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Bill would allow retirees to return with full pay

August 6, 2007 Legislation introduced in the Senate late last week would allow federal retirees to return to government service without taking pay cuts. The bill, unveiled by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Friday is a top priority of Office of Personnel Management Director Linda Springer, and is backed by a range of ...

Senator calls for audit of senior executive bonuses

August 3, 2007 In the wake of revelations about skewed or untimely payment of bonuses at the Education and Veterans Affairs departments and the Food and Drug Administration, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., on Friday called for an investigation of how performance-based bonuses are distributed to members of the Senior Executive Service. "It seems ...

Increase in dangerous posts strains Foreign Service

August 2, 2007 A proliferation in overseas hardship posts is requiring the State Department to address work-related stress, and is creating staffing and training challenges, witnesses told a Senate panel Wednesday. Ambassador Heather Hodges, the State Department's acting director general, told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on the ...

Lawmakers question government contribution to health premiums

August 2, 2007 The government pays an adequate share of federal employees' health care premiums, the head of the Office of Personnel Management said Thursday in response to concerned lawmakers. The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program already is competitive with health insurance programs offered in the private sector, OPM Director Linda Springer testified ...

Public service group promotes networking site, campus program

August 1, 2007 During a panel discussion with nearly 100 interns Tuesday, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting public service began pushing a social networking site it is set to launch in the next month and a program to send government representatives to college campuses. The networking site, developed by the Partnership for Public ...

Empty Towers

August 1, 2007 Angered by slower raises and tighter rules, air traffic controllers are retiring en masse. Hired en bloc in the early 1980s after 11,000 air traffic controllers were fired for striking, the current contingent now is retiring rather than continue under a new pay scale and work rules imposed by Federal ...

Crash probe raises issue of air traffic controller staffing

July 27, 2007 Though the National Transportation Safety Board concluded at a meeting Thursday that pilot error was to blame for the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Ky., last August, some panel members raised questions about the role of air traffic controller staffing and scheduling. Contrary to a Federal Aviation Administration ...

Safety board criticizes FAA response to Kentucky crash

July 26, 2007 At a meeting Thursday, members of the National Transportation Safety Board questioned the Federal Aviation Administration's regulatory response to the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Ky., last August. Board members criticized the FAA's reliance on nonbinding recommendations to prevent similar pilot errors in the future, rather than new ...

Controllers at busiest airports retiring in large numbers

July 20, 2007 Editor's Note: the following is excerpted from a feature story that will appear in the Aug. 1 issue of Government Executive. A group of air traffic controllers, hired en bloc in the early 1980s after 11,000 controllers were fired for striking, now is retiring rather than continuing under a new ...

At an Impasse

July 15, 2007 Bush-appointed labor panel is not known for compromise. President Bush reshaped negotiations between federal unions and agencies in early 2002 when he fired all seven members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel and appointed panelists with significantly different professional backgrounds and experience. A Government Executive analysis of 150 written decisions ...