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Pay raises aren’t enough to lure would-be senior executives

April 21, 2010 Worries that the financial rewards of taking senior executive positions might not make up for the increased workload could be discouraging federal employees, especially younger ones, from seeking promotions, according to a new survey. Participants in the survey, conducted by the Senior Executives Association and Avue Technologies Corp. in 2009, ...

Hotel Help

April 20, 2010 By Katherine Peters Kudos to the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation for raising money to build a new hotel for veterans needing treatment at the VA Palo Alto hospital. The nonprofit organization is raising $12 million to build the Defenders Lodge, which will replace an existing, dilapidated hotel slated to ...

One Way to Deal With Pay Retention

April 20, 2010 I wrote about this last week, but obviously there's a lot of concern out there among folks who are going to be placed on so-called pay retention as part of the transition out of the National Security Personnel System. The folks subject to the holding pens are those whose salaries ...

Contact With Agencies Matters

April 20, 2010 Much has been made of the Pew report released over the weekend that shows a distressing drop in trust in many government agencies from 1997-1998 and 2010. But the agency that made the biggest gains, the Internal Revenue Service, might surprise some people. At Fedline, Tom Spoth speculates it's because ...

Benefits payments will go paperless by 2013

April 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal benefits payments will go exclusively electronic by 2013, the Treasury Department announced on Monday. Treasury's decision applies to all recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Affairs, Railroad Retirement and Office of Personnel Management benefits. Enrollees will be able to choose between direct deposits and balances added to ...

Benefits payments will go paperless by 2013

April 20, 2010 Federal benefits payments will go exclusively electronic by 2013, the Treasury Department announced on Monday. Treasury's decision applies to all recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Affairs, Railroad Retirement and Office of Personnel Management benefits. Enrollees will be able to choose between direct deposits and balances added to ...

Who Should Be Scared of Cybersecurity Breaches?

April 19, 2010 Allan Holmes thinks it's extremely worrying that a survey shows gaps between how worried some agency leaders are about cybersecurity issues, and how worried rank-and-file employees in their agencies are. He says it's a sign that leaders are ignoring the concerns folks who actually do the sweat work on systems ...

Feds' Benefits Go Paperless

April 19, 2010 Seems green, and reasonable to me. Agencies will have to do a good job of making sure employees understand the new mechanisms for getting those benefits that are switching delivery forms. But they've got until 2013 to do it. That's plenty of lead time.

Remembering the Fallen

April 19, 2010 At our Excellence in Government conference this morning, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry called for a moment of silence for the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing. After the attack, Associated Press put together a list of the victims by floor of the building and by agency. In ...

Remembrances

April 16, 2010 I'll be out a conference on Monday, but I thought it was important to dedicate this weekend to the memory of the victims of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. It was 15 years ago on Monday that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people and ...