News Briefs

News Briefs

December 16, 1996

News Briefs

The following news summaries are from OPM AM, the daily newsletter of the Office of Personnel Management. OPM AM is available on OPM Mainstreet, the agency's electronic bulletin board, at 202-606-4800.

THE FEDERAL DIARY--New procedures are in effect regarding loans from your Thrift Savings Plan...Job transition lines can make job changes easier (The Washington Post, Monday)...Retirement-eligible workers who leave as part of approved agency downsizing programs may keep their federal health coverage even if they don't meet enrollment requirements (The Washington Post, Sunday).

REINVENTION--"When it comes to reinventing itself, the federal government has long suffered from an organizational strain of attention deficit disorder, an affliction that has led to an almost endless series of reform efforts" (Government Executive, December).

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE--"Agency downsizing, benefit cutoffs and growing hatred of government have left federal employees more vulnerable than ever to workplace violence" (Government Executive, December).

OF INTEREST--A popular perk, employer reimbursement for graduate-level education now must be treated as income (The Washington Post)...Some companies may give their employees additional time off during the holidays (The Washington Post, Odd Jobs).

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