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    Feds are left out of excise tax compromise

    Federal employee groups fear that they are being left out of a health care reform compromise forged by unions and lawmakers to alleviate the effects of a proposed excise tax on insurance plans. The deal, posted on the Web sites of the AFL-CIO and the National Education Association, would raise the premium threshold level at which a 40 percent tax kicks ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Personnel Chiefs on the Hook for Hiring Reform

    In early May, President Obama released a long-anticipated hiring reform memorandum, replacing a requirement that federal job applicants respond to essay questions with a resume-based approach more in line with private sector practices. The memo also outlined new responsibilities for managers and supervisors, requiring them to get more involved in the hiring process. The job of making sure the hiring reform ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Times Are a-Changin' for Postal Service

    The Times Are a-Changin' for Postal Service
    The U.S. Postal Service lost billions of dollars in revenue during the last fiscal year as the volume of mail plunged. Lawmakers may one day soon consider cutting mail delivery to five days a week. They also may need to sort out how the Postal Service pays for the benefits of current and future retirees. But most customers only care about ...
    Published about 5 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 about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 5 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 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 about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Time For a Plain-Language Revolution

    Sometimes Uncle Sam sounds like he has marbles in his mouth. Read, if you can, the accompanying excerpt from an Education Department regulation, which was printed in Wednesday's Federal Register. This one sentence has more than 220 words, nearly the equivalent of a typed page, double-spaced. It's typical of impenetrable fedspeak that produces more indigestion than information. But help is on ...
    Published about 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 about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Officials Pledge to Fix Federal Hiring Process

    Officials Pledge to Fix Federal Hiring Process
    Applying for a job with the federal government can be a miserable experience. Announcements of vacancies are often written in arcane, incomprehensible jargon; applications can stretch for dozens of pages; one branch of an agency might not have any idea of the hiring needs of a second branch. This is not the opinion of jilted job-seekers. Instead, it was the frank ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Performance Pay Funding for Teachers May Increase

    Performance Pay Funding for Teachers May Increase
    Federal funding for performance pay in public schools would quadruple, to $400 million a year, under a bill moving through Congress that reflects the growing political momentum behind an education reform idea once considered anathema to many Democrats and labor leaders. The Teacher Incentive Fund, launched during the Bush administration, has become a priority for President Obama. It has awarded more ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Obama Looks to Increase Hiring of Disabled Workers

    Obama Looks to Increase Hiring of Disabled Workers
    The White House and the Office of Personnel Management this week announced hiring initiatives aimed at halting a decline in the representation of disabled employees in the federal workforce. President Obama earlier this week said he hoped the government could become a model for other employers. "Across this country, millions of people with disabilities are working or want to work, and ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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