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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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    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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    Congress Readies Huge Year-End Spending Bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional negotiators sealed agreement Tuesday night on sweeping spending legislation that boosts housing and heating subsidies but curbs President Barack Obama's requests for aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The move comes as lawmakers wrapped the budgets of nine Cabinet agencies into a $1.1 trillion spending bill they hope to complete before a stopgap measure expires Dec. 18. The ...
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    Government Jobs Top Workplace Injuries in Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. - New numbers show more workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Virginia from those in government jobs than in the private sector in 2008. According to a Virginia Department of Labor and Industry report released Monday, 97,900 workers were injured or became ill on the job in 2008. That's down from 104,200 in the previous year, Of those, ...
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    Audit Unit Helped GSA Save Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    Audit Unit Helped GSA Save Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
    The General Services Administration's Office of the Inspector General says its work in the second half of fiscal 2009 saved the agency more than $466 million. In its semiannual report to Congress, covering April 1 to Sept. 30, the inspector general said it made more than $268 million in financial recommendations for better use of government funds. The office also made ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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    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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    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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    President Aims to Step Up Hiring of Veterans

    President Aims to Step Up Hiring of Veterans
    President Obama on Monday signed an executive order designed to boost the number of veterans in the federal workforce. The directive creates Veterans Employment Program offices in federal agencies, to match veterans with job openings and help them navigate the application process. The offices also will give veterans guidance on how to adjust to civilian life after they are hired. "This ...
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    With Jobs Order, Obama Gives Veterans More to Celebrate

    With Jobs Order, Obama Gives Veterans More to Celebrate
    Presidential executive orders are lofty, historical documents, generally signed in White House ceremonies with pomp and circumstance. Seldom do we think of them beginning in a small town on the eastern edge of West Virginia. But it was in Shepherdstown, with a population of 803 at last count, where President Obama's latest executive order, designed to facilitate the hiring of veterans ...
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