News Briefs

October 24, 1996

News Briefs

The following news summaries are 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--"This year, both parties tried for major cuts in civil service benefits. Unions react quickly when Republicans sharpen their budget knives but mostly wince and look away when Democrats stick it to them" (The Washington Post).

OFFICE TIME--Some in congress object to what they call the increasing cost of "official time," a governmentwide practice since the early 1960s where federal agencies allow unions to conduct union-related activities during official duty hours (The Washington Post).

FAMILY-FRIENDLY--"Workplace child care, flexible work schedules and other 'worklife' benefits can improve both employee morale and the bottom line according to a new survey of local employers with a national reputation for family-friendly policies" (The Washington Times).

OTHER VIEWS--AFGE says partnership at Tobyhanna Army Depot offers a prime example of how the federal government is working smarter and better for American taxpayers (Sunday Times, Scranton, PA, September 22)...A new government job site is on line (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)...It's FEHBP open season (Albuquerque Tribune, September 25; Repository, Canton, OH, September 25)...Organization supports greater FEHB access to audiology services (AHSA Leader, Rockville, MD, September 17).

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