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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 23, 2013
September 23, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 10 6 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com related organizations. Most new hires filled positions left vacant by those who had left federal service. Hires into the medical, hospital, dental and public health occupational groups led the way, with 19,493 new hires (21.7 percent of new hires). Another 13,033 individuals (14.5 percent) were hired into general administrative, clerical and office services slots, and 5,349 (6 per- cent) were brought into investigation positions. PPS said that 26 of 39---two out of three---medium and large federal agencies (those with more than 1,000 employees) hired fewer employees in 2012 than in 2011. Thirteen of the 39 increased hiring. Slightly more than 63 percent of new employees were hired into entry-level positions. Another 23.5 percent were hired into mid-level slots, 12.3 percent into senior-level positions, and 1.1 per- cent into the Senior Executive Service. More than 18 percent of employees were hired in at GS-5, more than 15 percent at GS-7, and 12 percent at GS-9, PPS said. About 11.7 percent of new hires were brought in at GS-11, and 10.2 per- cent at GS-12. Virginia accounted for the larg- est number of new hires, followed in order by the District of Columbia, Texas, California, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York and Washington. ••• In Brief OMB details penalties for charge card misuse An Office of Management and Budget memorandum this month listed poten- tial penalties that could be imposed on federal employees who misuse govern- ment charge cards. Penalties jointly developed by agency charge card management and human resources components under the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act, signed in 2012 by President Obama, "will include salary offset, for instances of personal liability, and disciplinary actions for a cardhold- er or approving official's illegal, improp- er, or erroneous purchases made with a purchase card, convenience check, integrated card, or travel card," stated the memo to agency heads from OMB Director Sylvia Burwell. "Disciplinary actions should include dismissal, as appropriate," the memo stated. Agencies with more than $10 million in purchase card spending the prior fiscal year also are required to submit semiannual reports detailing any viola- tions, how they were addressed, and any disciplinary actions taken, according to the memo. Agencies also have until Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, to provide OMB with an annual certification that safe- guards are being put in place. Agencies also must submit updated charge card management plans and the first semian- nual reports on violations to OMB by Jan. 31, 2014. See the memo at: www.white- house.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ memoranda/2013/m-13-21.pdf. USPS managers to get VERA U.S. Postal Service managers and postmasters will be able to take early outs under a new voluntary early retire- ment authority. The offer was revealed earlier this month in an information bulletin on the website of the National Association of Postal Supervisors. According to NAPS, the VERA will be offered to all employees in Postal Career Executive Service and Executive and Administrative Schedule positions, with the exception of headquarters employees. The group said the offer also includes all Area and District EAS employees and postmasters. USPS was slated to begin notifying all eligible candidates from Sept. 16 through Sept. 20, when the applica- tion period was scheduled to begin. Applications will become irrevocable Nov. 29. Effective dates for retirement have been set at Dec. 31, 2013, for Civil Service Retirement System employees. The effective date for retirement for Federal Employees Retirement System employees is set at Jan. 31, 2014, to allow those employees to use 100 per- cent of their accrued sick leave balance, NAPS said. See more at: www.naps.org/index.php/ news/naps_engages_usps_in_dialogue_ regarding_processing_plant_re_ranking. NARFE aims to stop ‘Chained CPI’ Lawmakers are considering proposals to cut federal cost-of-living increases to the smaller raises calculated with the "Chained CPI"--- but a major fed organization is pushing hard against the move. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association held a series of events under the banner "National Call Congress Week" to publi- cize the issue---and has posted instruc- tions on how federal employees can contact their representatives on Capitol Hill to urge them reject Chained CPI. NARFE notes that lawmakers face heavy pressure to reduce COLAs, as part of a wide range of cost-cutting like- ly to emerge in the upcoming sequestra- tion and debt ceiling debates. By one calculation, Chained CPI would cost an average employee $48,000 over their retirement. Read more: http://www.narfe. org/departments/home/articles. cfm?ID=3522. continued from page 5 continued on page 8
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