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Retired officials warn BRAC could cause civilian brain drain

July 5, 2005 The Defense Department's base realignment and closure process has generated concern from retired military officials who warn that valuable civilian workers will retire or find private sector jobs instead of relocating. Last month, House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., raised the issue of a brain drain during a ...

FAA workers weigh legal action in pay cap dispute

June 30, 2005 A group of FAA employees unhappy with caps on their compensation might pursue their grievance in the federal courts, according to people involved in the complaint. The group filed a complaint earlier this year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging age discrimination, because most of those affected by the ...

TSP Tech Turnover

June 30, 2005 The Thrift Savings Plan's technology chief is retiring from the agency Friday after a nine-year run that included a massive overhaul of the plan's automated systems. Agency officials credited Lawrence Stiffler with helping the TSP recover from a failed technology contract with American Management Systems. Mark Haggerty, who has been ...

Health advocates urge federal officials to prepare for flu pandemic

June 28, 2005 The federal government must take a more active role in preparing for a potentially catastrophic strain of flu, according to a report released last week by a public health advocacy group. Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan public health watchdog group, said that 500,000 Americans could die and more than ...

New OPM chief confirmed by Senate

June 27, 2005 The Senate voted Friday to confirm Linda Springer as the new head of the Office of Personnel Management. Springer takes over the agency during a tumultuous period for the federal workforce. The Defense and Homeland Security departments are in the process of overhauling their personnel frameworks, scrapping the General Schedule ...

Flexible spending deadline extended for federal workers

June 24, 2005 The Office of Personnel Management followed the private sector this week by extending the "use it or lose it" deadline for Flexible Spending Accounts. Last month, the Treasury Department made the same adjustment for workers in the private sector, prompting a federal workers' union to request the same benefit for ...

DHS management directives spark union outrage

June 23, 2005 Federal workers unions lashed out Thursday at the Homeland Security Department over draft documents that will implement new rules on adverse actions, appeals and labor relations by the beginning of August. Union officials said the management directives further reduce independent oversight for DHS disciplinary procedures. The directives also detail responsibility ...

Power Struggle

June 23, 2005 The Federal Thrift Retirement Investment Board was thrown briefly into conflict this week when one member suggested more stringent controls on the powers of the Thrift Savings Plan's executive director. The public portion of Monday's board meeting was about to conclude when board member Thomas Fink put forward his informal ...

Government Reform chairman says base-closing plan could cause brain drain

June 21, 2005 Senior Virginia lawmakers said Monday that the Pentagon's base realignment and closure process could result in a brain drain from the Defense Department. "That is something [BRAC commissioners] need to factor in," said Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, during a town hall meeting in ...

Thrift board sends more call center work to contractors

June 20, 2005 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board announced a five-year, $18.1 million contract Monday that will establish a Thrift Savings Plan call center in southwestern Virginia. SI International, a Virginia-based technology systems company, was awarded the contract to operate the call center in Clintwood, Va., according to Thrift board officials. The ...