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  • CEOs Could Be Getting Ready To Revolt Against Obamacare

    11/29/2014 10:30:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/2014 | SHARON BEGLEY, REUTERS
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain "workplace wellness" programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter. Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs. The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses. A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers...
  • Bill Gates Tops Forbes’ Richest Americans List For 21st Straight Year

    09/29/2014 8:14:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 09/29/2014 | Emily Morgan
    An American worth less than $1.55 billion could not land on this year's "The Forbes 400," the annual ranking for the richest people in America. The cut-off increase from last year's $1.3 billion disqualified 113 poor billionaires for this year's list. Bill Gates once again lorded over his fellow wealthy Americans for the 21st consecutive year with a healthy $81 billion, up $9 billion from 2013. He outpaced Warren Buffet ($67 billion), Larry Ellison ($50 billion) and the Koch brothers' Charles and David (each worth $42 billion) to round out the top five. Michael Bloomberg ($35 billion) managed to slide...
  • Bill Gates vacations better than most aboard 450-foot luxury yacht near Italy

    08/09/2014 11:16:17 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 82 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/08/2014 | LEE MORAN
    Bill Gates doesn’t slum it when it comes to his vacations. The world's richest man has been photographed enjoying quality family time aboard an extravagant $330 million yacht. The Microsoft founder has been pictured on “The Serene,” a stunning 450-foot boat he’s renting from Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler for a cool $5 million per week. Moored off the coast of Sardinia, it reportedly has 12 state rooms, a seawater swimming pool, a cinema, a nightclub, a climbing wall, a gym and two hot tubs.
  • Failure to lunch: Biden cash-strapped during stop (Slow Joe comes up short)

    11/22/2013 9:37:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/22/13 | S.A. Miller
    The vice president went to pick up sandwiches Thursday for himself and President Obama but didn’t have enough money to pay the bill. Luckily, the veep doesn’t travel alone — he called on an aide, who reached into his pocket for a 10-spot so that Biden and his boss wouldn’t go hungry.
  • Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan

    08/13/2013 12:19:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb
    President Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president would not need Congress to approve it. White House senior advisers have described the little-known proposal, announced earlier this summer under the name ConnectEd, as one of the biggest potential achievements of Obama’s second term. There’s just one little catch — the proposal costs billions of dollars, and Obama wants to pay for it by raising fees...
  • Rep. Ellison (Dim): ‘There’s Plenty of Money, It’s Just The Government Doesn’t Have It’

    08/03/2013 9:21:07 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 64 replies
    CNSNews ^ | Aug 2, 2013 | By Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told a gathering of Democrats, “The bottom line is we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it.” Ellison was discussing his ‘Inclusive Prosperity Act’ measure at the July 25th Progressive Democrats of America roundtable in Washington. “People like, George Soros, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Paul Krugman, Joe Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sax, Dean Baker, Robert Poland, Larry Summers have said they all support a transaction tax,” Ellison said. “The bottom line is we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it,” Ellison continued, “The government...
  • Congress proves Obama himself engineered $535 million taxpayer loss in Solyndra debacle

    08/05/2012 10:03:08 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/5/2012 | Doug Book
    Though grudgingly provided and universally redacted, documents subpoenaed by Congress from the White House and the Office of Management and Budget now reveal that Barack Hussein Obama himself was responsible for manufacturing the loss of $535 million taxpayer dollars in the 2011 Solyndra bankruptcy. In 2010, solar panel manufacturer Solyndra Inc. received $535 million in loan guarantees for “innovative technology” under the terms of Barack Obama’s federal stimulus plan. The fact that a Price Waterhouse audit filed earlier that year with the SEC showed Solyndra had lost $558 million during its first 5 years in business, boasted negative cash flow,...
  • Canadians pay more in taxes than basic necessities

    04/26/2012 9:17:51 AM PDT · by epithermal · 13 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 26, 2012 | QMI Agency
    For the first time, taxes are taking a bigger chunk out of Canadians' budgets than the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter, a new report from the Fraser Institute says. The public policy think-tank calculated that over the past 50 years, an average family's total tax bill has increased 1,738%, the report Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2012 said. Over the same period, the cost of shelter increased by 1,185%, food by 518%, and clothing by 500%.
  • Photos Show GSA Official Enjoying Wine/Soak in Spa Tub at M Hotel During “Pre-Conference” Meeting

