Labor officials wonder whether they'll see the Homeland Security Department's personnel reform proposals before the November election.
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Department is forced to take the temporary measure because Congress did not raise the federal debt ceiling before adjourning.
Measure includes authority for recruitment bonuses, vacation incentives and compensatory time off for travel.
Will performance pay and other personnel reforms spread to the rest of the government? No one really is sure.
Bill allows larger bonuses and compensatory time off for time spent on official travel.
Funds gained across-the-board in September.
The Office of Personnel Management is helping HUD officials survey their workforce and streamline hiring processes.
Critics call for action and express skepticism, citing numerous studies already completed.
After a year of negotiating, hundreds of Treasury employees will receive back pay and damages covering more than two years.
Some federal managers intentionally avoid laws that provide employment protection for veterans and reservists, says OPM Director Kay Coles James.