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Defense Pay-Raise Flap Shaking NSPS Confidence

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

A single paragraph in an $81 billion spending bill provides a glimpse of why government officials must move carefully when taking on the responsibility to more rigorously link pay raises to job performance.



Bill Would Restore Pension Credits

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

A bill that would allow former government workers to recoup their pension credits when returning to federal employment has been introduced in the House by Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.).



DOJ Lawyers Also Want Comp Time for Travel

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

Civil service employees and most Foreign Service officers may claim time off for travel during their off-duty hours. But not lawyers at the Justice Department.



Dental and Vision Coverage Will Improve Next July

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

Enhanced dental and vision benefits will be available to federal employees and retirees in July 2006, the Office of Personnel Management said yesterday in a letter to insurance companies.



TSP Will Resist Adding Real Estate Fund

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board will oppose adding a real estate investment trust fund to the Thrift Savings Plan "at this time," the board's chairman said yesterday.



Negotiations Begin in Defense Pay, Rule Changes

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

Pentagon officials and labor leaders get down to brass tacks this week. The two groups will meet over a proposed regulation that would change the way about 746,000 civil service employees are paid, promoted and disciplined.



10 Years Later, Hope Has A Home in Oklahoma City

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

This morning, Richard Williams plans to be in church, speaking about the importance of hope and faith. He is a survivor of the April 19, 1995, truck bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people.



In Tales of the IRS, Rossotti Comes to the Rescue

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

When visitors met with Charles O. Rossotti in his office at the Internal Revenue Service, his forebears looked down from the walls. In his book on his five years at the IRS, Rossotti includes a family photograph and recounts how his grandparents and parents instilled a love of business.



Greater Whistle-Blower Protections Approved

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

These are tough times for federal employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse. Their cases take months to investigate; they often face reprisals from bosses, and once in court, they find that the protections granted by Congress are not all that strong.



House Seeks to Put Stamp on Postal Service

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

The House Government Reform Committee has called a meeting today for a vote on legislation that would provide the Postal Service with more flexibility in its services and business operations and free up money in an escrow account that could be used to hold down postage rates.



Lawmakers to Propose Real Estate Investment Option for TSP

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

Legislation that would add a real estate investment trust (REIT) option to the Thrift Savings Plan will be introduced today, three House members announced yesterday.



GAO Finds Lower Pay for Women, Minorities at Energy Department Labs

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

Women were paid between 2 percent and 4 percent less than men at five of six Energy Department laboratories, and minorities were paid about 2 percent less than whites at one lab, according to a review by the Government Accountability Office.



TSP Hesitates to Add Real Estate to Its Turf

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

Is it time to add more investment options to the Thrift Savings Plan?



Federal Executives Net High Ratings

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

Federal executives sailed through another year with mostly high job ratings, data released by the Office of Personnel Management show.



NARFE Changes Its Name to Broaden Appeal

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

In a bid to pump up membership and reach out to federal employees, the organization that has represented the interests of government retirees since 1921 has decided to retire its name.



Hundreds Hired to Provide Medicare Drug Benefit

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

The Medicare program will offer a prescription drug benefit to the nation's seniors at the start of next year, an ambitious effort that will require focused management and skilled employees in order to succeed.



Md. Company Wins 5-Year Maintenance Contract at Naval Medical Center

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

A Columbia contractor has taken over maintenance and other work that was performed by 273 federal employees at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.



'Ordinary Woman' Awarded Defense of Freedom Medal

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

An Army & Air Force Exchange Service employee, Sarah Latona , has been awarded the Defense of Freedom Medal, the civilian equivalent of the military's Purple Heart. It's the first such award in the exchange service's 109-year history.



New Personnel Systems Offer Ways to Play Up Performance

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

Pay raises tied to performance ratings. Performance ratings linked to performance appraisals.



Panel Urges Melding of Intelligence Operations

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:33 GMT

In the television cliffhanger "24," Jack Bauer and the other government agents use fancy cell phones, powerful computers and exotic gear as they scramble to unravel a terrorist plot. The Fox TV show's subplots include bold agents who break the rules. Not the real world, by a long shot.