    04/16/2012 11:11:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 4-16-2012 | Jake Tapper
    The government official on the frontlines of the scandal involving a wasteful government conference, U.S. General Services Administration regional commissioner Jeffrey Neely, will invoke his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination, his lawyer Preston Burton tells ABC News. He won’t comment on the $822,751 conference, many of the expenditures for which the GSA Inspector General called “excessive” and “wasteful.” He won’t comment on the bizarre awards ceremony, or the commemorative coins, the mind-reader/motivational speaker. Mr. Neely bares a bit more in a photo collection on his wife’s Google+ page. There visitors can see photos of Neely staying in a luxurious suite...
  • Obama talks estate tax at final bus tour stop (Obama wants you to eat your peas)

    08/18/2011 3:57:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    cnn ^ | 8/18/2011 | Adam Aigner-Treworgy
    The final stop on President Obama's three-state Midwest bus tour was at the Country Corner Farm Market in the small town of Alpha, Illinois. The president was roughly an hour behind schedule due mostly to a visit with the Galesburg High School football team, and although the crowd showed some signs of fatigue from waiting in the hot sun, most left the event saying it was worth the wait. Although his opening remarks didn't change too much, the president did field one interesting question about the future of the estate tax that is worth looking at. I think it's the...
  • Portland bike-sharing plan wins city transportation bureau OK

    08/16/2011 7:09:01 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 27 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 8/16/2111 | Joseph Rose
    Portland, OR: In a city where just about everything that can be done on a bicycle has been done, Portland still doesn't do bike sharing. Not yet anyway. After years of study, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has recommended using $4 million in startup funds -- half from a limited, flexible federal funding pot, half from private investors -- for an automated community bicycling program. The City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on the concept, which has proved wildly popular in other American cities and across Europe. "We essentially expect this to be used by everybody -- tourists, businesspeople,...
  • Washington Could Learn a Lot from a Drug Addict

    07/22/2011 6:02:45 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies
    Washington's chronic overspending is just like a junkie's addiction to drugs. Unless the cycle of addiction is broken, our economic and unemployment situation will continue to suffer. Washington is out of time. To avoid hitting rock bottom, Washington must cut spending today.
  • Obama To Freeze Government Salaries At All Time High (This will make you mad Alert)

    11/29/2010 11:41:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | November 29, 2010 | Tyler Durden
    In 10 minutes the teleprompter in chief will announce that he is about to freeze government salaries for two years. Of course, government workers thank him, as this means federal salaries which have exploded in the past 5 years will be stuck at all time highs for at least two years, even as nominal salaries for everyone else (except FIRE workers of course) continue to decline. As we suggested a few days ago, in order to promote some vaguely credible idea of austerity, instead of freezing salaries, Obama needs to be cutting. Why? One look at the chart below explains...
  • Maria Shriver Hosts 3-day Women's Conference (CA)

    10/25/2010 12:44:30 AM PDT · by onyx · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NBClosangeles ^ | Updated 12:10 PM PDT, Sun, Oct 24, 2010 | City News Service
    b>Conference focuses on creating "architects of change (LOL) California first lady Maria Shriver will host the annual Women's Conference beginning Sunday in Long Beach, with the event featuring more than 140 speakers and participants, including Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama and second lady Dr. Jill Biden. The event, which runs from Sunday to Tuesday, is expected to attract 30,000 participants to the Long Beach Convention Center. Among the speakers expected to take part are Erin Brockovich, Campbell Brown, Deepak Chopra, Giada De Laurentiis, Linda Ellerbee, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Arianna Huffington, Billie Jean King, Matt...
  • Socialist Pelosi: We Need To Address “Fairness” Of “Ownership and Equity” In the US (Video)

    10/19/2010 7:55:48 PM PDT · by pissant · 38 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/19/10 | Jim Hoft
    In her latest stunning declaration, San Francisco socialist Nancy Pelosi told the Steelworkers Union on Monday, that we need to address the disparity in “ownership and equity” in the United States. Click on Image for Video–
  • What happened to the Zot Party?

