Tue, 22 Mar 2011 06:41:00 EDTIf you want ideas on how to save money, ask the people who spend it. That's what President Obama did when he began the SAVE Awards two years ago.
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:16:00 EDTOffice of Personnel Management Director John Berry calls for a new performance-management system, without big changes to the General Schedule.
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:37:00 EDTOPM Director John Berry calls for a new performance-management system, without big changes to the General Schedule.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:49:01 EDTFederal court overturns a ruling that favored USPS in a dispute with a decorated sergeant major, finding that he had not abandoned the post office for military service.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:47:01 EDTThe decision to severely slash public employee collective-bargaining rights in Wisconsin is sending a jolt through federal unions in Washington.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:37:01 ESTAll that Wednesday's House hearing on federal pay needed to be complete was an announcer with a booming voice asking the packed room, "Are you ready to rumble?"
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:30:01 ESTAt a time when some North African and Middle East states are in chaos and America is posting large numbers of civilians in war zones, the United States is sending Foreign Service officers abroad poorly equipped to deal with the critical situations they face.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 20:39:01 ESTAt a time when basic public employee union activities in state governments are under attack, Uncle Sam is staging what labor leaders say is the largest federal union organizing effort in history.
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:10:03 ESTThe Federal Diary gets lots of mail, some of it fit to print. From time to time, we give readers a chance to speak out on issues affecting federal workers.
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 21:36:01 ESTLittle things can mean a lot, even when those little things are a long time coming.
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTEven before the nation's transportation security officers get collective bargaining rights, Republicans on Capitol Hill are working to block them.
Mon, 07 Feb 2011 23:54:01 ESTThis week marks the centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth. When it comes to federal employee issues, he's probably most remembered as a big union-busting president.
Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:34:01 ESTWhen the Obama administration released figures showing Uncle Sam spent less on outside contractors for the first time in 13 years, the data pointed to a little-publicized difference in the way Democrats and Republicans approach deficit reduction.
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:18:00 ESTSen. Daniel K. Akaka is starting his fourth year as chairman of the Senate subcommittee on the federal workforce. It promises not to be like the last.
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:25:00 ESTFederal employee organizations have been speaking out against plans to cut the federal workforce that have gained traction since the Republicans won the House in November. The pushback has come in mostly predictable ways that probably has done little to show the public that cutting the workforce cou
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:20:00 ESTTeresa Chambers is back in her office. Ultimately, she overcame an unworthy effort to boot her from her job as chief of the U.S. Park Police. She was reinstated Monday, bringing to an end a long, high-profile battle in which a whistleblower scored an uncommon victory over Uncle Sam. Victories, ho...
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:49:01 ESTThree decades don't help the ugly look any better. It was 30 years ago this month that a few hundred Iranians took American diplomats hostage in an act of political kidnapping that still poisons relations between the two countries. "It was wrong on every conceivable count," said L. Bruce Laingen,...
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:31:02 EST"Presidents have taken to reorganizations the way overweight people take to fad diets - and with about the same results." - James Q. Wilson in "Bureaucracy: What government agencies do and why they do it."
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 01:00:02 ESTLet's begin with a cautionary tale on governmental efficiency and how not to impress the new chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the federal workplace.
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:21:01 ESTIf you thought the two-year pay freeze President Obama and Congress imposed on federal employees would mollify Republican calls for harsher worker sacrifices, you would be wrong.
Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:25:01 ESTThe final stretch of the nation's largest union organizing contest is about to begin.
Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:09:04 EST"Government service must be attractive enough to lure our most talented people. It must be challenging enough to call forth our greatest efforts. It must be interesting enough to retain their services. It must be satisfying enough to inspire single-minded loyalty and dedication. It must be import...
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:30:01 ESTUncle Sam doesn't have a big problem retaining his workers - at the moment.
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:34:00 ESTTo ensure that people too old to work aren't cheating the system, Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-Maine) wants the Government Accountability Office to study the program that provides income to injured federal workers.
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:35:01 ESTFighting for its members in the face of proposed budget cutbacks, a coalition of federal employee organizations has asked President Obama to reject proposals to cut health and retirement benefits, reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent and freeze pay for three years.
Wed, 12 Jan 2011 22:55:00 ESTA Federal Diary column last April carried the headline: "Will day of justice finally arrive for Park Police whistleblower?"
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:50:02 ESTLosing Social Security disability benefits can be devastating. Potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits can disappear if an administrative law judge rules against those fighting to get money they think they're due.
Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:05:01 ESTI'm writing this column as if there were a heavy, black drape around its borders. It would commemorate the lives of John M. Roll and Gabe Zimmerman, two federal employees killed, along with four others, by the crazed gunman who critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords just outside Tucson on Sat...
Thu, 06 Jan 2011 19:14:01 ESTIf all the promises in the Republican Pledge to America are honored like the party's quickly broken commitment to cut government spending by $100 billion, federal employees may have little reason for concern.
Wed, 05 Jan 2011 20:14:03 ESTWhile weather forecasters predict the nation will have its coldest January in many years, the freeze has already set in for federal employees, most of whom have had their pay put on ice for two years beginning Jan. 1.
Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:26:00 ESTWhen Congress convenes Wednesday, George V. Voinovich won't be there to remind representatives and senators, as he often did, "how important it is that we have . . . the right people with the right skills at the right place at the right time."
Tue, 04 Jan 2011 08:11:00 ESTHappy new year! Let's begin 2011 with a look at the top 2010 stories about the federal civilian workforce. Last year was a mixed bag for federal employees, and the biggest news wasn't good for them. Just as the holiday season was getting underway, President Obama announced a two-year pay freeze f...
Thu, 23 Dec 2010 05:44:42 ESTThe Federal Diary gets lots of mail, some of it fit to print. We like to give readers a chance to speak out by occasionally printing some of those letters.
Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:37:00 ESTThe Federal Diary gets lots of mail, some of it fit to print. We like to give readers a chance to speak out by occasionally printing some of those letters.
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 19:45:01 ESTHow will the salaries of federal employees whose wages are negotiated through collective bargaining be affected by the two-year pay freeze proposed by President Obama?
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 20:00:01 ESTActions have consequences. One unintended consequence of the two-year pay freeze President Obama asked Congress to impose on federal workers is the impact it may have on higher income employees and those eligible to retire.
Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:12:01 ESTAfter 12 years of working to improve protections for federal employees who blow the whistle on government waste, fraud and abuse, Congress was on the verge of passing legislation to make that happen. Then Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) put up a roadblock that could derail the bill.
Tue, 14 Dec 2010 19:55:01 ESTIf creating a government workforce that reflects the people it serves, particularly at top civil service levels, is a high priority for Uncle Sam, you can't tell it by his record.
Mon, 13 Dec 2010 23:21:00 EST
|Senior pay level workforce||Percentage of SPL positions in FY 2009|
|Hispanic or Latino||3.62|