Government Executive - Authors - Amanda Palleschihttp://www.govexec.comen-usThu, 01 Nov 2012 16:53:56 -0400Maryland lawmakers urge Treasury to halt relocation of 450 jobshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2012/11/maryland-lawmakers-urge-treasury-halt-relocation-450-jobs/59208/Plan would move FMS employees out of the area.Amanda PalleschiThu, 01 Nov 2012 16:53:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2012/11/maryland-lawmakers-urge-treasury-halt-relocation-450-jobs/59208/OversightSen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.Charles Dharapak/AP File PhotoThrift Savings Plan funds make few, if any, gains in Octoberhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/11/thrift-savings-plan-funds-make-few-if-any-gains-october/59203/Three basic funds post tiny increases and two fall into the red.Amanda PalleschiThu, 01 Nov 2012 15:10:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/11/thrift-savings-plan-funds-make-few-if-any-gains-october/59203/Pay & BenefitsKateryna Larina/Shutterstock.com Thrift Savings Plan closed for Hurricane Sandy, along with the financial marketshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thrift-savings-plan-closed-hurricane-sandy-along-financial-markets/59125/Transactions and transfers delayed until Oct. 31.Amanda PalleschiTue, 30 Oct 2012 15:00:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thrift-savings-plan-closed-hurricane-sandy-along-financial-markets/59125/Pay & Benefitswrangler/Shutterstock.com Funds roll in for feds hit by Hurricane Sandyhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2012/10/funds-roll-feds-hit-hurricane-sandy/59123/Nonprofit hopes to have additional $35,000 for grants in next few days.Amanda PalleschiTue, 30 Oct 2012 14:33:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/10/funds-roll-feds-hit-hurricane-sandy/59123/ManagementRAGMA IMAGES/Shutterstock.com Unnamed top USPS official’s compensation exceeds legal limit, IG sayshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/unnamed-top-usps-officials-compensation-exceeds-legal-limit-ig-says/59066/Postal Service at odds with IG over maximum compensation rules.Amanda PalleschiFri, 26 Oct 2012 16:48:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/unnamed-top-usps-officials-compensation-exceeds-legal-limit-ig-says/59066/Pay & BenefitsCharles Dharapak/AP file photoEmployees can contribute more to their Thrift Savings Plans in 2013http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/employees-can-contribute-more-their-thrift-savings-plans-2013/58964/IRS adjusts investment caps to account for inflation.Amanda PalleschiTue, 23 Oct 2012 14:19:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/employees-can-contribute-more-their-thrift-savings-plans-2013/58964/Pay & Benefitskaren roach/Shutterstock.comMore than 50,000 choose Thrift Saving Plan’s new Roth optionhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/more-50000-choose-thrift-saving-plans-new-roth-option/58934/The investment choice now is open to all Defense civilians and service members.Amanda PalleschiMon, 22 Oct 2012 15:59:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/more-50000-choose-thrift-saving-plans-new-roth-option/58934/Pay & BenefitsThinkstockThrift Savings Plan advisory board considers mutual fundshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thrift-savings-plan-advisory-board-considers-mutual-fund-option/58933/Move would mean greater freedom for TSP participants -- and also greater risk.Amanda PalleschiMon, 22 Oct 2012 15:55:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thrift-savings-plan-advisory-board-considers-mutual-fund-option/58933/Pay & BenefitsJohnKwan/Shutterstock.comPerformance pilot launching at Veterans Affairshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2012/10/performance-pilot-launching-veterans-affairs/58888/National Cemetery Administration to adopt GEAR program in November.Amanda PalleschiThu, 18 Oct 2012 17:39:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/10/performance-pilot-launching-veterans-affairs/58888/Managementnasirkhan/Shutterstock.comLawmakers urged to adopt tighter caps on contractor payhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2012/10/lawmakers-urged-adopt-tighter-caps-contractor-pay/58881/Limiting annual reimbursements to $230,700 per employee would save billions, advocacy groups argue.Amanda PalleschiThu, 18 Oct 2012 16:58:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2012/10/lawmakers-urged-adopt-tighter-caps-contractor-pay/58881/ContractingThinkstockArmy spent 13 times as much on 2010 conference as GSA spent in Vegas http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/10/army-spent-13-times-much-2010-conference-gsa-spent-vegas/58814/Service says comparing the two events would be 'misleading.'Amanda PalleschiTue, 16 Oct 2012 15:13:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/10/army-spent-13-times-much-2010-conference-gsa-spent-vegas/58814/ManagementU.S. ArmyMost feds get an extra pay period’s worth of leave this yearhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/most-feds-get-extra-pay-periods-worth-leave-year/58780/Use-it-or-lose-it policies remain in effect.Amanda PalleschiMon, 15 Oct 2012 15:41:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/most-feds-get-extra-pay-periods-worth-leave-year/58780/Pay & Benefitssergign/Shutterstock.comThrift Savings Plan Roth participation grows steadilyhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thrift-savings-plan-roth-participation-grows-steadily/58721/About 40,000 federal employees, including