News Briefs

September 13, 1996

News Briefs

News summaries from OPM AM, the daily newsletter of the Office of Personnel Management. OPM AM is available on OPM Mainstreet, the agency's electronic bulletin board, at 202-606-4800.

THE FEDERAL DIARY--"Some current federal workers may collect partial Social Security benefits at age 65, although the benefits may be subject to the 'windfall' or 'offset' laws once they retire. Those two laws can reduce or eliminate Social Security benefits for many federal retirees" (The Washington Post).

DOWNSIZING AND DIVERSITY--An examination of governmentwide downsizing during a three-year period between September 1992 and September 1995 shows that the representation of full-time permanent minority employees increased from 27 percent to 29 percent (Issues of Merit, MSPB, August 1996)

CAREER EXPECTATIONS--Federal employees who don't adjust their career expectations may become increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs in the near future since there are fewer promotion opportunities in the government than there were just a few years ago (Issues of Merit, MSPB, August 1996)

AROUND GOVERNMENT--The Senate approved $500,000 in legal fee reimbursements for the fired director of the White House travel office (The Washington Post).

OTHER VIEWS--Waseca, MN, denied metro designation (Free Press, Mankato, MN, August 17)...Coventry Corp., a Nashville-based managed care company, settles with OPM (Nashville Banner, Nashville, TN, August 14)...The federal government could open up millions of dollars worth of health care procurements for small businesses, starting next year (Business First, Buffalo, NY, August 5; Business Journal, San Jose, CA, August 19; Denver Business Journal, Denver, CO, August 2; San Antonio Business Journal, San Antonio, TX, August 2)

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