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Federal long-term care plan boosts enrollment by 20 percent

Enrollment in the federal long-term-care insurance program increased by 45,000 employees during the open season that ended June 24. It indicates that the aging federal workforce values the benefit despite recent rate hikes.

Tags: long term care , pay and benefits , OPM , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 03:41pm EDT

Senate committee approves DHS hiring freeze in reauthorization bill

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to hold the number of federal employees stable for the foreseeable future. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he also wants to look at the size of the agency's contractor workforce as well. The freeze was approved in the committee's first-ever DHS reauthorization bill.

Tags: management , DHS , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Rand Paul , Claire McCaskill , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , contracting , acquisition , TechAmerica , Rafael Borras , Jason Miller , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:07am EDT
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House subcommittee pushes forward GOP plan to repair USPS

A House subcommittee markup of a bill to address the Postal Service's financial problems broke down along partisan lines. Democrats accused Republicans of using this legislation to weaken labor provisions. Republicans said Democrats would prefer bailing out the agency rather than making it sustainable. The bill now goes to the full House Oversight and Governmental Reforms Committee.

Tags: USPS , management , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Dennis Ross , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Barack Obama , Tom Carper , FERS , budget , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:44am EDT
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DHS creates new senior cyber position in NPPD

Suzanne Spaulding will replace Phil Reitinger as the deputy under secretary. She worked as a consultant and on Capitol Hill previously. DHS also created a deputy under secretary for cyber security.

Tags: management , DHS , NPPD , Rand Beers , Suzanne Spaulding , Greg Schaffer , Phil Reitinger , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 09:54am EDT

Air Force to offer buyouts to 6,000 civilians

The Air Force is planning to make payments to civilian employees to encourage them to leave the federal payroll, in addition to offers of early retirement. The service is trying to get to the level of civilian employment authorized under DoD's civilian hiring freeze, which mandates the department maintain its non-uniformed workforce at fiscal 2010 levels.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Darrell Jones , pay and benefits , retirement , buyouts , VSIP , VERA , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:16am EDT
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DoD goes virtual to help vets transition to civilian life, jobs

John Campbell, deputy assistant defense secretary for wounded warrior care and transition policy, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss DoD's new technology-centered approach to getting returning vets back to work.

Tags: John Campbell , DoD , veterans , hiring

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 10:25am EDT
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Army Materiel Command offering buyouts

AMC is offering $25,000 dollars to more than 30 civilian employees at its headquarters in Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, Federal Times reports.

Tags: Army Materiel Command , DoD , DoD Report , buyouts , pay and benefits

Monday - 09/19/2011, 12:38pm EDT

Contractor growing own IT workforce through hands-on program

The Federal Drive spoke with Sudhir Verma, a senior director at Force 3, which runs a program to train its IT workforce, along with Marlena Clark, a graduate of the program.

Tags: force 3 , marlena clark , sudhir verma , industry , IT , technology

Monday - 09/19/2011, 10:14am EDT
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Share-the-pain list out today

According to certain twisted history buffs, somebody in April, 1865, asked Mrs. Abraham Lincoln how the liked the play at Ford's Theater. Federal workers may appreciate the irony of that sick joke later on today, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Federal-Postal Coalition , super committee , Mike Causey , federal report , COLA , pay and benefits , retirement , Congress

Monday - 09/19/2011, 02:02am EDT
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