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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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    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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    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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    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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 ...
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    New Members Appointed to Fed Labor-Management Panel

    Six months after he fired their predecessors, President Obama has appointed new members to the panel responsible for resolving bargaining disputes between federal employee unions and agencies. Those appointments to the Federal Service Impasses Panel complete the new team at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which includes the panel. Agency and union officials said they hope the agency will be able ...
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Telework for Gov't Employees Increasing Steadily But Slowly

    Telework for Gov't Employees Increasing Steadily But Slowly
    Participation in telework rose in 2008, but the percentage of eligible federal employees who took advantage of the alternative work arrangement on a regular basis remained small, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of Personnel Management. Click here to read the report Last year, 102,900 federal employees worked off-site at least once a month, the report stated. That's ...
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    Health Coverage Not Universal For Federal Workforce

    Health Coverage Not Universal For Federal Workforce
    The health insurance program that covers President Obama and members of Congress has been touted during the current debate as a model for overhauling the nation's health-care system. But one overlooked aspect of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program is that many federal workers go without health insurance for themselves or members of their families. Meet Lorene Salazar, the mother of ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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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    Labor Group Opposes Senate Pay-for Performance Language

    Labor Group Opposes Senate Pay-for Performance Language
    A coalition of 36 labor unions have rejected a Senate provision to repeal the Pentagon's National Security Personnel System, claiming that it wouldn't do enough to ensure that employees are paid fairly. The language, included in the Senate's 2010 Defense authorization bill (S. 1390), would eliminate the NSPS within a year. But it also would give the Defense Department the opportunity ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    TSA Workers Inch Closer To Obtaining More Rights

    TSA Workers Inch Closer To Obtaining More Rights
    The people who protect airline passengers by stopping guns, knives and hijackers from getting on planes moved a step closer to securing the civil service protections they have long been denied with legislation approved Thursday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The Transportation Workforce Enhancement Act, approved on a 19-to-10 party-line vote, would allow some 60,000 Transportation Security ...
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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 - 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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    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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    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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