A new, longer window for private sector workers to spend money in Flexible Spending Accounts has not yet been extended to the federal workforce.
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Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, says total cuts to Homeland Security management programs could endanger the new personnel system.
Agency asks Congress to reverse House vote diverting funds from implementation of new system.
Amendment would have opened the Tricare system to all National Guard members and reservists.
Defense Department argues that FDA studies show vaccine is safe and effective in combating all forms of anthrax.
Union commends move as bill awaits Senate action.
A new committee will examine the military pay system and could recommend changes.
Proposals for the management contract are due by July 19 and a decision will be issued by Dec. 1.
Almost 70 percent of employees in the 2004 Federal Human Capital Survey praised the work of their immediate supervisors, and another 70 percent said their performance appraisals were fair.
Measures cover pretax health insurance premiums for retirees, student loan repayments and transportation subsidies.