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Bureau of Prisons faces a growing overcrowding problem

September 13, 2012 Overcrowding in federal prisons is projected to increase throughout the next decade, posing challenges for the agency that oversees the facilities, a new report finds. The Government Accountability Office studied the growth in the Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons population from fiscal 2006 through fiscal 2011, as well as the...

Agencies don’t take advantage of ability to rehire retirees at full pay and annuity

September 12, 2012 Several federal agencies are not using the authority granted to them by Congress to rehire federal retirees at their full salaries while continuing to pay their pensions, a new watchdog report finds. When federal retirees are rehired, their salary ordinarily must be offset by the amount of their annuity. The...

Union concerned about VA’s ability to expand access to mental health care

September 10, 2012 A labor union representing Veterans Affairs Department mental health professionals has expressed doubt that VA can deliver on an Aug. 31 executive order from President Obama aimed at expanding access to care for veterans, military members and their families. The American Federation of Government Employees in a recent statement expressed...

Roth Progress

September 6, 2012 First lady Michelle Obama’s keynote at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday will be remembered most for her heartfelt tribute to her husband. Viewers heard about President Obama’s rusted old car and the too-small shoes he owned during the couple’s earlier years. But before the charming anecdotes, viewers got a...

GSA spent $7.7 million on four years of virtual employee travel

September 4, 2012 The General Services Administration spent $7.7 million during the past four years to transport its long-distance telecommuters to meetings and conferences, new documents reveal. Reports first obtained by CNN and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee show that 60 percent of the 379 workers in GSA’s virtual employee program...

Backing BRAC

September 1, 2012 Congressional resistance to the base closure and realignment process appears to have worn down Pentagon officials, at least for the moment. “I understand that now is not the time for a [new] BRAC round,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said during an Association of Defense Communities conference in Monterey, Calif., in...

Union group launches initiative to ‘save the EPA’

August 31, 2012 A group of Environmental Protection Agency union employees launched a public awareness campaign Friday to call attention to the effects proposed budget cuts would have on the agency. The American Federation of Government Employees’ Local 704, which represents bargaining unit employees at an EPA regional office in Chicago, including the...

USPS to begin cutting hours at 13,000 post offices

August 30, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to change the hours of operation at 13,000 local post offices nationwide is set to launch next week, according to USPS officials. The agency’s Post Office Structure Plan -- also known as POStPlan -- was first unveiled in May. It potentially limits retail window hours...

Thrift Savings Plan is hiring

August 27, 2012 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the Thrift Savings Plan, anticipates bringing on dozens of new hires during the next two years, according to a recent memo from Gisile Goethe, the board’s new acting director of resource management. FRTIB is approved for 143 full-time staff positions, and Goethe...

New AFGE president suggests retroactive pay raise for feds

August 24, 2012 The newly elected president of the American Federation of Government Employees will lobby President Obama to support a pay raise for federal employees retroactive to January 2013 if it is approved in the final fiscal 2013 budget, according a Federal Times report. Obama announced earlier this week that he would...

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