Federal Employee News

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Requesting Veterans' Service Records

Article Title: Requesting Veterans' Service Records

Snippet of Article: "...Request records online with eVetRecs, Other Methods to Obtain Military Service Records, What's available online?, Locate older (pre-WW I) military service records, Using military records for genealogical research, Other military and veterans records, replace lost or damaged medals and awards ..."

Source: militaryvetnews.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

White House is telling agencies not to talk about shutdown consequences

Article Title: Federal agencies guarded on possible shutdown plans

Snippet of Article: "...It continued: "Agencies should not be previewing shutdown plans — that is, policy and operational decisions — in any way." Agencies were instructed to clear any responses to questions about their shutdown plans with OMB...."

Source: www.usatoday.com Government shutdown

Sunday, March 27, 2011

AFGE represented employee rights and protections during a government shutdown

Article Title: Union demands concessions in the event of a government shutdown

Snippet of Article: "...the American Federation of Government Employees is taking a proactive approach in its planning, offering its members a detailed explanation of what the union sees as their rights and protections...."

Source: www.govexec.com

Thursday, March 24, 2011

USPS offering $20,000 buyouts, shutting seven district offices

Article Title: USPS to eliminate front-line supervisor positions

Snippet of Article: "...Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has said will eliminate some 7,500 administrative, postmaster and front-line supervisory positions...."

Source: www.federaltimes.com Postal Supervisor cuts

Sunday, March 20, 2011

S.644 would eliminate pension portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System

Article Title: Senator proposes cuts to federal annuity benefits

Snippet of Article: "...Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., on Thursday introduced a bill (S. 644) that would eliminate the pension portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System for all new government hires beginning in 2013...."

Source: www.govexec.com S. 644

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Federal Shutdown would halt some pay

Article Title: Shutdown would halt military pay

Snippet of Article: "...The memo states all military personnel would have to work without pay. But many civilian employees would be furloughed. ..."

Source: www.federalnewsradio.com

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Postal Workers Settle Union Contract (tentative collective bargaining agreement)

Article Title: Highlights of the New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Snippet of Article: "...COLAs for 2011 were waived, and COLAs for 2012 are deferred until 2013...."

Source: contractnegotiations.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 13, 2011

TSA officer accused of aiding drug suspects

Article Title: TSA officer accused of aiding drug suspects

Snippet of Article: "...The 43-year-old Transportation Security Administration employee was arrested on charges that she provided information to suspected drug traffickers and helped them get past security checkpoints with minimum scrutiny...."

Source: www.buffalonews.com Minnetta Walker, TSA, behavioral detection officer, Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Threats against a Federal Employee

Article Title: Man Accused of Threatening Federal Employee

Snippet of Article: "...A Port Washington man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a Social Security employee over the phone on Wednesday...."

Source: www.longislandpress.com

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Postal Service will not cut 30,000 but expects reductions of 30,000 this year

Article Title: Despite reports, Postal Service not cutting 30,000 jobs

Snippet of Article: "...In response to declining mail volume, the Postal Service has cut more than 230,000 positions in recent years by implementing hiring freezes, offering early retirement packages or through attrition...."

Source: washingtonpost.com USPS early retirement packages

Postal Service to cut 30,000 by end of year

Article Title: Postal Service to cut 7,500 positions this month, 30,000 by end of year

Snippet of Article: "...He said the Postal Service will use attrition and early retirement offers to reach that number and is weighing whether to use buyouts as well. If the Postal Service resorts to using a buyout offer, it will be targeted and not organizationwide, he said...."

Source: www.federaltimes.com Postal Early Retirement 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

U.S. Marshals Shot

Article Title: Two U.S. Marshals and One Cop Wounded in Shootout

Snippet of Article: "...The U.S. Marshals service announced the agent had succumbed to his wounds and died, but later retracted the statement to say he was in critical condition. ..."

Source: abcnews.go.com

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Reservist Income Replacement Program for Federal Employees

Article Title: Reservist Income Replacement Program for Federal Employees

A memorandum was released on 3/3/2011 to heads of executive departments and agencies relating to 'Recent Pay-Related Legislative Changes'. The memo identifies several changes in Federal employee pay administration resulting from the enactment of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2011 (Public Law 111-383, January 7, 2011). The following is the text of the memo relating to Reservist Income:

  • Sections 601 and 611 amend the Reserve Income Replacement Program authority under 37 U.S.C. 910. The Reserve Income Replacement Program is administered by the Department of Defense and provides income replacement payments for certain reserve component members experiencing extended and frequent mobilization for active duty service.

    Subsection 601(a) amends 37 U.S.C. 910(b) to clarify that a civilian employee of the Federal Government who is also a member of a reserve component is not entitled to a payment under section 910(b) for any period for which the employee is entitled to (1) a reservist differential payment under 5 U.S.C. 5538, or (2) a comparable benefit under an administratively established program for civilian employees absent from a position of employment with the Federal Government in order to perform active duty in the uniformed services.

    Subsection 611(7) amends 37 U.S.C. 910(g) to extend the expiration date for the Reserve Income Replacement Program from December 31, 2010 to December 31, 2011.

  • Source: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=3567 Reservist Income Replacement

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Government Shutdown Avoided

    Article Title: House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill, Averting Shutdown

    Snippet of Article: "...Passage of the short-term measure will set a two-week time frame for negotiations on a bill to keep the government running through Sept. 30. The White House and leaders of both parties in both houses will be involved in the talks...."

    Source: www.cnbc.com

    TSP enrollment up, new fund...

    Article Title: TSP sees boost in overall enrollment, new fund participation

    Snippet of Article: "...Thrift Savings Plan is continuing to see growth in its new investment fund, along with overall federal employee participation, officials said on Monday..."

    Source: www.govexec.com federal employee TSP