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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov. 12, 2012
November 12, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 18 6 visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com • • • In Brief lawmaker takes aim at more event spending Citing a recent news report that high- lighted spending at a lavish event attend- ed by State Department employees, the chairman of the House’s oversight panel is requesting an explanation of the dinner event that reportedly cost nearly $1 million. “During these tough economic times, Americans are reining in their spending wherever possible. The executive branch should be mindful of this. Reports of excessively lavish events, however, indi- cate the opposite,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wrote in Nov. 1 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to the letter, the Washington Examiner reported that in May 2010 the White House spent $969,793 for a din- ner honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderón that included high-priced celeb- rity entertainment—including singer Beyoncé and celebrity chef Rick Bayless— and private trolley cars for guests. Issa wrote that compared to similar events in the past, the cost of the dinner “seems extremely high.” He is requesting that the committee be provided with an itemized list of costs and expenses for the last six state dinners, and all documents and communications related to the planning of this event, and of state dinners dating back to January 2009. “Reports of excessive costs for the May 2010 dinner creates the appearance that the White House and the State Department are not planning and executing state dinners responsibly,” Issa wrote. He asked that the documents be submit- ted to the committee by Nov. 15. See the letter at: http://oversight.house.gov/wp- content/uploads/2012/11/2012-11-01-DEI-to-Clin- ton-re-conferences-events.pdf. oPm says retirement claims ahead of projections The Office of Personnel Management last week reported that it processed 12,228 retirement claims in October, slightly more than the 11,500 claims it had projected for the month. At the same time, OPM received 8,138 new retirement claims in the month, also more than the 7,000 claims it had projected. Overall, OPM trimmed its inventory of pending claims to 37,086 in October, put- ting its progress slightly ahead of the 38,478 claims it had projected. It ended September with an inventory of 41,176 claims. The agency posted the results in its monthly retirement claims processing update. See more at: www.opm.gov/StrategicPlan/ pdf/RetirementProcessingStatus.pdf Departments oK’d to solicit relief donations The Office of Personnel Management said departments and agencies may conduct a “special solicitation” of federal employees who wish to donate to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. 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! continued on page 9
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