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Postal Service steers attention away from 'flawed' revenue study

March 23, 2012 U.S. Postal Service officials say a research firm used a “seriously flawed” methodology in a study that concluded mail service cuts would cost USPS billions in revenue, but the agency would not reveal details of that methodology. The Postal Service filed a request earlier this month to keep the revenue ...

Missouri Democrat isn’t buying the need for more base closures

March 22, 2012 The chairwoman of a key Senate panel said Thursday that she would not approve the Obama administration’s request for a second round of military base closures. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission process has had a negative impact on communities during previous rounds, including those in Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s ...

Soldiers go unpaid thanks to Army payroll problems

March 22, 2012 Deficiencies in the Army’s payroll system have left many active-duty military members waiting months for paychecks and could hamper the Defense Department’s ability to achieve audit readiness in coming years. A joint House and Senate Oversight committee heard testimony from Defense Department officials and an Ohio Army National Guardsman on ...

Hiring Freeze Chills Long-Term Fed Temps

March 22, 2012 In the latest of many recent strikes at federal employees, House Republicans are seeking to reduce the government workforce by 10 percent, according to a budget proposal released this week. The plan is to achieve those cuts by allowing vacated positions to go unfilled, and it’s unclear how such a ...

Number of minorities in senior-level federal positions increasing

March 21, 2012 In the past 10 years, federal workers who identify as Hispanic or Latino, along with African-American and Asian employees, have made the most gains in securing senior-level positions across the federal government, according to a new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The commission’s Annual Report on the Federal ...

GOP budget plan includes pay freeze extension, workforce reduction

March 20, 2012 This story has been updated. Congressional Republicans proposed in their fiscal 2013 budget plan extending the federal pay freeze through 2015, cutting the size of the federal workforce by 10 percent and increasing employee contributions to retirement plans. The plan, unveiled Tuesday by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., ...

Mentoring can make a mark, personnel chief says

March 19, 2012 Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry’s early career mentors included a former general manager of the Washington metro transit system and a conservation biologist who fought to save golden lion tamarind monkeys from extinction, coming up with new solutions even on her deathbed. The former taught him formal dinner ...

Workplace diversity plans due at OPM

March 16, 2012 Federal agencies were required to submit strategic plans for increasing diversity in their workplace to the Office of Personnel Management on Friday as part of a presidential executive order. OPM director John Berry urged federal personnel managers earlier this month to identify areas in their agencies where minorities are underrepresented ...

Republican bill would open federal health plan to all seniors

March 15, 2012 Republican lawmakers on Thursday proposed replacing Medicare with the health care plan currently offered to federal and congressional employees. “Medicare as we know it is a false promise. It is unsustainable,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters. “Why don’t we take a program that’s worked for years in a fashion ...

Pay and Benefits Bills: Where Do They Stand?

March 15, 2012 With the Senate’s passage of its $109 billion transportation package Wednesday, federal workers await the House’s take on the bill. They dodged a bullet when the Senate rejected an amendment extending the pay freeze. But they are not out of the woods yet. One version of the bill the House ...