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GSA head Johnson resigns, two other officials fired in wake of 'over the top' conference spending

The head of the General Services Administration resigned from her post Monday and two other officials were fired amid an investigation into excessive spending at a 2010 training conference.

Tags: Martha Johnson , GSA , Richard Peck , Stephen Leeds , Dan Tangherlini , people , Jack Lew ,

Monday - 04/02/2012, 06:12pm EDT
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CBO: Feds earn 16 percent more in pay, benefits than private-sector workers

Federal employees are paid 16 percent more in total compensation a combination of pay and benefits than their private-sector counterparts, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report. The pay and benefits gap was not evident across the board, but stratified by educational attainment.

Tags: pay debate , pay and benefits , pay , Congress , CBO , American Enterprise Institute , Federal Salary Council , BLS , NTEU , Colleen Kelley ,

Monday - 01/30/2012, 07:49pm EST

The lessons and legacy of NSPS

The Defense Department's long experiment in a pay-for-performance system was supposed to provide a model for the rest of government. Instead, after six years and protracted legal battles, the National Security Personnel System. was abolished by Congress. With more than 225,000 employees, who were once covered by the system, now converted back to the General Schedule, Federal News Radio examines the lessons learned and legacy of NSPS.

Tags: NSPS , NSPS transition , general schedule , pay for performance , DoD , workforce , management , pay , pay and benefits , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service ,

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 03:02pm EST

Federal health plans to offer Blue Button digital health-record access

All health insurance options in federal health plans will soon allow members to download a digital version of their health records using a technology called Blue Button, the Office of Personnel Management announced. The adoption of the Blue Button technology, whose use was spearheaded by the Veterans Affairs Department, will make it easer to share digital records with family members and physicians.

Tags: technology , health IT , electronic medical records , VA , Blue Button , OPM , John Berry , FEHBP , pay and benefits ,

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 08:07pm EST

Pitfalls ahead for potential OMB successors?

Robert Shea, a principal at Grant Thornton and former associate director for administration and government performance at OMB, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the leadership changes at OMB as they unfold so close to budget time.

Tags: OMB , Jack Lew , Jeffrey Zients , Heather Higginbottom , budget , Congress , people , Grant Thornton , Robert Shea , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 09:43pm EST
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OMB's Jack Lew to take over as White House chief of staff

Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob "Jack" Lew will take over as White House chief of staff, as William Daley, the current top aide to the President, has announced his departure.

Tags: OMB , people , William Daley , White House , Jack Lew , Heath Higginbottom , Jeffrey Zients ,

Monday - 01/09/2012, 04:25pm EST
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What federal employees should look for in 2012

Amid the partisan wrangling, near shutdowns and crises averted 2011 saw serious proposals to reduce the federal workforce, rework its benefits and retirement structures and lock in stagnant pay rates for another year or two. Here's what to look for in 2012.

Tags: Colleen Kelley , John Palguta , NTEU , Partnership for Public Service , Julie Tagen , NARFE , Congress , OMB , sequestration , supercommittee , budget , pay and benefits , workforce , 2011 and Beyond ,

Wednesday - 01/04/2012, 03:56pm EST

Treasury to end paper savings bonds

Beginning Jan. 1, the department will discontinue paper U.S. savings bonds in favor of an all-electronic format. The move has been planned for a number of months, but Treasury "reiterated" the move this week with an announcement on its website and a timeline presenting the 76-year history of the bonds.

Tags: Treasury , savings bonds , Bureau of the Public Debt , Rosie Rios , TreasuryDirect ,

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 06:47pm EST

Is defense sequestration rhetoric overblown?

David Berteau, senior vice president and director of the International Security Program and Ryan Crotty, a research associate with the CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, joined Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions. According to their research, the effect of sequestration on the defense budget may not be as catastrophic as Pentagon leaders have conjectured.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Pentagon Solutions , CSIS , supercommittee , DoD , sequestration , budget , defense budget , David Berteau , Ryan Crotty ,

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 05:05pm EST
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House GOP payroll tax plan includes federal pay freeze, retirement changes

House Republicans unveiled their plan for extending the payroll tax cut Friday, which includes proposals to extend a federal pay freeze and makes changes to federal employees' retirement.

Tags: federal pay freeze , House , Senate , Congress , retirement , John Boehner , payroll tax cut ,

Friday - 12/09/2011, 07:02pm EST
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