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TSP Trends, Pricey Crises

July 26, 2012 Pricey Crises Last year’s debt-ceiling crisis cost U.S. taxpayers at least $1.3 billion. It also temporarily cost Thrift Savings Plan beneficiaries $378.5 million in earned interest in their portfolio’s Government Securities Investment Fund, or G Fund, according to the Government Accountability Office. Now, GAO reports, that money has been restored....

No perfect way to compare private and public sector pay, study finds

July 24, 2012 Recent studies aiming to compare federal and private sector pay have reached opposing conclusions based on differing data and methods used, according to a new watchdog report. The Government Accountability Office analyzed six studies that measured the pay variations between feds and their private sector counterparts and concluded that each...

Are you creative? You might be better off in the private sector

July 23, 2012 Federal agencies continue to trail the private sector in fostering innovation and creativity, a new Partnership for Public Service survey finds. The study, released Monday, draws data from the Office of Personnel Management’s 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey of 266,000 government employees from 33 large agencies, 35 small agencies and...

House-passed Defense spending bill silent on civilian pay raise

July 20, 2012 The House approved a $606 billion Defense Department spending bill late Thursday that contains a pay raise for military members but not the Pentagon’s civilians. The measure passed the house by a 326-90 vote and provides $518 billion in nonwar funding, $1.1 billion lower than the initial versions of the...

Congress to White House: What’s the sequestration plan?

July 18, 2012 The House passed a bill Wednesday requiring the White House to disclose details on how federal agencies will implement mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts if sequestration isn’t averted before January. The bill, approved in a 414-2 vote, would require President Obama to submit a report to Congress within 30 days with...

Appeals of post office closings prove costly

July 17, 2012 It costs the U.S. Postal Service and postal regulators more than $3,000 every time a facility decides to appeal a closure decision, a new report finds. The joint report from the USPS inspector general and the Postal Regulatory Commission IG found that it takes 15 hours and $1,365 for the...

House to debate Defense bills with pay, job implications for feds

July 16, 2012 The Obama administration’s fight with House Republicans over fiscal 2013 spending takes center stage this week as the House votes on two key pieces of legislation -- its defense spending bill, and the Sequestration Transparency Act. Debate on the $608 billion Defense appropriations bill is slated to begin Wednesday. The...

Top Secret or Secret? Agencies could save big by choosing wisely

July 13, 2012 Federal agencies lack consistent, clearly defined guidance for designating which positions require security clearances, the Government Accountability Office has found. According to a new GAO report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management have failed to adequately coordinate on deriving consistent designations of...

Is Telework Good For Your Health?

July 12, 2012 While writing about the release of the Office of Personnel Management’s most comprehensive report on telework practices in the federal workplace to date, this reporter with a sweet tooth took special notice of the photo chosen to accompany the story, showing a home desk, complete with a snack. Those brownies...

House will put off postal reform debate until the fall, Hill source says

July 11, 2012 The House will not debate its postal reform bill before Congress leaves for August recess, a source on Capitol Hill says. House leadership’s decision to postpone the debate comes despite objections from the bill’s architects and pressure from U.S. Postal Service officials and regulators. Many believed the bill would come...

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