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    Patent Office Weighs Ways To Cut Growing Backlog

    Patent Office Weighs Ways To Cut Growing Backlog
    In a move designed to improve employee morale and to help reduce a growing backlog, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office proposed changes Wednesday to its way of determining how long a patent examiner has to complete a patent examination and the incentives that examiners earn. The modifications, which must be approved by agency employees in the coming weeks, would be ...
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    Discrimination Complaints Up Slightly

    Complaints from the federal workforce alleging discrimination by the government increased slightly in the latest figures from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, ending a recent downward trend. The EEOC's Annual Report on the Federal Workforce notes 16,752 complaints alleging employment discrimination filed against the federal government in Fiscal Year 2008 -- up 2.4 percent from the prior year. The complaints ...
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    Employees Face Big Hike in Health-Care Costs

    Federal government employees can expect a big jump in their health-care costs in 2010, officials said Tuesday. Employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will pay an average 8.8 percent more in health-care costs, according to figures released by the Office of Personnel Management. The increase averages $5.98 per paycheck for individual health-care coverage, and a $12.87 increase for ...
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    OMB Will Create New Performance Management Framework for Agencies

    OMB Will Create New Performance Management Framework for Agencies
    The Office of Management and Budget is developing a new federal performance management framework, the government's chief performance officer told lawmakers on Thursday. The approach will incorporate elements from other initiatives, including the Bush administration's Performance Assessment Rating Tool and the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act, OMB's Jeff Zients told a Senate subcommittee. "Our governmentwide performance measurement framework will be ...
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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 ...
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    Agency Chief Makes the Case for Teleworking

    Agency Chief Makes the Case for Teleworking
    Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry sees great advantages to having federal workers stay home. That wouldn't mean taking the day off, however. Berry is an advocate of teleworking and is asking federal managers and employees to help sell the idea to skeptical managers and lawmakers. Berry was making his pitch Thursday, the same day that Washington area commuters experienced ...
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    Stimulus Funds Vulnerable to Pay-to-Play Contracting

    Stimulus Funds Vulnerable to Pay-to-Play Contracting
    A POGO investigation has found that many state and local governments with laws limiting contractors’ campaign contributions (meant to reduce the influence of private interests in the public contracting process) are facing obstacles to enforcing these “pay-to-play” laws on stimulus-funded contracts. As a result, stimulus-funded contracts are not being subjected to this additional level of corruption prevention, a missed good-government opportunity. ...
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    Stimulus Funds Boost Number of Federal Jobs

    Stimulus Funds Boost Number of Federal Jobs
    WASHINGTON — The $787 billion economic recovery package also is stimulating growth in the federal government as agencies hire thousands of workers and spend millions of dollars to oversee and implement the package, according to government records and spokesmen. Fourteen of the top federal agencies responsible for spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act say they've hired about 3,000 workers ...
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    New Members Appointed to Fed Labor-Management Panel

    Six months after he fired their predecessors, President Obama has appointed new members to the panel responsible for resolving bargaining disputes between federal employee unions and agencies. Those appointments to the Federal Service Impasses Panel complete the new team at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which includes the panel. Agency and union officials said they hope the agency will be able ...
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    Search Is On for Best Cost-Cutting Ideas

    Search Is On for Best Cost-Cutting Ideas
    Who better to save taxpayers money than the federal employees who know how it's spent? This is the guiding principle of a White House contest being launched Wednesday to seek the best ideas on how to reduce government spending. Confronted with a staggering federal deficit, the White House is inviting employees across the federal sector to submit suggestions on how to ...
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    GW Roommates Recognized and Reunited in Their Calls to Service

    Not long after Kristen Taddonio and Clare Rowley moved into their George Washington University dorm in 2001, the freshman roommates bonded while watching the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, on a Lafayette Hall television. They went their separate ways after graduation and lost track of each other, but both ended up pursuing careers with the federal government. Eight years later, ...
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    Telework for Gov't Employees Increasing Steadily But Slowly

    Telework for Gov't Employees Increasing Steadily But Slowly
    Participation in telework rose in 2008, but the percentage of eligible federal employees who took advantage of the alternative work arrangement on a regular basis remained small, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of Personnel Management. Click here to read the report Last year, 102,900 federal employees worked off-site at least once a month, the report stated. That's ...
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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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    Census Bureau Cuts Ties with ACORN in 2010 Count

    Census Bureau Cuts Ties with ACORN in 2010 Count
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Census Bureau on Friday severed its ties with ACORN, a community organization that has been hit with Republican accusations of voter-registration fraud. "We do not come to this decision lightly," Census director Robert Groves wrote in a letter to ACORN, which was obtained by The Associated Press. In splitting with ACORN, Groves sought to tamp down GOP ...
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    Lag in Filling Senior Policy Jobs at Treasury, HHS

    Lag in Filling Senior Policy Jobs at Treasury, HHS
    WASHINGTON — The White House has filled important policy jobs at the two departments essential to President Barack Obama's domestic priorities at a much slower rate than elsewhere in his administration after eight months in charge of the government. At the Treasury Department, which is overseeing one of the largest financial rescue plans in history, just 12 of the 33 high-level ...
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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 ...
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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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    Pay and Benefits Watch: Back in Session

    As Congress returns from a not-so-relaxing August recess, health care reform tops the legislative to-do list. But lawmakers also face several pieces of legislation affecting the federal workforce, which were left unresolved at the end of July. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday will consider H.R. 1881, a bill that would eliminate the Transportation Security Administration's special pay ...
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    Fiery Remarks Leads Obama Adviser to Resign

    Fiery Remarks Leads Obama Adviser to Resign
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House environmental adviser under fire for inflammatory statements made before he joined the administration resigned after what he called a "vicious smear campaign against me." Van Jones "understood that he was going to get in the way" of President Barack Obama's agenda, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday. The resignation was disclosed without advance ...
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    With U.S. Forces in Iraq Beginning to Leave, Need for Private Guards Grows

    With U.S. Forces in Iraq Beginning to Leave, Need for Private Guards Grows
    As the United States withdraws its combat forces from Iraq, the government is hiring more private guards to protect U.S. installations at a cost that could near $1 billion, according to the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. On Sept. 1, the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) awarded contracts expected to be worth $485 million over the next two years to five firms ...
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