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Unions relish Obama victory but temper expectations for second term

Federal-employee unions have hailed the re-election of President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But despite the excitement, union leaders are tempering their expectations for a second term. National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley and J. David Cox, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told Federal News Radio their groups are ready to play an expanded role to deal with the budget deficit and alternatives to the sequestration cuts coming in January.

Tags: Election 2012 , federal unions , In Depth , Federal Drive , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , J. David Cox , AFGE ,

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 09:03pm EST
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OPM makes dent in retirement backlog as claims continue rolling in

For the fourth straight month, the number of federal employees filing for retirement has outstripped the Office of Personnel Management's expectations, according to new data released by the agency. OPM also beat its projections for processing retirement claims.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog ,

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 03:23pm EST

Delayed software updates leave IRS computers prone to hackers, auditors say

Thousands of IRS computers could be prone to cyber intruders because officials aren't updating software in a timely manner, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , IRS , TIGTA ,

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 08:10pm EDT

USPS countersues Northrop Grumman for contract overruns

Nearly six months ago, Northrop Grumman filed a $179 million lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service, alleging the agency delayed and disrupted its work on a multimillion-dollar contract to create and install high-tech mail sorters. Now, USPS has countered those claims, alleging the company actually owes it millions of dollars because the contract ran over schedule, according to documents obtained by Federal News Radio.

Tags: USPS , contracting , acquisition , lawsuit , Northrop Grumman , exclusive

Friday - 11/02/2012, 08:25pm EDT

Lifecycle Funds down as October TSP returns dip

After months of solid numbers, most of the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted negative returns in October, including all of the Lifecycle (L) Funds. The G, F and I Fund all posted slight gains.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits , Lifecycle Funds

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 03:50pm EDT

After Sandy, feds deploy all-hands-on-deck approach

After superstorm Sandy, the government is putting all hands on deck response to the storm, providing on-the-ground assistance, federal funding and coordinating rescue and clean-up efforts.

Tags: FEMA , GSA , Sandy , Dan Tangherlini , DHS , Craig Fugate , Janet Napolitano , Transportation , Ray Lahood , Julius Genachowski , FCC , EPA , Energy Department , management , U.S. Coast Guard , DoD ,

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 04:24pm EDT

DoD personnel chief taking medical leave of absence

The Defense Department's personnel chief Erin Conaton is taking a medical leave of absence, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement Wednesday. Panetta designated Jessica Wright, the assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs, to act as the acting principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness in Conaton's absence.

Tags: people , DoD , Erin Conaton , Leon Panetta , George Little

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 04:38pm EDT

Baltimore federal offices reopen Wednesday

The Federal Executive Board in Baltimore has recommended that federal agencies in Baltimore reopen Wednesday -- with unscheduled leave and telework options in place. There's no word yet from the Office of Personnel Management on the operating status of federal buildings in Washington, D.C. for Wednesday.

Tags: Sandy , Richard Howell , Baltimore FEB , operating status , workforce

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 03:48pm EDT

FEMA says funding won't be an issue in storm relief efforts

The pot of money funding FEMA's relief efforts contains $3.6 billion, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate. That includes some funds carried over from last fiscal year as well as new funding from the stopgap spending measure approved by Congress last month.

Tags: FEMA , Craig Fugate , social media , disaster relief , Hurricane Sandy ,

Monday - 10/29/2012, 08:56pm EDT
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House Republicans blast OIRA over late regulations report

The chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees have written to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) demanding to know why the public release of a report on upcoming federal regulations is behind schedule. In a letter to the agency, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairmen of the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees, respectively, say OIRA has not been forthcoming about the expected publication date of a report that should have been released months ago.

Tags: OMB , OIRA , oversight , Congress , House , Darrell Issa , Lamar Smith , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , House Judiciary Committee ,

Friday - 10/26/2012, 01:30pm EDT
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