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House committee takes up bill cutting federal retirement benefits

Federal unions and some lawmakers have lambasted a proposed bill that would make changes to federal retirement benefits. The "Securing Annuities for Federal Employees Act of 2012" is set to go before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Tuesday for a markup session, in which lawmakers will be able to introduce amendments.

Tags: Congress , House , pay and benefits , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Gerry Connolly , benefits , retirement

Monday - 02/06/2012, 09:20pm EST
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Off with your wigs!

No matter what condition your hair is in, the vast majority of federal workers get a new wig every one, two or three years. But that may be about to change, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: workforce , Congress , pay and benefits , pay , pay debate , WIG , step increases , Martha Roby , Mike Causey , federal report

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 02:00am EST

BLS: Public sector union membership 5 times higher than private sector

In 2011, more than 28 percent of federal employees were union members. That's in contrast to less than 7 percent of unionized employees in the private sector.

Tags: BLS , unions , Bill Fletcher , AFGE , official time

Monday - 01/30/2012, 10:45am EST

Lawmakers spar over proposed federal retirement cuts

Lawmakers should keep their hands off federal employees' retirement plans, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Director of Retirement Benefit Services David Snell said at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy. The subcommittee is considering a slew of bills aimed at reducing federal pensions for both lawmakers and rank-and-file workers.

Tags: NARFE , David Snell , payroll tax cut , Congress , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , FERS , CSRS , Social Security , OPM , Emily Kopp , Stephen Lynch , Robert Dold , Tim Griffin , Mike Coffman

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 05:06pm EST
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OPM to hire CTO to handle USAJobs, retirement system

The Office of Personnel Management faces a House subcommittee today to answer questions about its handling of the USAJobs relaunch.

Tags: OPM , USAJobs , technology , workforce , hiring , House , Emily Kopp , Patrick McFarland , Valerie Melvin , Patrick Manzo , John Berry , Stephen Lynch , Connie Mack , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Monster Government Solutions , cybersecuirty

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 01:11pm EST
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Lawmakers to question OPM's handling of USAJobs

The widespread frustration over the Office of Personnel Management's handling of USAJobs.gov has caught lawmakers' attention. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce has invited OPM, government inspectors and Monster, the company that previously ran the federal jobs site, to testify at a hearing Tuesday.

Tags: John Berry , OPM , USAJobs , workforce , hiring , technology , Monster Government Solutions , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Pat Tamburrino , DoD , Emily Kopp , Bob Lam , Ron Johnson , John Kerry , CHCO Council

Monday - 11/14/2011, 02:55pm EST
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Proposal to cut federal workforce raises concerns

Some call the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's approval of a 10 percent cut in the federal workforce is a political statement. Others worry it portends cuts in federal pay, benefits or jobs. Federal employees' groups have stepped up lobbying efforts.

Tags: Jim Cooper , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jessica Klement , FMA , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Throug , Congress , workforce , Robert Tobias , American University , Emily Kopp

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:29am EST
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GAO: Postal Service did not overpay CSRS account

The Postal Service has not paid too much for retirement benefits for employees under the Civil Service Retirement System. A report by the Government Accountability Office throws a wrench in the Postal Service's plan to return to profitability by accessing more than $50 billion now held for retirement benefits.

Tags: workforce , USPS , GAO , pay and benefits , Emily Kopp ,

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 01:51pm EDT
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McCain brings House GOP USPS reform plan to Senate

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced legislation in the Senate to overhaul the struggling Postal Service. It mirrors the GOP plan approved by a House subcommittee Wednesday. It would let an independent watchdog to seize control of the agency's finances if it were more than 30 days late in paying its bills.

Tags: John McCain , USPS , Tom Carper , Susan Collins , Emily Kopp

Friday - 09/23/2011, 07:01pm EDT

House subcommittee pushes forward GOP plan to repair USPS

A House subcommittee markup of a bill to address the Postal Service's financial problems broke down along partisan lines. Democrats accused Republicans of using this legislation to weaken labor provisions. Republicans said Democrats would prefer bailing out the agency rather than making it sustainable. The bill now goes to the full House Oversight and Governmental Reforms Committee.

Tags: USPS , management , workforce , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Barack Obama , Tom Carper , FERS , budget , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:44am EDT
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