    09/27/2010 4:53:55 AM PDT · by GrandSportC3 · 156 replies · 1+ views
    When the Tea Party first started out, I was a enthusiastic supporter.. The Tea Party perfectly represented what my views are.. I'm a 100% fiscal conservative and I believe in small government on ALL issues. In the beginning, the Tea Party seemed to be such movement that would support candidates based on FISCAL issues. Initially, that was the case and people like Scott Brown have been elected. However, since then, it seems like the Tea Party Express and other Tea Party organizations have been hijacked by the social conservative wing of the GOP (i.e. Sarah Palin). Social issues were introduced...
  • NYT’s Writes About The Collapse Of Socialism In Europe

    05/22/2010 5:44:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies · 707+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-21-10 | Curt
    The New York Times, of all papers, has a article today on how the Socialist, cradle to grave, governments are dying a quick death: Across Western Europe, the “lifestyle superpower,” the assumptions and gains of a lifetime are suddenly in doubt. The deficit crisis that threatens the euro has also undermined the sustainability of the European standard of social welfare, built by left-leaning governments since the end of World War II. Europeans have boasted about their social model, with its generous vacations and early retirements, its national health care systems and extensive welfare benefits, contrasting it with the comparative harshness...
  • Federal Government in Washington DC CLOSED on Tuesday

    02/08/2010 4:39:03 PM PST · by Poundstone · 35 replies · 785+ views
    Office of Personnel Management ^ | February 8, 2010 | OPM
    Federal Government Operating Status in the Washington, DC, Area the following message applies only to Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. This Means . . . Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are closed. Nonemergency employees (including employees on pre-approved leave) will be granted excused absence for the number of hours they were scheduled to work. This does not apply to employees on leave without pay, leave without pay for military duty, workers' compensation, suspension, or in another nonpay status. Telework employees may be expected to work from their telework sites, as...
  • Federal Government Operating Status in Washington D.C.

    02/05/2010 1:23:55 PM PST · by Poundstone · 3 replies · 1,041+ views
    Office of Personnel Management ^ | February 5, 2010 | OPM
    The Federal Government will be open in the morning operating under an unscheduled leave policy with a planned 4 hour early dismissal. Employees reporting for work should be dismissed by their agencies 4 hours earlier than their normal departure time from work. OPM is continuing to closely monitor developing weather conditions should there be a need to reassess the Government's operating status.
  • Managing Americans into Slavery

    01/12/2010 7:12:03 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 4 replies · 719+ views
    Noisy Room.net ^ | 1.10.10 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    About a month ago, I received a tip from Larwyn on Obama’s Latest Big Brother Plan. To say it is chilling, is the understatement of the century. After I read about it, I immediately felt ill… I had not blogged on it because the last month has been hectic, but this indeed is something that will fundamentally ‘change’ all of our lives and not for the better. The White House plans to expand the Office of Personnel Management. Most Americans don’t even know what this Office is, much less how dangerous it now is. First excerpt: The Office of Personnel...
  • OPM pulling a fast one with Federal Retiree statements

    01/02/2010 1:10:28 PM PST · by Ikemeister · 36 replies · 2,732+ views
    vanity | 01/02/2010 | ikemeister
    I'm a Defense Department retiree and received my annual annuity statement from OPM the other day. We didn't get a cost of living adjustment this year, but I noticed my monthly payment went up. Upon closer examination, I saw that OPM had arbitrarily reduced my monthly withholding. Evidently, the administration wants us all to think we got a raise, only to find out we will owe the extra money back in 2011 (after the elections, of course). I did a quick survey of my former co-workers and the same thing happened to them. This is very unusual, since withholding amounts...
  • Obama administration to purge Republicans

    11/12/2009 1:20:58 PM PST · by rstrahan · 33 replies · 1,765+ views
    Redstate.com ^ | 11/12/2009 | rstrahan
    Via Instapundit comes word that the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to purge the federal government of Republican civil servants all in the name of purify the federal bureaucracy.
  • Zoo Director to Head Office of Personnel Management

    03/12/2009 6:36:26 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies · 1,014+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2009 | By Ed O'Keefe
    President Obama has announced his intention to nominate John Berry to serve as the next director of the Office of Personnel Management. A veteran of the Treasury and Interior departments and current director of the National Zoo, Berry also once served as legislative assistant to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). "From turning around the National Zoo to fostering a more productive work environment at the Department of the Interior, John Berry has a tremendous record of effective management in key public service roles," Obama said in a statement. "I'm confident that he will provide that same leadership at OPM to help...
  • Clinton Pledges $900 Million at Gaza Rebuilding Conference

