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Washington-area federal agencies close early due to snow, icy rain

January 27, 2004 The Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday that federal agencies in the Washington area would close three hours early due to snow and icy rain. Emergency employees were expected to remain at work. The area was under a winter weather advisory Tuesday morning that was expected to extend into the...

Bush thaws pay freeze for senior foreign service members

January 26, 2004 President Bush issued an executive order on Friday that allows Senior Foreign Service members to adjust their pay level when they return to the United States from overseas assignments. "We're quite satisfied with the result," said John W. Limbert, president of the American Foreign Service Association, which pushed for the...

Bush signs 4.1 percent pay raise into law

January 26, 2004 President Bush on Friday signed into law the omnibus spending bill, which includes a 4.1 percent average pay raise for civil servants and military personnel. House lawmakers passed the legislation in early December and the Senate approved the bill last Thursday. Bush initially sought a 2 percent pay raise for...

CDC plans biodefense testing

January 23, 2004 Health officials are developing scenarios to test regional smallpox defenses and bioterrorism preparations by late 2004, a senior official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The "federal standards-based exercise scenarios," will be used to measure how state and regional public health and emergency departments have adopted...

HHS officials anxiously await passage of 'Bioshield' bill

January 23, 2004 Federal public health officials said Thursday that they anticipate Congress will soon pass the Project Bioshield legislation, a sweeping bill designed to strengthen the nation's biological defenses and also loosen restrictions on hiring biological experts and the use of emergency drugs. President Bush announced the Project Bioshield effort during his...

Senate-approved omnibus bill includes 4.1 percent pay raise

January 22, 2004 After extensive delays and numerous objections, the Senate passed the fiscal 2004 omnibus budget bill Thursday which included a 4.1 percent average pay raise for civilian federal employees. House lawmakers passed the legislation in early December, and the bill now goes to the White House for President Bush's signature. The...

Lawmakers want Pentagon included in diploma mill probe

January 22, 2004 Two senior lawmakers asked the General Accounting Office on Thursday to extend its investigation of fake educational degrees to include Pentagon employees. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Susan Collins, R-Maine, and House Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., asked GAO to broaden an investigation of federal departments that began last...

Lawmakers press Bush for military-civilian pay parity in 2005

January 21, 2004 A group of Washington-area lawmakers called on President Bush Wednesday to grant equal pay raises to civilian and military federal employees in his fiscal 2005 budget proposal. Bush is due to send the budget proposal to Congress in early February. The lawmakers made their request in a letter signed by...

Thrift Savings Plan readies two new fund options

January 20, 2004 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board expects to have two new investment funds for federal employees in place by early next year, a board spokesman said Tuesday. Early 2005, however, is "a working goal," TSP spokesman Tom Trabucco said. "Nothing is set in stone." The board discussed the progress of...

Report: Pentagon smallpox immunizations run better than anthrax

December 3, 2003 The Defense Department has run its smallpox vaccination program better than its anthrax vaccination effort, according to a General Accounting Office report released this week. In September 2002, GAO reported on the limited availability of the anthrax vaccine and a general frustration among military personnel with the information provided about...

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