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Labor group highlights candidates’ differences on federal employee issues

Views on bargaining rights for airport screeners and contracting show important distinctions between Obama and McCain, AFL-CIO political director says.

Opening SAMBA

A venerable health plan, once restricted to law enforcement employees, is now available to all feds and retirees.

Defense to probe fairness of pay for performance system

Department is in the early stages of analyzing data from the National Security Personnel System to suss out any disparities based on age, race or gender.

Unexcused employee absences on the rise, senator says

Since 2001, nearly 300,000 federal employees have been absent without leave for some period of time, study shows.

Silent Treatment

The presidential candidates have been mum on the campaign trail about the future of the federal workforce.

Hurricane Fay reminds managers of emergency workforce flexibilities

Direct hiring authority, premium pay for employees are among several options available to agencies during a crisis.

Equal employment report shows mixed success

Federal workers file fewer complaints, but agencies pay more in damages.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

House majority leader calls for expanding alternative work schedules

Maryland Democrat asks OPM for guidance on motivating agencies to adopt a four-day, 40-hour workweek by October.

Defense to test run foreign language corps

Department is seeking individuals fluent in 10 critical languages to serve the government in times of emergency or international need.

Obama emphasizes VA role in caring for vets

Democratic presidential candidate favors job training for veterans, more outreach to their families.