    03/01/2009 6:29:27 PM PST · by Gabrial · 126 replies · 4,781+ views
    AP ^ | 3/1/09 | AP
    Obama administration officials had indicated last week that the U.S. was preparing to pledge $900 million in assistance for Gaza
  • Global AIDS crisis overblown? Some dare to say so

    11/30/2008 11:59:08 AM PST · by thetru · 35 replies · 1,478+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 11/29/08 | MARIA CHENG
    LONDON – LONDON – As World AIDS Day is marked on Monday, some experts are growing more outspoken in complaining that AIDS is eating up funding at the expense of more pressing health needs. They argue that the world has entered a post-AIDS era in which the disease's spread has largely been curbed in much of the world, Africa excepted. "AIDS is a terrible humanitarian tragedy, but it's just one of many terrible humanitarian tragedies," said Jeremy Shiffman, who studies health spending at Syracuse University. Roger England of Health Systems Workshop, a think tank based in the Caribbean island of...
  • FORUM ON GLOBAL HEALTH TO HONOR BUSH:President to Receive First International Medal of PEACE

    11/30/2008 4:13:38 PM PST · by XR7 · 6 replies · 593+ views
    rickwarrennews ^ | 11/30/08
    ON WORLD AIDS DAY: President to Receive First ‘International Medal of PEACE’ for Humanitarian Initiatives WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 24, 2008 – Dr. Rick Warren will present President George W. Bush with the first “International Medal of PEACE” from the Global PEACE Coalition in recognition of his unprecedented contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases during the Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health, to be held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. At the Forum, Warren will engage both President Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush in candid conversation regarding past accomplishments and priorities...
  • Border Patrol advocates uncover U.S. Government Compromises & Corruption (Ramos & Compean)

    11/19/2008 9:02:51 AM PST · by flattorney · 9 replies · 950+ views
    Friends Of The Border Patrol Report offers Change #1 to newly elected administration and Congress Chino, CA – Friends of the Border Patrol has released a report uncovering corruption and security compromises within the government titled “Unjustifiable and Impeachable: The FOBP Report on DHS, DOJ, and the Courts. Andy Ramirez has authored this report with a section featuring 50 Exhibits documenting compromises, corruption and unconscionable incidents that go back 15 years in some cases. The report contains two volumes, with Volume I authored by Andy Ramirez, and Volume II written by Attorney John Cavicchi, which primarily addresses the court system....
  • Ex-Fumo girlfriend tells of 'other people's money'(Dems redistributing the wealth)

    11/18/2008 1:38:59 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies · 1,452+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/18/2008 | Craig R. McCoy
    An ex-girlfriend of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo took jurors yesterday on a detailed guided tour of his high-flying and coddled lifestyle, his rages and romantic messages, and his resolve to make others pay for his pleasures. ---snip-- She told jurors that Fumo reveled in the perks of being a powerful politician. "It made him feel good," she said.
  • Excerpts from Gov. Palin's Interview with Sean Hannity

    GOV. SARAH PALIN TELLS FOX NEWS CHANNEL’S SEAN HANNITY ‘THE CORRUPTION ON WALL STREET’ IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAILING INSTITUTIONS Palin: ‘CEO’s and Top Management’ Have Been ‘Addicted’ to ‘O-P-M, Other People’s Money’ In a two-part interview, with the first part airing tonight on FOX News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” at 9PM, Governor Sarah Palin talks about the economy and who is to blame and her and McCain’s strategy to try to fix it. Excerpts of the first part of the interview are below. Thursday night’s excerpts will be released tomorrow. *Mandatory Credit: FOX News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” On...
  • VANITY: What an OPM investigator just asked me....

