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OPM plans investments in health and hiring systems

April 26, 2010 The Office of Personnel Management plans to invest money in efforts to track federal employees' health claims, strengthen its financial management system, and improve government jobs websites and automated federal employee databases, the agency said in filings released on Friday. The Capital Asset Plans that OPM submitted to the Office...

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Dollars and Sense

April 23, 2010 Allan Holmes thinks that the Thrift Savings Plan will have a hard time getting young people to start saving because the salaries they're paying aren't particularly high: But there's still the problem: Who has $2,000 a year at age 19 to sock away? Maybe the investment board can figure how...

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POGO Takes Aim At Contractor Compensation

April 23, 2010 By Elizabeth Newell On Thursday the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) sent a letter to OMB Director Peter Orzsag and Jared Bernstein, assistant to the vice president for economic policy, asking them to lower compensation limits for federal contractors and extend the limit to apply to all employees, rather than...

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Survey: DHS employees enjoy work but view management warily

April 23, 2010 Homeland Security Department employees enjoy their jobs and think their work is important, but they have doubts about the link between performance and incentives, according to results from an internal DHS survey. "I'm proud to announce that the results reflect continued improvement as in 2007 and 2008," wrote Rafael Borras,...

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Earth Day

April 22, 2010 Agencies across government are marking Earth Day in a number of ways today. The Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration are holding an environmental fair in Foggy Bottom today. The Energy Secretary's doing a live chat on the Washington Post. And GovLoop, the social networking site for...

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Does Everyone Have to Be a Leader?

April 22, 2010 Allan Holmes thinks it's very bad news that a fair number of mid-level managers don't really want to join the Senior Executive Service. If you're looking at replicating the SES, and things that make SES jobs undesirable as the only relevant goasl, there's cause for concern there. But if there's...

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Senate votes to freeze pay for Congress

April 22, 2010 Senate lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap 2011 pay raises for members of Congress. "Not many Americans have the power to give themselves a raise whenever they want, no matter how they are performing," said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., who sponsored the bill. "Yet Congress has set up a system...

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TSA is entering a new developmental phase, executive says

April 22, 2010 The Transportation Security Administration is poised to enter a second stage in its development, the Homeland Security Department's top workforce official said on Thursday. "What it takes to build a 50,000-person agency from zero -- from absolute zero -- is incredibly difficult," Jeff Neal, chief human capital officer at Homeland...

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Hiring Hispanics for Higher-Paying Jobs

April 22, 2010 There are a lot of ways to look at pay issues in the federal government. You can try to reconcile specific policies across agencies, as the Office of Personnel Management hopes to do with legislation aimed at standardizing pay and benefits policy for civilians serving overseas. You can look at...

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Perception and the SES

April 21, 2010 There's lots of buzz out there about the results of the Senior Executives Association's survey on why federal employees don't want to join the Senior Executive Service. To my mind, though, the most interesting result is that Chief Human Capital Officers think the reasons for that trend are very different...