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GAO: Postal Service did not overpay CSRS account

The Postal Service has not paid too much for retirement benefits for employees under the Civil Service Retirement System. A report by the Government Accountability Office throws a wrench in the Postal Service's plan to return to profitability by accessing more than $50 billion now held for retirement benefits.

Tags: USPS , GAO , pay and benefits , Emily Kopp , Dennis Ross

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 01:51pm EDT
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Two whistleblowers get 45-day stay after OSC intervention

After the Office of Special Counsel intervened on their behalf, two federal whistleblowers won a 45-day stay on personnel actions taken against them.

Tags: Franz Gayl , paul hardy , whistleblower , FDA , public health service , Marine Corps , DoD , Office of Special Counsel , Merit Systems Protection Board , Jolie Lee , HHS

Friday - 10/14/2011, 03:27pm EDT

D.C. Labor FilmFest preview - October 14th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" D.C. Labor FilmFest Director Chris Garlock previews this year's event. AFGE Local 3403 President Carter Kimsey also discusses the impact of the Office of Personnel Management's 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Tags: Inside Government , AFGE , Chris Garlock , carter kimsey , willie jolley

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 06:00pm EDT
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USAJobs 3.0 launches amid hopes of greater integration

The Office of Personnel Management launched today the latest version of the government's jobs site, USAJobs.gov, one day ahead of schedule. The agency says the new site will connect to both agency and contractor websites.

Tags: hiring , USAJobs.gov , technology , OPM , John Berry , Emily Kopp , FedScoop

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 02:17pm EDT

DHS to limit employees' outside employment

The Homeland Security Department proposed a rule that would prohibit employees in certain DHS components from participating in certain outside jobs and activities. By drafting the proposals, DHS leaders are trying to prevent perceptions of conflicts of interest.

Tags: ethics , DHS , CBP , ICE , FEMA , management , policy , personnel issues , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 07:07pm EDT

Top-heavy feds: The rise of high-level pay grades

More federal employees are now concentrated in higher pay grade levels, as technology has shifted jobs to higher skills and retirements has created a need to fill more senior positions.

Tags: Steve Watkins , Federal Times , Mike Causey , pay and benefits , GS system , OPM , Jolie Lee , management , hiring ,

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 01:32pm EDT
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Debating the good and bad of labor-management forums

Councils of union representative and agency leaders are making employees happier and the government run more smoothly, federal personnel leaders told a Senate committee. But mid-level managers say they should be invited to the table because they're usually the ones to implement policies.

Tags: management , Ron Johnson , national council on federal labor management relat , OPM , John Berry , FMA , Pat Niehaus , gregory juneman , NFFE , Emily Kopp , National Council on Federal Labor Management Relat

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 11:48am EDT
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Employee tips led to 'most improved' agency

When less than half of your employees say they'd recommend your agency as a great place to work, you have a problem that's not easy to fix. But faced with poor ratings year after year, the Broadcasting Board of Governors decided to do something about it.

Tags: Broadcasting Board of Governors , jack welch , kate neeper , Partnership for Public Service , John Palguta , management , best practices , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Emily Kopp , performance management

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 05:18am EDT
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Feds: Is Anybody Happy?

A lot of federal workers say that despite buyout offers and political attacks they can't retire because they can't afford it ... so is anybody happy? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says lots of workers, maybe the majority, like what they do and are proud of it.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , retirement ,

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 02:00pm EDT

USDA makes advances in telework program

The number of teleworkers at the Department of Agriculture has swelled to more than 58,000 - up from just 16,000 a year ago.

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Monday - 10/10/2011, 05:26pm EDT
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