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MSPB finds shortfalls in front-line manager hiring and training

July 22, 2010 Agencies are falling short when it comes to selecting, training and supporting front-line managers, according to a new Merit Systems Protection Board report. In the report, MSPB called first-line supervisors "the nexus between government policy and action" and said they were critical to productivity, employee engagement and workplace fairness. Because ...

Account Management

July 22, 2010 Most federal employees and retirees probably don't think too much about how the government funds the Federal Employees Retirement System. But recent changes are exposing just how complicated the sausage-making is. The law establishes employee contributions to subsidize the federal retirement system, but that constitutes only a small fraction of ...

Supervisor training bill clears House subcommittee

July 21, 2010 A House subcommittee on Wednesday approved legislation to improve training for federal managers. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia passed the bill by a 3-1 vote, with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, opposing the legislation. The 2010 Federal Supervisor ...

Pharmacists back measures to cut feds’ prescription drug costs

July 20, 2010 A group representing independent pharmacy owners, managers and employees is urging the Office of Personnel Management to take a number of steps to ensure federal workers get the best deal on prescription drugs. The National Community Pharmacists Association, which represents more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies nationwide, this week sent ...

TSP participation among service members up, but overall percentage rate dips

July 19, 2010 Despite an overall increase in June of service members enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan, the percentage of military participation in the TSP actually fell, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The number of active-duty participants in the TSP increased from 549,173 in May to 551,543 in June. ...

New TSP site drives traffic, gets mixed reviews

July 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Traffic to the Thrift Savings Plan's website has picked up in the aftermath of a June 12 redesign, but visitors are having mixed experiences with the makeover. Tom Trabucco, director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, said the site has been averaging between 1 million and ...

New TSP site drives traffic, gets mixed reviews

July 16, 2010 Traffic to the Thrift Savings Plan's website has picked up in the aftermath of a June 12 redesign, but visitors are having mixed experiences with the makeover. Tom Trabucco, director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, said the site has been averaging between 1 million and ...

Feds collect 32,000 pounds of food in June for donation

July 15, 2010 Federal employees collected 32,000 pounds of food for Washington-area food banks during June, the first month of the 2010 Feds Feed Families initiative. John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, has challenged agencies to collect 1.2 million pounds of food for this year's drive. "No American family should ...

Salary Satisfaction

July 15, 2010 Ongoing debates over federal pay have characterized federal employees as overpaid, underpaid, earning more than their private sector counterparts, or earning far less. Despite conflicting viewpoints, the majority of feds recently surveyed said they were satisfied with their salaries. In the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, formerly known as the ...

House passes telework bill

July 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Wednesday approved telework legislation that the chamber failed to pass in May. The bill (H.R. 1722), which passed on a 290-131 vote, would codify the governmentwide telework policy the Office of Management and Budget announced last year. It also would guarantee that eligible federal employees could work ...