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    Obama Signs 3.4 Percent Raise For Military

    Obama Signs 3.4 Percent Raise For Military
    President Obama signed into law on Monday a 3.4 percent pay raise for service members in 2010, while federal employee unions said they would push for parity between civilian and military pay in 2011. The military pay raise, included in the fiscal 2010 Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3326), was 0.5 percent higher than the 2.9 percent raise Obama requested in his ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    OPM Defies Order on Same-Sex Benefits

    OPM Defies Order on Same-Sex Benefits
    With logic only a lawyer -- and perhaps only a government lawyer -- could love, the Obama administration is refusing to obey a federal judge's order that agrees with a position the administration supports. Last month, Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, ordered the Office of Personnel Management to allow health insurance companies ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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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    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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    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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    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 ...
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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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    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 ...
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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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    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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