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DoD Boosts Hispanic Initiative

The Defense Department has established an advisory group to explore ways to place more Hispanics in DoD civilian jobs, especially in upper management. Continue ›

Final Action on Raise Still Pending

Congress’s decision to put off finishing its work for the year until December apparently leaves President Clinton responsible for taking the final action on the January 2001 federal pay raise. Continue ›

Order Could Be Embarrassing

In order to grant a raise other than the figure indicated by the underlying law, the President must say that “serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare” require another figure. Continue ›

IT Pay Reform Just a Step

Federal unions say the recent announcement creating special pay raises of up to 33 percent for information technology employees is a positive development but just one step toward addressing the much larger problem of the wide gap between federal and private sector pay. Continue ›

Elections Don’t Upset Civil Service Leadership

This year’s congressional elections left in place the congressional leadership on civil service issues, although some shifting of seats could occur when Congress reorganizes itself in January. Continue ›

Needlestick Protection Signed

President Clinton has signed a bill (P.L. 106-430) to protect health care workers against accidental injury by needlesticks and other sharp devices used in health facilities. Continue ›

FEHB Enrollment Considerations

Even if you aren’t expecting to change enrollments in the current Federal Employees Health Benefits open season, there are considerations you should investigate to make sure that you are getting the coverage you expect and that the coverage best meets your needs in terms of cost and benefits. Continue ›

Knowledge of Family-Friendly Programs Varies

A Merit Systems Protection Board survey has found that despite the heavy emphasis that the Office of Personnel Management has put on family-friendly programs in recent years, awareness of such initiatives still varies greatly. Continue ›

Availability Also Varies

MSPB (see above item) further said that “availability of the family-oriented programs varies from agency to agency, and employees in field offices reported much lower availability of the programs than employees in headquarters installations. Continue ›

More TSP Transfers Allowed

President Clinton has signed into law a measure (P.L. 106-361) allowing transfers into the Thrift Savings Plan of money in 401(k) and similar retirement savings programs, as well as from individual retirement accounts set up to hold such money. Continue ›

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