An independent military commission recommended vast changes in the military's retirement and healthcare systems that could save the Defense Department more than $20 billion over the next four years, says a Jan. 28 Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission report.
The House Oversight Committee Tuesday approved a bill that would provide newly hired service-disabled veterans in the civilian federal workforce with sick leave immediately upon starting work, says a Jan. 27 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee statement.
The report shows that customer ratings of service, namely staff courteousness and professionalim, which has gone down about 6 percent, has had a signfiicant impact on the overall lower satisfaction score. The erosion in service quality isn't surprising since it's the "first casualty" of budget cutbacks.
The head of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee introduced a bill Thursday that would allow the VA secretary to reduce an SES employee's retirement pension upon conviction of a crime that influenced their work performance, says a Jan. 22 statement from HVAC chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.).
The Defense Department doesn't know if it employs the appropriate number of workers at headquarters because it doesn't determine personnel requirements as part of a systematic process and procedures aren't in place to make sure the department assesses its personnel needs periodically, says a Jan. 21 Government Accountability report.
Republican lawmakers from Wyoming and South Carolina introduced a bill Tuesday that would save the government $35 billion by cutting the federal workforce through attrition.
The Office of Special Counsel says it has secured corrective actions for four whistleblowers who were retaliated against when they revealed information about recent Veterans Affairs Administration problems, the OSC says in a Jan. 20 statement. Mark Tello, a VA nursing assistant, Richard Hill, a VA physician, Rachael Hogan, a VA registered nurse and Coleen Elmers, a VA nurse manager all received relief from the OSC ruling.
The Merit Systems Protection Board says the Justice Department violated its own procedures when it suspended two DOJ workers for withholding evidence during the corruption trial of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). The two DOJ prosecutors, Joseph Bottini and James Goeke were accused by the department of recklessly, but not intentionally committing professional misconduct.
A Virginia federal lawmaker plans to introduce legislation Tuesday that would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay bump. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) will be joined by Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Donald Beyer (D-Va.) in introducing the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act.
The federal government ended 2014 with about 19,000 fewer workers at agencies than the start of the year, recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show. The latest statistics show the federal government employed 2.12 million people at the end of 2014, not including Postal Service workers. The Postal Service employed 597,000 workers at the end of the year. That's a gain of about 3,000 employees over the end of 2013.