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    Pay and Benefits Watch - Pay Primer

    Pay and Benefits Watch - Pay Primer
    The rules governing federal employee compensation are complicated enough when they're reported accurately. Mischaracterizations in the general media only muddy the waters further in discussions over how civil servants' salaries are set and how they stack up against private sector pay. If the Obama administration wants to start an informed debate outside the Beltway over federal compensation, it must correct repeated ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    450 Mayors Petition Obama To Adopt Broad Gun Reform

    A new report from a national coalition of mayors urges President Obama to adopt dozens of reforms to help curb gun violence, including steps to crack down on problems at gun shows and the creation of a federal interstate firearms trafficking unit. The "Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns," a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, presents ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Field Poll Finds Californians Want State Government Overhauled

    Field Poll Finds Californians Want State Government Overhauled
    Frustrated California voters think a state government overhaul is needed, but a majority believe it shouldn't be so easy for them to change the state's constitution at the ballot box, a new Field Poll has found. Raising the ballot box threshold for approving a constitutional amendment from a majority to two-thirds was favored by 56 percent in the poll and opposed ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Senate OK's Health Care Measure, Reaching Milestone

    Senate OK's Health Care Measure, Reaching Milestone
    WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama's legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country's history. The 60-39 vote on a cold winter morning capped months of arduous negotiations and 24 days of floor debate. It also followed a succession ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Calif. GOP Lawmaker Caught Bragging About Affairs Resigns

    Calif. GOP Lawmaker Caught Bragging About Affairs Resigns
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker from Southern California was ousted Wednesday from two legislative committees after he was caught on tape bragging about having sex with female lobbyists. Assemblyman Mike Duvall of Yorba Linda made the comments to another man during a break in a committee meeting at the Capitol over the summer, and they were caught on ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Groups Claim Data on Federal Employees' Salaries is Misleading

    Groups Claim Data on Federal Employees' Salaries is Misleading
    Federal employee groups on Monday questioned the accuracy of a recent news report that claimed from 2007 to 2009 the number of government workers earning more than $100,000 per year spiked. Based on an analysis of federal data, a Dec. 10 USA Today story, said the number of federal workers earning more than $100,000 per year rose from 14 percent in ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Senate Passes Telework Bill

    Senate Passes Telework Bill
    Late Monday, the Senate voted on and unanimously passed telework legislation which had been held up for more than a year. The 2010 Telework Enhancement Act (S. 707), sponsored by Sens. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, is designed to expand telecommuting opportunities in the federal government by making employees presumptively eligible and requiring agencies to take a number of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Philadelphia Transit Strike Ends

    Philadelphia Transit Strike Ends
    WHEW! Just when commuters around the region were gearing up for the second week of the six-day transit strike, the Transport Workers Union Local 234 signed a deal that put its workers back on the job. Gov. Rendell said early this morning at a hastily called news conference at the Bellevue, at Broad and Walnut streets, that the subways, buses ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Federal Government Closed on Monday

    Federal Government Closed on Monday
    Federal government offices in the Washington region will be closed on Monday. Nonessential government workers will be granted excused absences. Emergency employees are expected to report for work on time, and some employees who telework may be expected to work from their telework sites, as specified in their individual agreements. The Office of Personnel Management made the announcement Sunday afternoon, well ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Job Simulations Could Help Agencies Make Better Hires, Report Says

    Job Simulations Could Help Agencies Make Better Hires, Report Says
    Federal agencies might have better luck selecting the best job candidates if they included a simulation of the work in the application process, according to a new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Developing tests to see how prospective employees respond to a given work environment or how they perform a particular task can be expensive. But "agencies need to ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Cali. Governor Backs Tax-Overhaul Plan

    Cali. Governor Backs Tax-Overhaul Plan
    As major Capitol business and labor groups denounced a tax overhaul package released Tuesday by a blue-ribbon commission, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger essentially embraced the plan, whose key components would flatten the state's income tax and install a new form of consumption tax on businesses. The Republican governor said he would sign the plan if it landed on his desk in ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Federal Employees Have Fewer Health Insurance Choices This Year

    The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program typically includes an array of health insurance options. But this year the choices are more limited than before because 32 health insurance plans are leaving FEHBP or reducing their coverage across the country. "It's kind of a disturbing trend," said Dave Snell, retirement benefits service department director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Gov't Outlines Plan for Contractor Performance Database

    The government is developing a comprehensive database that will track the performance of federal contractors, according to a proposed rule published Thursday in the Federal Register. Click here to read the proposed rule The Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, which the General Services Administration will maintain, will integrate a handful of existing databases with new information provided by contracting ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Postal Service Eyes Options Beyond Layoffs and Buyouts

    The U.S. Postal Service must look for new ways to generate revenue beyond simply reducing its workforce, said lawmakers and witnesses during a House hearing on Thursday. Employee layoffs are not the only solution to digging the agency out of debt, said Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform's federal workforce subcommittee. "It would be a ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Federal Contracts Show 30,000 Stimulus Jobs

    Federal Contracts Show 30,000 Stimulus Jobs
    WASHINGTON - Businesses receiving federal contracts under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus program reported creating or saving more than 30,000 jobs in the first months of the program, according to data released Thursday by a government oversight board. The numbers, based on jobs linked to less than $16 billion in federal contracts, represent just a sliver of the $787 billion stimulus ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    FEATURES Rebooting Reform

    FEATURES Rebooting Reform
    Dismantling the embattled Defense personnel system could spark a reinvention of performance management across government. When President Obama signed legislation that repealed the National Security Personnel System, on a warm day in late October, the Rose Garden celebration seemed like a bit of a letdown. The rollback of the controversial Defense Department pay program was just one of many federal employee ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Survey: Feds Beat Private Sector on Vision, Lag on Management

    Survey: Feds Beat Private Sector on Vision, Lag on Management
    Federal managers tend to be more enthusiastic about their work and more committed to their organizations' missions than their counterparts in the private sector, a new survey shows. The survey, conducted by McKinsey & Co. in partnership with Government Executive, found that the federal government earns higher marks than the private sector on questions relating to what McKinsey calls the "heart ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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