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Army spent 13 times as much on 2010 conference as GSA spent in Vegas

October 16, 2012 The Army in 2010 spent $10.7 million on an educational conference, roughly 13 times the amount that the General Services Administration spent on a controversial training event in Las Vegas that year, according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. According to records obtained by Businessweek through a Freedom of Information ...

Most feds get an extra pay period’s worth of leave this year

October 15, 2012 Most federal employees will earn an extra pay period’s worth of leave by the end of 2012, according to the Office of Personnel Management. A new memo from Angela Bailey, OPM’s associate director of employee services, instructs chief human capital officers to inform employees that most will accrue an additional ...

Thrift Savings Plan Roth participation grows steadily

October 11, 2012 Just four months after its inception, about 40,000 federal employees, including 5,300 Marines, have opted into the Thrift Savings Plan’s Roth option, according to Federal Times. At the end of August, about 20,000 total federal employees had invested about $13 million into the Roth plan. The TSP Roth option, unveiled ...

Military families must pay to extend TRICARE coverage to adult dependents

October 10, 2012 A popular component of the 2010 Affordable Care Act allowing adult children to stay on their parents’ health care plans until age 26 has been a little less popular among military members. That’s because military families covered by TRICARE must pay as much as $200 a month to benefit from ...

OPM: Feds should ‘rarely’ need time off to vote

October 9, 2012 Federal employees who want to take off a few hours from work to vote in November will be permitted to do so only in a limited number of circumstances. A memo from Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry to chief human capital officers advises agencies on the government’s long-standing ...

Thousands of USPS mail handlers and postmasters accept separation incentives

October 5, 2012 Nearly 3,000 U.S. Postal Service mail handlers and more than 4,000 postmasters have opted for separation incentives the agency offered as part of its efforts to save money by reducing its ranks. According to USPS spokesman Mark Saunders, 2,952 mail handlers accepted the agency’s offer of $15,000 to leave voluntarily, ...

Officials nab fugitive felon posing as a federal agent

October 4, 2012 A fugitive felon posing as a Homeland Security Department agent was arrested last week in Florida, the DHS inspector general announced. The fugitive, Thomas W. Connors, was wanted on several felony probation violations, including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, felony assault and several felony fraud charges. Homeland Security ...

Postal Service offers more buyout incentives

October 2, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service will offer career employees who are members of the American Postal Workers Union up to $15,000 in incentives to voluntarily retire or leave the agency. The full $15,000 buyout is available for APWU-represented employees who have worked more than 1,520 paid hours in the 26 pay ...

Top Veterans Affairs HR exec resigns ahead of IG report

October 1, 2012 This story has been updated. The Veterans Affairs Department’s Chief Human Capital Officer John Sepulveda resigned Sunday in advance of an inspector general report on VA’s spending on human resources training conferences. The report alleges Sepulveda failed to properly advise his senior executives, did not attempt to keep costs down ...

Thrift Savings Plan funds stay in black

October 1, 2012 The Thrift Savings Plan continued its steady climb upward in September, with every fund posting a positive return for the second consecutive month. International stocks in the I Fund were the strongest performers in September, gaining 2.96 percent. The fund edged up more than 3 percent in August and has ...