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Survey: TSP participants satisfied with plan

December 18, 2006 The first survey of Thrift Savings Plan participants in more than 15 years is complete, and TSP officials gave a glimpse of the results at their monthly board meeting Monday. The TSP, a federal employee 401(k)-style retirement savings plan worth more than $200 billion, is run by a board of...

Anti-discrimination activists seek new federal workplace law

December 14, 2006 A group of activists behind a 2002 law aimed at curbing discrimination in the federal workplace is back on Capitol Hill asking for stronger penalties. The group -- called the No Fear 7 -- is made up of seven federal employees and supporters who experienced discrimination in various government agencies...

Part Time? Not This Time

December 14, 2006 President Bush's proposal to ease the transition to part-time work for federal employees near the end of their career got lost in the shuffle in the 109th Congress. Last February, the Office of Personnel Management announced it would ask lawmakers to remove financial penalties on the pensions of employees in...

Coast Guard chief stresses importance of focusing on employees

December 13, 2006 The leader of the Coast Guard on Tuesday attributed problems, including recent revelations of troubles in a massive fleet modernization contract, to a lack of focus on employees. Adm. Thad Allen said in a speech Tuesday night that there were not enough employees with the expertise necessary to oversee the...

Dems back spending plan that would bring 2.2 percent raise

December 11, 2006 Democrats announced Monday they plan to enact a continuing resolution for the duration of the fiscal year instead of passing new spending bills, meaning federal employees will receive the 2.2 percent pay raise that President Bush submitted Nov. 30. Versions of the Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill included a 2.7 percent raise...

Appeals panel hears arguments on Defense labor relations rules

December 11, 2006 A panel of appeals court judges heard arguments Monday over the legality of the Defense Department's proposed labor relations system for civilian employees. After losing in a lower court in February -- and following two losses for the Homeland Security Department's similar system -- government lawyers continued to argue that...

Union demands timely bonuses for Energy employees

December 7, 2006 Three weeks after Energy Department officials announced they were postponing all employee bonuses until Congress votes on the agency's funding for fiscal 2007, the National Treasury Employees Union filed a grievance. NTEU, which represents all bargaining unit employees in the department's Washington headquarters, asked Energy officials to pay the bonuses...

Congress signs off on comp time for Justice lawyers’ travel

December 7, 2006 The Senate passed a bill Wednesday providing compensatory time off for Justice Department lawyers on business travel, following House approval of the measure in March. Sponsored by Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and passed unanimously, the bill provides Justice lawyers the same benefit as the rest of their white-collar counterparts in...

Figuring Next Year's Pay

December 7, 2006 Last week, President Bush announced he was changing the formula used to allocate the locality-based portion of federal employees' annual pay raise. The new method gives more money to cities such as New York and San Francisco that have growing pay gaps between the public and private sectors. Cities such...

Public rates federal jobs poorly on pay, chances for innovation

December 5, 2006 Americans think government jobs offer good benefits and security and that's about it, according to survey results released Tuesday. The public rates federal jobs far below those in the private sector in terms of salary (not including benefits), opportunities for promotion, impact on important causes, competitive environment, chances for innovation,...

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