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Incomplete data, missing deadlines hinder agencies' telework goals

The Office of Personnel Management needs to beef up its role in helping agencies set goals for increasing telework, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. Under the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act, agencies are required to take new steps to increase the number of employees who telework -- and OPM is required to report to Congress on agencies' goals for doing so. But GAO found many new mandated reporting requirements went unmet in OPM's 2012 report to Congress, the first since the telework law went into effect.

Tags: OPM , GAO , telework , workforce , management ,

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 03:19pm EDT
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TSP takes a tumble in June

Every TSP fund -- with the exception of the ever-reliable government-securities G Fund -- finished last month in negative territory, according to new data from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Tags: TSP , FRTIB , pay and benefits

Monday - 07/01/2013, 02:33pm EDT

Feds in same-sex marriages given 60 days to update benefits

Federal employees in same-sex marriages have until August 26 to make changes to their health and life insurance among other benefits, according to a new memo from acting OPM Director Elaine Kaplan. Same-sex spouses of federal employees are now eligible for coverage under under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), and Federal Long-term Care Insurance.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , OPM , workforce , Elaine Kaplan , DOMA , same-sex benefits , FEHBP , FEDVIP ,

Friday - 06/28/2013, 06:50pm EDT

Senate confirms GSA's Tangherlini, others to key agency posts

The top spots at a few key federal agencies are now officially filled following Senate confirmation votes this week. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve Dan Tangherlini to be the administrator of the General Services Administration and Howard Shelanski to serve as the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. Senators also OK'd Brian Deese to serve as OMB deputy director for budget.

Tags: people , GSA , OMB , Dan Tangherlini , Howard Shelanski , Brian Deese , OIRA ,

Friday - 06/28/2013, 04:26pm EDT

Regulatory czar nominee pledges to speed up review process

President Barack Obama's pick to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) pledged to clear up delays in the regulatory process if confirmed by the Senate. Appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, Howard Shelanski said improving the timeliness of OIRA's work -- which has come in for criticism from Republican lawmakers and transparency groups, alike -- is among his top priorities.

Tags: Congress , Senate , management , regulations , Howard Shelanski , Public Citizen , OIRA , OMB , Carl Levin , Rob Portman , Unified Agenda ,

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 06:21pm EDT
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Industry fears 'chilling effect' in GSA review of acquisition managers

In a letter to Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service, three industry groups -- the Coalition for Government Procurement, the Professional Services Council and TechAmerica -- wrote that restricting communication between managers and contractors could have a "chilling effect" on managers' role in the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program.

Tags: GSA , FAS , acquisition , industry , Tom Sharpe , multiple-award schedule , CGP , TechAmerica , PSC ,

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:53pm EDT

Talkin' 'bout your generation

Teens who once thrilled to The Who's "My Generation" have entered the workforce, grown older and are, in many cases, high-ranking employees and managers. In other words, they are the old fogies they once railed against. "Federal Report" readers react to the office age-gap in this guest column.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , millennials , Generation Y ,

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

What do you want from your TSP plan? Board wants to know

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is setting the stage for a major new multiyear initiative to study the needs of Thrift Savings Plan participants and improve its services. The first step in the process will be determining benchmarks for how the board currently operates and communicates with participants, said Kim Weaver, the board's director of external affairs.

Tags: pay and benefits , TSP , FRTIB , Greg Long , Kim Weaver , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 06:29pm EDT
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Generation whine?

They're entitled, narcissistic, "free spirits," who chafe at the confines of ordinary desk work. They grew up in the era of Little League trophies for everyone, are tied to their smartphones and live out much of their lives on Facebook. At least that's what some of you think about millennials. We're talking Generation Y in today's guest column. Even if you're not part of the under-30 crowd, we bet you have an opinion.

Tags: federal report , workforce , Mike Causey , millennials , Generation Y

Tuesday - 06/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

Small businesses largely immune to reduced contractor pay cap

Reducing the contractor compensation cap to the level of the salary drawn by the President ($400,000) or the Vice President ($230,700), as suggested by some lawmakers and the White House in the past, would dramatically increase the number of employees who earn compensation above the allowable limits GAO said. But the changes would mostly affect large companies, auditors said, because few of the small companies it surveyed pay their employees more than the amount earned by the President and Vice President.

Tags: industry , acquisition , GAO , contractor pay cap , Stan Soloway , PSC ,

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 09:03pm EDT
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