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    Big Career Changes Coming at You

    Big Career Changes Coming at You
    Imagine working for an outfit with a 3-step rank-in-person system instead of 15 grades. A system where outstanding employees could be rewarded, big time, and losers could be punished financially (maybe losing annual leave) and, if necessary fired quickly without red tape and endless appeals. Imagine that if the boss proposed to fire you, you could demand a trial, complete with ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Wired Workplace: OPM Looking For New Cyber Job Models

    Wired Workplace: OPM Looking For New Cyber Job Models
    The Office of Personnel Management is looking to create a new framework for classifying, selecting, developing and evaluating federal cybersecurity workers. In a letter sent Friday to agency chief human capital officers, OPM Director John Berry noted that creating competency models for cybersecurity jobs has been deemed a high priority. As a result, OPM along with the National Security Council Interagency ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    OPM Chief Floats Ideas on Personnel System Fix

    OPM Chief Floats Ideas on Personnel System Fix
    In greater detail than he has before, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry outlined his thinking on remaking the federal personnel system during a speech this week. His address to a Human Capital Management: Federal conference was part of a series of discussions he is holding to help in the monumental task of developing a new civil service system. With ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Pay and Benefits Watch - Family Matters

    Pay and Benefits Watch - Family Matters
    President Obama's executive order expanding job opportunities for veterans in federal agencies made headlines last week. He also marked Veterans Day by signing into law a bill that makes it easier for the families of service members to navigate the complicated landscape of rules governing their benefits during reassignments. The 2009 Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (S. 475) allows the husbands ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    USPS Loses $3.8 Billion for Year as Volume Falls

    USPS Loses $3.8 Billion for Year as Volume Falls
    The U.S. Postal Service posted a $3.8 billion net loss during the fiscal year that ended in September, despite $6 billion in cost-cutting moves. Total mail volume fell more steeply than ever -- by 25.6 billion pieces, or almost 13 percent, more than double any decline in postal history. Worse, the Postal Service expects that 2010 mail volume will drop by ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Bill to Extend Benefits to Same-sex Partners Advances

    Bill to Extend Benefits to Same-sex Partners Advances
    The effort to expand domestic benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees took another step forward Wednesday when a House committee advanced legislation to do just that. After sometimes heated debate, the 23 to 12 vote in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee broke down along party lines, with the victorious Democrats arguing that the measure is a matter of ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Sen. Byrd Becomes Longest-serving Congress Member

    Sen. Byrd Becomes Longest-serving Congress Member
    WASHINGTON – West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd has become the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history, a milestone to be marked Wednesday with a Senate resolution. "I look forward to serving you for the next 56 years and 320 days," Byrd said in a statement marking the occasion. His only regret, Byrd said, was that his late wife, Erma, was not ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    More Evidence to Improve Federal Protective Service Oversight

    More Evidence to Improve Federal Protective Service Oversight
    Feeling snug in your government building? Before you get too comfortable, consider these incidents involving the Federal Protective Service (FPS), the agency responsible for safeguarding federal facilities, described in a Government Accountability Office report: -- An infant in a carrier was placed on the moving belt of a security X-ray machine while the child's mother looked for identification. "Because the guard ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Poll: Americans Have Lackluster View of Government

    Poll: Americans Have Lackluster View of Government
    Most Americans have a neutral to negative opinion of federal agencies, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. The poll, conducted during the summer, asked more than 40,000 Americans to rate their individual experience with federal agencies to understand the public's overall perception of government. Nearly half (46 percent) viewed agencies neutrally, while 34 percent reported negative opinions and 20 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Luring Top Talent to Public Service

    Luring Top Talent to Public Service
    If President Obama's plan to attract lots of bright people to work for the feds by making "government cool again" doesn't quite do the trick, money might. Congress is considering legislation to create a program that makes such good sense, you might wonder why no one thought of it before. The Roosevelt Scholars program would draw young people to key positions ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Feds, Retailers Flooded With Job Applications

    Feds, Retailers Flooded With Job Applications
    WASHINGTON - From federal government clerk positions to grocery store cashiers, the competition for jobs is phenomenal. Applications for all types of positions are flooding in. "We are pretty much overwhelmed with the number of applications that we are receiving for every job posting," says Deputy Associate Director of the Center for Talent and Capacity Policy at the U.S. Office of ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 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 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Search Technology for Illegal Immigrants Widens

    Top Homeland Security officials on Thursday announced that by 2013 all law enforcement agencies across the country will be able to use a technology program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants held in jails and prisons -- assuming Congress provides the necessary funding. Under the Secure Communities program, which is run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, state and local law enforcement ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Tenn. Valley Authority Union Joins Larger Engineers Federation

    An independent engineers union at the Tennessee Valley Authority voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to affiliate with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. The Engineering Association, which represents scientists, engineers, technicians and other white-collar workers at TVA, voted 856 to 88 in favor of joining IFPTE. The association approached IFPTE after an internal deliberation about whether to join a larger ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    White House Push to Reduce Contractors At Odds With Expanding Role of Agencies

    White House Push to Reduce Contractors At Odds With Expanding Role of Agencies
    Within his first few months in office, President Obama signed the largest economic recovery package in a generation, significantly boosted government assistance to banks and auto manufacturers, and augmented the role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. No matter your political affiliation, it is undeniable that these policies have expanded the missions of federal agencies, and by proxy, those of government contractors. ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Pay & Benefits Watch: Support Network

    This Veterans Day is a bittersweet celebration -- a mix of admiration and appreciation on behalf of all of those who serve in the U.S. military and lingering pain and disbelief about the tragic shooting that left 13 dead and 29 wounded at Fort Hood last week. As the nation mourns the military members and civilians killed and injured on Nov. ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Poll: Southerners Want Federal Help, Fear for Jobs

    Poll: Southerners Want Federal Help, Fear for Jobs
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new poll shows Southerners are fretting about job loss and the economy and don't think the federal government is doing enough to address either. The Winthrop Poll of 866 respondents in 11 Southern states found the economy was the top concern of four in 10 — the same share of people who said they were concerned about ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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