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Senators ask OMB to intervene in retirement backlog

A new letter, signed by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), calls on the Office of Management and Budget to take on the "urgent matter" of processing federal retirements. The letter comes a week after a Senate subcommittee hearing in which the Office of Personnel Management was taken to task for its handling of the longstanding backlog.

Tags: workforce , retirement , OPM , Mark Warner , Barbara Mikulski , Ben Cardin , OMB , Jeffrey Zients , John Berry , Congress , retirement backlog

Monday - 02/06/2012, 07:06pm EST

House pay freeze vote a preview of payroll tax decision?

As a House-Senate conference committee continues negotiations over how to extend the payroll tax cut, ahead of a Feb. 29 deadline, there's at least one issue that has never left the table: federal pay and benefits. The eight House Republicans on the conference committee all voted in support of the stand-alone pay freeze bill. Of the five House Democrats, only Rep. Allyson Schwartz, of Pennsylvania, voted yes on the bill.

Tags: Congress , House , pay and benefits , payroll tax cut , pay freeze

Friday - 02/03/2012, 08:25pm EST

Group gives 25 lawmakers 'perfect scores' on federal report card

Federally Employed Women, which is aimed at improving the status of women working for the federal government, reviewed legislators' voting records on 10 bills mostly related to federal pay and benefits. The group gave its highest score a 100 percent to two senators and 23 House members, all Democrats.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , benefits , Federally Employed Women , Congress , House , pay freeze

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 07:47am EST

Senators take OPM to task over long wait for pensions

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy for tackling its backlog of 62,000 retirement applications. But, after 25 years of hearing such promises, lawmakers are skeptical. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Subcommittee on Oversight brought agency director John Berry to Capitol Hill to explain why this strategy is different.

Tags: OPM , retirement , pay and benefits , workforce , technology , Congress , John Berry , Mark Warner , Daniel Akaka , GAO , Valerie Melvin , Patrick McFarland , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 01:51pm EST
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Union renews call for extending mass-transit tax benefit

The National Treasury Employees Union has renewed its call for Congress to renew an expansions of a mass-transit subsidy that expired at the end of last year. The union said it supports passage either through a stand-alone bill or through a package of nearly 70 temporary tax breaks, known as extenders.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , mass transit benefit , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Senate Finance Committee

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 10:13pm EST

Senate committee to vet OPM annuity processing strategy

The Office of Personnel Management's new strategy to catch up on its backlog of retirement claims will be vetted publicly during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management.

Tags: OPM , retirement , John Berry , Government Managers Coalition , Patrick McFarland , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 08:06pm EST

Unions denounce FAA bill compromise

Union leaders on Monday denounced a deal in Congress that would make it harder for them to organize airline and railroad workers, saying it was reached without their input.

Tags: Congress , House , FAA , Transportation , unions , FAA reauthorization , John Mica , Harry Reid

Monday - 01/30/2012, 07:51pm EST

Feds turn down Kerry request for cod assessment

The nation's oceans chief has turned down a request made first by U.S. Sen. John Kerry for a new assessment of the health of Gulf of Maine cod.

Tags: NOAA , John Kerry , Jane Lubchenco ,

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 08:59pm EST

Thousands of federal workers owe back taxes

A government report finds that tens of thousands of federal employees from staffers in Congress to federal agencies and even Obama's executive office collectively owe the government billions in back taxes.

Tags: IRS , Congress , House , taxes

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 07:54pm EST
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