Keeping the size and quality of the all-volunteer force should be the main priority, while being fiscally responsible should be the goal of reforming the military pay and benefits system, says a Sept. 12 letter from President Obama to Congress and the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission offering guidance on reforming the compensation and retirement system.
Update 9/17, 6:36 p.m.: The New York Times says previous reports that authorities found an AR-15 on the scene of the mass shooting are incorrect. Investigators "say they do not believe the gunman used one." Shooter Aaron Alexis did attempt last week to buy an AR-15 from Lorton, Va., gunstore Sharpshooters Small Arms Range, however, the Times says. A state law that prohibits sales of assualt rifles to out-of-state residents prevented Alexis from making that purchase; he instead bought a Remington shotgun and ammunition, the article adds.
Agencies will be forced to cut 30,000 more jobs over the next year than it did in fiscal 2013 if Congress doesn't reverse sequestration in the coming fiscal year, a Sept. 10 Goldman Sachs report (.pdf) says.
The Veterans Affairs Department regional director responsible for the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System, where several veterans died in a preventable infectious disease outbreak, said Sept. 9 he would not return a major award he received from the White House.
In August, the federal workforce saw no growth in employees, a change from the recent trend of declining employment by the federal government, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.
The majority of House and Senate staffers say they are highly motivated by their work goals and that their work gives them a sense of accomplishment, a Sept. 9 study released by the Congressional Management Foundation and the Society for Human Resource Management.
The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance in a Sept 6 memo against fraudulent charge card use and governmentwide penalties for it that include dismissal.
All Postal Service managers and executives outside of headquarters will receive early retirement offers during the week of Sept. 16, the National Association of Postal Supervisors said Sept. 4. Those who take the offer won't receive any financial incentives, NAPS said. The application period is set to begin Sept. 20, and employees will have to decide whether to accept by Nov. 29.
Spending on House staff salaries hit a low level during the second quarter of 2013 not seen since since 2007, statistics from Legistorm show. The legislative branch-focused research organization attributes the decrease in total staff salaries to a drop in the number of House staffers.
The Office of Personnel Management cut its retirement backlog in half since July 2012, with 22,750 claims still backlogged, down from 44,679 a year ago, the most recent OPM statistics (.pdf) show.