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Pay and Benefits Watch: Legislative update

August 3, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com With the House and Senate out of town for their August recess, here's a look at where pending bills that affect federal pay and benefits currently stand. Bill No. Purpose Most recent action H.R. 28 Require all child care facilities for federal employees' children to be accredited and adhere...

Agencies' performance plans get mixed reviews

August 3, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com In their third year of preparing annual performance plans, most federal agencies have yet to establish plans that link all of their performance measures to strategic goals, according to a new series of General Accounting Office reports. GAO this year took on the task of evaluating the 24 major...

Bill to overhaul GAO workforce still alive

August 2, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Pending legislation that would allow the General Accounting Office to offer early retirement and buyouts to employees will likely pass when Congress returns in September to finish out the legislative year, according to sources at GAO and on Capitol Hill. Comptroller General David Walker has been lobbying lawmakers for...

Bill on long-term care, retirement fixes heads to White House

July 28, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Legislation that would allow federal employees to purchase long-term care insurance at a discounted rate is on its way to the White House after gaining final approval from the House and Senate Thursday night. The bill, H.R. 4040, also includes a provision that would provide relief to federal employees...

Pay and Benefits Watch: Vets' benefits boost

July 27, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Disability compensation for military veterans would increase under a bill that passed in the House Tuesday. The "Veterans Benefits Act of 2000," (H.R. 4850), would increase disability compensation rates for veterans with service-connected disabilities beginning in December. Survivors of disabled veterans would also benefit from the bill, which would...

Details of new IT job standards released

July 26, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com The Office of Personnel Management made public last week the details of its latest efforts to transform the way federal information technology jobs are classified. In an October 1999 proposal, OPM suggested agencies replace minimum entry-level IT job requirements, such as years of experience or schooling, with general and...

Agency performance becoming an issue on Capitol Hill

July 25, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Most members of Congress still don't pay much attention to the performance of federal agencies, but the situation is changing, according to a scholar at the Heritage Foundation. In a recent report, Virginia Thomas, a senior fellow at Heritage, criticized Congress for failing to enforce the Government Performance and...

Congress urged to link agency budgets to results

July 21, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com Leaders of Congressional oversight committees need to combine forces with appropriations and authorization committees in order to put some teeth behind the 1993 law that requires federal agencies to report on their performance, a House lawmaker suggested Thursday. Under the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), agencies are...

Top execs to get pay boost next year

July 21, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com The House late Thursday night gave its approval to an automatic cost-of-living increase of 2.7 percent for lawmakers, effective Jan. 1, 2001. Because caps on pay for members of the Senior Executive Service are tied to congressional pay, the House action means that federal executives whose pay has reached...

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July 20, 2000 ksaldarini@govexec.com A plan to remove health insurance costs from federal employees' taxable income is set to go into effect in October, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday. OPM issued interim regulations stating that beginning on Oct. 1, employees' health insurance premiums will be deducted from pre-tax dollars. As a...