Federal Employee News

Sunday, January 31, 2010

A 1.4% Proposed 2011 Pay Raise?



Article Title: A 1.4% Proposed 2011 Pay Raise?




Snippet of Article: "...In December, Obama assured Congress that pay parity between military members and federal civilians would be included in the fiscal 2011 budget proposal, so it's likely that the proposed civilian raise will also be 1.4 percent...."


Source: www.govexec.com




Saturday, January 30, 2010

Federal Government Ordered to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2020


Article Title: Obama orders federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020


Snippet of Article: "...It is therefore the policy of the United States that Federal agencies shall increase energy efficiency; measure, report, and reduce..."


Source: jurist.law.pitt.edu

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Pharmacy benefit managers and the rising drug costs for federal workers

Article Title: Pharmacy benefit managers and the rising drug costs for federal workers
Snippet of Article: "...When Uncle Sam arranges prescription drug coverage for millions of federal employees and their dependents, you'd expect him to have enough muscle to keep those prices low. So how come the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program pays up to 45 percent more..."


Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

CSRS and annuities

Article Title: CSRS and annuities
Snippet of Article: "...Q: I’m under the Civil Service Retirement System plan. I would like to know if the retirement contributions, taken out of our checks every payday..."


Source: blogs.federaltimes.com

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Article Title: TSA Officers Among Lowest Paid Of Federal Workers
Snippet of Article: "...Then there are the salaries, which start at about $25,000 a year, one of the lowest rates in the federal government. Anthony Hutchinson, a 29-year-old father of two, says not only is it not easy raising a family on what he earns, but it also affects what he sees as the mission of transportation security officers...."


Source: www.npr.org

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Obama to seek 3-year freeze on US domestic spending

Article Title: Obama to seek 3-year freeze on US domestic spending
Snippet of Article: "...Part of the problem, on top of a severe recession that hit government revenue, are entitlement programs like social security and Medicare, the huge public healthcare program for older Americans...."


Source: www.reuters.com

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Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO)

Article Title: Restrictive federal laws penalize...
Snippet of Article: "...Legislation to repeal the GPO and WEP has been stalled for nearly three decades. Delays are a fact of life in politics, but it is time to move these bills out of committee. The corrective legislation, House Bill 235 and Senate Bill 484..."


Source: lubbockonline.com

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New Federal Employment Resource Site from OPM

Article Title: New OPM Veteran Site- Feds Hire Vets
Snippet of Article: "...Office of Personnel Management’s Government-wide Veterans Employment Website. This website is a critical component of the Federal Government’s strategy for the recruitment and employment of Veterans.

On November 9, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, ..."


Source: veteransemploymentprogramoffice.blogspot.com

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Obama’s EEOC Nominee: Society Should ‘Not Tolerate Private Beliefs’ That ‘Adversely Affect’ Homosexuals

Article Title: Obama’s EEOC Nominee: Society Should ‘Not Tolerate Private Beliefs’ That ‘Adversely Affect’ Homosexuals
Snippet of Article: "...Feldblum does recognize that elements of the homosexual agenda may infringe on Americans’ religious liberties. However, Feldblum argues that society should “come down on the side” of homosexual equality at the expense of religious liberty...."


Source: www.cnsnews.com

Further Reading: Constitutional Topic: The Constitution and Religion; "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."; http://www.usconstitution.net/

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Should You Elect a Survivor Benefit for Your Spouse?

Article Title: Should You Elect a Survivor Benefit for Your Spouse?
Snippet of Article: "...This article will provide general information on survivor benefits. A follow-up article will take a look at the question "Should I elect a survivor benefit or not?"..."


Source: www.fedsmith.com

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Retiring early without penalty

Article Title: Retiring early without penalty
Snippet of Article: "...Q: a federal employee covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System, and at age 49 will have just over 30 years of service with my military time that I bought back. Can I retire without penalty by postponing or deferring my annuity until my minimum retirement age of 56 years and 2 months,..."


Source: federaltimes.com

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Yes, unions negotiated a better deal for labor. But the goal of controlling costs was preserved.

Article Title: The 'Cadillac' compromise
Snippet of Article: "...the issue of taxing “Cadillac” insurance plans, giving unionized workers far more time to adjust to the new tax than nonunion employees. ..."


Source: www.latimes.com

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Federal employee donations fell in 2009

Article Title: Federal employee donations fell in 2009
Snippet of Article: "...2009 Combined Federal Campaign — including those in Europe — appear to be down from the previous year, but officials with the government-endorsed charity drive caution..."


Source: www.stripes.com

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Labor Leaders Oppose Obama's 'Cadillac' Healthcare Tax

Article Title: Labor Leaders Oppose Obama's 'Cadillac' Healthcare Tax
Snippet of Article: "...footing this new tax burden would be the very middle-class families the president promised would not see a tax increase. “Middle class families are going to pay...."


Source: www.humanevents.com

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Plans approved for DoD complex, Coast Guard headquarters

Article Title: Plans approved for DoD complex, Coast Guard headquarters
Snippet of Article: "...The National Capital Planning Commission approved final site and building plans for two major building projects: a new Pentagon administrative complex for more than 6,400 civilian, military and contract employees, and a new Coast Guard headquarters for more than 3,800 employees...."


Source: www.federaltimes.com

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Stuck in a Dead End Federal Job ...Take a Look at USAJOBS

Article Title: Take a Look at USAJOBS
Snippet of Article: "...Provide for yourself and help change our country with
a career in the U.S. Government!..."


Source: www.usajobs.gov

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cost-of-living increases

Article Title: Cost-of-living increases
Snippet of Article: "...former U.S. senators and representatives continue to receive generous federal pensions while they are serving time for assorted crimes. That's insulting enough, but the report went on to say that these disgraced public servants will automatically be extended cost-of-living increases next year.
..."


Source: www.chicagotribune.com

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Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Locality Pay Rate/Increases by Area

Article Title: Locality-Based Comparability Payments and Pay Increases in 2010 for General Schedule Employees (PDF)
Source: www.opm.gov

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Congress is Cleaning Up the Contracting Out Mess; However, Much Still Depends on Executive Branch Compliance

Article Title: Congress is Cleaning Up the Contracting Out Mess; However, Much Still Depends on Executive Branch Compliance
Snippet of Article: "...wholesale privatization effort, lawmakers repeatedly borrowed language and principles from a comprehensive contracting out reform bill introduced earlier this year—the Correction of Longstanding Errors in Agencies’ Unsustainable Procurements (CLEAN UP) Act (S. 924, H.R. 2736) that was introduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD)...."


Source: www.afge.org

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Man accused of impersonating federal agent is arrested

Article Title: Man accused of impersonating federal agent is arrested
Snippet of Article: "...CORPUS CHRISTI — Nueces County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Kingsville man Monday on a felony warrant accusing him of impersonating a peace officer in an incident that led to a motorist’s brief arrest...."


Source: www.caller.com

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

TSA Withdraws Subpoenas Against Bloggers

Article Title: TSA Withdraws Subpoenas Against Bloggers
Snippet of Article: "...In the wake of public outcry against the Transportation Security Administration for serving civil subpoenas on two bloggers, the government agency has canceled the legal action and apologized for the strong-arm tactics agents used...."


Source: www.wired.com

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