Archive for November, 2011

Federal Employees' Pay Freeze Could Be Extended to Cover Payroll Tax Cut

By on November 30, 2011 in Current Events, Pay & Benefits with 210 Comments

The Senate is currently debating a possible payroll tax cut extension, and one plan being discussed includes an additional three year pay freeze on the federal workforce.

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Federal Government Relocation Assistance

By on November 30, 2011 in Leadership with 20 Comments

Whether you are a new hire or an existing federal employee transferring to a new job, you may be able to receive relocation assistance and other benefits. Here are a few questions to help you determine whether you are eligible.

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Locker Room Behavior — Pants Dropping, Sex Banter — Merits Demotion

By on November 29, 2011 in Court Cases, Current Events with 7 Comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled the U.S. Postal Service was justified in demoting a supervisor to a non-managerial position after he consistently made inappropriate comments and, at one point, dropped his pants at work.

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Federal Employee Pay Freeze and Extra Time Off for Christmas

By on November 28, 2011 in Current Events with 118 Comments

Will federal employees get extra time off (with pay) during the holiday season? With a multi-year pay freeze in effect, some agencies may use their authority to grant more time off.

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President Extends Labor Relations Council Until 2013

By on November 28, 2011 in Current Events with 10 Comments

The President has extended the Labor Relations Council until 2013 via a recent executive order.

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Berry to Congress: Annuity Processing Backlog is Bad, Will Get Worse

By on November 26, 2011 in Retirement with 95 Comments

Reports have been in the news about OPM’s poor performance regarding processing annuity payments for new retirees. What is the real cause of this problem?

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Finding an Individual Federal Employee's Name and Salary

By on November 26, 2011 in Current Events, Human Resources with 93 Comments

What is the best way to find a federal employee’s name and salary on Here are tips and examples on how to search quickly and efficiently.

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Individual and System Performance – Pass or Fail?

By on November 22, 2011 in Current Events, Human Resources with 17 Comments

In the absence of a method for assessing organizational performance, a pass-fail appraisal for civil servants, as opposed to a tiered system, may be the least destructive option.

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What is the Annual Salary of My Federal Colleagues?

By on November 21, 2011 in Current Events, Human Resources with 99 Comments

How much does the federal employee make who is sitting next to you at work? Which states have the most federal employees? Which states have the lowest average salary and which ones have the highest? Now you can find out quickly and easily.

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OPM Releases Hilarious Union Official Time Report

By on November 20, 2011 in Current Events with 24 Comments

The author suggests than any Federal manager or labor relations practitioner in need of a good laugh should read OPM’s recent report on union official time use in the government. He asks whether an Agency should issue a report which is so obviously wrong just to meet report issuing requirements in some annual strategic plan goal.

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