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AFGE, Social Security reach agreement

May 16, 2012 It’s taken more than two years, but a large federal employees union has struck an agreement with the Social Security Administration that will last another four. The American Federation of Government Employees has reached a formal deal with SSA over nationwide agency employee benefits after 27 months of contract negotiations, ...

Fed domestic partner benefits bill moves to full Senate

May 16, 2012 Another small, familiar-sounding step was made Wednesday for federal employees in same-sex relationships. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the 2011 Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (S. 1909) in a speedy voice vote that moves the bill to the full Senate. No changes to the measure ...

Same-sex partner benefits bill is up for consideration

May 15, 2012 As President Obama endorses marriage for same-sex couples nationwide, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is moving forward with a same-sex measure of its own for federal employees. The committee will hold a markup session for the 2011 Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (S. 1910) on Wednesday, ...

GSA clarifies conference rules in advance of Expo

May 11, 2012 It was a given that travel for General Services Administration employees was going to become much more closely scrutinized following news of extravagant spending on the agency’s 2010 Western Regions Conference. Now a document reveals just what kind of travel will be allowed. According to an April memo from GSA ...

House passes measure to cut Justice salaries until questions are answered

May 9, 2012 The House of Representatives has passed a motion by voice vote to cut $1 million from the Justice Department’s general administration fund until officials fully answers the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s questions regarding the infamous Fast and Furious gunrunning operation that lasted from 2006 to 2011. Rep. Trey Gowdy, ...

Young feds say bureaucracy, inefficiency keeping their peers away

May 7, 2012 Young people aren’t necessarily clamoring to work in the public sector these days, and the clues to why might be found by looking at those who have chosen a federal career path. Emerging Leaders panelists during Monday’s Excellence in Government conference, presented by Government Executive Media Group, pointed to federal ...

Lawmaker: GSA executive under investigation shouldn’t be paid

May 4, 2012 As General Services Administration executive Jeff Neely gains infamy on Capitol Hill for his role in the agency’s 2010 Las Vegas conference scandal, one lawmaker wants to see Neely’s pay cut off, along with that of future federal executives who land in hot water. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., a member ...

GSA dangled tax break before contractors, but asked for a piece

May 4, 2012 For seven months in 2011, the General Services Administration offered to give a tax break to contractors that made federal buildings more energy efficient. The agency, however, wanted a little something in return, the Associated Press reported Thursday. From May 18 to Dec. 23, GSA told contractors they would receive ...

Cybersecurity ranks as top concern in federal CIO survey

May 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Protecting government information from cyberattacks is the issue that weighs most heavily on the minds of federal chief information officers, according to a new survey. One-fifth of respondents to the 22nd annual TechAmerica/Grant Thornton LLP Federal CIO Survey mentioned cybersecurity as their top concern, ranking it ahead of controlling costs, ...

Beleaguered GSA praised for telework program

May 2, 2012 The General Services Administration may be in hot water with the rest of government, but in the field of telework, it’s enjoying praise as a trailblazer. GSA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer received a Tele-Vision Award for innovative technology on Wednesday. Presented by the Telework Exchange at the Washington ...