Overall funding for the Defense Department's science and technology budget would see about a $500 million reduction in the president's fiscal 2015 budget request, with grants and missile defense bearing the brunt of the cut, says a DoD official.
The gender pay gap in the federal workforce shrunk by almost 20 percentage points since 1992. The continuing gap comes from women being concentrated in lower paying jobs, an April 11 Office of Personnel Management report says.
The Office of Personnel Management processed 11,812 retirement claims in March, more than in any month since April 2013. The agency received only 6,831 claims in March, so its claims backlog declined by about 5,000 during the month. The backlog had grown in both January in February.
The percentage of taxpayers who call the Internal Revenue Service's toll-free line and reach a customer service representative has sagged in recent years – just as the agency expects an upswing in confusion over the Affordable Care Act's tax provisions.
Despite management and program changes resulting in $3 billion in savings per year, military health system costs continue to climb, said Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs.
"We believe that a dispute of this significance, which lasted over a period of many months, is a cause for serious concern, and it should never have been allowed to affect the operations" of the center, the report says.
Federal employee insurance premiums have remained stable and the government's personnel director called on the insurance companies to keep it that way.
Federal employees would see a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015 under a bill introduced March 26 by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.).
On Oct. 1, at the start of fiscal 2014, the number of federal personnel deemed eligible for security clearances topped 5.1 million. The number of individual deemed eligible has risen during each of the past two years. Even though the number of cleared contractors has dropped, the growth among federal employees has more than made up for it.
The Internal Revenue Service workforce decreased by almost 6,000 employees in the last federal fiscal year. Almost half the lost jobs were taxpayer assistance positions, shows data released by the IRS.