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Success of civil service overhaul could hinge on rollout of Pentagon plan

July 14, 2005 If the Defense Department's pending personnel system hits bumps in its implementation, that may spell disaster for the Bush administration's plans to reform the civil service, according to a new Government Accountability Report. In 2003, Congress allowed the Pentagon to reshape its civilian personnel system. Earlier this year, Defense personnel...

Unions move to block implementation of new DHS personnel system

June 22, 2005 An injunction filed in federal court Wednesday by five employee unions asks that implementation of the new Homeland Security Department personnel system MAX HR be postponed until concerns about the system's regulations can be addressed. "What NTEU wants is for our questions about the legality of the regulations to be...

Defense personnel reform postponed

June 7, 2005 Pentagon officials announced Tuesday that the rollout of the National Security Personnel System would not begin on July 1 as initially planned. The delay comes just days after the Defense Department's meet-and-confer discussions with union leaders came to a close. The talks were aimed at getting the unions' input on...

Washington-area federal agencies close early due to snow

February 24, 2005 The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday afternoon that agencies in the Washington area would close two hours early due to snow and icy conditions. Emergency employees were expected to remain at work. The National Weather Service placed the area under a winter storm warning Thursday as snow blanketed the...

Thrift funds show mixed returns in January

February 3, 2005 The Thrift Savings Plan's F and G funds saw some slight growth in January, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The F Fund, made up of fixed-income bonds, saw the biggest increase last month, growing by 0.58 percent. The fund rose more than 4...

Bush administration unveils 2005 pay raise

December 30, 2004 President Bush issued an executive order Thursday evening formally implementing a 3.5 percent average pay raise in 2005 for General Schedule employees. The pay increase, which will take effect on Jan. 9, will be divided between a 2.5 percent base pay increase for all employees and an average 1 percent...

Bill eliminating TSP open seasons headed to White House

December 7, 2004 The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow federal employees to enroll in or make changes to their Thrift Savings Plan accounts at any time. The bill now awaits President Bush's signature. The 2004 Thrift Savings Plan Open Elections Act (H.R. 4324), introduced by House Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis,...

Proposal to eliminate 2005 locality pay increase angers unions

December 2, 2004 A proposal by the Bush administration to hold the civilian pay raise at 2.5 percent and provide no locality pay increase in 2005 drew ire from the two largest federal employee unions on Thursday. Last week, Congress approved the fiscal 2005 omnibus bill, which includes a 3.5 percent average pay...

Bush moves to limit 2005 pay raise to 2.5 percent

December 1, 2004 President Bush has moved to limit the pay increase for white-collar civilian federal employees under the General Schedule to 2.5 percent next year, with no additional pay for workers based on labor costs in the areas where they work. Under federal law, the president had until the end of November...

House panel backs 3.5 percent civil service pay raise

July 22, 2004 The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation Thursday that would provide equal pay adjustments for military and civilian federal employees in 2005. The panel passed by a 42-16 vote an amendment to the fiscal 2005 Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill that would grant federal civilian employees - and blue-collar workers - the same...