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Take Time, Give Life

January 11, 2007 In August 2001, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services employee Ruth Parker had surgery in Missouri to remove 60 percent of her liver. She donated the organ to an 11-year-old girl she had never met, and saved the girl's life. Parker's gift was pretty unusual, and producers at the CBS...

Initiative targets retirees for second careers in government

January 10, 2007 A nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to encouraging young people to join the federal government has turned its eye toward the baby boom generation. The Partnership for Public Service announced Wednesday the launch of an initiative to recruit private sector retirees into second careers in public service. Partnership officials say this...

Pentagon limits executives’ pay raises

January 9, 2007 Pentagon officials are reducing the pool of money available for performance-based awards for senior executives, in a move that has disheartened the advocacy group that represents the executives. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England sent a memorandum in October capping the amount for raises and bonuses at 10 percent of the...

House votes to grant TSA screeners bargaining rights

January 9, 2007 The House passed a bill Tuesday evening that contains language granting 56,000 baggage screeners in the Transportation Security Administration the right to bargain collectively. The provision is folded into Democrats' broader bill to enact leftover recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. It would repeal an authority granted in the 2001 Aviation...

FAA boosts pay cap ceilings again

January 5, 2007 For the second year in a row, pay-capped employees at the Federal Aviation Administration will receive a raise. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced Wednesday that upper limits on paybands would be increased by 1.7 percent in 2007. Employees in the top band now can earn up to $168,000 annually, including...

Popularity Contest

January 4, 2007 This is the story of two federal insurance plans that met with very different welcomes. Dental and vision insurance finished its first enrollment period at the end of last month with 690,000 enrollees. That number was way beyond the 250,000 participants officials anticipated. The Web site that handled enrollments became...

Bush recess appointment to labor board draws fire

January 3, 2007 President Bush's decision last month to grant a recess appointment to a Republican lawyer to sit on the governing body for federal labor-management disputes is drawing criticism. Bush's decision leaves a Democratic slot on the panel unfilled. The Federal Labor Relations Authority is an independent agency with three Senate-confirmed presidential...

Federal employee trial periods at risk, MSPB warns

January 2, 2007 It is becoming difficult to fire federal employees even during one-year trial periods, according to a new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Federal employees are notoriously hard to dismiss, in part because of a potentially lengthy paperwork and appeals process. Agencies can be forced to give back pay...

Bush issues order for 2.2 percent pay raise

December 21, 2006 President Bush issued an executive order Thursday morning officially granting white-collar federal employees a 2.2 percent pay raise in 2007. Federal employees can expect the increase to be factored into their first paycheck of the new year, with the overall raise split between a 1.7 percent across-the-board raise and a...

Free Ride

December 21, 2006 Civil servants in the Washington, D.C., area can ride the Metro to work and take home an extra $1,320 a year -- thanks to an environmentally conscious former boss. On Earth Day in 2000, President Clinton issued an executive order subsidizing mass transit for federal workers around Washington, D.C., to...

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