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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct. 1, 2012
4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com 2013 Federal Employees Almanac Your One-stop Resource on Federal Benefits Reserve NOW for Best Savings! www.FederalDaily.com/catalog • 800.989.3363 Shipping February 2013 Celebrating 60 Years of the Almanac! Witnesses at the hearing, including Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and the heads of number of major organizations that represent or advo- cate for federal employees or public service, paid homage to the retiring senator. Berry called working with Akaka “a dis- tinct honor and privilege.” Another wit- ness, National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley, in her testimony ran down an extensive list of Akaka’s accom- plishments. “Sen. Akaka, you have long understood the federal government’s need to compete with the private sector for the best talent and you have worked tirelessly to improve the federal government’s hiring process,” Kelley said. Many of the concepts you have cham- pioned have been included in legislation that has been signed into law and in hiring reforms that have been instituted by the Office of Personnel Management. “On behalf of federal employees across the nation, Sen. Akaka, thank you for your dedication and commitment to making sure employees are treated fairly and have the tools they need to provide the services the American public has come to expect from the federal government,” she concluded. Akaka also used the occasion to lavish his own praise—on the federal workforce. “The federal government is facing some of the most complex challenges in our nation’s history – and doing it with serious budget constraints,” Akaka said. “To do more with less, it is more important than ever that we have a first-class workforce. The government must make the proper investments in its employees and take the steps necessary to recruit, retain, and develop its talent. “The media often focuses on what goes wrong in government, but today I want to take a moment to recognize the important work of 2 million civil servants who provide essential services to the American people. The tragic deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other civil servants remind us of the sacrifices public servants make on our behalf – unfortunately, occasionally, the ulti- mate sacrifice. “Over the years, I have met and worked with so many inspiring men and women, who work hard every day to serve this country. Our country is stronger thanks to their service and it has truly been my privilege to support them and move our government forward.” To see Akaka’s statement, go to: http:// tinyurl.com/9lota8w. Overfilled prisons endanger staff, report says With efforts to mitigate overcrowding in federal prisons exhausted, the grow- ing inmate population is putting Bureau of Prisons staff, inmates, infrastructure continued from page 3 October 1, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 12 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued on page 5
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