    09/15/2008 12:39:26 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 40 replies · 241+ views
    Self ^ | SELF
    An Office of Personnel Management investigator was snooping around my neighborhood today asking questions about one of our neighbors, who apparently is seeking a high-level position with the U.S. Government. She came to my door, showed her badge and paper work, and I invited her in. After a flurry of questions about my neighbor's personality, jobs, family life, etc., she asked me the following question: "Is there any reason that you would think or make you believe that this person would not be loyal to the Government of the United States of America?" And then it dawned on me.... I...
  • Hiring After the Baby-Boom Brain Drain (Federal Government)

    05/08/2008 10:35:43 AM PDT · by qam1 · 25 replies · 529+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/08/08 | Stephen Barr
    The Federal Aviation Administration. The Social Security Administration. The National Science Foundation. The Treasury Department. All could lose as much as a quarter of their employees by 2012, mostly because of retirements. They are not alone. Across the government, about a third of full-time employees will retire in the next five years, according to estimates prepared by the Office of Personnel Management. The turnover could be even higher in the ranks of federal executives and supervisors. From the start of the Bush administration, agencies have been preparing for the churning that will be caused by the baby boom retirement wave....
  • Homeland Security employees not satisfied with their jobs

    04/18/2008 2:22:26 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 22 replies · 119+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer/AP ^ | 4/17/08 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Department employees mostly are an unhappy lot. An internal survey of about 141,000 of the department's 208,000 employees found that only 58 percent were satisfied with their jobs, the same as results from a 2006 survey that measured job satisfaction across the government. The department ranked at the bottom in the 2006 poll, which was conducted by the Office of Personnel Management. While 91 percent of the people who work at the department think the work they do is important, only 54 percent would recommend the department as a good place to work. That number is...
  • Justice Dept. accused of blocking Gonzales probe

    01/29/2008 12:09:48 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 76+ views
    Los Angeles Times (excerpt) ^ | January 29, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Tom Hamburger
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON -- The government agency that enforces one of the principal laws aimed at keeping politics out of the civil service has accused the Justice Department of blocking its investigation into alleged politicizing of the department under former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales. Scott J. Bloch, head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, wrote Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey last week that the department had repeatedly "impeded" his investigation by refusing to share documents and provide answers to written questions, according to a copy of Bloch's letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The Justice Department wants...
  • John Kerry's Katrina Aid Arrives Late

    09/12/2005 2:27:31 PM PDT · by rightalien · 57 replies · 1,803+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Sept. 12, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    Billionaire Democratic Sen. John Kerry has finally sent his own aid package to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans more than two weeks after the storm hit - and a week after most of the city had been successfully evacuated by the Bush administration. Kerry traveled to New Orleans on Monday aboard a UPS Boeing 757 loaded with 5,000 bottles of baby formula, 5,000 pairs of sneakers and an array of cleaning supplies, the Associated Press said. "Everything that any of us can do is so welcome, and it provides just a little bit of help at an extraordinary time," the Massachusetts Democrat...
  • DoD, OPM Offer Information, Help for Displaced Employees (DOD Civilian Employees)

    09/07/2005 4:23:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 275+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 7, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2005 – Defense officials vowed this week to keep DoD civilian employees affected by Hurricane Katrina as up-to-date as possible on benefits and other entitlements and to help these employees continue to contribute to the department's mission. "Our DoD civilian employees are a valuable resource and an essential part of our total force structure," Marilee Fitzgerald, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, wrote in a Sept. 3 memo to department employees. "As we move forward to restore operations interrupted by the storm and its aftermath, we must do all that we can to assist...
  • MONEY PIT (Air America gets even deeper)

    08/22/2005 7:58:59 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 15 replies · 1,612+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 22, 2005 | BRIAN MALONEY & MICHELLE MALKIN
    August 22, 2005 -- AIR America, the much-hyped liberal media ven ture that was supposed to revolutionize talk radio, is "solvent and apparently stable": So claim the gullible cheerleaders at The New York Times, who made that unsubstantiated assertion in a recent glowing profile of Air America host Janeane Garofalo. But behind the fawning headlines and celebrity kiss-ups is a tale of astounding financial and legal chaos. The city Department of Investigation and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer continue to conduct separate probes into a dubious loan scheme involving Air America and the Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club....
  • Robert Byrd Sponsors Martin Luther King Tribute

