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Report outlines problems with federal pay

April 25, 2002 The government's current system of classifying and paying workers is outdated, fails to reward individual achievements and does not reflect market pay levels, according to a new white paper on federal pay from the Office of Personnel Management. The report, "A Fresh Start for Federal Pay: The Case for Modernization," ...

Some TSP funds bounce back in March

April 5, 2002 Good news for Thrift Savings Plan investors: The C and S funds posted positive returns in March, the first time both funds have gained in 2002, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The C fund, which invests in common stocks, gained 3.73 percent in ...

GSA to feds: Don’t talk and drive

March 5, 2002 The General Services Administration last week told federal agencies to urge their employees not to talk on hand-held wireless phones while driving vehicles owned or leased by the federal government. While GSA did not ban talking on hand-held cell phones while driving altogether, it recommended that agencies discourage the use ...

Army headquarters personnel prepare for layoffs

February 28, 2002 Army officials have notified 5,600 civilian employees at the service's headquarters that they could be laid off. In a Feb. 22 memo issued by the Army's Washington Personnel and Employment Service office, all civilian headquarters employees were asked to prepare for a potential reduction-in-force (RIF) by updating their personnel records. ...

OPM issues new standards on merit principles

February 15, 2002 The Office of Personnel Management has issued new standards designed to hold all federal agencies, including those exempt from established personnel rules, accountable for applying merit principles in personnel management. The new standards are based on requirements laid out in Executive Order 13197, issued in January 2001. The executive order ...

New mileage reimbursement rate takes effect

January 21, 2002 Federal employees who travel in their own cars on government business will receive 36.5 cents per mile in 2002, under the federal mileage reimbursement rate that takes effect Jan. 21. GSA raised the mileage reimbursement rate for federal employees from 34.5 cents per mile to 36.5 cents per mile after ...

GSA raises mileage reimbursement rate

January 9, 2002 The General Services Administration will increase the federal mileage reimbursement rate for travel by car two cents to 36.5 cents per mile in 2002. GSA sets the mileage reimbursement rate for federal employees. By law (41 CFR Part 301-10), the governmentwide rate cannot exceed the IRS' rate. In November, the ...

Rule clarifies statements of reasonable accommodation

December 11, 2001 All federal job vacancy announcements must include a clearly worded statement of reasonable accommodation, according to a new rule from the Office of Personnel Management. The 1973 Rehabilitation Act requires agencies to provide reasonable accommodation to employees or applicants with disabilities, unless it causes an undue burden on the agency. ...

Ethics office changes rule on travel reimbursements

November 30, 2001 Certain federal employees can be reimbursed for travel expenses related to unofficial speaking events under a final rule published Friday by the Office of Government Ethics. A provision in the Standards of Ethical Conduct prohibits federal employees from accepting compensation-including travel reimbursement-for teaching, speaking or writing on matters relating to ...

Executive order makes it easier for CIA retirees to return to work

November 29, 2001 President Bush on Tuesday signed an executive order making it easier for retired CIA employees to return to work to help in the war on terrorism. Bush's executive order was published in the Federal Register Thursday. Under normal circumstances, re-employed CIA employees are required by law to have their retirement ...