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TSP contributions will decline if debt deal cuts fed benefits, Congress told

July 27, 2011 Concern over changes to federal retirement benefits could result in government employees investing significantly less in the Thrift Savings Plan, according to observers. Panelists on Wednesday told members of a House subcommittee that deficit reduction proposals threatening Federal Employees Retirement System benefits, such as moving from a high-three to a ...

House Democrats propose clean extension of FAA funding

July 26, 2011 Democratic lawmakers are calling for an urgent vote on a clean extension of Federal Aviation Administration funding in hopes of bringing 4,000 furloughed employees back to work. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members, supported by other party members, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would extend FAA funding through the end ...

Initiative targets thousands of post office locations and jobs

July 26, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service is launching an initiative to close underutilized post office locations, which could leave up to 4,000 employees looking for new jobs. USPS on Tuesday released a list of 3,653 post offices it will consider consolidating or closing. These "low activity" locations don't have a significant workload ...

Engineers, safety inspectors among thousands furloughed at FAA

July 25, 2011 The implications of a partial shutdown at the Federal Aviation Administration were unclear Monday, with nearly 4,000 employees on furlough indefinitely, without the promise of back pay and Congress still unable to agree on funding authorization legislation. While air traffic controllers have been deemed essential and are continuing to work, ...

Merit board wants to know if favoritism is fading

July 22, 2011 Favoritism remains a concern in federal agencies, threatening the fairness of personnel actions like performance management and pay, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board. That's why MSPB is looking for feedback from government employees on how well agency supervisors are complying with merit systems principles. "We recognize that managers ...

Watchdog groups call for cuts to Defense health benefits, contract spending

July 21, 2011 Government watchdogs are calling for an overhaul of the Defense Department's health care program for military retirees and cuts to contract spending in an effort to reduce the federal deficit. A report issued Thursday by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight and Taxpayers for Common Sense proposes more than $586 ...

From Six to Five to Three?

July 20, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service could cut mail delivery in half in the future, according to the agency's top executive. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on Tuesday told USA Today that he believes USPS will end Saturday delivery soon and within 15 years could consider delivering mail just three days a week. ...

Federal unions decry agencies’ failure to develop labor partnerships

July 20, 2011 The failure of federal agencies to set up partnerships with employee groups aggravated union leaders Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the government's council on labor-management relations. Just 38 of 51 agencies have submitted reports, which were due March 31, on the measurements they plan to use as a baseline ...

Congress threatens furloughs for FAA employees

July 20, 2011 Nearly 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration employees could be furloughed if lawmakers fail to pass an extension of the agency's funding before Friday. Congress is considering the latest in a series of 21 short-term measures to keep FAA running. The current stopgap bill expires Friday. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., last week ...

Lawmaker pushes extension of pay freeze, workforce cuts

July 19, 2011 A GOP lawmaker is proposing cuts to federal employee pay and jobs to improve the government's finances. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Monday unveiled a $9 trillion deficit reduction plan that would extend the current civilian pay freeze, reduce leave benefits and trim the workforce in an effort to cut ...