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Dear Deficit Commission, Please Spare Feds

October 17, 2011 The deficit reduction super committee has seen no shortage of opinions on how to handle federal pay and benefits going forward. Proposals have come from the Obama administration, the Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission convened last year and various groups of lawmakers, the latest a plea from House Democrats who traditionally have...

Burning Question: Is the new USAJobs a step forward?

October 17, 2011 The government's job application system recently got a makeover. After a weekend-long transformation earlier this month, USAJobs 3.0, the latest iteration of the website, now is up and running and ready for public use. According to the Office of Personnel Management, the new USAJobs was designed to make the employment...

TSP participants look for safe investment choices

October 17, 2011 Participants in the government's Thrift Savings Plan continue to seek safety in their investment options, but the funds appear to be turning around after months of poor performances. During a monthly meeting of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, staff reported that more and more TSP enrollees were moving their...

Lawmakers push extended pay freeze, increased pension contributions

October 14, 2011 Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are calling on the deficit-reduction super committee to make further cuts to federal pay and benefits. Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday sent a letter asking the commission charged with reining in government spending to consider additional...

Senior execs get more help starting off on the right foot

October 14, 2011 The government has renewed its commitment to supporting incoming senior executives as they grow into their new roles. The Office of Personnel Management has developed a one-year framework to help new Senior Executive Service members transition to their roles as federal leaders. Successful onboarding makes their experience more positive, boosts...

Lawmakers caution super committee to leave federal pay and benefits alone

October 13, 2011 House Democrats are asking the deficit reduction super committee to protect the federal workforce from further attacks on their pay and benefits. In a report sent this week to the commission charged with reining in government spending, lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote that cuts affecting...

Use annual leave or lose it, OPM says

October 13, 2011 Federal workers have until Nov. 19 to schedule annual leave or risk forfeiting excess days accrued, according to the Office of Personnel Management. In a memo sent Wednesday to agency human resources staff, Angela Bailey, associate director of employee services at OPM, wrote that 2011 is "unusual" because the end...

GAO: No refund for USPS overpayment to retirement account

October 13, 2011 This story has been updated from the original version. The U.S. Postal Service is not owed a $75 billion refund for an overpayment to its retirement account, according to a new audit. In a report released Thursday, the Government Accountability Office found that USPS did not contribute excess funds to...

Workers’ Compensation Woes

October 13, 2011 The government's program to support federal employees injured on the job hasn't changed in nearly four decades, and some say that workers' compensation benefits are due for an upgrade. But as reform proposals languish, the program continues to place an unnecessary burden on agencies. Under the 1916 Federal Employees' Compensation...

Cut Congress’ pay, lawmaker proposes

October 12, 2011 As federal employees inch closer to a second year of frozen pay, one lawmaker is looking to cut his and his colleagues' salaries relative to increases in government spending. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., last week introduced legislation that would tie congressional salaries to changes in the federal budget. Under the...

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