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Lawmakers tout new postal reform measure as employee-friendly

September 21, 2011 Lawmakers are stepping up efforts to reform the U.S. Postal Service, with a bill they say takes good care of agency employees. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., on Wednesday introduced legislation that would allow USPS to realign its workforce and to relieve financial burdens related to employee ...

Lawmakers: Save My Post Office

September 19, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service may have gotten a break in President Obama's deficit reduction proposal, but the beleaguered agency still has obstacles to face. Some lawmakers are unhappy about recent efforts to study more than 3,600 post offices for potential closure and have gone to the Postal Regulatory Commission to ...

USPS would get $20 billion in cash relief under Obama’s plan

September 19, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service would see $20 billion in relief under President Obama's deficit reduction plan, in part through changes in employee benefits. The proposal, introduced Monday, would allow the Postal Service to cut delivery days from six to five, provide two years of relief from employer contributions to the ...

Retirement plan board approves 9 percent budget increase

September 16, 2011 The board overseeing the Thrift Savings Plan on Friday approved an $11.3 million increase to the federal retirement program's budget for fiscal 2012 after requiring the agency to keep spending flat the previous year. During its monthly meeting, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board voted 2-1 in favor of a ...

Postal Service plans to shutter nearly half its processing plants

September 15, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service is looking to shut down more than half of its mail processing facilities, a move that would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs. USPS officials on Thursday announced plans to study 252 of the agency's 487 plants for potential closure, in addition to 61 locations already ...

Incentive Wisdom

September 15, 2011 Federal employees are looking at continuing threats to their pay and benefits as debt reduction talks continue. Agencies have funds at their disposal for bonuses to recruit, retain and relocate workers, but in a tough fiscal climate they'll have to think twice about how they distribute those dollars, observers say. ...

Tipping the Balance

September 14, 2011 Under the merit systems principles that govern federal human resources activity, managers must use objective criteria such as assessments of employees' knowledge, skills and abilities when making hiring, promotion, pay or other personnel decisions. They are not allowed to show preference based on personal feelings or relationships with employees. But ...

Per Diem Plus

September 8, 2011 The General Services Administration is proposing to expand certain per diem categories, giving a modest boost to the extensive regulations that govern reimbursement for expenses federal employees incur while on business travel. Under a new interim rule, government workers could expense fees associated with filing travel vouchers and charge card ...

Federal hiring to decline in fiscal 2012, group says

September 7, 2011 Federal hiring will decline next year, leaving most agencies with smaller staffs as they lose funds to fill empty positions, according to government observers. New estimates from the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service show the government is likely to hire approximately 102,500 employees in fiscal 2012, a decline of more ...

House set to consider legislation honoring federal workers

September 7, 2011 House lawmakers returned to Washington on Wednesday ready to take up a bill honoring the service of federal civilian employees. The legislation (H.R. 2061), introduced in June by Reps. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., would authorize heads of executive agencies to provide American flags for the funerals of ...