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House passes telework bill

July 14, 2010 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 ...

Memo to CXOs: Keep it simple

July 13, 2010 Chief executives need to focus on performance management, communication and achieving practical goals to be more effective, according to a report from the Government Business Council. GBC, the research arm of Government Executive, surveyed more than 200 federal executives and interviewed dozens of managers on issues agency chief executives confront. ...

Employees report satisfaction with work, supervisors

July 12, 2010 A now-annual survey of federal employee attitudes shows most employees are satisfied with key aspects of their jobs, including workload, management and work-life balance. The Office of Personnel Management released the results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, formerly known as the Federal Human Capital Survey, on Monday. Over a ...

Judge: Same-sex spouses of legally wed feds are entitled to benefits

July 9, 2010 A federal judge ruled on Thursday that denying the same-sex spouses of legally married federal employees access to benefits such as health care is unconstitutional. Joseph L. Tauro, a U.S. District Court judge for the district of Massachusetts, ruled in favor of a group of gay federal employees who argued ...

Wrong Move

July 8, 2010 Summer is peak moving season for military personnel, but a string of missed property pickups is prompting the organization that runs the program to search for answers. The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, which oversees the transport of people and property for the Defense Department, recently reported an increase ...

Study rekindles debate over federal pay and benefits

July 7, 2010 A right-leaning Washington think tank once again has added fuel to the debate over federal employee pay with a report asserting civil servants earn significantly higher salaries and more generous benefits than their private sector counterparts, while enjoying far greater job security. But the Heritage Foundation study, released on Wednesday, ...

Hiring challenges weigh most on federal managers

July 6, 2010 Federal managers say the hiring process is their most pressing human capital challenge, according to a recent survey by the Government Business Council. The survey, completed by more than 200 federal executives randomly selected from Government Executive's subscriber database, asked respondents to weigh in on issues agency chief executives face. ...

Hiring reform isn't as easy as it looks, officials say

July 6, 2010 In May, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and Jeffrey Zients, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, stood before a crowd of human resources managers and unveiled their federal hiring reform plan. A number of agency officials made speeches in support of President Obama's ...

Hiring Simplified

July 1, 2010 Cutting red tape for job applicants and involving managers in the hunt for mission-critical skills could be more complex than meets the eye. In May, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and Jeffrey Zients, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, stood before a crowd ...

Procurement officials face mounting pressures

June 25, 2010 The to-do list for government's top procurement officials seems to grow longer by the day: Drastically reduce contract spending and curb use of high-risk purchasing techniques. Bring thousands of contractor positions back in house without racking up a huge tab or sacrificing quality of work. Support a growing war in ...