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    Union Leaders Make Pay-for-Performance Reform Major Priority

    After wrapping up their national conventions in August, leaders of some of the largest federal employee unions prepared to aggressively pursue a broad set of legislative priorities when Congress returns on Tuesday. They also said their members are looking for clarity about what kind of reforms to the pay and personnel systems the Obama administration might pursue. One of the first ...
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    Pay and Benefits Watch - Pay Primer

    Pay and Benefits Watch - Pay Primer
    The rules governing federal employee compensation are complicated enough when they're reported accurately. Mischaracterizations in the general media only muddy the waters further in discussions over how civil servants' salaries are set and how they stack up against private sector pay. If the Obama administration wants to start an informed debate outside the Beltway over federal compensation, it must correct repeated ...
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    House Approves Federal Pay Raise; Sends Omnibus to Senate

    The House on Thursday took a major step toward wrapping up the fiscal 2010 appropriations process when it approved, 221-202, a nearly $450 billion spending package that includes a 2.0 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees. Rejecting President Obama's recommendation to freeze locality pay at 2009 rates, the House allocated 1.5 percent of the 2.0 percent raise to base pay ...
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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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    For Feds, More Get 6-figure Salaries

    For Feds, More Get 6-figure Salaries
    The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data. Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession's first 18 months — and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted. Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary ...
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    Postal Service Eyes Options Beyond Layoffs and Buyouts

    The U.S. Postal Service must look for new ways to generate revenue beyond simply reducing its workforce, said lawmakers and witnesses during a House hearing on Thursday. Employee layoffs are not the only solution to digging the agency out of debt, said Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform's federal workforce subcommittee. "It would be a ...
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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 ...
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    Pay and Benefits: Watch Tax Trap

    Most people who have earned a paycheck probably have discovered that the federal income tax withholding formula can be complicated. But changes to withholding stemming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are causing even more head-scratching than usual this year, both inside and outside the federal workforce. "When the tables first came out, there was a flurry of questions," ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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    Insurance Providers Drop Out of Federal Employee Health Program

    Insurance Providers Drop Out of Federal Employee Health Program
    Some federal employees will have to choose new health plans during open season this year because their insurance providers are leaving the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, or reducing the number of areas they cover. "Some employees still might not receive instructions to change plans during open season," Kathleen M. McGettigan, deputy associate director of the Center for Retirement and Insurance ...
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    Federal Charity Drive Reaches Out to Young Donors

    Since he arrived at the Office of Personnel Management in April, Director John Berry has been an active advocate for federal charitable giving. The summer-long Feds Feed Families canned food drive collected more than 1 million pounds of goods for food banks nationwide, and Berry is confident that federal employees of all ages also will deliver for the 2009 Combined Federal ...
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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 ...
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    2011 Pay Raise Poker Chip

    Fed-watchers will be checking President Obama's budget or State of the Union address for clues of a possible link between the size of the next pay raise and soon-to-be-proposed major overhaul of the federal civil service system. Well-plugged in folks, like Politicio, are reporting that after a year of massive spending (to both save the economy and pump a little pork ...
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Pay-for-Performance Program Gets the Boot

    Pay-for-Performance Program Gets the Boot
    Christmas came early for some federal employees and their unions Wednesday as lawmakers delivered one of the biggest items on their wish list, repealing a controversial pay-for-performance program. The repeal of the National Security Personnel System came as part of a compromise House and Senate members announced in their negotiations over the Defense Department authorization bill. The Defense Department will maintain ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Obama calls for loan forgiveness for public service, transparency

    In a State of the Union address that ranged from job creation to education reform, President Obama also called for restoring trust in government, streamlining the federal budget, and extending debt forgiveness to students who spend 10 years in public service careers. Saying "no one should go broke because they choose to go to college," Obama proposed a program that would ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Workers to Have Say on Higher Health Premiums

    Current and former federal employees angered by premium increases in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program will get their day before Congress on Wednesday, when senators hope to get answers about why the impending price jump is warranted and what the government did to inform participants. Most federal and postal employees are eligible for the program, which is run by ...
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