Monthly Archives: December 2012

Employee satisfaction dips at several agencies

Several agencies fared significantly worse in the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey than in 2011 — and they are taking it seriously. While most agencies experienced little change from last year, the annual study administered by the Office of Personnel … Continue reading

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Proposed cuts to Defense civilian jobs draw criticism

Senators are gearing up to debate language in the national Defense authorization bill that would cut the Defense Department’s civilian and contractor workforces by an estimated 5 percent through fiscal 2017. The provision in the fiscal 2013 bill, which the Senate is … Continue reading

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Senior executives urge Obama to leave feds out of fiscal cliff deal

The group representing the government’s senior executives urged President Obama on Thursday to leave federal employees out of any budget deficit deals. Efforts to reduce federal employees’ pay and benefits are taking a toll on the government workforce, said officials … Continue reading

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House Homeland Security Committee gets a new leader

The House Steering Committee, controlled by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, released on Tuesday the list of its choices of chairmen for committees next session. One surprise is Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas is to be the new chairman of … Continue reading

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Are Your Facebook Friends Stressing You Out? (Yes.)

Your (Facebook) friends may be stressing you out. And the more you have, the more stressed you may be. Per a new report from the University of Edinburgh Business School, the more friends you have on Facebook — or, perhaps more accurately, … Continue reading

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SPACE WEATHER FORECAST SYSTEM COULD COST $2 BILLION

Variations in space weather have the potential to disrupt the electric power grid, telecommunications and Global Positioning Systems — virtually all public infrastructure. To predict such disruptions, a comprehensive space weather forecasting system could cost between $1 billion and $2 … Continue reading

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Recommended relaxation of remediation standards could increase cancer risk at dirty bomb sites

People living near the site of a radiological attack could face greater cancer risks then what the government would normally allow if officials follow the anticipated recommendations of an upcoming report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department. The report will … Continue reading

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