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National labor-management council spars over telework

November 3, 2010 Despite a lively -- and at times tense -- discussion on Wednesday, the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations failed to reach a consensus on the charter for its recently established telework working group. In her report on the group's first conference call, council member Patricia Niehaus, national president of...

Most Washington-area incumbents coast to victory

November 2, 2010 Most Washington-area lawmakers with a keen interest in federal employees' issues were reelected to Congress Nov. 2, but a tight race between Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and his Republican challenger appeared headed for a recount late Tuesday. With almost all the votes counted, Connolly held a very narrow lead --...

Problem-solving requires cooperation, says retired Adm. Thad Allen

November 1, 2010 Agencies have to work together and marshal their respective strengths to find effective solutions to government problems, retired Coast Guard commandant Adm. Thad Allen told federal employees on Monday at a conference in Washington. "Nobody owns all of the means in government to solve the problems," said Allen. The retired...

OPM holds disability employment training

October 26, 2010 The Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday held a training event on ways hiring managers and human resources personnel can increase the number of disabled employees in the federal workforce. OPM Deputy Director Christine Griffin organized the training in response to President Obama's July executive order calling on federal agencies...

Appeals court suspends judge’s order on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

October 21, 2010 The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday temporarily halted a judge's order to stop enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, according to a report from the Associated Press. The 1993 law bans openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces. Ruling in...

Cemetery employees will receive job training

October 20, 2010 Employees at Arlington National Cemetery for the first time will be able to enroll in a training program the Veteran Affairs Department operates, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, announced on Tuesday. The National Cemetery Administration Training Center, created in 2004 to provide job instruction to workers at the 131...

GAO: Defense domestic violence tracking remains flawed

October 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department's system for collecting data on domestic violence within military families is flawed, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The department maintains two databases for such information, the Defense Incident-Based Reporting System and the Family Advocacy Program's Central Registry, but it uses the central...

GAO: Defense domestic violence tracking remains flawed

October 18, 2010 The Defense Department's system for collecting data on domestic violence within military families is flawed, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The department maintains two databases for such information, the Defense Incident-Based Reporting System and the Family Advocacy Program's Central Registry, but it uses the central...

Memorial fund breaks ground on law enforcement museum

October 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The country's first museum to honor law enforcement will be built almost completely underground, officials said Thursday, and will feature state-of-the-art technology to wow visitors. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on Thursday broke ground on the museum, which will be located in Washington, across the street from the...

Memorial fund breaks ground on law enforcement museum

October 14, 2010 The country's first museum to honor law enforcement will be built almost completely underground, officials said Thursday, and will feature state-of-the-art technology to wow visitors. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on Thursday broke ground on the museum, which will be located in Washington, across the street from the...

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