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Poll: Americans have lackluster view of government

November 16, 2009 Most Americans have a neutral to negative opinion of federal agencies, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. The poll, conducted during the summer, asked more than 40,000 Americans to rate their individual experience with federal agencies to understand the public's overall perception of government. Nearly half (46 percent) ...

Quiz: Are you tailor-made for telework?

November 11, 2009 FOR EMPLOYEES Interested in telework? Take our quiz to see if you're a good candidate for working remotely. Do you have a distraction-free work space? a. My study contains only what I need to do my work, and I can lock the door. b. I usually work on a table ...

HHS use of funds for health reform campaign falls into question

November 9, 2009 A Health and Human Services Department Web campaign could be interpreted as violating three restrictions on the use of congressionally appropriated funding, according to an analysis released last week in response to concerns from a Republican senator. In a Nov. 2 memorandum, the Congressional Research Service said Iowa Sen. Charles ...

Postal Service eyes options beyond layoffs and buyouts

November 5, 2009 The U.S. Postal Service must look for new ways to generate revenue beyond simply reducing its workforce, said lawmakers and witnesses during a House hearing on Thursday. Employee layoffs are not the only solution to digging the agency out of debt, said Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., chairman of the House ...

Fueling Fundraising

November 1, 2009 Since he arrived at the Office of Personnel Management in April, Director John Berry has been an active advocate for federal charitable giving. The summer-long Feds Feed Families canned food drive collected more than 1 million pounds of goods for food banks nationwide, and Berry is confident that federal employees ...

18,000 employees accept Postal Service buyout

October 30, 2009 As another deadline looms, approximately 18,000 U.S. Postal Service employees so far have accepted a $15,000 buyout offer, officials have reported. The final tally of buyout acceptances from each job category isn't available yet, said Yvonne Yoerger, a Postal Service spokeswoman. It's also too soon to determine the agency's savings ...

Classes, service projects offer personal growth opportunities

October 26, 2009 Editor's note: This story is part of a special report on work-life balance. Click here to view the full report. The government has not made continuing education or volunteer service a formal part of its work-life balance initiative so these opportunities remain rarer than in-house job training or reimbursement for ...

Cooking classes teach feds the ingredients of a strong immune system

October 26, 2009 In the spirit of improving workplace health and happiness, several federal agencies, including the State Department and the General Services Administration, have organized free lunchtime cooking classes for their employees. Lisa Davis, a cooking instructor with the nonprofit The Cancer Project, which promotes healthy living through smart dietary choices, spoke ...

FEHBP open season nears as Congress considers major health care reform

October 23, 2009 As Congress crafts a health care reform package, this year's open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program takes on even greater importance. From Nov. 9 to Dec. 14, government workers can make changes to their health, dental, vision and flexible spending account benefits, switch plans or cancel their ...

Agencies challenge employees to lead a healthier lifestyle

October 19, 2009 Editor's note: This story is part of a special report on work-life balance. Click here to view the report. From early in his term, President Obama emphasized his commitment to improving the health and wellness of federal employees. And it wasn't an empty promise. The first family already is leading ...