    07/28/2005 9:13:51 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 60 replies · 751+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/28/05 | Limbacher
    Ku Klux Klansman-turned-Senator Robert Byrd has won passage of a bill that would fund a memorial to civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King. Byrd, who filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act for 14-straight hours, won "a significant political victory," according to the Associated Press, by securing $10 million in funding for the King monument. Polls show the eight-term Democrat facing a stiff re-election challenge this year if popular West Virginia Rep. Shelly Moore Capito gets into the race - with state Republicans promising to make Byrd's Klan past an issue. Byrd "has spent years trying to rehabilitate his reputation,"...
  • 4 Unions Sue Over New Rules for Homeland Security Workers

    01/27/2005 7:32:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 588+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 28, 2005 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 - Four unions filed suit on Thursday to prevent the Bush administration from carrying out the first phase of a personnel system that would give officials sweeping power to reward, punish and reassign federal employees. The suit was filed by career employees of the Homeland Security Department, challenging rules it issued on Wednesday. White House officials said the new procedures, affecting 110,000 employees, were a model for changes throughout the federal government. The unions asked the Federal District Court here to issue an injunction against the final rules, which will be published on Tuesday in The Federal...
  • New England states make more, give less, annual survey of charitable giving finds

    11/10/2004 11:19:20 AM PST · by chambley1 · 20 replies · 900+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 11/10/04 | LAURA WALSH
    HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut ranks first when it comes to making money - but joins New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island at the bottom of an annual index of charitable giving. The Catalogue for Philanthropy's 2004 Generosity Index showed Mississippi, for the eighth straight year, as the nation's most giving state. It was followed by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee. The survey is based on residents' average adjusted income and itemized charitable donations reported on 2002 federal tax returns, the latest year available. The index does not take into account non-itemized giving or volunteering, said Carol Schofield of the...
  • Federal Hiring Of Nation's Military Veterans Increases

    01/14/2004 3:00:02 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 21 replies · 227+ views
    DoD ~ American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 14, 2004 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    Federal Hiring Of Nation's Military Veterans Increases By Gerry J. GilmoreAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2004 – Hiring of military veterans across the federal civilian work force increased in fiscal 2002, the government's director of personnel recently reported. In fact, hiring of veterans in the federal work force was up more than 19 percent over the previous fiscal year, Kay Coles James, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, noted in her agency's most recent annual report to Congress, dated Sept. 30. In a Jan. 5 OPM news release, James asserted that the employment of veterans...
  • OPM Delivers Toys to Children of TR Sailors

    12/25/2003 3:26:02 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 5 replies · 249+ views
    Navy News Stand ^ | Dec. 24, 2003 | Journalist 2nd Class Andre McIntyre
    OPM Delivers Toys to Children of TR SailorsStory Number: NNS031224-09Release Date: 12/24/2003 12:20:00 PMBy Journalist 2nd Class Andre McIntyre, Naval Reserve Mobile Public Affairs Det. 206, NorfolkNORFOLK (NNS) -- Twenty-five employees of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) traveled from their headquarters in Washington to the hangar bay of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Dec. 13 to deliver roughly 1,300 toys to children of Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier. For the last two years, OPM has provided more than 1,600 toys for this event. OPM adopted the carrier shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, when the ship and...
  • President Grants Extra Time Off for War on Terror Returnees

    11/20/2003 1:15:06 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 11 replies · 221+ views
    President Grants Extra Time Off for War on Terror Returnees American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2003 -- Federal employees returning from Guard and Reserve duty in the terror war are receiving an extra five days' "uncharged" civilian leave. President Bush directed the move in a Nov. 14 memorandum issued to the heads of all executive departments and agencies. "As we welcome home returning federal civil servants who were called to active duty in the continuing global war on terrorism," the president wrote, "we recognize the contributions they have made in the defense of freedom. "Whether they served...
  • House votes for Defense personnel overhaul

    11/09/2003 9:01:59 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 1 replies · 79+ views
    House votes for Defense personnel overhaul By Shawn Zeller szeller@govexec.com Legislation granting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authority to set up new rules governing hiring, pay and promotions of civilian employees cleared a major hurdle on Friday when House legislators passed the fiscal 2004 defense authorization bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit next week. With the Homeland Security Department also set to put in place a new personnel system, the authorization bill's approval leaves less than a quarter of government workers under the current civil service system, and more agencies are expected to request new personnel flexibilities shortly....
  • White House, Union Meetings to Signal Changes in Homeland Security Workplace

