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Labor's FECA benefits proposal gets push back from House

Members of the House have doubts about the Labor Department's proposal to set a uniform benefit rate for FECA beneficiaries. A GAO study found that such propositions will decrease benefits to injured workers with dependents. FECA benefits would also align more closely with Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) benefits once injured workers reach retirement age.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , workers compensation , retirement , FECA , DOL , GAO , Gary Steinberg , Andrew Sherrill , Scott Szymendera , Melissa Dawkins , House Education and the Workforce Committee

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 06:56pm EDT

House to vote on bill modifying FECA

If enacted, H.R. 2465 would make several changes to the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, including allowing assistants and nurses to certify disabilities.

Tags: House , FECA , Tim Walberg , Lynn Woolsey , benefits , health care

Thursday - 11/24/2011, 10:55am EST

Element 117 Discovery

Culminating a decade-long journey to expand the periodic table, an international team of scientists from Russia and the U.S. - including two Department of Energy national labs and two universities - has discovered the newest superheavy element; element 117.

The experiment produced six atoms of the element. Element 117 was the only missing element in row seven of the periodic table.

Physicists say the discovery of new elements expand our understanding of the universe and provide important tests of nuclear theories. Lawrence Livermore National Lab director George Miller calls it a significant breakthrough for science that will provide new insight into the makeup of the universe. He calls it a "testimony to the strength of science and technology at the partner institutions.

Since 1940, 26 new elements beyond uranium have been added to the periodic table.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Department of Energy , Lawrence Livermore , science

Monday - 04/12/2010, 05:41pm EDT