The report found federal employees work on average of 38.7 hours a week, compared with 41.4 hours per week in the private sector. That difference adds up to 3.8 fewer weeks per year feds work.
The Partnership for Public Service named the winners of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals or Sammies and gave the top honor, Federal Employee of the Year, to Lynne Mofenson, an employee at the National Institutes of Health, for her work to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Livia Marques created a nationwide community garden network that, to date, has donated 1.3 million pounds of produce to the needy. She is a finalist for the 2012 Service to America Medals.
A federal union claims the Environmental Protection Agency fired two scientists for trying to organize a union at the EPA’s National Exposure Research Lab in Athens, Ga.
GSA sets the allowances for lodging, meals and other incidental expenses for federal employees who must travel for work. The standard per diem rate is $123 ($77 lodging, $46 meals and incidental expenses).
It’s the first major overhaul of the program in 20 years. Among the changes, the Air Force is offering three “paths” for airmen — an educational to go back to school, a small business path to become an entrepreneur and a vocational technical path.
The head of the federal government’s information sharing initiative says agencies are doing a better job in a post-9/11 environment. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment.
The General Services Administration projects it will save $11 million from April to September from reforms to employee travel and agency conferences. Since April, GSA canceled 47 conferences.
The Veterans Affairs Department wants a contractor to review the agency’s conference planning and conference acquisition policies, according to a request for information. The solicitation comes weeks after revelations that VA had spent $5 million two conferences last year.
To avoid lay-offs, this week the mail agency offered early retirements to more than 3,300 employees who will retire Dec. 31, 2012.
Deltek leadership will remain in place at the Herndon, Va.-based company. Deltek’s stockholders will receive $13 in cash for each share of Deltek stock.
Postal regulators agreed with a Postal Service plan to cut the window hours at 13,000 post offices. Operating hours will be cut to six, four or even two hours per weekday at these locations.
Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan is stepping down at the end of this month.
A 15-minute training video that cost $52,000 to make joins the examples of excessive spending at two Veterans Affairs’ conferences last year with a total pricetag of $5 million.