Monday, September 1, 2014

Despite the absence of a federal increase, 13 states raised their minimum wages

Article Title: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages, Obama says on Labor Day
Snippet of Article: "...Despite the absence of a federal increase, 13 states raised their minimum wages at the beginning of this year. Those states have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not raise the wage..."


Source: www.cleveland.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some VA employees are standing up for veterans by blowing the whistle on what they have seen at VA hospitals

Article Title: Local VA employee to speak with federal investigators
Snippet of Article: "...NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A Hendersonville man has added his name to the list of employees who have agreed to speak with federal investigators about what he saw at VA hospitals...."


Source: www.wsmv.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Government employees subjected to data breach through cyber attack, to include undercover investigators


Article Title: U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach
Snippet of Article: "...A cyber attack at a firm that performs background checks for U.S. government employees compromised data of at least 25,000 workers, including some undercover investigators, and that number could rise, agency officials said on Friday...."

Source: www.reuters.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Friday, August 22, 2014

20Stamps App Will Convert Your Pics Into Postage Stamps

Article Title: 20Stamps - Turn Photos Into Real US Postage Stamps
Snippet of Article: "...20Stamps - the world’s first app to turn your favorite photos into real US postage stamps. Amaze your friends and family by sending cards and letters with custom photo postage featuring your family, your pet, wedding portrait or any other treasured personal picture. Now you can make custom postage stamps..."


Source: Android and iPhone Apps and News

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Darrell Issa Investigation Benefits Ex-Aide

Article Title: Darrell Issa Investigation Benefits Ex-Aide
Snippet of Article: "...Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) has accused House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of inappropriately intervening in an ongoing Federal Trade Commission case against a company being represented by a legal group run by a former Issa staffer...."


Source: www.motherjones.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

H.R. 1780: bill could require most federal employees to leave the FEHB Program...

Article Title: Federal Employees Union Says Obamacare Could 'Hurt' Members
Snippet of Article: "...Among the bills is H.R. 1780, sponsored by Michigan Republican Dave Camp. The NTEU says the bill could hurt workers because it would "require most federal employees to leave the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program...and instead join health plans established under the Affordable Care Act."..."


Source: www.weeklystandard.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Monday, August 18, 2014

Windfall Elimination Provision and Social Security

Article Title: Windfall Elimination Provision
Snippet of Article: "...The Windfall Elimination Provision primarily affects you if you earned a pension in any job where you did not pay Social Security taxes and you also worked in other jobs long enough to qualify for a Social Security retirement or disability benefit...."


Source: www.ssa.gov

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Windfall Elimination Provision [/tag]

Friday, August 15, 2014

50 Senators Sign Letter To Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) Urging A Moratorium On Mail Processing Facility Closures

Article Title: 50 Senators Call for Moratorium on USPS Facility Closures
Snippet of Article: "...“This one-year moratorium will give Congress the time it needs to enact the comprehensive postal reforms that are necessary for the Postal Service to function effectively into the future,” the group said in a letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala...."


Source: rollcall.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Teachers, Parents: Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples


Article Title: Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples
Snippet of Article: "...“Staples and the USPS have made it clear,” APWU’s Dimondstein said. “They intend to continue to privatize postal retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low-wage Staples jobs, and compromise the safety and security of the mail. We intend to keep up the pressure until Staples gets out of the mail business.”

As the flyer says, “When you shop for supplies – for your classroom or your home – don’t shop at Staples. Most other office- and school-supply chains honor Staples coupons.”..."


Source: www.apwu.org
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Should ‘essential’ federal employees receive additional shutdown pay?

Article Title: Should ‘essential’ federal employees receive additional shutdown pay?
Snippet of Article: "...Campbell-Smith wrote that “courts have determined almost universally that an FLSA claim accrues, for limitations purposes, when an employer fails to pay workers on their regular paydays, and that a violation of the Act also occurs on that date.”..."


