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Union gears up to file complaints about Labor parking policies

May 24, 2012 Representatives of Labor Department employees plan to file a series of grievances after officials did not respond to their gripes about new parking policies, a union official said. The American Federation of Government Employees Local 12 claims the department is planning to bring in a private contractor to oversee the ...

Beware of ‘Summer Fridays’

May 24, 2012 You may know the ways to escape your office stealthily -- a back stairwell or a route through the office that circumvents the boss. But if you think Memorial Day weekend presents a perfect opportunity to take an early “summer Friday,” you might want to think again. A Washington law ...

Senators skeptical Secret Service’s post-scandal policies will work

May 23, 2012 A Senate panel expressed skepticism Wednesday that the new code of conduct and policies the Secret Service has developed in the wake of the Colombia prostitution scandal will bring about the agency culture change needed to prevent future incidents. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan and Homeland Security Department acting Inspector ...

Lawmaker presses on with part-time retirement plan

May 22, 2012 A proposal to allow feds to ease into retirement and to roll over unused leave into their Thrift Savings Plan accounts is still alive despite being dropped from a inclusion in a defense authorization bill, according to its author. Rep. Stephen Lynch D-Mass., is still considering how to press on ...

Allowing partial retirements could save $427 million

May 21, 2012 A House proposal that would allow federal employees to continue working part time while partially retired would save $427 million between 2013 and 2022, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office estimate. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously approved the bill in April, and it awaits consideration in ...

TSP Roth implementation a work in progress

May 21, 2012 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board emphasized Monday that the Thrift Savings Plan’s Roth option is an ongoing endeavor; fully verifying that all Roth transactions are working correctly will take years. Roth program manager Karen Vaughn told board members at a monthly meeting the plan was in a post-deployment phase ...

Postal Service revises schedule for facility consolidations

May 17, 2012 In its second change of course this month, the U.S. Postal Service revised its strategy for consolidating facilities, incorporating a slower, more incremental approach than previously planned. USPS announced a new strategy Thursday that phases in postal facility consolidations over two years. The agency will pursue consolidations in 140 locations ...

GSA tells feds to consolidate snail mail, use email more

May 16, 2012 The General Services Administration has issued guidance to federal agencies on how to consolidate their mail management practices to help reduce both economic and environmental waste. A bulletin GSA issued earlier this month directs federal agencies to examine their internal policies and to look for ways to consolidate mail, such ...

USPS managers reach salary agreement

May 16, 2012 Postmasters will not see pay-for-performance increases in their 2012 paychecks, according to a new agreement with the U.S. Postal Service, reached after months of discussion. The deal withholds postmasters’ and Postal Career Executive Service members’ pay-for-performance program ratings from salary determinations for fiscal 2011 and 2012. Pay-for-performance determinations are normally ...

Senate appropriators advance military construction, VA spending package

May 15, 2012 Senate appropriators will consider a military construction and veterans affairs spending bill Thursday that grants the Obama administration its requested funding levels for prior rounds of base closures. The Defense Department asked lawmakers to approve $500 million to pay for ongoing restructuring authorized during the 1990 and 2005 Base Closure ...