About 15 percent of civil service workforce will be transferred or paid to leave by end of fiscal 2006.
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Federal personnel officials will get together with union negotiators Thursday to iron out the details of the meet and confer period.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., is a powerful voice against a bill that could save federal retirees an average of $400 annually.
Merit Systems Protection Board officials say provisions in the new Homeland Security personnel system require the agency to start giving priority to its cases.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told union members Wednesday that the Bush administration is trying to do away with collective bargaining.
Pentagon official notes DoD plans to spend $130 billion of its $419 billion fiscal 2006 budget request on military personnel and health care.
Early optimism for premium conversion legislation has not spread to the House Ways and Means Committee.
A leading Republican senator says he will not rest until the bill is passed.
Number of hires not keeping pace with vacancies, however.