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Pentagon lacks overall plan to ease security clearance backlog

August 22, 2005 The Defense Department has failed over the past year to implement a comprehensive plan to alleviate its security clearance backlog, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a May 2004 report (GAO-04-632), GAO outlined steps the Pentagon could take to address delays in processing security clearance applications. GAO told the...

TSP board agrees to research real estate investment fund option

August 19, 2005 The board of the Thrift Savings Plan is responding to pressure from Congress to investigate the feasibility of adding a real estate investment fund to the plan, but is not making any promises on the outcome. The TSP is the government's 401(k)-style retirement savings plan, which is run by an...

DHS officials meet with labor leaders on personnel rules

August 18, 2005 Top Homeland Security Department officials met with representatives of the two largest federal employee unions on Thursday to discuss the next steps in the department's personnel reform. Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson, Undersecretary for Management Janet Hale and Chief Human Capital Officer Ron James sat down with National Treasury Employees Union...

Financial agencies to adopt post-employment restrictions

August 18, 2005 A group of financial agencies are moving closer to placing post-employment restrictions on some upper-level employees. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Reserve System jointly released a proposed set of rules for senior examiners in...

Thinking Long-Term

August 18, 2005 The financial burdens of long-term care--assistance to people who need help with the basic tasks of life, such as bathing, dressing and preparing meals--can be catastrophic. The quality of long-term care can be abysmal and the burden on families can be overwhelming. All of this is from Georgetown University's Long-Term...

OPM soliciting dental and vision contracts

August 17, 2005 The Office of Personnel Management took a significant step Tuesday toward offering supplemental dental and vision coverage to federal employees. OPM posted a synopsis of its solicitation for dental and vision contracts on the FedBizOpps Web site, the government's portal for procurement opportunities valued at more than $25,000. A full...

OMB not deterred by DHS personnel reform setback

August 17, 2005 The push for governmentwide personnel reform will not be affected by last weekend's court ruling that parts of the Homeland Security Department's similar plan are illegal, according to Office of Management and Budget officials. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the...

Pentagon’s personnel system still a ‘go’ despite DHS ruling

August 16, 2005 The Defense Department said it will go ahead with its planned personnel overhaul, despite a ruling by a judge last week that a similar plan from the Homeland Security Department is illegal. Proposed rules for Defense's new personnel framework, dubbed the National Security Personnel System, were published in February in...

DHS told to revamp personnel rules

August 15, 2005 The Homeland Security Department's proposed personnel regulations do not provide adequate collective bargaining rights for employees, rendering the rules illegal, a judge decided late Friday night. In her opinion, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote that when Congress created DHS, it clearly...

Food inspectors’ union rights restored under FLRA ruling

August 12, 2005 About 70 food and import inspectors in the Agriculture Department won the right to have union representation restored, after losing it due to national security concerns. The Federal Labor Relations Authority's Chicago regional board ruled Wednesday that the department did not establish the inspectors' work to have a "clear and...

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