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Airport Confidential

March 1, 2001 Get a glimpse of the pluses and minuses at some of the most well-traveled airports ederal travelers who make frequent trips from New York's Kennedy Airport have to cope with some of the most crowded airport parking lots around. And those who travel to the Centers for Disease Control and...

Warehouse shutdowns put 271 jobs on the chopping block

February 28, 2001 An estimated 271 federal jobs will be eliminated as a result of warehouse shutdowns at the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service, officials announced Tuesday. The Federal Services Impasse Panel, an independent entity within the Federal Labor Relations Authority, issued a decision on Feb. 20 upholding GSA's decision to consolidate...

Panel upholds GSA decision to shut down six warehouses

February 27, 2001 A federal panel has upheld a General Services Administration plan to shut down six Federal Supply Service warehouses, GSA officials said Friday. Last March, GSA announced that two distribution centers and four supply depots would be closed by April 2001, but the agency has been bargaining over how the shutdown...

OPM issues guidance on telecommuting

February 26, 2001 The Office of Personnel Management released guidance Friday on how federal agencies can develop telecommuting policies for their employees. The telecommuting guidance includes marketing materials for selling managers on the idea of telecommuting; details of telecommuting technology considerations, such as installing telephone lines in employees' homes; a step-by-step guide for...

Reports forecast trouble for Social Security Administration

February 21, 2001 The Social Security Administration is at risk of losing its reputation as one of the most effectively managed federal agencies, according to recent and upcoming reports. Baby boomers are expected to overwhelm the agency's ability to meet customer demand for disability services in the next decade, a report issued by...

Final round of outsourcing lists released

February 12, 2001 Nearly one-half of civilian jobs in the federal government could be outsourced to private firms under the 1998 Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, according to the final year 2000 list of jobs released by the Office of Management and Budget Friday. The FAIR Act requires agencies to review their...

Executive order asserts the power of OPM, MSPB

January 26, 2001 Even federal agencies that don't have to follow standard civil service rules must still answer to merit system oversight agencies, according to an executive order issued in the Federal Register Thursday. Title 5 of the U.S. Code dictates standard personnel rules for the federal government. The Office of Personnel Management...

TSP time

January 18, 2001 The next Thrift Savings Plan open season isn't until May 15, but now's the time to start thinking about your investments. Beginning in May, federal employees under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) can elect to contribute more of their basic pay, up to 11 percent, to their TSP accounts....

Fill 'er up

January 11, 2001 Good news for federal travelers: The mileage reimbursement rate for travel by car is going up. GSA sets the reimbursement rate for federal employees. The rate cannot exceed the rate established by the IRS. In November, the IRS announced it would increase its standard mileage reimbursement rate by two cents,...

Federal employee groups set legislative priorities

January 9, 2001 While Congress continues to get its house in order--the House Government Reform Committee still has four unassigned seats--federal labor unions and groups representing federal managers have set their legislative agendas for the incoming Congress and the new administration. And they have decided to make pay their top legislative priority once...

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