Featured News ArticleSenate Passes Spending Bill Over The Weekend
This past weekend, the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion funding bill that will keep the government funded through the end of Sept. 2015 (excluding the Department of Homeland Security, which is funded until Feb. 2015). In addition to government funding, the $1.1 trillion bill also included numerous “riders” that will become public law once the 1,603 page bill is signed by President Obama, who has indicated he will do so. : : MORE
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President Obama Thanks Some Federal Employees
On Tuesday, President Obama addressed nearly 3,000 members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and other leaders in the federal workforce. Speaking to a crowded room, Obama sought to thank the dedicated federal workforce, and to empathize with the recently-tumultuous environment they have operated in that has led to declining workplace satisfaction among federal employees.
President Obama Grants Federal Employees Additional Day of Holiday Leave
Late Friday afternoon, President Obama signed an Executive Order excusing executive branch non-Postal Service employees from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014, with pay and without a charge to leave. This means that most federal employees will receive an extra day of holiday leave on Dec. 26.
National President Dougan: "The Department of Defense is placing a $38 million per-year burden on the workers who support our military."
"The Department of Defense is placing a $38 million per-year burden on the workers who support our military,” said Dougan. “The Department is touting this as a prudent financial decision, but it amounts to nothing more than a new tax on defense workers with the misfortune of being assigned on long-term temporary duty."
National President Dougan: "Today's Request for an Additional $615 Million to Battle Wildfires is Much-needed."
“Today’s request from the White House for an additional $615 million to battle wildfires is much-needed,” Dougan said. "This will also allow for land management agencies to go deeper into fire season without needing to use non-fire funds to pay for fire suppression as has happened too often in recent years. We cannot allow for federal land management agencies to be forced to focus on putting out budget fires at the expense of allowing wildfires to continue to rage across the country.”
It's Hard to Tell Whether U.S. Spending to Elevate Women in Afghanistan Is Working
Defense, State and USAID are unable to link their efforts to gains by women, watchdog finds.
Disengaged Employees, Lackluster Pay and More
A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.
How the Fight Against Ebola Shaped 2014
Anthony Fauci and other experts weigh in on what to take away from the devastation of the disease.
Use of Gunfire-Detection Technology Expands to More Cities
ShotSpotter, used in more than 60 U.S. cities, is now helping police in Wilmington, Delaware.