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Retirement backlog continues to drop as fewer feds file to retire

For the fourth month in a row, fewer federal employees than expected put in for retirement, allowing the Office of Personnel Management to continue cutting away at a longstanding backlog of claims. About 1,000 fewer employees than expected filed for retirement, according to new OPM data. The backlog fell by more than 3,500 cases.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , retirement , sequestration ,

Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 01:35pm EST

OMB, OPM tell agencies to take different approach on employee bonuses

The Obama administration trying a different tack on federal-employee bonuses and awards in fiscal 2014. A new directive from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management continues clear-cut spending caps on employee awards but won't outright ban them -- even if the across-the-board spending constraints, known as sequestration, continue.

Tags: workforce , management , pay and benefits , employee awards , bonuses , OPM , OMB , SES ,

Monday - 11/04/2013, 11:23am EST

Senators say embattled DHS IG slow to respond to requests for information

Two top senators on a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee say a delay by the acting inspector general of the Homeland Security in providing documentation is hindering the committee's investigation into allegations of nepotism and misuse of agency resources. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chair and ranking member, respectively, of the Financial and Contracting Oversight subcommittee, wrote to the Deputy IG Charles Edwards Wednesday pressing him to respond to their requests for information.

Tags: DHS , Charles Edwards , oversight , Claire McCaskill , Ron Johnson ,

Friday - 11/01/2013, 04:52pm EDT

What shutdown? TSP ends October with strong showing

Fears that the two-week government shutdown and the threat of a catastrophic default on the national debt would roil the stock market and shrink federal employees' retirement accounts turned out to be unfounded. For the second month in a row, all the funds in the TSP posted in positive territory, according to data released Friday by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits ,

Friday - 11/01/2013, 11:30am EDT

In House-Senate budget talks, feds fear being familiar target

When House and Senate lawmakers kicked off formal budget negotiations this week for the first time since the government shutdown ended, both Republicans and Democrats said replacing sequestration, the blunt across-the-board budget cuts, with an alternative plan would be a top priority. The sticking point remains how to pay for it. Federal-employee unions and advocacy groups fear federal pay and benefits will once again be on the table.

Tags: sequestration , Congress , House , Senate , Patty Murray , Paul Ryan , pay and benefits , retirement contributions , Jessica Klement , NARFE , Jacque Simon , AFGE ,

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 12:51pm EDT

DOJ joins whistleblower suit against company that vetted Snowden, Alexis

The Justice Department has joined a whistleblower False Claims Act suit against the federal government's largest provider of background investigations. Filed under the False Claims Act, the suit alleges that USIS, which currently has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Office of Personnel Management, failed to properly review its casework before providing it OPM.

Tags: OPM , DoJ , USIS , whistleblower lawsuit , False Claims Act , Elaine Kaplan , Edward Snowden , Aaron Alexis , background investigations , oversight ,

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:21pm EDT

Thousands of feds turned to TSP to weather shutdown

Hardship withdrawals shot up in the first few weeks of October and thousands more employees opted to shift their investments out of higher-risk areas and into the G Fund, TSP officials said at at the board's monthly meeting Monday. During the shutdown, some 8,200 participants requested hardship withdrawals, compared to 5,500 during the same period of time last year.

Tags: government shutdown , TSP , pay and benefits , Greg Long , Veronica Mance ,

Monday - 10/28/2013, 05:17pm EDT

HealthCare.gov contractors point fingers at CMS for site bottlenecks

The House Energy and Commerce Committee called representatives from four contractors including prime contractor CGI Federal to the committee to investigate the bumpy launch of the health care website. Contractors responsible for key parts of the website told lawmakers that the federal government was responsible for comprehensively testing the site and that a late decision to require logging into the system before browsing for insurance plans created bottlenecks that crippled the site.

Tags: technology , oversight , acquisition , House Energy and Commerce Committee , Cheryl Campbell , CGI Federal , HealthCare.gov , Andrew Slavitt , QSSI , Tim Murphy , HHS

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 03:35pm EDT

After the shutdown: Federal employees cite drain on morale

Eighty-three percent of respondents to a Federal News Radio online poll said morale at their workplace is now worse than before the shutdown. Another 5 percent of respondents said they didn't feel personally affected but the morale of their co-workers had worsened. Federal workforce experts and employees, themselves, say the the two-week government shutdown has opened up a rift of resentment between groups of federal employees which, in part, is fueling the morale drain.

Tags: management , budget , Congress , workforce , government shutdown , Sean Morris , Deloitte , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Cindy Blythe , Steve Ressler , GovLoop , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 02:03pm EDT
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Navy Yard task force focusing on return to normal

A month after IT contractor Aaron Alexis gunned down a dozen colleagues at the Washington Navy Yard, the Navy has assembled a team of experts to handle every aspect of the recovery effort, from restoring operations at the facility to continuing to care for those affected by the tragedy. Dennis McGinn, the assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installation and Environment (EI&E) has been tasked with leading the recovery task force.

Tags: Navy , Navy Yard , Dennis McGinn , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Monday - 10/21/2013, 02:24pm EDT
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