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Life and Death Planning

September 8, 2005 As the waters begin to recede from the city of New Orleans, the death toll likely will begin to rise. Those deaths will serve as a grim reminder to those who escaped Hurricane Katrina of the kind of preparations to make to prepare for a federal employee's death. "Most of...

DHS pushes pay-for-performance back a year

September 7, 2005 The Homeland Security Department announced Wednesday that it will delay implementation of its new pay-for-performance system for some employees by a year. Employees who are part of the first wave of personnel reform will not receive their first performance-based pay raises until January 2008. That group consists of workers from...

Agencies' disaster recovery plans get a real-world test

September 7, 2005 A few months before Hurricane Katrina suspended government operations in New Orleans and brought tragedy to the Gulf Coast, the Office of Personnel Management asked agencies nationwide if they were prepared for a natural disaster. The answer, from the 85 agencies that responded to OPM's 2005 Emergency Preparedness Survey, was...

Federal employees offer money, time to hurricane victims

September 6, 2005 As Hurricane Katrina brought devastation to many in the Gulf Coast, federal employees quickly offered their assistance. The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, which provides grants and loans to federal employees in disasters, has received more than 1,000 individual donations since the hurricane struck. "I've been amazed by the...

Supreme Court to hear case on federal employee grievances

September 2, 2005 The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about whether federal employees are permitted to bring employment-related grievances to federal court. The decision would determine if employees are relegated only to internal arbitration and union negotiations for employment disputes, or if they can ask a court to rule on...

Feds can donate leave to hurricane victims

September 2, 2005 Federal employees who want to help fellow workers affected by Hurricane Katrina can donate their unused annual leave. President Bush issued a memorandum Thursday asking the Office of Personnel Management to establish an emergency program to facilitate the transfer of leave for employees wishing to make donations. The program would...

Drawing the Line at DHS

September 1, 2005 The ruling against Homeland Security's reforms could have a ripple effect. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled in mid-August that elements of the Homeland Security Department's personnel reform plan are illegal. Her decision didn't simply block DHS reforms, it undermined the model for...

Bush endorses 2.1 percent pay raise

September 1, 2005 President Bush declined to submit an alternative to the proposed 2.1 percent across-the-board 2006 pay increase for white-collar federal employees, the Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday. The president was required to submit a substitute pay option by Aug. 31, under provisions in the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability...

Agencies urged to be flexible with employees who join relief efforts

September 1, 2005 In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many federal employees are asking what they can do to help. In the past, the Office of Personnel Management has urged agencies to be creative in rewarding employees who pitch in during times of crisis. "Federal employees are always generous and responsive in relief...

OPM loosens restrictions on life, health insurance for Katrina victims

September 1, 2005 The Office of Personnel Management is relaxing requirements on many insurance and health benefits for employees affected by Hurricane Katrina. For the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program, OPM is waiving the requirement for a death certificate to obtain insurance settlements. The agency said it will accept a written statement...

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