Source: www.washingtonpost.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Friday, August 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Smokey Bear; Interesting Facts About Smokey


 Smokey Bear turns 70
Smokey Bear turns 70
Article Title: Smokey Bear turns 70, but don't bring candles
Snippet of Article: "...Smokey Bear was created in 1944 because of fears that America's enemies would set forest fires while most U.S. firefighters were in battle overseas. When the war ended, Smokey stuck around — and he is now at the center of the longest-running public service announcement campaign in U.S. history...."

Source: www.usatoday.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Smokey Bear, [/tag]

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Your Post Office's are being sold at huge discounts, destroying America's infrastructure, as well as our history


America's Post Office for Sale
Article Title: The Fire Sale of the Post Offices
Snippet of Article: "...The PAEA is at once accomplishing a long-stated aim of conservative think tanks and the Republican Party to privatize the 239-year old service while throwing a windfall of public property onto the market from which Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, is profiting. Those properties include hundreds of architecturally distinguished buildings, many containing unique works of art. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named America’s pre-war post offices among its most endangered treasures...."

Source: consortiumnews.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Post Office for Sale, [/tag]

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FAA: Flights to Israel Halted

Article Title: F.A.A. Halts U.S. Flights to Israel
Snippet of Article: "...The Federal Aviation Administration instructed American air carriers on Tuesday not to fly to Israel for 24 hours, and major airlines canceled their flights, after a rocket fell about a mile from Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv. All three United States carriers with scheduled service to Israel — Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways..."


Source: www.nytimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Too many federal employees and contractors have security clearances

Article Title: Clearance investigations need tighter control, IG says
Snippet of Article: "...One background check reviewer at USIS claimed to have completed 15,152 case reviews over the course of one month..."


Source: www.federaltimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act: On average, agents will see a $6,200 pay reduction per year

Article Title: Bill would eliminate controversial Border Patrol overtime system
Snippet of Article: "..."On average, agents will see a $6,200 pay reduction per year over what they have traditionally earned under AUO," Judd said. "We are probably the first labor organization to come before this committee asking for a pay cut. My agents are asking you to do this..."


Source: federalsoup.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Monday, June 9, 2014

Trojan Horse: The threat from within ...Holder to reignite task force


Article Title: Holder to renew focus on growing domestic terror threat
Snippet of Article: "...it is critical that we return our focus to potential extremists here at home,'' Holder said in a video message posted Monday morning on the Justice website. "We face an escalating danger from self-radicalized individuals within our own borders,'' he said...."

Source: www.thetimesherald.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Famous people who at one point would have been considered federal employees


Article Title: 6 famous people and their less famous federal jobs: You might be surprised
Snippet of Article: "...here are some now very famous people who at one point would have been considered federal employees...."

Source: federaltimes.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Nationwide FBI Alert: Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II Wanted By FBI For Possessing Explosives


Article Title: Nationwide Alert For S.F. Man Wanted By FBI For Possessing Explosives
Snippet of Article: "...Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, whose San Francisco apartment was found to have explosives and bomb-making material in it on Saturday...."

Source: sfist.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How much porn watching does it take to get fired at the EPA?

Article Title: How much porn does it take to get fired at EPA?
Snippet of Article: "..."So this guy is making $125,000, spending two to six hours a day looking at porno," said Rep. John Mica (R-FL), who was told by officials that the worker had been given performance awards - despite one time spending four straight hours on a website called, "Sadism is Beautiful." "How much pornography would it take for an EPA employee to lose their job?..."


Source: www.wsbradio.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Taxpayers currently subsidize the oil industry by as much as $4.8 billion a year, but bemoan big Goverment

Article Title: Triumph of the Drill
Snippet of Article: "...the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies...."


Source: www.motherjones.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Postal Service 'Operating Income' more than $1 billion in profit since the beginning of fiscal 2014

Article Title: Postal Service, lawmakers clash over improving finances
Snippet of Article: "...The debate centers on which income best represents the Postal Service’s financial health: operating or net. Measured by operating income — revenue minus expenses — the Postal Service has made more than $1 billion in profit since the beginning of fiscal 2014. ..."


