Amanda Palleschi

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More than 1,000 IRS employees agreed to buyouts in fiscal 2011

May 1, 2012 More than 1,250 Internal Revenue Service employees took early retirement and buyout offers in fiscal 2011. The figure, confirmed by the agency and first reported by Federal Times, represents more than 1 percent of the IRS’ 91,000-strong workforce. The IRS offered buyouts in November 2011 to 5,400 employees, with the...

Food Safety On the Line

May 1, 2012 Before he became an advocate for food inspection workers and a proponent for consumer food safety, Stan Painter worked in commercial slaughterhouses as a chicken grader and quality control agent. He remembers seeing workers put condemned meat back on the line labeled as “edible product,” and he recalls managers telling...

Watchdog documents ongoing workers’ compensation struggles

April 30, 2012 Managing workers’ compensation benefits remains a challenge for federal agencies, and it’s driving up program costs, according to a new watchdog report. The Government Accountability Office conducted an audit of Labor Department and inspectors general reports on implementation of the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, dating back to 2004. The 1916...

USPS says Senate-passed postal reform effort doesn’t go far enough

April 27, 2012 If Senate-passed legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service becomes law, the agency will be back asking Congress for help in a few years, according to the USPS postmaster general. Elsewhere the reform bill drew mixed reaction. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe approved of much of the Senate overhaul effort but...

Fifty-four senior executives win Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards

April 26, 2012 Fifty-four senior executives were honored Thursday with the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award. Together, the top civil servants have saved the government more than $36 billion, according to a review of their accomplishments by the Senior Executives Association. The Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Agriculture Department received the...

One Reason to Save Your Vacation Time

April 26, 2012 Capitol Hill has been buzzing with debate over proposals that affect federal employees. Amid all the discussions, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee managed to squeeze in a few potential changes to Thrift Savings Plan policies. The panel last week amended a retirement bill to allow federal and postal...

Senate passes U.S. Postal Service overhaul

April 25, 2012 This story has been updated with comment. The Senate passed sweeping U.S. Postal Service reform legislation by a 62-37 vote Wednesday, after months of debate and procedural halts on the measure. The legislation (S. 1789) allows the agency to offer buyout and early retirement incentives to 100,000 employees, switches to...

Forced retirement for Postal Service workers voted down in Senate

April 24, 2012 A measure that would have required eligible postal service employees to retire without buyout incentives failed in the Senate on Tuesday. The amendment, introduced this week by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., would have reduced the cash-strapped agency’s expenses by reducing its large percentage of retirement-eligible workers. It failed in a...

Telework Data and Defense

April 23, 2012 The abundance of new studies make it hard to argue that telework isn’t the “it” thing in workplace innovation. Federal telework policies enable savings for employees, their managers and taxpayers. About 120,000 federal workers telework regularly, and many say that number should continue to rise. But, as with many attempts...

Senator tries to rid postal reform bill of language reducing workers’ comp

April 19, 2012 An amendment introduced during Senate debate this week would strip a comprehensive U.S. Postal Service reform bill of language scaling back workers’ compensation benefits. The 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) would give workers injured on the job 50 percent of their predisability pay upon reaching retirement age. Currently,...

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