Millions of federal retirees will have to wait to find out the size of next year’s cost-of-living adjustment. The Labor Department says it won’t report inflation statistics on time this month, which will delay the Social Security Administration’s COLA calculation.
Treasury’s Office of Financial Innovation Transformation (OFIT) issued a draft set of requirements that agencies must meet if they want to be federal shared services providers. The requirements should be finalized this fall, and a new set of providers will be in place in the coming months.
New regulations from the Labor Department spell out specific benchmarks federal contractors will be expected to meet regarding the hiring of veterans and people with disabilities. But Patricia Shiu, director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), tells Federal News Radio the new benchmarks are not quotas. Still, some contractor groups are viewing the new rules with skepticism.
The Labor Department unveiled two final rules Tuesday requiring federal contractors to establish clear-cut annual benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Management and Budget and the Environmental Protection Agency will all shut down Friday because of widespread employee furloughs — giving feds a four-day holiday weekend. The Labor and Interior Departments also are telling employees to stay home.
Katherine Archuleta, President Barack Obama’s nominee for director of the Office of Personnel Management, served as his national political director in the 2012 election. Prior to that, Archuleta served as chief of staff to former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
Homeland Security, Defense and USDA are asking the Office of Management and Budget for the ability to reprogram agency funds to soften the blow of sequestration. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said the agency must cut $3 billion by Sept. 30 and every mission, contract and person will be impacted in some way. She said the Coast Guard already is feeling the impact of the cuts in mission areas.
Dawn Leaf takes over for Tom Wiesner who retired in June.
Defense industry executives have spent the last few weeks warning that across-the-board budgets cuts that go into effect in January, could force them to issue notifications to employees in the fall to warn of impending layoffs. However, in a new memo issued Monday, the Labor Department said the lack of clarity about how the cuts would be applied means it would be “inappropriate” to issue Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notifications.
This week is the two-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s executive order to hire 100,000 more people with disabilities into the federal government by 2015. But the government is not on track to meet that goal, only hiring 20,000 people with disabilities for fiscal 2010 and 2011 combined, according to the Office of Personnel Management. As of fiscal 2010, less than 1 percent of the federal workforce had a targeted disability.