Source: www.federaltimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Monday, May 5, 2014

As the Postal Service puts post offices in Staples Stores, Staples adds the new 'Google Shopping Express' for same-day delivery service

Article Title: As the Postal Service puts post offices in Staples Stores, Staples adds the new 'Google Shopping Express' for same-day delivery.
As the Postal Service angers unions by installing mini post offices in Staples Stores, Staples Stores add 'Google Shopping Express' for same-day delivery. The image found below is a screen capture that can be clicked to enlarge. The screen capture has been modified to identify the integration of 'Google Shopping Express' into specific test markets in New York and California. This is a screen capture of the San Francisco link.
Screen Capture Identifying 'Google Shopping Express' at Staples

Source: Federal Employee News
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hatch Act Violations

Article Title: Two federal employees disciplined for bashing Obama and Romney at work
Snippet of Article: "...The messages were addressed to dozens of colleagues and sent from the employee’s work account while on duty, and the e-mails continued even after co-workers complained and supervisors warned..."


Source: www.washingtonpost.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Hatch Act, [/tag]

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Another win for the wealthy: Federal minimum wage increase fails; Pay equity fails; Cut in tax breaks for wealthy Americans likely to fail

Article Title: Senate fails to advance minimum wage hike
Snippet of Article: "...The minimum wage increase is part of an economic agenda that Senate Democrats are promoting this year that they say will help boost the middle class. A bill to address pay equity between men and women likewise failed on a procedural vote, and upcoming legislation to promote college affordability and cut tax breaks for wealthy Americans is likely to meet the same fate...."


Source: www.usatoday.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, destruction of the working class, [/tag]

Monday, April 14, 2014

Canada: First G20 country to abolish door-to-door postal service. Are we next? Cluster boxes will be coming to your neighborhood too!

Article Title: Canada to be first G20 country to abolish door-to-door postal service
Snippet of Article: "...Currently, about a third of Canada’s approximately 5.1 million homes get mail delivered to their door, and they are not too happy about the government proposing a system of community mail boxes under its five-point plan announced Wednesday. ..."


Source: rt.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Legislation giving federal employees a decent pay raise next year is unlikely

Article Title: Federal pay raise increase faces long odds
Snippet of Article: "...Legislation that would give federal employees a 3.3 percent pay raise next year is unlikely to pass, according to lawmakers. However, Rep Gerry Connolly, D.-Va, who introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act on March 26, is optimistic about longer term success...."


Source: www.federaltimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, 2015 Federal Pay Raise[/tag]

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Paul Ryan Budget Again Attacks Federal Workers, The Postal Service and Other Working Class Citizens

Article Title: House GOP budget features cuts in food stamps, health care
Snippet of Article: "...The Ryan plan also promises cuts to the federal workforce, a termination of Saturday mail delivery..."


Source: suntimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Paul Ryan, 2015 Budget, [/tag]

Sunday, March 30, 2014

White House fence scaled

Article Title: Official: Man scaled White House fence, arrested
Snippet of Article: "...The Secret Service says a man has been arrested after he climbed over a fence at the White House...."

Source: www.usatoday.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, White House, [/tag]

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Great Charade: An attempt to put the Postal Service in the most damaging financial straits possible?

Article Title: The masquerade continues: Playing politics with the Postal Service's unfunded liabilities
Snippet of Article: "...The fact is that the Postal Service is in the situation it’s in today largely because Congress created funding schedules and funding levels for pension and retiree healthcare obligations that exceeded standard accounting practice. Only the most na├»ve or ideologically predisposed observer would believe that the way these obligations have been presented and accounted for represents anything other than an attempt to put the Postal Service in the most damaging financial straits possible. ..."


Source: www.savethepostoffice.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, funding levels for pension and retiree healthcare obligations [/tag]

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The USAJobs modernization will start in fiscal 2015

Article Title: OPM wants to retool USAJobs to make it work better with agency hiring systems
Snippet of Article: "...Some of the new features for USAJobs will include a resume-mining tool so applicants can upload their information without typing in details as well as new reporting and analytic tools for agency recruiters monitoring responses to job posts...."


Source: www.fiercegovernment.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]