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Five percent of federal workforce furloughed Friday as agencies shut down

This Friday, roughly 117,000 federal employees will be on leave without pay in the first major round of sequester-driven furloughs. This amounts to more than 5 percent of the entire federal workforce. The IRS, EPA, OMB, and HUD— which have a combined staff of about 116,600 — closed down entirely last Friday to help meet their mandated budget cuts. All IRS offices, including its call centers and taxpayer assistance centers across the country, will be closed. The IRS will also shut down and furlough employees...

Reinstatement of Federal Employment

If you have prior career or career-conditional service with the federal government, you may be eligible for reinstatement. Reinstatement allows you to reenter the Federal competitive service workforce without competing with the public in a civil service examination. You may apply for any open civil service examination, but reinstatement eligibility also enables you to apply for Federal jobs open only to status candidates. Eligibility Requirements You must have held a career or career-conditional appointment at some time in the past....

Few Loopholes in Furlough Rules

The Army and Air Force have both recently issued memos indicating very few employees will be exempt from being furloughed, and many suspect this could provide guidance to other agencies on the types of exceptions to allow. Both branches of service have created exceptions for: * employees deployed overseas in support of military combat missions * employees not paid through regular Treasury funds, such as non-appropriated fund personnel * political appointees * foreign nationals Both branches also allowed wiggle...

Employee unions march on Capitol Hill

Earlier this week, several hundred federal employees from the American Federation of Government Employees and the American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees marched on Capitol Hill protesting potential furloughs and budget cuts to their agencies. With the budget-busting sequestration scheduled to take effect in less than three weeks, the AFGE and AFSCME planned the march as part of their week-long campaign to stop sequestration and educate members of Congress about the value of federal employees. J. David...

The Impact of Sequestration is Coming into View

President Obama appears ready to ask for another delay for sequestration, with a press conference scheduled later today. For now, though, the practical effects of what that the steep budget cuts would mean for federal employees have started to take shape. The Defense Department and its agencies face an almost 8 percent budget cut if sequestration begins March 1, according to a recent analysis by Senate Budget Committee Republicans. Defense components already issued a hiring freeze in January and are preparing to lay off many...

Federal retirement claims fell in December but OPM predicts swell is coming

Fewer federal employees filed for retirement in December than in any other month in 2012, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The number of claims filed — 5,152 — fell well below OPM's projections of 7,000 claims. Despite fewer claims than expected, the agency failed to meet its goal of processing 11,500 claims, and only managed to complete 10,454. December marked only the second time in 2012 the agency failed to hit its processing target. The agency also fell short of its goal in April. Overall,...

Our Mobile Feds

December 2012 marked the six-month milestone after the federal government released its mobility directive, "Building a 21st Century Digital Government." The strategic milestones set forth critical steps in establishing a firm foundation for the government’s longer-term vision for delivering digital services and supporting a mobile workforce. While there has been progress towards a mobile federal workforce, challenges remain. In the progress column, cross-agency collaboration and information sharing by establishing...

The S-Word

Only one of the following statements is false. Do you know which one? Elvis is still alive. The Recovery Act created or saved about 2.5 million jobs. According to journalist Michael Grunwald, more Americans believe Elvis is still alive (7%) than believe that the Recovery Act, signed into law a year ago, created any new jobs (6%). Grunwald’s new book, “The New New Deal,” features the results of his lengthy research and interviews of more than 200 people. In it, he contends that we have been sorely...

How to Find a Federal Job

After serving in the military, many service members believe that a natural transition for their career is a job with the federal government. The path to a job is not always smooth, however, for those seeking employment with the federal government. For those unfamiliar with the system, it can sometimes seem that the hiring process is not of this planet. This article seeks to offer an overview of the beginning of the process; that is, how to find a job with the government, prepare your application documents and apply. Finding...

Webinar Series for Vets, Transitioning Military and Federal Employees

Grantham University is offering 2 series of complimentary webinars by their Career Services team. The series have been created to cover a variety of topics pertaining to the unique challenges in today's job market for transitioning service members and veterans. Shanna Fowler, career services manager, said "A common setback faced by transitioning service members is how to translate military experiences into corporate language — and how to best highlight their wide variety of skill sets for a specific position." Many...

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