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USPS to see $10 billion deficit this month

September 6, 2011 This story has been updated. The U.S. Postal Service is running out of time to address its fiscal crisis, as the agency's top official expects to be $10 billion in the red by the end of the month. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told lawmakers on Tuesday that the agency will ...

FAA falls down on workforce planning

September 2, 2011 The Federal Aviation Administration does not have sufficient plans to hire, train and certify acquisition staff, according to agency auditors. A Transportation Department inspector general report published last week found FAA's acquisition workforce does not have the skills or expertise to manage the agency's multibillion-dollar contracting budget. FAA's workforce plan ...

Issa Starts Countdown to USPS Default

September 1, 2011 The clock is ticking for the U.S. Postal Service, which claims it will be unable to pay a number of obligations to the federal government on Sept. 30 unless Congress relieves some of its financial burden. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who chairs the House committee responsible for postal issues, has ...

MSPB: Perceptions of prohibited personnel actions hit 18-year low

September 1, 2011 Federal employees' perceptions of discrimination, retaliation and nepotism have declined since 1992, but prohibited personnel practices could continue to affect employee engagement, according to a new report. A Merit Systems Protection Board study, released Wednesday, found that federal workers reported that they observed or experienced the 12 prohibited personnel practices ...

Retirement plan funds continue to slide in August

September 1, 2011 All but two of the investment options in the federal employee retirement savings plan posted losses in August for the fourth month in a row, also dropping into the red for the year. The Thrift Savings Plan's I Fund, which invests in international stocks, saw the largest decrease for the ...

Partner Perks

September 1, 2011 Same-sex domestic partners of federal employees slowly are picking up benefits available to spouses and dependents, progress the Obama administration has promoted. But even as policy takes small steps forward, same-sex partners are left without access to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, a problem that may not require statutory ...

Tipping the Balance

September 1, 2011 Executive training programs don't do enough to fight off favoritism, critics say. 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 ...

OPM to overhaul USAJobs

August 31, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management will take the government's job application platform offline in October to transition to a new system. USAJobs 3.0, designed to make the process smoother for potential hires and federal recruiters alike, will debut on Oct. 13. Agencies will have to close all open job announcements ...

Measuring Up

August 31, 2011 Agencies constantly are expected to define and deliver on detailed metrics to boost efficiency and improve performance. But in driving the workforce to meet agency goals, engaging employees is critical and should not get lost in the push to check all the boxes, observers say. Members of the federal Chief ...

USPS Woes Threaten Workers' Comp

August 30, 2011 Financial trouble plaguing the U.S. Postal Service could have a broader impact on all federal employees, according to the Labor Department. If USPS, which expects to run out of cash by the end of September, fails to make its scheduled $1.2 billion payment to the government's workers' compensation, Labor will ...