Marines, sign up for Roth in its first four months.Amanda PalleschiThu, 11 Oct 2012 14:19:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thrift-savings-plan-roth-participation-grows-steadily/58721/Pay & BenefitsThinkstockMilitary families must pay to extend TRICARE coverage to adult dependentshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/military-families-must-pay-extend-tricare-coverage-adult-dependents/58701/Fee has deterred service members from exercising the option.Amanda PalleschiWed, 10 Oct 2012 16:55:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/military-families-must-pay-extend-tricare-coverage-adult-dependents/58701/Pay & BenefitsThinkstockOPM: Feds should ‘rarely’ need time off to votehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2012/10/opm-feds-should-rarely-need-time-vote/58662/Memo outlines rules for excused absences on Election Day.Amanda PalleschiTue, 09 Oct 2012 14:33:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/10/opm-feds-should-rarely-need-time-vote/58662/ManagementLisa S./Shutterstock.comThousands of USPS mail handlers and postmasters accept separation incentiveshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thousands-usps-mail-handlers-and-postmasters-accept-separation-incentives/58629/Tally of about 7,000 is close to Postal Service projections.Amanda PalleschiFri, 05 Oct 2012 16:47:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thousands-usps-mail-handlers-and-postmasters-accept-separation-incentives/58629/Pay & BenefitsDamian Dovarganes/AP file photoOfficials nab fugitive felon posing as a federal agenthttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/10/officials-nab-fugitive-felon-posing-federal-agent/58592/Homeland Security IG works with U.S. Marshals Service and local sheriff’s office to locate impersonator.Amanda PalleschiThu, 04 Oct 2012 14:54:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/10/officials-nab-fugitive-felon-posing-federal-agent/58592/DefensePostal Service offers more buyout incentives http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/postal-service-offers-more-buyout-incentives/58521/APWU-represented clerks, mechanics and others are eligible for up to $15,000.Amanda PalleschiTue, 02 Oct 2012 15:11:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/postal-service-offers-more-buyout-incentives/58521/Pay & BenefitsSeth Perlman/APTop Veterans Affairs HR exec resigns ahead of IG reporthttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/10/top-veterans-affairs-hr-exec-resigns-ahead-ig-report/58494/Auditors find misconduct and misuse of taxpayer dollars at two 2011 conferences.Amanda PalleschiMon, 01 Oct 2012 15:16:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/10/top-veterans-affairs-hr-exec-resigns-ahead-ig-report/58494/DefenseThrift Savings Plan funds stay in blackhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thrift-savings-plan-funds-stay-black/58483/All TSP funds post positive returns for second consecutive month.Amanda PalleschiMon, 01 Oct 2012 12:02:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/thrift-savings-plan-funds-stay-black/58483/Pay & BenefitsPavel Ignatov/Shutterstock.comUSPS advised to delay facility closureshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2012/09/usps-advised-delay-facility-closures/58465/Initiative won’t save as much as projected, PRC determines.Amanda PalleschiFri, 28 Sep 2012 18:07:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2012/09/usps-advised-delay-facility-closures/58465/OversightElaine Thompson/APOne in eight feds have witnessed workplace violence in past two yearshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/09/one-eight-federal-employees-witnessed-violence-work-past-two-years/58464/Most perpetrators had connection to workplace.Amanda PalleschiFri, 28 Sep 2012 17:43:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/09/one-eight-federal-employees-witnessed-violence-work-past-two-years/58464/Pay & BenefitsThinkstockState government employees out-earn private sector peers by 6 percent, study findshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/09/state-government-employees-out-earn-private-sector-peers-6-percent-study-finds/58417/Debate over the public-private compensation gap extends to the state level.Amanda PalleschiThu, 27 Sep 2012 17:05:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/09/state-government-employees-out-earn-private-sector-peers-6-percent-study-finds/58417/Pay & BenefitsMaciej Walczak/Shutterstock.comUSPS prepares for second default in two monthshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2012/09/usps-prepares-second-default-two-months/58389/Mail service and current retiree health benefits will be unaffected.Amanda PalleschiWed, 26 Sep 2012 17:02:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/09/usps-prepares-second-default-two-months/58389/ManagementRep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was unable to get postal reform in the six-month budget Congress recently passed.J. Scott Applewhite/APTSP board finds a ‘happy medium’ with the fiscal 2013 budgethttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/09/tsp-board-finds-happy-medium-fiscal-2013-budget/58323/Spending will increase, but not by as much as requested -- for now.Amanda PalleschiMon, 24 Sep 2012 16:42:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/09/tsp-board-finds-happy-medium-fiscal-2013-budget/58323/Pay & BenefitsGregory Long, executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment BoardU.S. Senate committee for Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs