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Postal Service fashion coming to a store near you?

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Feb. 19 it has inked a deal with the Cleveland-based Wahconah Group to launch an all-weather line of clothing. The clothing and accessories, to be branded with USPS trademarks, will be available at department and specialty stores beginning in 2014.

Tags: USPS , budget , Steven Mills ,

Wednesday - 02/20/2013, 04:14pm EST

Furloughs pose pitfalls for managers, rank-and-file feds

Talk of federal-employee furloughs has intensified as the clock winds down to March 1 -- the date automatic, across-the-board spending cuts are set to kick in. But even if agencies are forced to go the furlough route, they will have to ensure the workforce reductions are implemented fairly or face a series of potential pitfalls, said John Mahoney, chairman of Tully Rinckey's labor and employment practice group, in an interview on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: furloughs , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , John Mahoney , Tully Rinckey , sequestration , management

Monday - 02/18/2013, 04:31pm EST
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Clapper: Sequestration 'quite damaging' to national intelligence

James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, tells Federal News Radio he's concerned about the effects of sequestration on the intelligence community.

Tags: James Clapper , ODNI , sequestration , In Depth , Francis Rose , Intelligence community ,

Friday - 02/15/2013, 09:21am EST
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OMB to Congress: Sequestration impact 'real,' but furloughs not immediate

Obama administration officials are painting a bleak picture of how federal agencies would fare under sequestration, the automatic budget cuts slated to go into effect in two weeks. The Senate Appropriations Committee heard testimony from several Obama administration officials about the consequences of the cuts, which are set to take effect March 1. However, Danny Werfel, controller of the Office of Management and Budget, emphasized to the committee that employee furloughs would not be immediate.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Senate Appropriations Committee , Barbara Mikulski , Danny Werfel , Ashton Carter , sequestration , OMB , furloughs ,

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 05:50pm EST
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OMB offers agencies sequestration guidance as deadline looms

The Obama administration offered agencies new guidance on sequestration, telling agency leaders and federal-employee unions that sequestration won't have an immediate impact on the federal workforce or government operations even if the automatic budget cuts go into effect Jan. 2.

Tags: federal unions , OMB , OPM , John Berry , Danny Werfel , sequestration ,

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 03:22pm EST

With cuts looming, OPM advises agencies on 'planned' furloughs

OPM published a guide providing agency human-resources officials with more information about "administrative furloughs," which are different from those stemming from government shutdowns because agencies typically have more time to plan their spending reductions. The Obama administration has reassured reassured federal agencies that sequestration won't have an immediate impact on the federal workforce or day-to-day government operations.

Tags: OPM , budget , sequestration , fiscal cliff , furloughs , workforce ,

Friday - 12/28/2012, 11:43am EST

OMB tells agencies to 'intensify' sequestration planning

Agencies across government should intensify their planning for across-the-board sequestration cuts, according to a Jan. 14 memo to the heads of executive department and agencies from Jeff Zients, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget. The memo comes on the heels of similar guidance issued last week by the Defense Department. Meanwhile, the Navy warned of the threat of reduced funding from a short-term spending measure.

Tags: sequestration , budget , Congress , 2014 budget , continuing resolution , Jeff Zients , Ray Mabus , Paul Ryan ,

Monday - 01/14/2013, 08:04pm EST

Army freezes civilian hiring, cuts base spending ahead of potential sequestration

The Army has put an immediate freeze on civilian hiring and will begin terminating some temporary employees to reduce spending ahead of potential across-the-board budget cuts later this year. Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno and Army Secretary John McHugh also directed Army commanders and supervisors to reduce base-operations support spending.

Tags: budget , sequestration , DoD , Army , John McHugh , Ray Odierno ,

Friday - 01/18/2013, 04:54pm EST

Unions, industry groups spar over impact of sequestration

Guidance from the administration on what steps federal agencies should take to prepare for potential across-the-board budget cuts has set off a war of words between federal-employee unions and industry groups. The American Federation of Government Employees says guidance exempts contractors at the expense of federal employees, but industry groups say the criticism is misguided.

Tags: budget , sequestration , industry , guidance , AFGE , NTEU , J. David Cox , Colleen Kelley , PSC , Stan Soloway , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins ,

Friday - 01/18/2013, 06:59pm EST

DFAS halts hiring ahead of possible sequestration

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service will implement significant cost-cutting measures next week to prepare for the possibility of automatic spending cuts due to hit government in March. DFAS plans to freeze most hiring, reduce travel and overtime, and temporarily halt new employee performance awards, according to DFAS Director Terri McKay.

Tags: DFAS , Terri McKay , DoD , budget , sequestration , hiring , hiring freeze ,

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 03:56pm EST
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