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MSPB, OSC already feeling brunt of budget reductions

Two small agencies with large responsibilities toward the federal workforce say they've trimmed all the fat from their budgets and will need more resources to keep up with increasing caseloads. Merit Systems Protection Board Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told a Senate subcommittee she worries about impending staff retirements as well. The Office of Special Counsel is also feeling pressure to do more with less.

Tags: MSPB , Office of Special Counsel , workforce , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Emily Kopp , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Carolyn Lerner , whistleblowers

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 06:00am EDT
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USPS supporter in Senate criticizes postmaster general

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a staunch USPS supporter, takes Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to task for pursuing a plan to close thousands of postal facilities in order to save $7.1 billion annually.

Tags: USPS , Postal Service , Susan Collins , Patrick Donahoe , Congress , Jason Miller , Joe Lieberman , Tom Carper

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 07:27am EDT
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GOP plan would open FEHBP to non-feds

Four senators introduced a bill that would add Medicare patients to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, as Medicare is gradually phased out. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association tells feds to be wary of the bill.

Tags: Rand Paul , retirement , Lindsey Graham , Jim DeMint , Mike Lee , FEHBP , NARFE , Joseph Beaudoin , Medicare , benefits , Michael OConnell , Congress ,

Friday - 03/16/2012, 10:50am EDT

Mobility in SES not always necessary

Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro spoke to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey about her agency's opposition to a bill that would require SESer to be more mobile.

Tags: SES , mobility , Federal Drive , Mike Causey , Michael OConnell , Senior Executive Association , Carol Bonosaro ,

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 09:35am EDT
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Senate passes highway bill, including 'phased retirements,' transit subsidy

The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway. The $109 billion measure, approved in a 74-22 vote, included a number of amendments affecting federal pay and benefits, including a provision to allows "phased retirements" for federal employees and an expansion of an expired mass-transit subsidy.

Tags: workforce , retirement , phased retirements , pay and benefits , transportation bill , Congress , pay freeze , mass transit benefit , NTEU , Max Baucus , Pat Roberts

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:32pm EDT

Senate committee review Energy's loan guarantee program

Andrew Restuccia, reporter for the Hill, gives an update on the debate.

Tags: Andrew Restuccia , The Hill , Energy , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 10:52am EDT
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Report raises concerns for homeless female vets

Federal investigators expressed concerns Monday for the safety of some female veterans who rely on homeless shelters after inspections showed women housed in shelters approved only for men.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , DoD , inspector general , Congress

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 08:07am EDT

Senate rejects pay freeze amendment to transportation bill

The Senate has defeated an amendment to a transportation bill that would have extended the federal pay freeze through 2013. In a 57-41 vote, lawmakers rejected the amendment, introduced last week by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). The measure needed 60 votes to pass. Federal unions applauded the news.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , Congress , pay freeze , Pat Roberts , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , AFGE

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 05:19pm EDT
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