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Deadline to schedule 'use it or lose it' annual leave is Nov. 30

Federal employees wanting to schedule "use it or lose it" annual leave only have a few days left before their excess vacation days are forfeited. The deadline to schedule excess annual leave is this Saturday, Nov. 30, Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta reiterated in a Nov. 26 memo to agency chief human capital officers. The leave must be used by Jan. 11, the end of the leave year.

Tags: OPM , Katherine Archuleta , pay and benefits , annual leave , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 01:43pm EST

Union advocates for more VA staffing, funding - November 22, 2013 and November 29, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" attendees of the union's recent National Veterans Affairs Council Convention discuss issues impacting veterans and workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Guests include Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, AFGE VA Local 1273 Vice President Travis Riggs and John Bradley, former senior staffer on the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees.

Tags: AFGE , Inside Government , Nina Turner , Travis Riggs , John Bradley

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 02:17pm EST
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Satisfied workers key to one small agency's success

With a staff of about 50 workers, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps American businesses find opportunities overseas. The agency's director says her staff "has buy-in focus on the same mission," which explains their overall sense of satisfaction.

Tags: Leocadia Zak , USTDA , employee satisfaction , management , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 11/26/2013, 01:28pm EST
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OPM: D.C. feds can take unscheduled leave, telework Tuesday

With the Washington, D.C., area bracing for potential winter weather, federal workers in the region will be able to take unscheduled leave or telework Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management announced late Monday. D.C. federal agencies will remain open Tuesday.

Tags: OPM , operating status ,

Monday - 11/25/2013, 09:48pm EST

Feds who took TSP withdrawals during shutdown locked out of contributing for next six months

During the 16-day government shutdown last month, more than 14,000 Thrift Savings Plan participants withdrew money from their accounts, the highest number of hardship withdrawals in a single month ever. This may have helped participants weather the financial uncertainty of the shutdown. But, under TSP rules, it also means they'll be unable to contribute to their 401(k)-style retirement accounts for the next six months. Now, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the TSP, is concerned that not all those participants will take the initiative to restart their contributions when the penalty period expires next spring.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , TSP , government shutdown , Michael Kennedy , Greg Long , Renee Wilder , Kim Weaver , hardship withdrawals , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/25/2013, 03:26pm EST

Bill would ensure blue-collar feds get 1 percent pay raise in January

A new bill introduced this week by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) would ensure blue-collar federal employees receive the same scheduled pay increase in January as General Schedule employees. White-collar GS employees are due to get a 1 percent pay raise in January, under a plan announced in August by President Barack Obama, who has authority to set GS pay levels. However, pay raises for wage-grade or hourly employees require separate legislation. With no action by Congress, pay for these employees would remain flat.

Tags: Congress , House , Matt Cartwright , pay and benefits , pay , pay raise , Federal Wage System ,

Friday - 11/22/2013, 11:11am EST

Gaping holes in financial protections leave service members at high risk

Agencies whose missions include protecting military members from fraud say federal laws against exploiting service members are easily circumvented. But soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines also need more education about avoiding bad financial decisions.

Tags: DoD , Consumer Financial Protection Bureau , Holly Petraeus , Dwain Alexander , Robert Cooper , Military Lending Act , Servicemembers Civil Relief Act , Jared Serbu

Friday - 11/22/2013, 04:09am EST
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Where have all the buyouts gone?

Buyouts were a big deal over the last couple of years, but now they seem to have gone away, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Or gone underground. Are you hearing anything about buyouts?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , buyouts

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 02:00am EST

From volunteer to fed: OPM offers tips for recruiting national-service participants

The Office of Personnel Management is helping agencies come up with ways to recruit new federal hires from the pipeline of national-service programs, such as the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. In July, President Barack Obama called for expanding national volunteer opportunities by finding ways to connect the broad network of national and community-service organizations with federal agencies and their missions. As part of that effort, OPM was tasked with coming up with recruiting strategies agencies can use to recruit new hires with past experience in national-service programs.

Tags: OPM , hiring , recruiting , CNCS , Katherine Archuleta , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/18/2013, 01:32pm EST

Terrorist activity in Nigeria

Mark Schroeder, vice president of Africa analysis at Strator, will discuss the rise of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.
November 15, 2013 (Encore presentation November 22, 2013)

Tags: terrorism , Terror threats , terrorist organizations , Nigeria , Boko Haram , Foreign terrorist organization , State Deptartment , Mark Schroeder , Stratfor , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 11/15/2013, 08:47pm EST
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