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Clinton finalizes pay rates for SES and General Schedule

December 28, 2000 President Clinton has issued an executive order outlining base and locality pay raises for members of the Senior Executive Service and finalizing pay rates for General Schedule employees. Earlier this month, Clinton ordered a 3.7 percent average pay increase for white collar federal employees next year. The raise will be ...

What next?

December 28, 2000 Last year was a pretty good one for pay and benefits, so what is there to look forward to in 2001? Here's a preview: Pay, pay and more pay The Senior Executives Association will lobby Congress for a solution to the executive pay cap that has left SESers at the ...

Holiday goodies

December 21, 2000 Last week Pay and Benefits Watch reviewed the good things Congress did for federal employees in 2000. Since that column was published, Congress delivered even more holiday goodies to federal employees in last-minute spending bills. TSP Limits Lifted Perhaps the biggest and best surprise was legislation that raises the maximum ...

GSA, lawmakers, businesses lash out at new procurement regulations

December 20, 2000 Officials at the General Services Administration, members of Congress and business groups Tuesday strongly criticized a controversial rule issued by the Office of Management and Budget that requires government contracting officers to review companies' business ethics and integrity before awarding federal contracts. The new rule is scheduled to be published ...

Congress lifts limits on TSP contributions

December 19, 2000 Federal employees will be able to contribute more money to their Thrift Savings Plan accounts beginning next year, thanks to legislation included in an appropriations bill that passed last week. Under current rules, Federal Employees Retirement System enrollees can only contribute up to 10 percent of their pay to the ...

Clinton administration to issue contractor ethics rules

December 19, 2000 After making some last-minute changes, the Office of Management and Budget is planning to issue a controversial rule that would require government contracting officers to review a firm's compliance with labor, employment, tax, environmental and antitrust laws before awarding a federal contract. The rule, proposed last July, makes changes to ...

OPM releases list of agencies with 2001 early out authority

December 18, 2000 More than a dozen federal agencies have the authority to offer their employees early retirement in 2001, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Early outs are a means of reducing the size of government during agency reorganizations or budget reductions while avoiding involuntary layoffs. In 1999, Congress granted OPM ...

Outsourcing is top union concern for Bush administration

December 15, 2000 The leaders of the two largest federal employee unions predicted that outsourcing of federal jobs will be among the toughest issues to tackle in a Bush administration. "This may be an area where we'll need to work the hardest with them," said Bobby Harnage, president of the American Federation of ...

Benefits buffet

December 14, 2000 It looks as if Congress may finally finish up its business by week's end. In the spirit of the holidays, Pay and Benefits Watch it taking a look at some of the good things that Congress accomplished this year for federal employees' wallets. In no particular order, they are: Long-term ...

FAA's air traffic unit to become a performance-based organization

December 8, 2000 The air traffic services division of the Federal Aviation Administration was authorized to become a performance-based organization Thursday in an executive order signed by President Clinton. In a performance-based organization (PBO), government executives are given broad exemptions from federal procurement and personnel rules in exchange for tough performance standards. The ...