    10/20/2003 7:10:47 PM PDT · by anymouse · 209+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/20/03 | Stephen Barr
    Are the 180,000 civil service employees at the Department of Homeland Security facing dramatic changes in how they are paid, promoted and disciplined? Or will they end up in a personnel system not that much different from their current ones? The first glimpse of possible answers will begin to play out today as Bush administration officials and federal union leaders start sorting through 52 options affecting pay rates, job classifications, performance appraisals, disciplinary actions, appeal rights and labor/management relations. (snip) The meetings grew out of a directive from Congress that the department, a mega-merger of 22 agencies, consult with employee...
  • New 'status symbol' in D.C.: Bodyguards

    02/15/2003 3:40:37 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 63 replies · 603+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, February 15, 2003 | By Paul Sperry
    WASHINGTON – The era of terror has spawned a new "status symbol" in the nation's capital: bodyguards. If you don't have them, you're not considered important, say career federal employees who find the post-Sept. 11 trend both amusing and disturbing. Even the low-profile director of the relatively small, 3,600-employee Office of Personnel Management now has a protective detail. Interior Secretary Gale Norton, moreover, is protected by a phalanx of guards armed with MP-5 submachine guns, a weapon used by the president's Secret Service detail. "It's crazy," said a veteran U.S. official now involved in homeland security. In the past, protective...
  • Ex-Clinton staffer loses Top Secret clearance

    09/30/2003 10:50:42 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 22 replies · 356+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, October 1, 2003 | By Paul Sperry
    WASHINGTON – Though the Homeland Security Department has not terminated a high-ranking department official accused of resume fraud, sources say she's been denied the security clearance she needs to perform her job. Laura Callahan, the department's deputy chief information officer, was placed on paid leave in June while officials investigate her academic credentials. The advanced degrees she lists on her resume are from a diploma mill. Callahan's assistant, Jim Shepard, says she is still out on leave and has not been fired. However, sources say she was denied Top Secret clearance and is appealing the decision. Callahan's lawyer did not...
  • Americans better off? Canadians say no

    07/07/2003 3:49:55 AM PDT · by Lorenb420 · 9 replies · 241+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 2003-07-07 | Sheldon Alberts
    The United Nations may no longer think Canada is the best country in the world in which to live -- but they could have a hard time convincing Canadians their nation's quality of life has taken a hit. A new survey shows an overwhelming majority of Canadians believe their quality of life is better than that enjoyed by their southern neighbours in the United States, despite a new UN ranking that places the U.S. ahead of Canada. The poll, conducted last month by Environics Research for the Association for Canadian Studies, found that 89 per cent think Canada maintains a...
  • A Credit to the Corporate Raider

    01/11/2003 4:33:50 AM PST · by ultimate_robber_baron · 6 replies · 527+ views
    The Hawaii Reporter ^ | Monday, 6 January 2003 | Stuart K. Hayashi
    A Credit to the Corporate Raider Stuart K. Hayashi The media's exploitation of the 2001 corporate scandals in its hysterical (and popular) campaign to defame businesspeople in general harkens back to another anti-capitalist witch hunt they conducted in the 1980s. That era is now pejoratively dubbed "the Decade of Greed," as it saw the proliferation of honest but controversial characters known as "corporate raiders." "Corporate raiders" are the mavericks who launch "hostile takeovers," trying to take over failing mega-corporations for themselves. (Successful companies have higher stock prices and are thus harder to buy out.) To do this in the...
  • NORQUIST VENDETTA COSTS CITY TAXPAYERS PLENTY

    04/02/2002 3:26:21 PM PST · by spunkets · 243+ views
    Republican Party of WI ^ | 3-22-2002 | Republican Party of WI
    NEW! NORQUIST VENDETTA COSTS CITY TAXPAYERS PLENTY Mar 22nd, 2002 By: RPW (MADISON) – The Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPW) strongly criticized Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist today for encouraging a city employee to use local taxpayer-funded resources, including a city-issued check and a city vehicle, to procure state documents to be used by Norquist strictly for partisan political gain. City employee James Rowen, a former chief of staff for Norquist, has filed at least four open records requests with the Wisconsin Department of Administration since January. These requests include a breakdown of all expenses at the governor’s...