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Faster VA-DoD disability evaluations still far off

Leaders in the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments say a new system that will let them jointly evaluate the disabilities of wounded servicemembers is a vast improvement over old procedures, but it will take another year or two before they can meet their goal of evaluating disabilities within 300 days.

Tags: pay and benefits , DoD , VA , integrated disability evaluation system , Patty Murray , Bill Lynn , Scott Gould , Scott Brown , electronic health record , technology , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 07:10pm EDT
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Analysis: Will the pension contribution hike pass?

NARFE legislative director Dan Adcock, Federal Times editor Steve Watkins and senior reporter Sean Reilly join host Mike Causey to talk about legislation pending in Congress that affects your pay and retirement benefits.
May 18, 2011

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , NARFE , Dan Adcock , Protect America's Heartbeat , Federal Times , Steve Watkins , Sean Reilly , Mike Causey , Your Turn , TSP , insurance

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 07:18pm EDT
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Contractor contributions battle gets contentious

The Hill's Kevin Bogardus reports House Republicans have threatened to introduce legislation to block an executive order that would have government contractors disclose their political contributions if President Obama goes ahead with it. He explains what's at stake.

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , The Hill , Kevin Bogardus , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 10:31am EDT
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USPS warns of default on retiree benefits

Without action from Congress, the U.S. Postal Service will default on its obligations to future retirees' health care accounts. Next up are payments to employees and vendors, the postmaster general told Congress Tuesday.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , USPS , FERS , CSRS , Tom Carper , Pat Donahoe , Susan Collins , Mark Strong , National League of Postmasters , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 07:41am EDT
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Federal pensions next on budget chopping block?

The amount of money you must pay to your retirement fund could be going up. The 2012 budget proposal from House Republicans would require you to contribute 6 percent of your salaries. That's a jump of more than 5 percent.

Tags: pay and benefits , Tom Shoop , budget , pensions , contributions , FERS , In Depth , Government Executive

Monday - 05/16/2011, 07:42pm EDT

Pay Agent rejects new locality pay areas

The President's pay agent said federal employees should not receive locality pay adjustments in 2012, despite recommendations by the Federal Salary Council for an increase.

Tags: Hilda Solis , Labor , OPM , John Berry , OMB , Jacob Lew , locality pay , pay and benefits , Barack Obama , budget , General Schedule

Monday - 05/16/2011, 02:21pm EDT

Critical needs first in DHS IT modernization

A day after the Department of Homeland Security cancelled its $450 million contract to modernize and unify its backoffice IT systems, the department's acting CFO told Congress DHS will focus first on modernizing the infrastructure of the department's components that are severely out of date. A new strategy for an integrated, departmentwide system has yet to be determined, she said.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , DHS , GAO , financial management , TASC , bid protest , Peggy Sherry , Coast Guard , FEMA , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , Jared Serb

Monday - 05/16/2011, 07:29am EDT
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Analysis: Why FBI chief asked to stay longer

With his analysis is Erroll Southers, a former FBI Special Agent and was Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence at the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department.

Tags: Erroll Southers , FBI , Robert Mueller , Barack Obama , In Depth

Thursday - 05/12/2011, 06:00pm EDT
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