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Little Progress on Buyout Front

There appears to be little chance that Congress will act in its waning weeks to grant more buyout authority, at least on a wide scale. Continue ›

Some Last-Minute Buyout Action Possible

While there seems to be little chance of a government-wide program, some agencies may yet get buyout authority by convincing legislators overseeing their budgets to put language into spending bills. Continue ›

Buyout Commitment Upheld

In other buyout news, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld an agency’s decision to deny employee requests to withdraw their acceptance of buyout offers, saying that they had been warned that the decision to take the payment "should not be made lightly." In Green and Swerda v. Continue ›

New Army Personnel System Set

The Army has announced that it soon will field its new automated personnel system, which has been in the planning process for several years. Continue ›

What Congress Has in Store for You

Congress returns next week to what is expected to be a brief work schedule before an expected adjournment for the year in early to mid October. Continue ›

EEO Database Idea Stirs Controversy

Privacy concerns are being raised (see next item) about a proposal to pull together a database of federal equal employment opportunity complaints that would include detailed information both on the employees making such complaints and the agency bosses who were the subject of the complaints. Continue ›

FMA Voices Privacy Concerns

In a strong letter to the task force (see above item), the Federal Managers Association said such a database is "over-reaching and raises serious concerns about the invasion of privacy of the affected individuals -- the complainants, the accused individuals, and the complainants' representatives . Continue ›

Numbers, Salaries Lower for Women

Women make up about 43 percent of the federal work force compared with more than 46 percent of the overall American work force and their average general schedule grade is 8.4 compared with an average of 10.4 for men, says the Office of Personnel Management. Continue ›

Behind the Differences

One factor contributing to the relatively low overall representation rate (see above item) is that only 4.4 percent of federally employed women have veterans status and 6.1 percent are disabled, compared with 41.2 and 8 percent of men, respectively. Continue ›

Retiree COLA Projections for the Decade

The Congressional Budget Office in a recent report on overall economic and budget trends, projected that the consumer price index used to set federal retirement cost-of-living adjustments would average 2.7 percent in the 2001-2005 period and 2.5 percent in the 2006-2010 period. Continue ›

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