ABC, will leave a sizable void at "Good Morning America," where Sawyer's star power will be hard to replace. Gibson, who left ...
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    Vaccine Arrives as Flu Spreads

    Vaccine Arrives as Flu Spreads
    The first doses of swine flu vaccine arrived Monday as more than half the USA reported widespread flu cases. "The level of activity we're seeing for this time of year is really unusual," said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "We just really don't see the level of activity we're seeing." The high number ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Equal Raises for Defense Employees in 2010, No Matter the Pay System

    Equal Raises for Defense Employees in 2010, No Matter the Pay System
    Pay increases will be the same in 2010 for almost all Defense Department employees, regardless of whether they are covered by the controversial pay-for-performance or General Schedule system, the Pentagon has decided. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's conclusion provides yet another measure of the troubled state of pay-for-performance, the National Security Personnel System, which was created by the Bush administration to ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Eye Opener: Gov't Opens Entrepreneurship Office

    Happy Friday! The Commerce Department will establish a new Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help small businesses grow faster, part of the Obama administration's new $100 billion innovation agenda announced earlier this week. The administration is especially interested in helping small businesses and entrepreneurs as statistics suggest businesses less than five years old accounted for nearly all private sector employment ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    22 million Bush-era e-mails found

    WASHINGTON - Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mail messages from the administration of President George W. Bush, and the Obama administration is searching for dozens more days' worth of potentially lost e-mail from the Bush years, according to two private groups that sued over the Bush White House's failure to install an electronic recordkeeping system. The groups ...
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    Federal Oversight of Subways Proposed

    Federal Oversight of Subways Proposed
    The Obama administration will propose that the federal government take over safety regulation of the nation's subway and light-rail systems, responding to what it says is haphazard and ineffective oversight by state agencies. Under the proposal, the U.S. Department of Transportation would do for transit what it does for airlines and Amtrak: set and enforce federal regulations to ensure that millions ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Ginsburg Briefly Hospitalized, Released Thurs.

    WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had cancer surgery earlier this year, was kept at a hospital overnight after she became drowsy and fell from her seat aboard an airplane. Court officials blamed a reaction to medicine. Ginsburg was taken to Washington Hospital Center around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday by paramedics and released Thursday morning, court officials said. Ginsburg, ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    OPM To Discuss Hiring Reform in Public Meeting

    Hiring reform for the entire federal workforce, not just cyber security positions, is the topic of a public meeting the OPM planned for Friday. Participants have been asked to discuss "whether normal, competitive hiring is an effective avenue for bringing recent college graduates into the federal workforce," according to the Federal Register. The hearing follows a May 11 directive from Obama, ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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