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Regulatory commission accepts plan to cut back service at rural post offices

August 23, 2012 A U.S. Postal Service regulatory agency has signed off on USPS’ proposal to adjust retail window and service hours to avoid post office closures. The Postal Regulatory Commission issued an advisory opinion Thursday that found the plan “to be consistent with public policy,” but acknowledged it “may reduce retail service...

ATF official allegedly collects paid leave plus J.P. Morgan salary

August 23, 2012 A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives official implicated in the Fast and Furious gun scandal is collecting paid leave plus a salary of at least six figures from J.P. Morgan, according to a letter from lawmakers. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., received a tip...

HR and tech managers aren’t on the same page

August 22, 2012 There is a disconnect between federal human resources officials and information technology leaders over what measures are effective for bringing on the next generation of IT leaders, according to a new report. While federal HR leaders say they have put succession planning efforts in place, many agency IT operational managers...

Complaints of improper political activity expected to rise this fall

August 21, 2012 The number of complaints brought against federal employees for participating in partisan political activity during this presidential election cycle is currently lower than in 2008, but the Office of Special Counsel anticipates an uptick during the final months leading up to Nov. 6. Congress is mulling modernization of the Hatch...

Bill would ban feds from conducting union activities at work

August 17, 2012 Government unions can expect to see the revival of legislation aimed at their rights to conduct union business. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., plans to reintroduce the 2011 Federal Employee Accountability Act in the 113th Congress, spokeswoman Jen Talaber said. The bill would repeal two sections of the 1978 Civil Service...

Losing ‘Use It or Lose It’

August 16, 2012 If you’re among the millions of Americans with an employer-administered, tax-free health care spending account, you must use the funds you contribute to it within a defined period or risk losing them. If you’re not a fan of ‘use it or lose it,’ then you have until Friday to tell...

In the Line of Fire

August 15, 2012 On the ground floor of the Pentagon, a flight of escalators leads to a bustling first floor. There’s a hair salon, a florist, a tailor, a post office, a shoeshine stand. Downstairs is the cafeteria with both a Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. There’s even a bar somewhere, too. It isn’t...

Not all feds will have the option of phased retirement

August 14, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management has released new information on implementing a phased retirement option for federal employees, noting among other details that participation is “entirely voluntary” and not all workers are eligible. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which President Obama signed on July 6,...

Ryan’s plans on pay, benefits will be Romney's too, critics say

August 13, 2012 Critics of Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposals to freeze federal pay, reduce benefits and shrink the workforce also fear these same ideas could become Romney administration policy now that the House Budget Committee chairman has been tapped as the vice presidential candidate. “We think the choice of Ryan, with...

Romney's VP pick has sought to freeze pay, trim benefits

August 11, 2012 As chairman of the House Committee, Mitt Romney's vice presidential choice, Paul Ryan, brings with him a record of pushing for freezes in federal pay and cuts in retirement benefits to address the country's fiscal woes. In March, Ryan unveiled a budget plan for fiscal 2013 that would cut the...

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