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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 about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Civilians in War Zones Face Inconsistency From the Government

    When we think of Uncle Sam's men and women overseas, our thoughts understandably go toward the troops in uniform who risk their lives in the name of the United States. But there are many other federal employees, with no uniforms or weapons, who also subject themselves to daily war zone dangers. The civilians, however, face an inconsistent set of compensation, benefits ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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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    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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    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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Going Political: Who Takes Appointments and Why

    "When the Senior Executive Service began 30 years ago, all the assistant secretaries for administration in the government," said Carol Bonosaro, "were career executives. Over time, you will now find only two who are career executives and that's because of statute." Which is a real shame, according to the president of the Senior Executives Association. Bonosaro told the Federal Drive that ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Equal Raises for Defense Employees in 2010, No Matter the Pay System

    Equal Raises for Defense Employees in 2010, No Matter the Pay System
    Pay increases will be the same in 2010 for almost all Defense Department employees, regardless of whether they are covered by the controversial pay-for-performance or General Schedule system, the Pentagon has decided. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's conclusion provides yet another measure of the troubled state of pay-for-performance, the National Security Personnel System, which was created by the Bush administration to ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Legal Services Corporation Employees Vote to Unionize

    Lawyers and professional staff at a federal legal aid organization voted on Tuesday to form a union under the auspices of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. "We welcome the union as a new partner and look forward to working together to advance the mission of LSC to provide access to justice for all," Legal Services Corporation President Helaine ...
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    Hiring rate stalls for women in top federal government jobs

    Progress in promoting women to the top levels of the federal civil service has flowed like the mighty Mississippi River in the springtime. Wrong. Lately, it's been more like a leaky faucet in Uncle Sam's kitchen. While men and women are close to being equally represented in the lower grades of the federal workforce, "at the higher levels women are woefully ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    OPM To Discuss Hiring Reform in Public Meeting

    Hiring reform for the entire federal workforce, not just cyber security positions, is the topic of a public meeting the OPM planned for Friday. Participants have been asked to discuss "whether normal, competitive hiring is an effective avenue for bringing recent college graduates into the federal workforce," according to the Federal Register. The hearing follows a May 11 directive from Obama, ...
    Published about 4 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 almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Workers Chafe As Obama Reins In Raises

    President Obama will win no fans among federal workers with his action to limit their pay increase next year to 2 percent. That's a long way from the 18.9 percent average raise Obama said many government workers would have received using a complicated statutory formula designed to make federal pay more comparable to private-sector compensation. "Our country continues to face serious ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Senate Again Considers Same-Sex Benefits Bill

    Senate Again Considers Same-Sex Benefits Bill
    Remember when President Obama said he wanted to make working for the federal government cool again? The government's chief human resources officer told lawmakers Thursday that they need to approve a bill that extends full benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of gay or lesbian federal employees in order to ensure the government's coolness factor. “Young people are looking at this ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Federal Pay Raise Almost Official as Spending Measure Clears Senate

    Federal Pay Raise Almost Official as Spending Measure Clears Senate
    The Senate cleared for President Obama's signature on Sunday a $447 billion omnibus spending bill that contains thousands of earmarks and double-digit increases for several Cabinet agencies, the latest target for Republicans seeking to make growing federal deficits a focal point of the 2010 elections. The House may vote this week to raise the federal debt ceiling by at least $1.8 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 5 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 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    OPM's Berry on Changes in the Hiring Process

    OPM's Berry on Changes in the Hiring Process
    It's been six months since John Berry took over the Office of Personnel Management. With his appointment, and increased attention provided by President Obama's White House, federal personnel issues have gained a much greater profile. More attention, however, doesn't mean Uncle Sam's broken hiring system is fixed, or the confusing employee pay and evaluation structure is suddenly sane, or the federal ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    'Cool' Jobs and Same-Sex Benefits

    Remember when President Obama said he wanted to make working for the federal government "cool again"? The government's chief human resources officer told lawmakers Thursday that they need to approve a bill that extends full benefits to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian federal employees to ensure that the government remains competitive with the private sector. "Young people are looking ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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