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Labor Relations at the FAA: An Expensive Program Without Internal Controls

Filed in News by on July 17, 2014

Since the air traffic controller’s strike of 1981, the public has not heard much about labor relations at the FAA. A new internal report indicates the labor relations system at the agency lacks internal controls, has significantly increased agency costs and that there is no effective system for tracking or anticipating new costs.

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1% Pay Raise Becomes More Likely for 2015

Filed in News by on July 16, 2014

The House passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015 which defers the decision on a figure for a pay raise for the federal workforce to President Obama. What does this mean for your chances of a pay raise in 2015?

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FLRA Forcing ICE to Go to Court to Protect Computer Security Worldwide

Filed in News by on July 16, 2014

In a case involving computer security at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), FLRA finds that the Agency’s duty to bargain over curtailing employee access to private email accounts on their work computers trumps the Agency’s statutory obligation to protect the security of information under its control. The Minority Member, in his dissent, said that unlike the majority members, he could not interpret the federal labor statute to, in essence, require an Agency to compromise its computer security to bargain over a minor working condition issue.

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Federal Employment Is Not So Bad

Filed in News by on July 15, 2014

The author says that there are many perks that come with being a federal employee, including the almost guaranteed yearly grade and step increases for many employees.. He offers a detailed analysis of the positive impact the federal salary system can have on a federal worker’s pay over the course of a career.

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Working with Idiots and Getting Better Results

Filed in News by on July 14, 2014

If you are not seeing the results you expect from political and organizational leaders, then demand the application of better methods.

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Locality Pay and the Federal Pay Schedule

Filed in News by on July 14, 2014

Will new locality pay areas be added to the federal GS pay system in 2015? A report from the President’s Pay Agent suggests this will be done but no final decision has been made.

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When Do Wage Grade Employees Get A Pay Increase?

Filed in News by on July 13, 2014

Many prevailing rate employees working under the WG or associated prevailing rate pay schedules have asked when pay increases will be effective in 2014. The author provides some answers.

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IRS Employees Suspended for Pro-Obama Activities

Filed in News by on July 10, 2014

The IRS appears to have had numerous problems with employees campaigning for Barack Obama during the last presidential election–and most of the cases are below the public’s radar.

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