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Eye of the Storm

July 21, 2005 Not enough vacation days? The Office of Personnel Management has a solution: head to Florida. OPM is reminding federal agencies of human resources policies they may use in the case of severe weather emergencies and natural disasters, like the one Florida felt July 10 as Hurricane Dennis made landfall. "Federal...

FAA and air traffic controllers begin talks on union contract

July 20, 2005 The Federal Aviation Administration began contract talks with air traffic controllers Tuesday in a contentious fight over salaries and hiring rates, among other issues. The controllers are being represented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association in a negotiation to update the current contract, which was signed in 1998 and...

Three agencies reveal results of revamped hiring process

July 20, 2005 When the National Nuclear Security Administration first had to replace the swell of scientists and engineers who were retiring, they had very few applicants for the positions, and almost no one who was qualified, agency officials said. Ten months later, there has been an eightfold increase in the number of...

Senate subcommittee backs 3.1 percent civilian pay increase

July 19, 2005 A Senate appropriations subcommittee approved a 3.1 percent average pay raise for federal civilian employees Tuesday, following the House's lead. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development moved to put the civilian raise on par with military personnel for fiscal 2006. On July 1, the House...

Administration continues quest to tie pay to performance across government

July 19, 2005 The Bush administration is pushing ahead with its plan to reform the personnel system for all federal workers, releasing an updated draft of legislation Tuesday that would do so. The Office of Management and Budget released a draft of the Working for America Act, previously known as the 2005 Civil...

Pentagon gives retroactive pay raise to career executives

July 18, 2005 A handful of career executives at the Defense Department will receive a pay raise to put them on par with their political counterparts. The retroactive raise will affect 358 employees in the Senior Executive Service, with an average biweekly pay raise of $13.66, according to the Pentagon. Those employees did...

TSP to roll out new funds in two weeks

July 18, 2005 Participants in the Thrift Savings Plan can allocate money to new "life-cycle" funds starting Aug. 1, the TSP Board announced Monday. The TSP, which is a 401(k)-like system for federal workers, currently has five investment funds. This sixth set of funds will allot resources among the five already existing options:...

Rollout of DHS personnel system delayed for two weeks

July 15, 2005 The Homeland Security Department agreed to comply Friday with a judge's request to delay the implementation of new personnel rules from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15. The schedule change comes after Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asked the department for additional time...

TSP begins permanent open season

July 15, 2005 Employees can now enroll in the Thrift Savings Plan or shift their contribution levels at any time. The 401(k)-style federal retirement program operated, until this month, on a system of open seasons. TSP participants were restricted to changing their contributions to two enrollment periods a year: Oct. 15 to Dec....

Judge asks DHS to delay new personnel regulations for two weeks

July 14, 2005 A federal judge asked the Homeland Security Department to stall implementation of its new personnel system until Aug. 15, allowing time to rule on a challenge to the system filed by unions representing employees. Judge Rosemary Collyer heard arguments Thursday on a motion filed by the National Treasury Employees Union...

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