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Lawmakers push labor-management partnerships

October 19, 2007 Two Democrats unveiled legislation on Thursday to re-establish the National Labor-Management Partnership Council established by President Clinton in 1993 and dissolved by President Bush in 2001. The Federal Labor-Management Partnership Act, introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., would require the formation of a council with...

Employee advocates cite disparities in Hatch Act enforcement

October 18, 2007 The law barring government employees from engaging in political activity on the job is enforced unevenly, witnesses told senators at a hearing Thursday. "I am concerned about the differences in treatment between civil servants and presidential appointees," said Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, at the hearing before the Homeland Security and...

In Benefits Feds Trust

October 18, 2007 "Keep the Hildabeast away from my health care." That's how Dean O. reacted to an Oct. 12 story about how Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's proposal to open the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to uninsured Americans might affect federal employees. Dean's response might have been unusually vehement, but...

Commissioners call for streamlined vets benefits

October 17, 2007 Former Sen. Robert Dole and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala told a Senate panel Wednesday that the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments need to streamline and clarify benefits processes. "In our national survey of injured service members," said Shalala, who co-chaired the President's Commission on Care for...

Clinton’s health plan unlikely to affect feds’ premiums

October 12, 2007 Opening the federal employee health program to uninsured Americans as proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would be unlikely to affect premiums or coverage for government workers, analysts say. Under Clinton's proposal, a separate risk pool would be created for members of the public who joined the Federal Employees...

Mid-level hires rank government above previous employers

October 11, 2007 Employees entering public service in mid-level jobs are at least as satisfied with the government as they were with their former employers in all but one category, according to forthcoming results from a Merit Systems Protection Board survey. That one area was agencies' ability to deal with employees who don't...

Report cites some gaps in Defense payroll security

October 9, 2007 The Defense Department can provide "reasonable, but not absolute assurances" that information in its civilian payroll system is secure, according to a recent audit report. The report by the Defense inspector general noted that because the civilian payroll systems are moving to different facilities as part of the Base Realignment...

Panelists offer advice on training technology

October 5, 2007 Agencies looking for technology to help train their employees and share information should pick equipment and software based on capability and flexibility, not just on a cutting-edge reputation, according to panelists at a conference Thursday. The best technology, the presenters said, lets government employees train, communicate with each other, and...

Judge rejects request to halt NASA background checks

October 4, 2007 In a surprise ruling, a federal district court judge in California decided late Wednesday that a section of a NASA background check asking contract employees about past drug use did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The judge had said on Monday that he was likely to issue a preliminary injunction...

Stepping In

October 4, 2007 "Everyone says we pay for performance," Jac Fitz-enz told an audience convened by the American Management Association's Federal Learning Institute last week. "And no one does it. Even in the private sector, people get paid for lots of different reasons. Maybe we feel guilty, so we give them more money."...

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