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Federal Employees News Digest : Dec. 17, 2012
the previous one, does not cover the president, the vice president, members of Congress, candidates for Congress and Senate-confirmed political appointees at cabinet secretary, deputy secretary and other comparable level staff. Those par- ties must abide by the provision. Senate passes contractor compensation cap The 2013 defense authorization legislation passed by the Senate Dec. 4 includes a measure that would cap government-funded contractor sal- ary reimbursements at $230,700—the vice president’s salary—and require the Defense Department to issue a report detailing contractor compensation costs over the past several years. The salary cap measure was introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Within DOD, the reimburse- ment cap currently is $763,029 for the salaries of all contractor employees. The National Treasury Employees Union, which has been a vocal advocate of lower contractor salary caps, lauded the measure on the bill’s passage. “At a time when our economy is struggling, millions of Americans are unemployed, and our national debt and deficit continue to grow, taxpayers should not fund exorbitant government reimbursements for exorbitant private contractor salaries,” NTEU President Colleen Kelley said in a statement. The fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $631 bil- lion for national defense programs, including $88 billion to support opera- tions in Afghanistan. See more at: http://manchin.senate. gov/public/index.cfm/2012/12/manchin- defense-measures -cut-wasteful-contract- ing-protect-veterans-benefits-and-get- troops-out-of-afghanistan. USPS, UPS formalize working pact Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis this month announced a partnership the two said is designed to “offer better service to customers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and optimize operational efficiencies.” “We’ve named our partnership ‘Blue and Brown Make Green,’” said Donahoe. “By working together, the Postal Service and UPS are able to reduce costs, serve our customers better and achieve sus- tainability goals, such as reducing our carbon footprints.” The partnership gives a name to the working relationship the two organi- zations have been cultivating over the last several years, each by leveraging the strengths of the other: USPS is the world’s largest mail service, and UPS the world’s largest package delivery company. 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! December 17, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 23 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 4 continued on page 9
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