Dec 28, 2012

Pay raise for federal workers in 2013?

Obama Orders Pay Raise For Congress, Federal Workers, Joe Biden

'...As of March 27, 2013, federal employees will see a half-percent to one percent pay increase, marking the end of a pay freeze that has been in place since late 2010. Congress hasn't seen a pay raise since 2009....'

Reference: www.huffingtonpost.com

Dec 27, 2012

Ex-TSA Agent spills the beans

Ex-TSA Agent Dishes on Image Screening Rooms

'...Ever wonder what happens in the airport back room where your body image is being screened by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents?...'

Reference: abcnews.go.com

Dec 23, 2012

Items found by TSA this week

TSA Week in Review: Speargun, Grenades, and Guns Among Things Discovered at TSA Checkpoints This Week

'...We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays. I know they are cool novelty items, but it is best not to take them on a plane. ...'

Reference: tsa.gov

Dec 19, 2012

Change to 'chained CPI"' will harm Federal Workers

AFGE: Chained CPI Deal Harmful for Federal Workers, Middle Class

'..."This move marks a shameful abandonment of his campaign promises to protect the middle class and the needy from tax increases or harmful benefit cuts," Cox said. "The currently used measures of inflation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the CPI-U and the CPI-W, already understate inflation for the elderly. This change will cause a large hit to federal pensions, Social Security benefits, Veterans' benefits, and federal benefits to poor children and the disabled. It also will raise taxes substantially on the poor and middle class, while leaving the rich untouched." PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1xhPP) ...'

Reference: www.prnewswire.com

Dec 18, 2012

Federal prisoners escape

2 inmates escape from federal prison in Chicago

'...Authorities say two men being held on bank robbery charges have escaped from a downtown Chicago federal prison....'

Reference: www.seattlepi.com

Dec 17, 2012

DHS Worst Large Place to Work of Federal Agencies

Homeland Security Named Worst Big Place to Work of Federal Agencies

'...Workers at the Department of Homeland Security are the least satisfied at work of employees at all the large federal agencies, according to a new government survey. DHS...'

Reference: www.usnews.com

Dec 14, 2012

CIA operative is a star... secretly

CIA's most famous operative is a secret star

'...Perhaps inevitably, questions are mounting about the CIA employee, her personality and her contacts with the filmmakers. And she can't properly defend herself because she's not allowed to talk to the press....'

Reference: www.cnn.com

Dec 13, 2012

Would sequestration offer buyouts?

Federal worker Q&A guide to the fiscal cliff: Ten answers on jobs, cuts and more

'...It is common for agencies to offer one or both when forced to downsize, with one motivation being to avoid RIFs or at least lessen the need for them. Buyouts are payments to encourage employees to retire or quit; the typical pre-tax amount is $25,000 but in some cases it has been less....'

Reference: www.washingtonpost.com

Dec 11, 2012

OPM says Jan. 2013 to see wave of federal employee retirements

Federal retirement claims fall last month but OPM predicts swell in January

'...Overall, federal employees filed 6,584 retirement claims last month; OPM predicted receiving 7,000. It's the fourth time this year the number of claims OPM received fell below expectations. ...'

Reference: www.federalnewsradio.com