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    In a Surprise, Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

    In a Surprise, Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize
    OSLO (AP) -- President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism. Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 ...
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    In Hiring, Uncle Sam Could Use Better HR -- and PR

    The 40 people who met behind closed doors in the Ronald Reagan Building on Wednesday weren't in a position to make any decisions about fixing the federal government's recruitment and hiring process, but their discussion could have a lasting impact on federal policy. The Harvard Kennedy School, along with the University of Maryland and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), organized ...
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    DEA Crackdown Hurts Nursing Home Residents Who Need Pain Drugs

    DEA Crackdown Hurts Nursing Home Residents Who Need Pain Drugs
    Heightened efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on narcotics abuse are producing a troubling side effect by denying some hospice and elderly patients needed pain medication, according to two Senate Democrats and a coalition of pharmacists and geriatric experts. Tougher enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, which tightly restricts the distribution of pain medicines such as morphine and ...
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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 ...
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    Obama Creates Good Cheer By Granting Labor-Management Forums

    President Obama gave federal employee unions an early holiday present on Wednesday. But like a Santa Claus who can't grant all the items on a wish list, Obama didn't provide everything labor leaders wanted. Obama met a long-sought union goal when he issued an executive order creating labor-management forums within the government. The order creates a National Council on Federal Labor-Management ...
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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. ...
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    House approves $1.1 trillion spending measure

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are muscling through a deficit-swelling spending bill, giving domestic programs their third major boost this year and awarding lawmakers with more than 5,000 home-state projects. The House voted 221-202 Thursday to pass the 1,088-page, $1.1 trillion measure _ combining $447 billion in operating budgets with about $650 billion in payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare ...
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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 ...
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    Fed Stimulus Plan Funded over 11.5K MA Jobs in Q1

    BOSTON - Federal stimulus funds directly funded 11,692 jobs in Massachusetts during the first three months of the year, according to newly released federal data. That's up from 9,474 jobs in the fourth quarter of last year, indicating some additional stimulus projects in Massachusetts have started ramping up hiring. Nationally, the government says 682,779 jobs were directly funded by the awards ...
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    Student Interns Head Back to College to Tout Energy Department

    A second class of student ambassadors have completed their internships with the federal government, and six of them will return to their college campuses talking about the Energy Department. Of the 30 participants in the 2009-2010 Federal Service Ambassador Program sponsored by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, six college students were enrolled in a new Energy Department-specific internship. Energy's program ...
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    Biden Wants Recovery Act Business Practices to Become Routine

    Biden Wants Recovery Act Business Practices to Become Routine
    Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday encouraged federal agencies to incorporate into their daily operations the business practices they have instituted to meet the Recovery Act's transparency, efficiency and accountability requirements. "Running the risk of setting myself up for a test I may not be able to pass 18 months from now... I've asked, at the end of the day, ...
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Money-Saving Ideas Put Four Federal Workers in Running for Award

    Money-Saving Ideas Put Four Federal Workers in Running for Award
    Want to help the federal government save some money? Make sure to vote Thursday in a contest designed to help Uncle Sam cut costs. The winner gets a face-to-face meeting with President Obama before Christmas, and the winning idea will be included in his 2011 budget. The Office of Management and Budget launched the SAVE Award in September, an effort to ...
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    Deputy Director Begins Work at OPM

    Deputy Director Begins Work at OPM
    More than five months after she was confirmed by the Senate as deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, Christine Griffin this week begins her new post overseeing federal personnel issues. "I am very pleased to be able to work with Christine on important issues that directly affect the federal government and its workforce," OPM Director John Berry said in ...
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    GSA Lowers Mileage Reimbursement Rate in 2010

    GSA Lowers Mileage Reimbursement Rate in 2010
    The General Services Administration announced on Monday that it is lowering by five cents the 2010 mileage reimbursement rate for federal employees using private vehicles for government business. The new rate, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2010, is 50 cents per mile, down from 55 cents per mile in 2009. Unless GSA issues a mid-year adjustment, the rate will remain ...
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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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    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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    Even With Check in Hand, GI Benefits Elusive

    Even With Check in Hand, GI Benefits Elusive
    The Department of Veterans Affairs' problems with the Post-9/11 GI Bill's benefits seem to linger, no matter what the government does. Tens of thousands of veterans, active-duty servicemembers and their dependents have been waiting for promised higher-education benefits from VA since fall classes began last month. The agency attempted to address the backlog by granting $3,000 in emergency checks, but that ...
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    Yet Another Blow to Efforts to Freeze Federal Pay

    After strong debate from both sides of the aisle, the Senate on Thursday rejected a legislative provision that would have frozen federal pay and the size of the government workforce. The chamber voted 57-41 to let stand a budgetary point of order against a GOP alternative amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. The point of order essentially ...
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