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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

TSP mulls mutual-fund option

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which manages the TSP, is mulling whether to add a new option to federal employees' (401)k-style retirement plan: a mutual fund window. The mutual fund window would allow participants to move investments out of the TSP funds they've invested in and into a private-sector suite of mutual funds. However, the board is still studying the issue, Kim Weaver, the director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, told In Depth with Francis Rose. No changes are imminent.

Tags: pay and benefits , TSP , Roth TSP , mutual funds , mutual fund window , Kim Weaver , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 08:27pm EDT
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Customer satisfaction with e-government down slightly but near record highs

Satisfaction with federal e-government sites remained high throughout most of 2012, according to a quarterly report from ForeSee and the American Customer Satisfaction Index. On a 100-point scale, customer satisfaction with federal websites now sits at 75.3. That's actually down slightly from last quarter, which had set an all-time high, according to the latest report.

Tags: ForeSee , ACSI , e-government , customer satisfaction , SSA , HHS , federal websites ,

Monday - 10/22/2012, 08:06pm EDT

Pay gap between government, private sector widens to 34 percent

The gap in pay between federal employees and private-sector workers jumped eight percent since last year, according to new data presented at a Federal Salary Council meeting Friday. On average, federal employees earn 34 percent less than their private-sector counterparts, according to the council's analysis.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , pay , Federal Salary Council ,

Friday - 10/19/2012, 06:42pm EDT

Unions, watchdog groups renew call for capping 'exorbitant' contractor salaries

A collection of federal unions and watchdogs groups wrote to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee urging support for a law capping taxpayer-funded contracting compensation costs at $230, 700 the maximum salary earned by the highest-paid federal employees.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , contractor pay cap , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , AFGE , NTEU , POGO , Carl Levin ,

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 06:05pm EDT

USPS hits borrowing limit for first time

The U.S. Postal Service hit its $15 billion borrowing limit for the first time late last month, the agency confirmed. The Wall Street Journal first reported earlier this week that the USPS reached the limit on the amount of money it can borrow from the Treasury Department and is now dependent solely on its own revenue to sustain operations.

Tags: USPS , budget , David Partenheimer , Congress , Darrell Issa

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 08:09pm EDT
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