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Alex M. Parker

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Burning Question: Are Feds Overpaid?

Numbers tell conflicting stories.

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Defense

Leadership void at TSA is a morale bust, say unions

Aviation security agency has been without permanent chief for more than a year.

Pay & Benefits

Furloughed Transportation employees have yet to receive checks

Budget analysts note compensating inspectors for two days of lost work would not add to the deficit because the money already has been appropriated.

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Health Care for Obama?

Pay & Benefits

Feds would feel health care reforms

While details still are being hammered out, excise tax and other provisions would affect the government’s insurance program.

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Excising the Excise Tax

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Pay & Benefits

Union urges permanent collective bargaining rights for New Deal agency

Labor group wants to ensure the power to negotiate isn’t left to the whims of Tennessee Valley Authority leaders.

Pay & Benefits

Health and Wealth

A Republican pushes his version of government-run health care; some feds could receive larger annuity payments.

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TSP annual leave investment bill unveiled

The measure could be a boon for federal employees who have large amounts of leftover leave, union leader says.

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NTEU Petition

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KSAs could be kaput by April

OPM chief says plan to eliminate controversial essays from federal hiring process is on the fast track.

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Union seeks to boost IRS employees’ spirits

Group urges lawmakers to write letters of support in the wake of the February plane attack that has left many tax workers shaken.

Pay & Benefits

Performance chief calls for more nuanced employee ratings

More must be done to single out both outstanding and subpar employees, Zients says.

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Axing the Appointees

Pay & Benefits

Report shows jump in use of incentive payments

OPM says agency spending on three different kinds of bonuses increased 37 percent between 2007 and 2008.

Defense

Pentagon gunman linked to anti-government Web rantings

California man's apparent writings include a two-part treatise on big government.

Pay & Benefits

Furlough Facts

How do furloughs affect federal employees’ benefits?

Oversight

OPM aims to release revised retirement statements by mid-April

Agency is testing new system to fix a glitch in the annuity calculator that affected thousands of retirees.

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