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USPS advised to delay facility closures

September 28, 2012 A plan to close hundreds of postal facilities would not save as much as the U.S. Postal Service has projected, according to an analysis released Friday. The Postal Regulatory Commission advised USPS to delay its Mail Processing and Network Rationalization initiative until it considers the report’s recommendations -- including alternatives ...

One in eight feds have witnessed workplace violence in past two years

September 28, 2012 One in eight federal employees observed or experienced workplace violence in the past two years, according to a new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. The findings are part of MSPB’s 2010 Merit Principles Survey, which asked 71,910 full-time, permanent, nonpostal federal employees for their perceptions of their jobs, ...

State government employees out-earn private sector peers by 6 percent, study finds

September 27, 2012 The debate over how public and private sector compensation stacks up is playing out at both the state and the federal levels. On average, state government employees make 6 percent more than their private sector counterparts, a study released Thursday finds. The study, released by the nonprofit group Citizens Against ...

USPS prepares for second default in two months

September 26, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service will default this week on a $5.6 billion congressionally mandated obligation to prefund retiree health benefits, marking the second time in two months the cash-strapped agency has done this. The Postal Service last month failed to pay $5.5 billion for its fiscal 2011 prepayment obligation, which ...

TSP board finds a ‘happy medium’ with the fiscal 2013 budget

September 24, 2012 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board approved a $170.5 million fiscal 2013 budget Monday, a figure that exceeds last year’s budget by $27 million and could increase during the year. Executive Director Gregory Long presented the board with a $175.5 million fiscal 2013 budget, which included $166.3 million for “steady ...

Proposal to change poultry slaughter process under renewed scrutiny

September 24, 2012 More than 30 groups and individuals representing consumer, labor and public health interests urged the U.S. Agriculture Department to withdraw its proposal to alter its poultry inspection process. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service wants to expand a pilot program in which inspectors examine 175 birds per minute, rather than ...

Majority of Americans think peers rely too much on government

September 21, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney isn’t the only one who believes too many Americans rely too much on government. According to a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports, 64 percent of U.S. adults share that belief. The telephone survey asked 1,000 adults whether too many Americans depend on the government for ...

Agencies could make smarter training program investments, watchdog finds

September 18, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management could do a better job guiding agencies on investing in training programs to avoid ineffective and duplicative efforts, a new report finds. The Government Accountability Office reviewed the processes that chief human capital officers use to establish and prioritize such investments, as well as OPM’s ...

Postal Service reform will be a lighter measure, lawmakers say

September 17, 2012 A compromise on U.S. Postal Service reform legislation -- not expected until after the November election -- likely won’t be as large of an overhaul on the cash-strapped agency as lawmakers had initially hoped, according to The Hill . “We’ve been all along working on ideas that would be hybrids,” ...

Federal judge halts enforcement of controversial STOCK Act provision

September 14, 2012 A federal judge temporarily halted enforcement of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act this week, ruling in favor of groups that argued the law’s online financial disclosure requirement violates constitutional rights. Judge Alexander Williams Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued a temporary preliminary ...