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A Tale of Two Compensation Proposals

February 23, 2012 Now that President Obama has signed into law a pension hike for new federal employees, it would be easy to think the recent merry-go-round of legislative proposals aimed at federal employee compensation is coming to an end. But the debate is far from over. The deal Congress reached last week ...

Dempsey to troops: ‘We’ve heard your concerns’ on TRICARE fees

February 21, 2012 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey told service members Tuesday that the Defense Department is continuing to review the military’s health care structure after proposing changes in its fiscal 2013 budget that would increase TRICARE fees. “I want those of you who serve and who have served ...

Panetta defends civilian workforce

February 17, 2012 The Pentagon’s top brass is cautioning that the Defense Department’s civilian workforce might have to be reassessed in future years. Testifying at a Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Obama administration’s fiscal 2013 budget request, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta concurred with Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., that legislation that proposes cutting ...

Postal Service announces five-year business plan

February 16, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a five-year business plan it hopes will reduce its annual costs by more than $22 billion by 2016. The plan’s major tenets include enabling the agency to provide its own health benefits to employees -- independent of federal programs -- transitioning to a national five-day ...

Expansion of collective federal bargaining considered

February 16, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management’s Labor and Management Relations Council has unanimously approved an outline of a report due to President Obama in May on personnel issues for which collective bargaining is currently optional. The council in 2010 commissioned a working group composed of representatives from both labor and management ...

Military vs. Civilian Pay

February 16, 2012 You can often tell a military service member from a civilian by Navy blues or cargo pants, but discerning the difference in their pay and benefits is decidedly more difficult. Labor unions representing federal employees are disappointed with President Obama’s fiscal 2013 proposal to end the two-year civilian pay freeze ...

First lady and Jill Biden announce new push to support military spouses

February 15, 2012 A joint Defense and Treasury department report released Wednesday recommends that states adopt practices such as providing temporary professional licenses or endorsing outside certifications to help ease the burden of licensure requirements for military spouses. The report is the latest from the Obama administration’s Joining Forces initiative, an effort spearheaded ...

Budget request includes TRICARE cut, military retirement details

February 13, 2012 President Obama proposed new TRICARE co-pays and fees, as well as a review of military retirement benefits, in his fiscal 2013 budget unveiled Monday. The administration provided new details on Defense Department personnel cuts first proposed in January. The budget includes new TRICARE co-pays, additional increases to TRICARE Prime enrollment ...

Putting the Postal Service's Losses in Perspective

February 10, 2012 This week's announcement that the U.S. Postal service had a less than happy holiday season, ending 2011 in the red, didn't quite tell the whole story. While USPS suffered $3.3 billion in net losses between October and December 2011, it also finished that period -- the first quarter of fiscal ...

OPM sends acceptance notices to the wrong fellowship applicants

February 10, 2012 A prestigious postgraduate fellowship program run by the Office of Personnel Management has acknowledged it sent acceptance letters to about 300 applicants by mistake in January. The Presidential Management Fellows program had 9,077 applicants, nominated for the program by their graduate schools, for 2012. Of those, 628 were ultimately chosen ...