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House panel approves part-time retirement for feds

April 18, 2012 This story has been updated with comment. A House panel voted unanimously Wednesday to advance legislation that would allow retirement-eligible employees to work part time and to roll unused annual leave into their Thrift Savings Plans. The bill, H.R. 4363, would amend U.S. law to allow federal employees to continue...

Senate to weigh measure delaying postal facility closures

April 17, 2012 The Senate voted Tuesday to debate a comprehensive U.S. Postal Service reform bill that aims to put the cash-strapped agency on a path to solvency. The debate on the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) is slated to continue in the coming days, with additional amendments likely to be...

FBI needs long-term plan for counterterrorism vacancies, watchdog says

April 17, 2012 The FBI needs to develop a long-term strategy for filling counterterrorism division vacancies, a government watchdog found. Although the FBI has made some progress addressing a 40 percent vacancy rate -- first reported in 2005 -- in certain parts of its counterterrorism division, the bureau has yet to establish sufficient...

Thrift Savings Plan Roth option delayed for Pentagon employees

April 13, 2012 The Thrift Savings Plan Roth option slated to launch May 7 will not be available to civilian Defense Department employees and service members until summer or early fall. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the TSP, said earlier this week that not all federal agencies have completed the...

Postal closures would save money, GAO says

April 12, 2012 A Government Accountability Office report released Thursday offered support for several controversial provisions of a major U.S. Postal Service reform bill backed by House Republicans. After conducting an audit requested by lawmakers -- including interviews with postal officials, reviews of proposed legislation and financial data -- GAO found that closures...

EEOC commissioner Ishimaru resigns

April 12, 2012 Stuart J. Ishimaru, a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will resign at the end of April, according to a statement from the EEOC. Ishimaru was nominated to the commission by President George W. Bush in 2003 and is currently serving a second term, which expires July 1. He...

Fantasy TSP

April 12, 2012 Attention federal employees: If Thursday’s Washington National’s home opener against the Cincinnati Reds has you considering joining a fantasy baseball team, there are less time consuming, perhaps more economical options to satisfy your fantasy sports tastes. If you’ve ever wished you could get as excited about the Thrift Savings Plan’s...

TSP Roth option to launch May 7

April 11, 2012 Federal employees, including uniformed service members, can opt in to the Thrift Savings Plan’s new Roth 401(k) offering beginning May 7, the TSP’s board announced Wednesday. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has been working with agencies to develop new payroll systems that will accept the option, which allows employees...

Feds are paying for some telework technology themselves

April 10, 2012 More than half of federal employees say their agency offers above-average information technology programs for telework, but many who rate their employers highest say they are not reimbursed for all telework-related expenses, according to a recent survey of federal IT professionals. Telework Exchange, a public-private partnership that promotes telework and...

Many public workers agree they have it better than private sector peers

April 9, 2012 Many Americans continue to believe government workers have it easier than their private sector counterparts, and that includes public servants themselves. Sixty-six percent of 1,000 adults polled recently by Rasmussen Reports said they believed private sector employees work harder than government employees, and 56 percent believed government workers earn more...

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