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Proposed change would make options clearer for wronged whistleblowers

June 14, 2012 In the first reconsideration of its rules and regulations since its inception in 1979, the Merit Systems Protection Board has proposed a change aimed at clarifying the appeal options for federal whistleblowers who believe they have been punished for exposing potential fraud, waste or abuse. MSPB proposed the change to...

Stay Healthy, Join a Union

June 14, 2012 A gym membership discount is always a nice employee health plan perk. Now a new study suggests a different type of affiliation also could have an impact on your overall health and well-being: union membership. Researchers at Duke University asked 11,000 union and nonunion members questions about their general health...

Union proposes commission to help USPS ‘work smarter’

June 13, 2012 The leader of a letter carriers union said a comprehensive bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service should include a mandate to establish a business commission with representatives from the agency’s many stakeholders. Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, told Government Executive that such a panel...

Too easy for ineligible vets to claim needs-based pension, GAO finds

June 8, 2012 Even millionaires might think they qualify for a needs-based pension from the Veterans Affairs Department, according to a new Government Accountability Office report that recommends the agency tighten up the rules to keep out ineligible vets and their families. The Senate committee on Veterans Affairs asked GAO to look into...

Wanted: More details on USPS consolidation plan

June 7, 2012 Postal Regulatory Commission officials and union leaders pressed the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday on its modified plan for streamlining facilities, revealing that the cash-strapped agency still has many gaps in its analysis of its cost-cutting efforts. PRC heard testimony Thursday from USPS officials, in advance of issuing an advisory...

Appeals court sustains union’s right to negotiate terms of layoffs

June 6, 2012 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the right of federal unions to negotiate certain issues when an agency decides to reduce its ranks. The court’s decision comes after the American Federation of Government Employees local representing employees at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona challenged an...

House panel backs bill extending the federal pay freeze another year

June 6, 2012 A House subcommittee approved a fiscal 2013 spending bill Wednesday that would extend the two-year pay freeze for federal employees and cut spending severely enough to potentially result in additional Internal Revenue Service employee buyouts, according to one lawmaker. The House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee approved by voice vote a...

The long lag-time in notifying TSP participants of breach, explained

June 5, 2012 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and Serco Inc. took more than six weeks to determine which Thrift Savings Plan participants were affected by the July 2011 cyberattack on a Serco computer, compromising the personal information of more than 123,000 TSP participants, a new account shows. In a response to...

Room for confusion in letters sent to TSP cyberattack victims

June 5, 2012 Nearly 1 in 40 Thrift Savings Plan beneficiaries has received one of two types of letters informing them that their personal information was compromised in a July 2011 cyberattack. Recipients of these letters, however, still may be unsure about the extent of their exposure. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board...

Unions look out for more pay freeze provisions

June 4, 2012 Labor unions are watching the markup of another spending bill this week for possible provisions extending the two-year pay freeze for federal employees. After the House passed a bill prolonging the pay freeze for some Defense and Veterans Affairs department employees last week, the American Federation of Government Employees was...

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