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Obama calls for 1 percent pay increase for feds starting Jan. 1

President Barack Obama called for a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees Friday to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Congress still has the ability to block the increase when members return to work Sept. 8.

Tags: pay and benefits , Barack Obama , pay increase , pay , workforce , Barbara Mikulski , Congress

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:13pm EDT

Thissen elected NARFE's new national president

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association delegates elected Richard G. Thissen as their new national president. He succeeds outgoing President Joseph A. Beaudoin.

Tags: Richard Thissen , Joseph Beaudoin , NARFE , people , workforce ,

Friday - 08/29/2014, 03:19pm EDT

MSPB: Congress should simplify veterans preference hiring laws

A new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that it's time for Congress to simplify the overly complex veterans preference laws to make sure they're doing what Congress put them in place to do.

Tags: MSPB , hiring , veterans preference , Veterans Affairs , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Congress , workforce

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Tester targets tax-delinquent Defense contractors

Lawmaker asks National Security Director James Clapper to take action against the tax- delinquents and inform them that their potentially harmful financial behaviors put the nation's security at risk.

Tags: Jon Tester , James Clapper , security clearance reform , IRS , Tax delinquent contractors , contracting , DoD , industry , workforce , Senate , Congress , ODNI , GAO , oversight

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:18pm EDT

GAO: More detail needed from GSA on swap-construct exchanges

If the General Services Administration wants to swap its underutilized assets for private sector properties, it needs to provide more detailed information to potential responders, says a new Government Accountability Office report.

Tags: GAO , GSA , federal buildings , swap-construct exchange , FBI , real estate

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT

Agencies use special rates to close public-private pay disparity

Office of Personnel Management asks agencies to consider how the proposed across-the-board 1 percent pay increase for all federal employees will impact the special rates some employees salaries are calculated on.

Tags: pay , special rates , OPM , Katherine Archuleta , Ron Sanders , Booz Allen Hamilton , workforce , hiring , retention

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 03:31pm EDT

Work: DoD to experience 'trough' of readiness as it resets force

Robert Work, the new deputy defense secretary, told members of the House Armed Services Committee that the Defense Department will experience a two-year trough in readiness as it resets its force,

Tags: DoD , OCO , Robert Work , James Winnefeld , readiness , Afghanistan , counterterrorism , budget , House , House Armed Services Committee

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:22pm EDT

SBA delays in implementing rule changes costs small contractors millions

Lawmakers and small business contractors are wondering why the Small Business Administration has not implemented the procurement reforms that President Obama signed into law 18 months ago.

Tags: SBA , industry , contracting , set aside contracts , House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting a , small business , Richard Hanna , NDAA , Charlotte Baker , John Shoraka ,

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 12:14pm EDT

DoD needs to be open to global, commercial technology, expert says

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn says the Pentagon needs to adjust its strategy to take advantage of the global and commercial technology markets.

Tags: Bill Lynn , DRS Technologies , Finmeccanica North America , acquistion , technology , globalization , Atlantic Council , DoD , industry , contracting ,

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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OPM stays on track in reducing retirement claims backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received fewer claims in June, but it continued to whittle away at its claims backlog.

Tags: OPM , retirement , claims backlog ,

Monday - 07/07/2014, 09:53am EDT
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