Workforce

Can agencies pay enough to attract top IT talent?

In the various debates about outsourcing, insourcing and federal pay, one issue almost always comes up: The tough competition for IT talent.

Workforce

Back-pay question has no clear answers

As the possibility of a government shutdown continues to loom, federal employees remain haunted by the prospect of not being paid for the time they miss because of a furlough.

The verdict: Work or free time?

Mere hours from this writing on Friday afternoon, many feds either will be heaving a sigh of relief or trying to figure out what to do with their free time.

Workforce

Stay updated during the shutdown

FCW will continue delivering timely information to our readers, even if the government shuts down.

Workforce

For federal pay, the answer hasn't changed

Despite the latest partisan rhetoric, there's reason to believe that Democrats and Republicans could come to terms on a more flexible, market-sensitive federal salary system, writes consultant Howard Risher.

Workforce

Administration provides shutdown details: What you can expect

Although President Barack Obama has repeatedly denounced a government shutdown in recent weeks, officials in his administration say they are cognizant that funding for the government expires April 8 and contingency plans are being prepared.

Workforce

Lawmakers seek answers on federal pay issue

Republican leaders intent on reforming the federal pay system reportedly have asked the Government Accountability Office to examine why various studies come to different conclusions on how federal pay stacks up against private-sector pay.

Workforce

GOP budget proposal would cut feds, extend pay freeze

House Republicans have released their fiscal 2012 budget proposal, including a bid to shrink the federal workforce and extend a pay freeze.

Feds in the dark about government shutdown

Feds say they haven't been informed what would happen to them if the government shuts down.

Workforce

Job performance has little effect on raises, step increases

Federal pay freeze doesn't affect step raises, but new data shows that poor job performance is rarely a bar to raises.

Feds need to go viral

We saw a political cartoon lately that boiled down the current benefits debate to its bare bones. In it, a private-sector worker points at a public-sector worker and says: "I don’t have a pension, so you shouldn’t have one either!"

You've got to reach out

In Washington, outreach is critical to any good public affairs effort. But it's not without its risks.

That nasty old pay issue

The Merit System Principle for March, which focuses on equal pay, likely will set a few readers’ teeth on edge, especially as Congress wrangles over cutting just about everything under the sun.

Workforce

In shutdown, military would work without pay

The Defense Department has outlined a draft contingency plan for a federal government shutdown to establish some policy decisions ahead of time, according to reports.

Workforce

Federal workers become 'punching bag' in political wrangling

John Palguta discusses why feds seem to have become everyone's punching bag, in addition to the potential consequences of a smaller federal workforce and the role of federal managers in a time of tight budgets.

At last—a salary cut you can love

If you have never heard of Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, of the state of Washington, that’s OK, because she’s brand-new to Congress and has only just introduced her first bill.

Is federal pay fair? That depends on how you count.

A House hearing this week leaves the question of whether feds are compensated fairly unanswered.

Workforce

Pay-for-performance effort begins

The first hearing in what a Florida Congressman says will be an effort to couple pay-for-performance with an overall workforce reduction is set for today.

Government shutdown: A no-win situation

As the countdown to a potential government shutdown continues, it's hard not to consider how such an event would affect the already frustrated federal workforce.

Workforce

Government shutdown could leave many in limbo

Shutdowns are largely political moves, but many people, pay and procurements hang in the balance.

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