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Higher grade IT workers feel cheated by new pay scale

November 7, 2000 Not everyone responded warmly to Friday's announcement by the Office of Personnel Management that information technology workers will receive fatter pay checks beginning in January. That's because the new pay scale applies only to certain positions at grades GS-5 through GS-12. The occupational series that are covered are computer specialists...

Tech workers to get big pay raise in January

November 6, 2000 Federal information technology workers are in for a treat in January-pay raises ranging from 7 percent to 33 percent. The pay hike was announced Friday by the Office of Personnel Management. OPM is boosting federal IT pay to remain competitive with the private sector in its quest to recruit and...

Making FEGLI plain

November 2, 2000 The Office of Personnel Management has decided that it's time to rewrite the regulations for the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance program so that people who are insured by the program can actually understand it. OPM is ditching the old format in favor of a more user-friendly, plain language version....

Bush attacks Gore's pledge not to increase federal workforce

October 27, 2000 Vice President Al Gore won't be able to keep his promise to freeze government hiring if he is elected President, said officials from Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush's campaign. Meanwhile, Gore said he would cut the contractor workforce, too. In a campaign briefing paper released Tuesday, Gore said he...

TSP bugs out

October 26, 2000 More computer bugs have been discovered in the software that will support two new funds for the Thrift Savings Plan, according to a recent update from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The good news is that the contractor building the new recordkeeping system expected to find even more computer...

Ethics office approves faster, easier financial disclosure

October 26, 2000 The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is making it easier for federal senior executives to make required financial disclosure filings. Financial disclosure for career federal employees at the Senior Executive Service level and for all political appointees must be completed using the burdensome SF-278 form. The process must be completed...

Pay and Benefits Watch: Hill happenings

October 19, 2000 Here's a sampling of what's been going down on Capitol Hill in relation to federal employees' pay and benefits: The Defense authorization bill, H.R. 4205, contains a 3.7 percent pay raise for military personnel and a provision to allow military members the right to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan....

Agencies on reinvention: mission accomplished

October 16, 2000 Ten federal agencies have told the General Accounting Office that more than 90 percent of key Clinton administration recommendations for reinventing government have been fully or partially implemented. The reinventing government movement launched in 1993 under Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review (now known as the National Partnership...

Rule would streamline contractor compliance checks

October 13, 2000 Checking up on federal contractors to make sure that they are complying with laws that prohibit discrimination would be easier under a proposed rule introduced in the Federal Register Thursday. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts greater than $10,000 to...

New Defense travel system to debut in December

October 13, 2000 The launch of the long-awaited Defense Travel System is scheduled for December, soon after actual travelers perform the final tests of the one-stop travel administration system, officials announced Thursday. The Defense Travel System (DTS) will allow DoD travelers to make all travel arrangements from their desktop computers. DTS' contract,...

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