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HR specialists note generation gap in telework acceptance

September 17, 2007 An amendment to pending energy legislation that would aggressively push telework options for federal employees could expose a technological generational gap if enacted, but could also provide a valuable incentive to the workforce, participants at a human resources conference said on Sunday. Most agencies run telework on a voluntary basis, ...

The Conductors

September 15, 2007 Chief human capital officers seek to harmonize the skills of disparate employees and smooth discordant personnel policies. It seems as though Toni Dawsey is always sending someone somewhere. As assistant administrator for human capital management at NASA, she has transferred scientists among the agency's 10 facilities, rotated engineers through human ...

Unions call on OPM to rein in health care premiums

September 14, 2007 Thursday's announcement of federal health premium increases for 2008 prompted renewed calls by labor union officials for the government to increase its share of those premiums and hold costs down by taking advantage of Medicare drug subsidies. The Office of Personnel management announced at a press briefing that Federal Employees ...

Staffing shortages slow vets’ employment counseling

September 13, 2007 Two years after signing an agreement to coordinate their employment services for disabled veterans, the Veterans Affairs and Labor departments are still struggling to work through staffing challenges and to share information effectively, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. VA provides employment counseling at 57 regional ...

Senators warm to ICE chief at re-nomination hearing

September 12, 2007 At a Wednesday hearing on the nomination of Julie Myers to continue as head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the senators who opposed her in 2005 on the grounds she lacked experience said they were impressed by her track record since President Bush gave her a recess appointment ...

DHS encouraged to improve IT workforce planning

September 11, 2007 A Government Accountability Office report issued on Monday expressed concerns that a lack of a timeline and clear requirements for implementation threaten the Homeland Security Department's strategy for shaping its information technology workforce. GAO praised many elements of DHS' technology human capital planning, including plans to complete a comprehensive inventory ...

Arbitrator rules against SEC pay for performance system

September 7, 2007 A mediator ruled on Thursday that the pay-for-performance system adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2003 is illegal because it resulted in discrimination against African-Americans and employees who are 40 and older. "This decision should serve as yet another warning against rushing to implement pay-for-performance systems in the ...

Court rules in union’s favor in TSA free-speech case

September 6, 2007 A San Francisco appeals court ruled Wednesday in a 3-0 decision that a Transportation Security Administration screener who was fired in 2004 after receiving a warning about his union activities can sue TSA for an alleged violation of his right to free speech. The American Federation of Government Employees hailed ...

Air traffic controllers land in Washington to lobby

September 5, 2007 One hundred air traffic controllers arrived in Washington Wednesday morning for hastily convened visits to all congressional offices to ask lawmakers to use a mid-September House vote on Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization to overturn an unpopular contract that the agency imposed last fall. The FAA instituted the new pay and ...

FAA awards landmark air traffic control contract

August 30, 2007 The Federal Aviation Administration awarded a contract Wednesday to ITT to implement a new air traffic control system that the agency heralded as a revolutionary step forward. The contract is worth a potential $1.8 billion over 18 years. "Today is another great milestone in aviation," said FAA Deputy Administrator Robert ...