Federal Employee News

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Federal Employee Credit Card Abuse

Article Title: No Consequences for Government Employees Who Charged Massive Shopping Spree to Taxpayers

Snippet of Article: "...Paige said since the last GAO report on the issue there’s been an “explosion” in the number of government purchase cards, with 300,000 federal employees currently carrying them. By turning a blind eye when they are abused, she says, the government is inviting more of the behavior...."

Source: www.foxnews.com

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Report Reveals U.S. Federal Data Security Vulnerabilities and Opportunities for Improvement

Article Title: New Report Reveals U.S. Federal Data Security Vulnerabilities and Opportunities for Improvement

Snippet of Article: "...According to the Federal File Transfer Report, Federal employees are exposing data to cyber criminals. Though 71 percent of Federal IT and information security professionals are concerned with Federal file transfer security, 54 percent admit they do not currently monitor for FTP..."

Source: www.earthtimes.org

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Federal Government Employment and Windfall Elimination

Article Title: Federal Government Employment and Windfall Elimination

Snippet of Article: "...this provision affects Social Security ­benefits when any part of a person’s federal service after 1956 is covered under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). However, federal service where Social Security taxes are withheld (Federal Employees’ Retirement System) will not reduce your Social Security benefit amounts. The Windfall Elimination Provision may apply if:..."

Source: www.ssa.gov

Gates seeks big cuts in military spending

Article Title: Gates seeks big cuts in military spending

Snippet of Article: "...The Defense secretary invokes Dwight Eisenhower as he calls for spending reductions in military healthcare and the command structure. He wants to cut $10 billion to $15 billion from a $547-billion Pentagon base budget...."

Source: www.latimes.com

Federal Employee Case Law Spotlight: Security Clearance


Snippet of Article: "...was employed as an Information Technology Specialist with the Security Intelligence Operations Directorate of the Missile Defense Agency ("MDA"). His position required him to maintain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. By letter dated April 2, 2009, the Defense Intelligence Agency ("DIA")..."

Source: www.leagle.com This disposition is nonprecedential.

OPM tests letting feds work without a schedule

Article Title: OPM tests letting feds work without a schedule

Snippet of Article: "...In the effort to attract and retain a new generation of federal workers, what can the federal government offer beyond a steady paycheck and good fringe benefits? ..."

Source: www.federalnewsradio.com

Friday, May 7, 2010

How to get a Federal Government Job

Article Title: How to get a job in the Federal Government [PDF Document]

Snippet of Article: "...With more than 1.7 million jobs and over 400 occupational specialties (excluding postal service and military workers), the Federal Government offers more choices than any other single employer in the United States. Whatever your interest and back- ground, you can probably find a Government career to match. People get jobs in the Federal Governmentin the same way..."

Source: www.pueblo.gsa.gov

Federal TSA Worker Defends Himself After Alleged Harassment by Coworkers

Article Title: Suspicious Package: TSA Worker Jailed After Junk Joke

Snippet of Article: "...He told police he had been made fun of by coworkers on a daily basis. "[Negron] stated he could not take the jokes anymore..."

Source: www.nbcmiami.com

More Reading: TSA Office of Civil Rights, Article Snip: "With a zero tolerance for harassment, illegal"

Health law’s heavy impact

Article Title: Health law’s heavy impact

Snippet of Article: "...Requires single people earning $200,000 or more and couples earning $250,000 or more to pay an additional 0.9 percent in Medicare taxes.
Tax on Home Sales. Imposes a 3.8 percent tax on home sales and other real estate transactions. Middle-income people must pay the full tax..."

Source: www.spokesman.com