Archive for July, 2012

House Votes to Fire Tax Delinquent Federal Workers

Filed in News on July 31, 2012 Comments

The House voted Tuesday to approve the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act, legislation which takes aim at the nearly 100,000 federal workers who collectively owed about $1 billion in back taxes in FY 2009.

Continue Reading »

Government Avoids Pre-Election Day Shutdown

Filed in News on July 31, 2012 Comments

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced that an agreement has been reached to ensure there won’t be a shutdown before the November elections.

Continue Reading »

Aligning Agencies’ Customer Service with the Private Sector

Filed in News on July 31, 2012 Comments

Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) have introduced legislation to establish, monitor and improve customer service delivery across federal agencies.

Continue Reading »

No Constitutional Tort Suit Against Former DoD Secretary Rumsfeld

Filed in News on July 31, 2012 Comments

A U.S. citizen claiming to have been victimized by extraordinary detention and interrogation in Iraq will not be able to sue the former Defense Secretary personally for violation of his constitutional rights according to this recent appeals court decision.

Continue Reading »

USPS Will Not Make Upcoming Mandated Retiree Health Benefits Payments

Filed in News on July 30, 2012 Comments

The US Postal Service said in a statement released today that it will not make mandated upcoming prefunded payments to the Treasury, but that the action will not affect its day-to-day operations.

Continue Reading »

GAO: DoD Needs to Remember the Human Aspect of Workforce Cuts

Filed in News on July 30, 2012 Comments

A recent GAO report highlights challenges the Department of Defense will face in any attempts to downsize its civilian workforce and urges agency decision makers to maintain the right number of civilian employees with the right skills.

Continue Reading »

The First Commandment of Performance Appraisal

Filed in News on July 28, 2012 Comments

The author discusses performance standards and what he believes is a fundamental law of performance evaluations and the most common reason appraisals have failed in the past.

Continue Reading »

OPM Increases Hiring of Workers with Disabilities

Filed in News on July 26, 2012 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management announced in a recent report that hiring of federal workers with disabilities by the government is at a 20 year high.

Continue Reading »

Free Email Updates

Sign up for our free email updates to get our latest news sent directly to your inbox
  • Our top stories sent each business day
  • More news from your FedSmith.com authors
  • The day's closing prices for the TSP funds
  • Videos for the federal workforce