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Report reveals anxiety over new DHS personnel system

May 10, 2005 Employees at the Homeland Security Department are concerned about fairness and training in the personnel system being implemented at the agency, according to a report released Monday. The report was produced after a series of focus group meetings with DHS employees between Feb. 24 and March 18. The focus groups...

Los Alamos director steps down

May 9, 2005 The director of Los Alamos National Laboratory announced last week that he is stepping down after two years filled with controversy and troubling news from one of the nation's leading weapons research facilities. Pete Nanos took the helm of Los Alamos in January 2003. Since then the laboratory has suffered...

Security clearance czar still not named

May 6, 2005 The White House is almost a month late in naming a senior official to oversee the federal security clearance process, and Bush administration officials this week declined to forecast when the position will be filled. The intelligence reform law-which was signed into law in December 2004-calls for a security clearance...

Senator chastises Postal Service on executive relocation payments

May 5, 2005 A senior Republican senator publicly questioned the U.S. Postal Service this week on its policy of giving executives payments for relocating and allowing them to keep unspent funds. Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, called the policy "irresponsible" and criticized the Postal Service for making 265 relocation payments in 2003...

Federal workers happy with health, retirement benefits

May 5, 2005 Federal employees are overwhelmingly satisfied with their health benefits and retirement plans, according to a survey released Thursday by the Office of Personnel Management. Acting OPM Director Dan G. Blair announced the results of the 2004 Employee Benefits Survey during a press conference in Washington. The survey, which was taken...

Outside Expert

May 5, 2005 The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday announced the arrival of a new labor relations chief who will be responsible for meeting with unions and leveling the compensation playing field between union and nonunion employees at the agency. FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey named Joseph Miniace as the agency's deputy assistant...

Civil service draws praise during public service week

May 3, 2005 Lawmakers lavished public servants with praise as the federal government on Monday marked the beginning of the annual Public Service Recognition Week. The Senate unanimously passed a resolution last week commending government workers for their dedication and their service to the country. "It is important that we recognize the more...

Union laments failed homeland security amendment

April 28, 2005 The National Treasury Employees Union decried the rejection of an amendment Wednesday in the House Homeland Security Committee that would have provided several protections for Homeland Security Department workers. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla., brought the amendment forward during the markup session for the Homeland Security authorization bill. Lawmakers rejected the...

Acrimonious Assembly

April 28, 2005 The National Security Personnel System's meet-and-confer process is well under way, but progress reports are available only from the union side of the gatherings. According to union press releases, very little progress is being made in the discussions. Defense Department officials did not return calls for comment. In 2003, lawmakers...

Pentagon spearheads nationwide foreign language push

April 27, 2005 The Defense Department on Wednesday called for the creation of a senior-level federal position to oversee and coordinate the development of foreign language skills in the United States. Pentagon officials issued a paper detailing the need for the ongoing promotion of foreign language study. The paper, "A Call to Action...

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