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    Government Hiring to Increase From New Rules

    Government Hiring to Increase From New Rules
    Civilian agencies should increase their acquisition workforce by at least 5 percent by 2014, according to a memo the Office of Management and Budget released on Tuesday. In a second memo, OMB sought to limit the use of noncompetitive and higher-risk types of contracts. "These steps are essential to achieving the president's goal of $40 billion in annual savings through contracting ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    End of NSPS, FERS Flu, And More From The Defense Authorization Bill

    President Obama signed the Defense Authorization bill on Wednesday, which means many federal employees will see changes in their pay & benefits. On this week's Your Turn, Mike Causey spoke with Jessica Klement of the Federal Managers Association, who broke down some of the more significant aspects of the bill. Listen to the audio at FederalNewsRadio "[It] will credit FERS employees ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama to Propose Five-year Spending Freeze

    President Obama will call for a five-year freeze in non-security, discretionary spending during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, according to a White House official. The spending freeze will save roughly $400 billion through 2015, according to White House estimates. "In areas outside the freeze, we also will be looking for cuts and efficiencies," a White House official said. ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Promotions and Pay Increases Decline for Many Workers

    Opportunities for promotions and related salary increases have declined in the federal workforce, forcing managers to use other incentives to recognize good work and help employees advance, according to a human resources organization. A survey, released this month by WorldatWork, a human resources association focused on compensation, benefits and work-life issues, found that opportunities for promotions in the public sector have ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    East Coast, West Coast Pay Spread

    When the 2010 pay raise kicks in later this month, white collar feds on the West Coast will continue to be at the top of the government's salary totem pole. But the gap between federal pay rates in San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose-Los Angeles will narrow thanks to bigger locality adjustments for civil servants in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington-Baltimore. Under President ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Omnibus Includes Federal Pay Raise with Locality Pay

    Congressional negotiators sealed agreement Tuesday night on sweeping spending legislation that would fund agencies into the new year. The $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill includes a 2.0 percent federal employee pay adjustment, including a 1.5 percent nationwide increase in base pay and a 0.5 percent average increase in locality pay. It would combine six of 12 appropriations measures for fiscal 2010. ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Obama is First President to Freeze Locality Pay

    Obama is First President to Freeze Locality Pay
    President Obama plans to freeze locality pay rates at 2009 levels for civilian federal employees in 2010, a move that has prompted protests from government employee groups. In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, Obama said federal employees nationwide would receive a 2 percent increase in their base pay in 2010, ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Jobless Benefits Dwindle Away

    Jobless Benefits Dwindle Away
    JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — Jobless since January, Donald Money has already moved in with his elderly parents, stopped going to the movies and started using less of his prescription medication so it will last longer. This month, something else will fall by the wayside: Money's unemployment check. The 43-year-old former printing press operator is among the more than 1.3 million Americans whose ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Bill Could Offset Medicare Premium Increases for Federal Retirees

    The House last week overwhelmingly passed legislation that supporters say will save money for thousands of federal retirees facing a potential increase in their Medicare Part B premiums. The 2009 Medicare Premium Fairness Act would affect many retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System, who do not receive Social Security payments since CSRS was designed to be equivalent to the Social ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Bye-bye to 'GS, And Other Trial Balloons From OPM's John Berry

    If the federal civil service had a flag, it would be flying upside down. The civil service is in distress -- not dead, but in need of rescue. Recognizing this, John Berry, the Office of Personnel Management director, ran some sweeping ideas up the flagpole on Monday to see who salutes. At the same time he heaped praise on the "unsung ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    OPM's Berry Deals Out First Set of Civil Service Reform Suggestions

    OPM's Berry Deals Out First Set of Civil Service Reform Suggestions
    John Berry fired the first salvo for how to "reinvigorate" and "unshackle" all aspects of federal human resources. The director of the Office of Personnel Management laid out Monday some initial ideas about changes that he hopes could bring agency hiring, firing, recruiting and retention practices in line with other Fortune 500 companies. Listen to WFED's Federal Drive "Our hiring system ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Pay and Benefits Watch: For Leave or Money

    Pay and Benefits Watch: For Leave or Money
    Between November and January, federal employees tend to think more about how they will use their leave than how they accrue it. But as personnel officials weigh hiring reforms, and existing flexibilities for enticing promising applicants to federal service, one leave policy raises concerns about how managers should be negotiating more strategically with new hires and how accrual rates vary across ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Survey: Feds Save More Money Than Average Americans

    Survey: Feds Save More Money Than Average Americans
    Federal employees saved more money between March and September than the general population, according to a new survey from a financial firm. On average, fed workers contributed $2,289 per month to their savings -- either through short-term, long-term or retirement savings accounts -- during the six-month period studied by First Command Financial Services, a firm that serves military and public sector ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama Stands Firm on 2 Percent Civilian Pay Hike

    Obama Stands Firm on 2 Percent Civilian Pay Hike
    Citing the ongoing economic crisis and a ballooning federal budget, President Obama announced he would use his authority to set a 2 percent pay raise for federal employees starting in January 2010. The proposal angered employee groups and lawmakers who have pushed for pay parity between civilians and members of the military, who are slated to receive a 3.4 percent raise ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Congress Puts NSPS Pay-Scale on Life Support: FERS flu might be cured

    Congress Puts NSPS Pay-Scale on Life Support: FERS flu might be cured
    "It's a done deal," says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey when he joined the Federal Drive. It is a trifecta win for all federal employees because NSPS is going to be phased out, the FERS Flu is going to be cured, and retired federal employees are going to be allowed to return to work without harming their annuities. The Defense Authorization Bill ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Women's Group Pushes Overhaul Of Pay-For-Performance Programs

    Federally Employed Women plans to lobby Congress and the Obama administration to make changes in pay-for-performance programs after a majority of FEW members said in a survey they did not support their agencies' alternative pay systems. "We firmly believe that just pointing out problems does not help," said Sue Webster, national president of the employee affinity group. "We are also offering ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Defense Authorization Bill Repeals NSPS

    Defense Authorization Bill Repeals NSPS
    Federal employees and their unions should remember Oct. 7, 2009: It's the day they got to cross several items off their wish list. The conference committee working on a compromise version of the Defense authorization bill (pdf) delivered several long-sought reforms impacting current and former federal employees, their salaries and the way the government measures their performance. The big one: a ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    For Many in Forest Service, Benefits Kept Just Out of Reach

    When it comes to providing employee benefits, Uncle Sam strives to be a model employer. But there's rust on his halo. Take a look at thousands of Forest Service workers who get no health and retirement benefits, despite years of service to the federal government. They are temporary employees. It's not uncommon for temps to go without benefits, but these folks ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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