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Senate OKs postal amendments to limit conference spending, stave off closures

In a marathon series of votes Tuesday, the Senate considered more than a dozen amendments to a postal reform bill, approving a provision to limit all federal agencies' spending on conferences, but voting down an amendment expanding the federal workers' compensation program. Lawmakers also rejected an amendment that would have required retirement-eligible USPS employees to retire without a buyout payment. The Senate will resume voting on amendments Wednesday at 2 p.m. before voting on a final version of the 21st Century Postal Service Act.

Tags: Senate , budget , Congress , USPS , Tom Coburn , conference spending , Susan Collins , Joe Lieberman , Tom Carper , Scott Brown , FECA , NTEU

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 10:11pm EDT

Senate bill seeks to reform Senior Executive Service

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) introduced the Senior Executive Reform Act, which would link the General Schedule with the pay system for senior executives and let senior executives include their performance bonuses in their retirement calculation.

Tags: SES , Senior Executives Assocation , Carol Bonosaro , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , Congress , Senate , retirement , workforce , management , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Friday - 03/30/2012, 12:25pm EDT
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Senate amendment lets retiring feds go part-time

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced an amendment to the Surface Transportation Bill that offers part-time employment to retiring feds. The Senate passed the amendment Thursday.

Tags: Max Baucus , Surface Transportation Bill , pay and benefits , retirement , Congress , Senate , NTEU , AFGE , Colleen Kelleher , Beth Moten ,

Friday - 03/09/2012, 01:34pm EST

Analysis: Hatch Act modernization good for feds, better for locals

Debra Roth, a partner at Shaw, Bransford and Roth, said the Hatch Act Modernization of 2012 would widen the array of penalties for violating the law that governs political activities by government workers.

Tags: Debra Roth , Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , Elijah Cummings , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Federal Drive , workforce , OSC , MSPB , Congress , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 11:52am EST
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Senators take OPM to task over long wait for pensions

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy for tackling its backlog of 62,000 retirement applications. But, after 25 years of hearing such promises, lawmakers are skeptical. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Subcommittee on Oversight brought agency director John Berry to Capitol Hill to explain why this strategy is different.

Tags: OPM , retirement , pay and benefits , workforce , technology , Congress , Senate , John Berry , Mark Warner , GAO , Valerie Melvin , Patrick McFarland , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 01:51pm EST
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DC-area officials cheer federal 'shelter-in-place' snow strategy

Capital region officials cheered the Office of Personnel Management's "shelter-in-place" option for snow emergencies. Having people stay at the office during sudden or extreme snowstorms would lessen gridlock, officials told lawmakers Wednesday. They also urged area workers to know their children's school emergency policies and have backup childcare arrangements in place.

Tags: DHS , Senate , Congress , Mark Pryor , workforce , weather , emergencies , disaster preparedness , National Capital Region , OPM , Terrie Suit , Dean Hunter , Steward Beckham , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 02:05pm EST
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Senate approves resolution marking FEB 50th anniversary

The Senate Thursday approved a resolution marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Federal Executive Boards. The resolution, which was sponsored by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), commemorates the anniversary and notes the work played by the national communication network of the federal government.

Tags: FEB , OPM , workforce , Congress , Senate , Daniel Inouye , Carl Levin , Scott Brown

Friday - 11/11/2011, 06:33am EST

DHS Undersecretary Elaine Duke keeps her job - for now

A Senate subcommittee wants to know how much management progress DHS is making, while one Senator places a hold on the Undersecretary for Management nominee.

Tags: contracting , management , cybersecurity , Congress , homeland security , DHS , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , George Voinovich , Elaine Duke , Rafael Borras

Wednesday - 12/16/2009, 06:20pm EST
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Strengthening the federal acquisition workforce

Because of the retirement of baby-boomers, the federal government faces the imminent departure of large numbers of senior staffers over the next 10-15 years. A Senate subcommittee is focusing on how that will influence hiring the next generation of federal contract and acquisition workers.

Tags: P&B , contracting , acquisitions , federal hiring , GSA , George Voinovich , David Drabkin , Jeffrey Zeints , OMB , OFPP , Martha Johnson

Friday - 08/07/2009, 06:52am EDT
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Agencies bolster the ranks of fed contracting pros

More spending to track, and fewer workers to do the work. That's the conundrum facing Federal agencies trying to meet the many demands of federal acquisition. In the second of two reports, FederalNewsRadio's Max Cacas looks at how three of those agencies are trying to cope.

Tags: P&B , contracting , acquisitions , GSA , George Voinovich , Elaine Duke , DHS , John McNally , NASA , John Bashista , DoE , OMB , Max Cacas

Monday - 08/10/2009, 06:49am EDT
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