Federal Employee News

Monday, January 31, 2011

Pay Under the General Schedule and Recruitment, Relocation, and Retention Incentives

Article Title: Pay Under the General Schedule and Recruitment, Relocation, and Retention Incentives

Snippet of Article: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing
proposed regulations to improve oversight of group recruitment
incentive determinations and all retention incentives; add succession
planning to the list of factors that an agency may consider before
approving a retention incentive; provide that OPM may require data on
recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives from agencies on an
annual basis; and make additional minor clarifications and corrections.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 8, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN number ``3206-
AM13,'' using either of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the
instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Jerome D. Mikowicz, Deputy Associate Director, Pay and Leave,
Employee Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900
E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20415-8200.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carey Jones by telephone at (202) 606-
2858; by fax at (202) 606-0824; or by e-mail at pay-leave-policy@opm.gov.

Source: Federal Register

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Impersonating Federal Employees

Article Title: Three Arrested for Impersonating Federal Employees in Immigration Scam

Snippet of Article: "...The Office of the Nevada Attorney General, in cooperation with State and Federal authorities, Friday arrested three people in connection with a nationwide immigration scam that entailed impersonating Federal employees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). ..."

Source: www.kolotv.com

Friday, January 21, 2011

Federal Workforce Cuts?

Article Title: Spending Reduction Act of 2011

Snippet of Article: "....Federal Workforce Reforms: Eliminate automatic pay increases for civilian federal workers for five years. Additionally, cut the civilian workforce by a total of 15 percent through attrition. Allow the hiring of only one new worker for every two workers who leave federal employment until the reduction target has been met...."

Source: house.gov

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Federal Worker Furloughs?

Article Title: Two GOP freshmen to handle federal worker issues

Snippet of Article: "...The future of federal pay and benefits could be especially contentious. President Obama last year ordered a two-year pay freeze for all federal employees, but the bipartisan deficit commission and several Republican lawmakers want to use a three-year pay freeze, furloughs and attrition to cut the government's payroll by billions of dollars in the next decade. ..."

Source: washingtonpost.com

Friday, January 7, 2011

U.S. Defense Department budget cuts mean layoffs

Article Title: U.S. Defense Department budget cuts mean layoffs in Michigan

Snippet of Article: "...Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that the commandant of the Marine Corps recommended that the EFV program be terminated..."

Source: www.mlive.com Defense cuts, defense layoffs,

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Are big mailer discounts bankrupting the Postal Service?

Article Title: Are big mailer discounts bankrupting the Postal Service?

Snippet of Article: "...The OIG found that the Postal Service’s “justifications for 19 workshare discounts that exceed avoided costs by approximately $104 million were not supported by detailed documentation.” ... Noting that more than 80 percent of the mail the USPS delivered in Fiscal Year 2008 received workshare discounts totaling $15 billion..."

Source: Postal News Network USPS workshare discounts

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The top federal civilian workforce stories of 2010

Article Title: The top federal civilian workforce stories of 2010

Snippet of Article: "...federal civilian workforce. Last year was a mixed bag for federal employees, and the biggest news wasn't good for them. ..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com federal civilian workforce

Monday, January 3, 2011

Prepare to use your sick days

Article Title: Prepare to use your sick days

Snippet of Article: "...with a graying national workforce, employers may have to be more accommodating of illness and disability in the years ahead.

A December report in the Journal of Gerontology casts some doubt on the whole notion that the baby boomers and everyone behind them will live longer as well as healthier lives...."

Source: www.reporternews.com Sick Leave Stats

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Federal budget requests are a good resource for job seekers

Article Title: 2011 government agency budget requests are a good resource for job seekers

Snippet of Article: "...If you're looking for a job, you may want to cozy up with U.S. government agencies' 2011 federal budget requests. Although not exactly light reading, they make a terrific resource for job seekers, according to a story in the Washington Post.

Source: www.mlive.com Government agency employment