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Federal Employees News Digest : June 17, 2013
June 17, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 46 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 4 continued on page 8 tion of the new policy. Then in May, attorneys represent- ing nine aviation-related organizations filed a petition with TSA Administrator Pistole seeking to rescind plans. A coalition of five flight attendant unions released a statement after the decision. “Terrorists armed only with knives killed thousands of Americans on 9/11/2001,” the group said. “As the women and men on the front lines in the air, we vowed to do everything in our power to protect passengers and flight crews from harm and prevent that type of atrocity from happening ever again.” DOL launches retirement toolkit The Department of Labor has rolled out a new “online toolkit” to help those nearing retirement get a handle on some of the most important issues involved in retirement planning. DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services col- lected the information for the online kit. “By working together, our three agen- cies were able to create a comprehen- sive source for a diverse collection of resources that will help America’s work- ers make informed decisions that are vital to their financial security through- out retirement,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi. The toolkit includes a retirement ben- efits decision timeline, general guid- ance, and a list of publications and interactive planning tools that those contemplating retirement can use to get a better understanding of Social Security, Medicare benefits and other issues. To see more, go to: www.dol.gov/ebsa/ pdf/retirementtool- kit.pdf. Union wants OSHA to investi- gate VA facilities The American Federation of Government Employees is urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to look into what the union claims are high levels of legionella at sev- eral Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania. AFGE said the reports of high lev- els of legionella at the facilities began to surface follow- ing a VA Office of Inspector General investigation into a Legionnaires’ dis- ease outbreak in the Pittsburgh, Pa., VA healthcare system. In a letter to OSHA, AFGE said high levels of legionella also had been detected at a VA facility in Altoona, Pa., and at a VA contractor facility in Washington County, Pa. “Our folks on the ground have been invaluable in terms of alerting us to their concerns that directly impact patient care,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement. “Hospital employees are on the front lines of providing care to our veterans and it is essential that the agency pro- vide a safe environment for patients and staff.” The letter charges that VA failed to “provide a safe and healthful place and conditions of employment, is not main- taining its legionella eradication equip- ment as required, and/or failed to keep adequate records for proper evaluation that could have been used to treat the Pittsburgh legionella outbreak and these others.” AFGE National VA Council President Alma Lee called on OSHA to take the lead. “We believe it’s time for OSHA to step in and conduct its own investigation to determine whether the VA is continu- ing to neglect its duty under the law to implement specific procedures to prevent another Legionnaires’ outbreak from occurring within its facilities,” she said in a statement. To see more, go to: http://afge.org/ Index.cfm?Page=PressReleases&PressRel easeID=1497. Leave transfer program for Okla. storm victims Feds affected by the storms and tor- nadoes in Oklahoma will be able to tap donated leave thanks to an emergency leave transfer program. On June 3, President Obama directed the Office of Personnel Management to establish the emergency program, which will let employees in the execu- Labor & Employee Relations Symposium with special guest speakers from the FLRA Human Resources Symposium with expert HR professionals from federal & private sectors Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar for Federal Employees with Georgia Bohuslav, FPMI Consultant The Federal Management Institute® A Division of FPMI Solutions, Inc. New Events in June! 6/25/2013 6/26/2013 6/27/2013 Learning - when, where and how you need it 877.301.2364 www.fpmievents.com
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