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Fed employee group calculates lost benefits under chained CPI

President Barack Obama's proposal to change the way retirees' cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are calculated has drawn the ire of federal-employee groups and unions. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) has released a calculator designed to show retirees and policymakers how benefits would be reduced if the chained CPI were implemented.

Tags: NARFE , Joseph Beaudoin , Workforce , pay and benefits , chained CPI , COLA ,

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 05:34pm EDT

2014 budget takes center stage on Capitol Hill

With the release of the White House's 2014 budget proposal last week, budget season on Capitol Hill is in full swing. But while Congress will be debating the merits of the President's budget plan via a flurry of congressional hearings this week, the permanent director's chair at the Office of Management and Budget remains vacant.

Tags: budget , Sylvia Burwell , OMB , House Appropriations Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee

Monday - 04/15/2013, 08:25pm EDT

Congress repeals STOCK Act reporting requirements for senior execs

Congress approved a bill Friday to eliminate expanded financial-disclosure reporting requirements for Senior Executive Service members, just days before the new requirements were to go into effect. Both the House and Senate approved the measure by unanimous consent. The expanded reporting requirements were set to go into effect Monday.

Tags: financial disclosure , SES , SEA , Sunlight Foundation , STOCK Act , Congress , House , Senate , Workforce , management

Friday - 04/12/2013, 03:18pm EDT

5 trends and hurdles for the future of effective financial management

From shared services and data-driven decision-making, to shrinking budgets and workforces, Federal News Radio's special report, Rise of the Money People, tracks the emerging trends in effective financial management at federal agencies, and the possible hurdles that stand in the way of saving even more money.

Tags: Rise of the Money People , financial management , Shared services , Workforce , Clarence Crawford , Deloitte , Peggy Sherry , DHS ,

Friday - 04/12/2013, 05:22am EDT

Cost-conscious DoD reduces pricetag of big-ticket acquisition programs

The size and cost of the Defense Department's portfolio of major weapons acquisition programs have fallen to their lowest levels in five years, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. DoD's major weapons portfolio decreased by 10 programs in 2012 -- to 86 programs -- while the total cost of DoD's big-ticket procurements fell by $152 billion to $1.6 trillion.

Tags: acquisition , DoD , Contracting , In Depth , Francis Rose , Mike Sullivan , GAO

Tuesday - 04/02/2013, 05:53pm EDT

Federal retirements exceed expectations for third straight month

For the third month in a row, the number of federal employees filing retirement claims outpaced the Office of Personnel Management's projections. OPM received 10,183 retirement claims in March, more than double the number it expected to receive, according to new OPM data..

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog ,

Friday - 04/05/2013, 02:39pm EDT

OMB offers updated guidance to agencies facing sequestration cuts

The Office of Management and Budget has directed agencies to take full advantage of the funding flexibilities they have under law as they implement across-the-board sequestration cuts, that went into effect March 1. In an April 4 memo, OMB Controller Danny Werfel also directed agency and department leaders to be mindful of certain types of performance awards and to work with agency inspectors general before making cuts to IG offices.

Tags: OMB , sequestration , budget , management , Danny Werfel , performance awards , IG ,

Thursday - 04/04/2013, 03:41pm EDT

Feds' view of senior leaders takes a nosedive

Employee satisfaction with agency leadership dipped for the first time in 10 years in 2012, after years of slight but consistent gains. Leadership scores fell to 52.8 points on a 100-point scale, a drop of 2.1 points from 2011 levels, according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. It's the first time in the last decade that overall scores dropped year-over-year.

Tags: Workforce , management , OPM , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Partnership for Public Service , best practices ,

Wednesday - 04/03/2013, 06:00pm EDT

Boosted by strong market, TSP funds make gains in March

After a modest showing so far this year, Thrift Savings Plan funds were buoyed by recent record highs on Wall Street and finished the month with solid gains. All five regular funds, in addition to the target-date Lifecycle Funds, finished March in the black for the first time since November.

Tags: pay and benefits , TSP ,

Monday - 04/01/2013, 03:08pm EDT

CBP postpones 60,000 furloughs, overtime cuts

In a reversal of course, U.S. Customs and Border Protection now says it is postponing employee furloughs and will continue to authorize overtime pay. The agency said it is "reevaluating" both the planned furloughs of its 60,000 employees and the elimination of administratively uncontrollable overtime, or AUO, because of new funding granted in the 2013 appropriations bill Congress passed last month.

Tags: CBP , sequestration , furloughs , Workforce

Monday - 04/01/2013, 07:40pm EDT
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