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Permanent Fix

August 1, 2010 Unions say temporary workers are being exploited, and deserve full-time benefits and jobs. For the federal government, "temporary" has a somewhat nebulous meaning. Laws and regulations specify what it means to be a temporary employee-someone who works on a short-term basis and is not eligible for benefits such as health...

Going green is a popular money-saving idea among feds

July 30, 2010 Obama administration officials have started sifting through more than 18,000 ideas for making government more efficient, and many of those recommendations have an environmental twist. The second annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency contest asked federal employees to submit proposals for how their agency could save money and perform better....

Bill with 1.4 percent federal pay raise clears Senate committee

July 30, 2010 An appropriations bill including a 1.4 percent raise for civilian federal employees cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The Fiscal 2011 Financial Services and General Government spending bill includes a 1.4 percent increase for federal employees, the figure President Obama requested. When Obama proposed a 1.4 percent pay raise...

Watchdog: Language skills still are getting lost in translation

July 29, 2010 Federal agencies -- particularly the Defense and Homeland Security departments -- must do more to improve employees' foreign language proficiencies, the Government Accountability Office reported on Thursday. During a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia hearing,...

Follow the Leader

July 29, 2010 So far, lawmakers are following President Obama's lead on the fiscal 2011 federal pay raise. On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government included a 1.4 percent cost-of-living increase for federal employees in the fiscal 2011 Financial Services and General Government spending bill. The figure mirrors...

Streamlining payroll and other HR systems reaps financial dividends

July 28, 2010 An effort to consolidate federal agencies' human resources systems already has saved the government $1.3 billion and will continue to save millions in the coming years, the Office of Personnel Management has concluded. OPM's latest cost-benefit analysis for the Human Resources Line of Business program found that as more agencies...

Obama orders agencies to increase employment of disabled workers

July 27, 2010 President Obama issued an executive order Monday instructing federal agencies to take steps to increase employment of people with disabilities. The directive orders agencies to take steps to meet a goal of hiring an additional 100,000 disabled employees over five years that was originally laid out by President Clinton in...

Hispanics, white women remain underrepresented in federal offices

July 26, 2010 A number of demographic groups remain underrepresented in the federal workforce, but agencies are making slight progress in hiring individuals with targeted disabilities, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report released on Monday shows. According to the report, EEOC has documented subtle changes in the composition of the federal workforce during...

Telework bill could be near tipping point

July 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Now that legislation to expand telework in the federal government has passed both chambers of Congress, sponsors are working to reconcile the two bills and get a final product to President Obama's desk. The Senate and House versions of the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act are similar, according to a House...

Telework bill could be near tipping point

July 23, 2010 Now that legislation to expand telework in the federal government has passed both chambers of Congress, sponsors are working to reconcile the two bills and get a final product to President Obama's desk. The Senate and House versions of the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act are similar, according to a House...

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