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Even as postal losses shrink, USPS continues call for agency overhaul

The U.S. Postal Service announced Friday its quarterly losses fell sharply in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, boosted by revenue growth in package delivery and agency cost-cutting. Still, the agency's $354 million loss for the quarter ending Dec. 31, marked the 19th of the last 21 quarters that USPS posted a loss.

Tags: USPS , postal reform , Pat Donahoe , Joe Corbett ,

Friday - 02/07/2014, 12:45pm EST

Pace of federal retirements slows at start of 2014

The number of federal employees filing for retirement in January swelled to more than 17,000, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. But that's actually about 2,600 fewer than expected. In fact, this past month marked the first time in at least two years that the number of federal workers filing for retirement in January fell below 20,000 claims.

Tags: workforce , retirement , OPM ,

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 11:18am EST

Lawmakers raise cybersecurity concerns about HealthCare.gov

The troubled HealthCare.gov website has been the subject of at least one attempted but unsuccessful cyber attack, according to one of the of the Homeland Security Department's top cyber officials. Lawmakers at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing said the consolidation of personal information and the glitch-prone website are cause for concern.

Tags: HealthCare.gov , cybersecurity , CMS , DHS , Bobbie Stempfley , Mike McCaul , House , Congress , House Homeland Security Committee ,

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 04:11pm EST

Collaboration key to DHS cyber efforts

Collaboration is the name of the game when it comes to many of the Homeland Security Department's cybersecurity efforts. Doug Maughan, director of DHS' Cybersecurity Division in the department's Science and Technology Directorate, discussed the department's cyber partnerships as part of the Federal News Radio special report, A New Era in Technology.

Tags: cybersecurity , DHS , Dough Maughan , In Depth , Francis Rose , A New Era in Technology , technology ,

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 11:14am EST
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EPA plans early-outs targeted at higher grades

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued targeted early-retirement and buyout offers to hundreds of employees nationwide, according to an American Federation of Government Employees local. EPA officials are planning to offer early-outs at 19 different offices within the agency, spanning all 10 regions. Workers who sign up can receive up to $25,000 and will have to be off the rolls by early April.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , EPA , early retirement , buyouts ,

Monday - 02/03/2014, 01:44pm EST

DHS plan to protect critical infrastructure goes beyond cybersecurity

Last month the Homeland Security Department published its updated National Infrastructure Protection Plan, a governmentwide framework for securing critical infrastructure on a wide scale. The aim of the updated plan is to make all sectors of critical infrastructure more "resilient" -- better able to absorb and recover from natural disasters, terrorist attacks, cyber intrusions and other adverse conditions.

Tags: NIPP , critical infrastructure , Bob Kolasky , DHS , Bill Anderson , Kerry Thomas , Ernie Edgar , Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive ,

Friday - 01/31/2014, 02:26pm EST
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Rocky start to 2014 as TSP returns trend negative

Returns for nearly all of the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan trended downward in January following a rocky month on Wall Street. The largest declines came in the stock funds. The large-cap C Fund fell by 3.45 percent, the small-cap S Fund inched down 1.91 percent and the I Fund, made up of international stocks, plunged by more than 4 percent, according to new data from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Tags: pay and benefits , TSP , Renee Wilder

Monday - 02/03/2014, 10:32am EST

IRS chief: No furloughs this year

The head of the Internal Revenue Service said the agency isn't planning any employee furloughs this year, even though Congress decided not to restore funding to the agency that had been lost due to the across-the-board sequestration cuts. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the budget crunch, though, would mean taxpayers will see a decline in services.

Tags: IRS , budget , John Koskinen ,

Friday - 01/31/2014, 05:00pm EST

TSP loans, hardship withdrawals hit 10-year high last year

More Thrift Savings Plan participants withdrew money from their accounts early in 2013 than in any other year over the past decade. The board processed a total of 291,000 loans and about 138,000 hardship withdrawals last year, according to statistics presented at the board's monthly meeting Monday. More than 14,000 of the hardship withdrawals taken last year came during the month of October, when partisan gridlock led to a 16-day government shutdown and financial uncertainty and delayed paychecks for thousands of federal employees.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits , hardship withdrawals , TSP loans , Kim Weaver , Renee Wilder

Monday - 01/27/2014, 03:24pm EST
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OPM offers agencies helping hand in perking up employee morale

Fueled by budget cuts and pay freezes, federal employee satisfaction and engagement across the government plunged last year, according to the Office of Personnel Management's annual Employee Viewpoint Survey. Now, OPM says it's here to help agencies turn around those sagging satisfaction scores.

Tags: OPM , workforce , management , employee morale , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Joseph Kennedy ,

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 12:09pm EST
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