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10:03 pm, November 25, 2014

Jack Moore Reports

Jack Moore is a web editor and general assignment reporter for Federal News Radio.

TSP tanks in weak August

Funds in the Thrift Savings Plan took a plunge last month. With the exception of the government-securities G Fund, all the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan finished August in negative territory.

Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 01:22pm EDT

New veteran, disability hiring goals won't be quotas, Labor Dept. says

New regulations from the Labor Department spell out specific benchmarks federal contractors will be expected to meet regarding the hiring of veterans and people with disabilities. But Patricia Shiu, director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), tells Federal News Radio the new benchmarks are not quotas. Still, some contractor groups are viewing the new rules with skepticism.

Monday - 09/02/2013, 06:33pm EDT
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GSA ups per diem rates for 2014, ends conference allowance

After a two-year freeze, per diems for work-related federal travel are going up slightly, according to the General Services Administration. GSA also announced it is eliminating a special lodging allowance for federal employees attending conferences.

Friday - 08/30/2013, 05:13pm EDT

Next front in fight against improper payments? Stopping payments to dead people

Senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have opened a new legislative salvo in the fight against improper payments: helping agencies stop payments to dead people. The new legislation, introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee would allow all federal agencies to access basic death data maintained by the Social Security Administration and require they use it to curb improper payments

Friday - 08/30/2013, 03:10pm EDT
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OPM to manage part of Affordable Care Act program

The launch of state insurance exchanges will have little impact on most federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management says. It's a different story for OPM, itself, however. Due to its experience managing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, OPM has been tasked with managing a part of the new health exchange system.

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 04:37pm EDT

GPO chief says its time to update agency name to reflect digital push

Davita Vance-Cooks, who was officially sworn in as the head of the agency last week, says there's a more accurate moniker for the work the agency does today: Government Publishing Office. Over the past few years, the Government Printing Office has been shifting away from its traditional mission of ink-on-paper printing in favor of digital distribution of key government documents.

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 01:16pm EDT
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Agencies' FY 2015 budget planning 'tied up in knots' by uncertainty

Agencies are already planning for their 2015 budgets, and will submit preliminary plans to the Office of Management and Budget next month. Funding for the current year runs out Oct. 1, there's no word on a budget or even a stopgap continuing resolution and the across-the-board sequestration cuts are still threatening to gum up the works.

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 04:06pm EDT
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New rules set veteran, disability hiring benchmarks for federal contractors

The Labor Department unveiled two final rules Tuesday requiring federal contractors to establish clear-cut annual benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 07:12pm EDT

Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley to lead Pentagon's drive for efficiencies

Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley has a new job: Help the Defense Department cut its headquarters budget by $40 billion over the next 10 years and streamline the Pentagon's organizational structure. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revealed in internal guidance Monday that Donley, who stepped down from the Air Force in June, would lead the efficiencies review.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 04:48pm EDT

Court ruling gives agencies 'weapon' against employees, union says

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are not entitled to a key civil-service protection under a recent ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington. Andres Grajales, deputy general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees who represented two federal employees in the case, said the ruling gives agencies a weapon against employees.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:32pm EDT
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Company drops protest of GSA's OASIS RFP

IT services contractor USfalcon Inc. has agreed to drop its protest of the General Services Administration's solicitation for its massive OASIS multiple-award contract. However, a second pre-award protest filed by Aljucar, Anvil-Incus and Company at the agency level is moving forward.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 05:49pm EDT

OPM pushes telework for March on Washington anniversary

The Office of Personnel Management is pushing federal agencies to allow their employees to telework Wednesday to help ease traffic congestion stemming from the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington. The federal government will remain open on Aug. 28.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 03:28pm EDT

Coffers nearly dry, FEEA says most furlough loans could end next week

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund says it won't be able to help out most furloughed federal employees beyond the end of the week because donations haven't kept up with the crush of applications from employees facing the forced time off.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 01:41pm EDT
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Sequestration Tracker: Guide to agency furloughs

In the weeks leading up to March 1, agencies across government have painted increasingly dire pictures of life under sequestration. Along with hiring freezes, spending reductions, and curtailed travel and training, many agencies are planning for furloughs. With Federal News Radio's Sequestration Tracker, find out how agencies have said they'll slash their budgets to comply with the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 11:00am EDT

How to maintain training in tight budget times

In tight fiscal times, travel and training budgets often seem to be marked with a target by cost-conscious agency leaders. But there are strategies chief human capital officers and chief learning officers can deploy to shield their training budgets from cuts. ICF International Senior Vice President Jeff Neal and Young Government Leaders President Virginia Hill offer tips.

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 03:04pm EDT
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Deputy NASA administrator Lori Garver stepping down

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver is stepping down from the space agency. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced in a note to staff Garver would leave next month to serve as the general manager of the Air Line Pilots Association, where she will oversee day-to-day operations of the largest union for pilots.

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 02:10pm EDT

Union wants rewrite of phased-retirement rules

The National Treasury Employees Union supports the general idea of phased retirement but has taken issue with some of the specifics set out by the Office of Personnel Management in its draft regulations. NTEU President Colleen Kelley says the rules, in their current form, require would-be phased retirees to have 20 years of experience, which could limit the number of employee eligible for the program. NTEU is also concerned about the lack of an appeals process for feds deemed ineligible for the option.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 05:03pm EDT
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Citing sequestration, OPM pushes back retirement processing goal

The Office of Personnel Management now estimates it will not be able to clear a longstanding backlog of retirement claims until next summer. OPM Associate Director for Retirement Services Ken Zawodny told Federal News Radio the suspension of overtime in late April has left the agency essentially treading water when it comes to processing retirement applications.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 10:00am EDT
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Fed furloughs leave imprint on procurement process, contractors say

In contrast to federal employees, who are facing furloughs, many contractors are encountering more elusive sequestration symptoms. Along with reduced government contract spending, federal-employee furlough have also trickled down through the procurement process, resulting in delays, contractors say. This article is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Private Side of Sequestration.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 06:46pm EDT
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Obama picks restructuring expert Koskinen to take over IRS

President Barack Obama is nominating retired corporate restructuring expert John Koskinen to take over the Internal Revenue Service, which is under fire for its screening of political groups.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 03:39pm EDT
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