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FAA managers say air traffic control oversight lacking

March 29, 2001 Management cuts and pay inequity in the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control operations are contributing to declining safety in the skies, representatives of agency managers testified at a House hearing Wednesday. John Fisher and Arthur Eickenberg, members of the FAA conference of the Federal Managers Association (FMA), told the ...

E-mail is overwhelming Congressional offices

March 20, 2001 E-mail is overwhelming Congressional offices, creating a customer service problem that Capitol Hill is not equipped to deal with, according to a new report. The report, "E-mail Overload in Congress: Managing a Communications Crisis," found that the number of e-mail messages to Congress has more than doubled in two years, ...

Bill would end federal retirees' Social Security cutbacks

March 16, 2001 Thousands of federal retirees would no longer receive reduced Social Security benefits, under a bill introduced in the House Thursday by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. The bill aims to correct what is known as the windfall elimination provision. The provision, enacted in 1983, reduces Social Security benefits for people who ...

OMB revises A-76 formula to include pay raise assumptions

March 15, 2001 Agencies should assume federal pay raises of 3.6 percent next year and 3.9 percent for the four years after that when calculating in-house cost estimates for public-private competitions, the Office of Management and Budget said in a memo last week. OMB has updated a key formula federal agencies use when ...

Federal employees still owe billions in unpaid taxes

March 12, 2001 Federal employees owe nearly $2.54 billion in delinquent taxes, according to a report by the Internal Revenue Service. The annual report is part of the IRS' Federal Employee/Retiree Delinquency Initiative, created in 1993 to address federal employee tax compliance problems, such as owing a balance or failing to file a ...

TSP's C fund nosedives in February

March 9, 2001 The Thrift Savings Plan's C Fund took a nosedive in February, following a welcome increase in January. The fund, which invests in common stock, dropped 9.12 percent last month, the biggest dip the C fund has taken since August 1998, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift ...

Agencies get finances in order

March 2, 2001 Twelve of the 17 federal agencies that submitted their fiscal 2000 financial statements to Congress this week received clean audit opinions, the highest number ever. The Department of Treasury stood out for getting a clean, or "unqualified," opinion for the first time ever. The State Department recorded its first clean, ...

Budget hints at cost-cutting measures for federal health plans

March 2, 2001 The Bush administration's fiscal 2002 budget blueprint hints at changes in store for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) to reduce federal employees' health care costs and improve their quality of care. Bush's blueprint said the administration will look at "incentives to federal employees and annuitants to choose their ...

OPM reverses decision to end quality awards program

March 1, 2001 After a last-minute debate Tuesday, the Bush administration decided to continue the President's Quality Awards program, at least through this year. A decision on the future of the awards program beyond 2001 is pending. On Tuesday afternoon, the Office of Personnel Management sent an e-mail message saying the awards program ...

Fill 'er up

March 1, 2001 Federal travelers fed up with higher gas costs can rest easy. In January, the General Services Administration announced it was raising its mileage reimbursement rate from 32.5 cents per mile to 34.5 cents. GSA sets the reimbursement rate for federal employees, but that rate cannot exceed the IRS' rate. In ...