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IG: Postal Service managers fudged pay-for-performance rules

August 11, 2011 Managers at the U.S. Postal Service have skirted the agency's performance evaluation rules, reducing or eliminating employee salary increases in some cases to avoid the negative publicity that bonuses could bring the financially ailing agency, according to a new audit. In an Aug. 8 report, the USPS inspector general found ...

August Leave

August 11, 2011 Federal employees in August may have the opportunity to get away for one last vacation before the school year begins and work gears up for the fall. Under Office of Personnel Management guidelines, government workers are eligible for both annual leave, or vacation time, and sick days to take care ...

OPM backs management groups seeking to participate in labor forums

August 9, 2011 The government's human resources chief is asking federal agencies to give management associations a seat at labor forum discussions from which they've been excluded. In a July 20 memo, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry reminded agency heads to consult with organizations representing federal supervisors on issues affecting agency ...

Postal Service seeks a lifeline from Congress

August 5, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service has lost $5.7 billion so far this year and will require significant help from Congress to get back on track, USPS officials said Friday. The Postal Service continues to face long-term financial challenges and despite significant cost reductions will reach its statutory borrowing limit by the ...

Senators seek three-year pay freeze extension, workforce cuts

August 4, 2011 Though federal employees escaped immediate scrutiny in the recent debt ceiling deal, several GOP lawmakers are renewing calls for sharp cuts to government jobs and pay. Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Tuesday introduced legislation (S. 1476) that would extend the current two-year pay freeze by an ...

FAA Furloughs

August 4, 2011 With little hope for a legislative solution to extend the Federal Aviation Administration's funding authority before Congress returns from recess, nearly 4,000 agency employees could be without pay until September. Furloughed workers will see no interruption in benefits and have a few options for earning a paycheck in the meantime. ...

FAA safety inspectors paying dearly for congressional inaction

August 2, 2011 Some Federal Aviation Administration employees will foot the bill for work-related expenses -- including airfare and hotel rooms -- for weeks without pay if lawmakers fail to pass legislation extending the agency's funding. A House-passed bill from July that would extend funding for the agency through Sept. 16 failed to ...

Officials press Congress on FAA funding

August 1, 2011 Agency officials are urging Congress to put Federal Aviation Administration employees back to work before a monthlong recess begins Aug. 8. Nearly 4,000 FAA employees have been on furlough since July 22 after lawmakers failed to pass the 21st funding extension since the agency's authorization expired in 2007. Transportation Secretary ...

TSP funds down in July

August 1, 2011 All but two of the investment options in the federal employee retirement savings plan posted losses in July after two months of similar declines. The Thrift Savings Plan's F Fund, which invests in fixed-income bonds, saw a small gain for the month, up 1.59 percent. The stable government securities in ...

Measuring Up

August 1, 2011 Performance starts with employee engagement. 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. ...