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Obama continues social media push with Hangout

January 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pete Souza/White House In his latest attempt to engage the American public directly, President Obama logged on to his Google+ account to hang out. More than 227,000 people participated in Your Interview With the President on the search giant's social network Monday, either by submitting one of 133,000 questions or ...

Park Service begins no-camping enforcement against Occupy D.C.

January 30, 2012 The National Park Service on Monday began officially enforcing its no-camping ordinance on Occupy D.C. protestors in Washington's McPherson Square, saying the plan had been in the works for "quite some time." NPS announced Friday that protestors would have until Monday at noon to comply on their own with the ...

Public-private pay gap varies greatly by education level

January 30, 2012 Though federal employees on average make more than their private sector counterparts, the story changes when the statistics are broken down by education level, according to a new study by the Congressional Budget Office. In a comparison of civilian federal employees to private sector workers with similar observable characteristics, CBO ...

Defense spending panel says sequestration wouldn't be disastrous

January 26, 2012 Automatically triggered budget cuts are unlikely to occur and would not be catastrophic to the Defense Department anyway, experts said Wednesday, adding that personnel expenses will prove the greatest burden on the agency’s budget in coming years. The three-person panel at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress, ...

Federal employees owe $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes, Post reports

January 23, 2012 Flickr user teegardin Federal and U.S. Postal Service workers nationwide, including congressional workers, owed $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes as of the end of fiscal 2010, Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post has reported. In total, 98,000 federal employees have not paid their full share to the Internal Revenue Service. ...

Many federal retirees receiving six-figure pensions

January 19, 2012 M. Spencer Green/AP One in every 125 retired federal civilian workers receives more than $100,000 in annual benefits, Bloomberg reports. The website released the results of its Freedom of Information Act request Thursday, showing nearly 15,000 former federal employees collect six-figure pensions even as government pension programs had a shortfall ...

Long lines, high hopes at veterans career fair

January 18, 2012 Russel A. Daniels/AP Thousands of job seekers and hiring managers swarmed the Veterans Affairs Department-sponsored career fair at the Washington Convention Center on Wednesday, an event the Office of Personnel Management promises will not be the last of its kind. Veterans were looking for work among 6,400 public and private ...

SBA’s elevation to Cabinet-level is a symbolic move, experts say

January 13, 2012 President Obama's announcement Friday that he was "elevating the Small Business Administration to a Cabinet-level agency" was a largely symbolic gesture, government scholars say. "The president has the ability to designate his Cabinet and the SBA will be now part of his Cabinet," Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients reiterated ...

Geospatial agency offers buyouts to 150 employees

January 12, 2012 The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is offering buyouts to 150 employees in fiscal 2012, according to a spokesman. The buyouts are ongoing and eligible workers will have until an unspecified date in February to accept them. Up to $25,000 will be offered to each employee. NGA joins a growing list of ...

Inmate assaults on federal prison officers underscore staffing, budget shortfalls

January 11, 2012 Lucy Nicholson/Newscom A corrections officer watching over 110 prisoners at a high-security penitentiary in Coleman, Fla., hesitated before opening the cell of an apparently drunken inmate. He called over the sole officer presiding over 113 inmates in a nearby unit for backup. Neither officer was armed, complying with federal prison ...