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    Senate Again Considers Same-Sex Benefits Bill

    Senate Again Considers Same-Sex Benefits Bill
    Remember when President Obama said he wanted to make working for the federal government cool again? The government's chief human resources officer told lawmakers Thursday that they need to approve a bill that extends full benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of gay or lesbian federal employees in order to ensure the government's coolness factor. “Young people are looking at this ...
    Published about 8 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. ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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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," ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Obama Executive Order Targets Payment Errors

    Obama Executive Order Targets Payment Errors
    Federal agencies soon will be required to create dashboards on their Web sites tracking the amount of money they have spent on improper payments, under a new directive from President Obama. The executive order -- which Office of Management and Budget Director Peter R. Orszag previewed last week -- is aimed at increasing the transparency and public scrutiny of payments to ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    OPM Extends Direct Hire Authority For Acquisition Jobs

    OPM Extends Direct Hire Authority For Acquisition Jobs
    A new rule giving agencies authority to hire acquisition employees directly could aid the Obama administration's efforts to bring contract jobs back in-house, and could inform the conversation about hiring reform, according to federal workforce advocates. In a Federal Register notice published on Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management finalized a regulation extending direct hire authority for procurement jobs. The rule ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    OPM Defies Order on Same-Sex Benefits

    OPM Defies Order on Same-Sex Benefits
    With logic only a lawyer -- and perhaps only a government lawyer -- could love, the Obama administration is refusing to obey a federal judge's order that agrees with a position the administration supports. Last month, Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, ordered the Office of Personnel Management to allow health insurance companies ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    EEOC Proposes Changes To Federal Discrimination Complaint Process

    EEOC Proposes Changes To Federal Discrimination Complaint Process
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this week unveiled a wide range of changes to how discrimination complaints in federal agencies are filed, processed and decided. The recommendations were the product of an internal agency working group, led by acting EEOC Chairman Stuart Ishimaru, and inspired by a 2002 public meeting held to solicit suggestions for improving the EEO complaint process. Peggy ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    A More Web-Friendly Federal Register

    A More Web-Friendly Federal Register
    Lawyers, lobbyists, librarians and concerned citizens, rejoice: As of Monday, it is much easier to access the Federal Register. The de facto daily newspaper of the executive branch publishes approximately 80,000 pages of documents each year, including presidential disaster declarations, Medicare reimbursement rates, and thousands of agency rulings on policies ranging from banking to fishing to food. It's a must-read for ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Senate Confirms 1st Openly Gay US Marshal

    MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis assistant police Chief Sharon Lubinski has become the first openly gay U.S. marshal. The U.S. Senate confirmed the Green Bay, Wis. native to be the U.S. marshal for the Minnesota district. Last week's confirmation also makes her the first female marshal in the state. Lubinski has served a number of roles with the Minneapolis Police. She was also ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Personnel Agency Cracks Down on Appointees 'Burrowing' In

    Personnel Agency Cracks Down on Appointees 'Burrowing' In
    The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday announced it will monitor movement of political appointees to career civil service jobs continuously to better protect against politicization of the merit system. In a memorandum to agency heads, Director John Berry said starting in 2010 all agencies must get OPM's permission before giving current or recent political appointees competitive or nonpolitical excepted service ...
    Published about 8 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 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Senate Passes Bill to Provide Funding for Federal Executive Boards

    Senate Passes Bill to Provide Funding for Federal Executive Boards
    By unanimous consent, the Senate on Thursday passed legislation (S. 806) to stabilize the funding and management of Federal Executive Boards, which coordinate the actions of federal offices outside the Washington area. "President Kennedy showed great foresight when he called for the coordination of federal agencies' activities in 1961, and FEBs have done a good job since then in coordinating their ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    New Boss Moves to Change Sluggish Patent Office

    New Boss Moves to Change Sluggish Patent Office
    You know things are bad at a government agency when a Cabinet secretary says as much while swearing in the new boss. It happened at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August, when Commerce Secretary Gary Locke showed up to swear in the new director, David Kappos, and told the rank-and-file that the agency's backlog had a negative impact on ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Feds Find 38,000 Ways to Make Government Better

    Feds Find 38,000 Ways to Make Government Better
    Federal employees submitted more than 38,000 ideas to help the government save money. An Office of Management and Budget official says as of Oct. 14 employees suggested about 38,400 ways to make the government more effective and efficient. OMB stopped accepting official entries as of last Tuesday, but says on its Web site that it would still take ideas. The official, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Watchdog Finds 'Pervasive Deficiencies' in Medicare Contract Management

    Watchdog Finds 'Pervasive Deficiencies' in Medicare Contract Management
    The Government Accountability Office has again found widespread flaws in how the office administering Medicare and Medicaid manages contracts. The watchdog agency studied a random sample of contract actions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and estimated that more than 84 percent of fiscal 2008 contract actions had at least one instance where officials failed to implement a key ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    OPM Director Berry furious over federal pay editorial

    OPM Director Berry furious over federal pay editorial
    Throughout the week, Federal News Radio has been covering the debate over federal employee pay. From an analysis in USA Today on Monday, to a rebuttal from the Bureau of Labor Statistics last Thursday, there is a lot of anger on both sides of the issue. Last Friday, The Washington Times printed an editorial, The Federal Bonus Bonanza. John Berry, director ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Senator holds up bill compensating furloughed Transportation workers

    A Republican senator is holding up legislation that would prevent Transportation Department workers furloughed earlier this month from losing pay. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said he is upset by the bill's funding mechanism. "Time and time again, Congress intentionally waits until the last minute to consider important legislation and then declares the billions of dollars in foreseeable costs as emergency spending ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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