Legislative branch agencies would see a nominal increase from current year levels in discretionary appropriations under the White House budget proposal released March 4.
Defense Department officials say the Defense Health Agency, which DoD stood up in October 2013 to streamline and centralize the military health system, is already realizing cost savings. But the Government Accountability Office says the department's numbers are fuzzy because it has no clear method for monitoring implementation costs.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed the first major revisions to its directive governing federal agencies since 1999. The draft of the revised directive, released Monday, includes a new section that aims to avoid conflicts of interest in equal employment opportunity complaints.
Higher salaries in the oil and gas industry are luring employees away from the Interior Department and the agency can't retain staff with the appropriate skills, a recently released Jan. 31 Government Accountability Office report says. Office of Personnel Management data show the fiscal year 2012 attrition rate for petroleum engineers at BLM came in at over 20 percent – more than double the average federal attrition rate of 9.1 percent.
The Agriculture Department held the first of six webinars for federal employees Jan. 9 that comprise a free, online certificate program in telework management. The courses will run through March 20 and the first three sessions are now available on demand through TMGovu.org, the website hosting the course.
The Postal Service should consider paying its employees based on their local cost-of-living rather than through a flat wage regardless of location, a Feb. 7 USPS inspector general white paper says.
For the first time in at least two years, the number of federal workers filing for retirement in the month of January dipped below 20,000.
The federal government shouldn't discriminate against applicants that are long-term unemployed or facing financial hardships, a Jan. 31 White House memo says.
Federal managers should assess job candidates based on direct questions and specific, detailed accomplishments rather than resumes and past training, a Jan. 30 Merit Systems Protection Board report says.
The Social Security Administration has offered early retirement to some of its workforce this year, with about half of the agency's 60,000 employees being eligible, SSA spokesman BJ Jarrett said.