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President signs minimum wage order for federal contract workers

President Obama on Wednesday signed a previously announced executive order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers—and encouraged Congress to extend the increase to other workers, as well.

Senate OKs debt limit suspension, repeal of military COLA cut

The Senate finished up some major business on Wednesday, passing legislation to suspend the nation's borrowing limit, and approving a bill to repeal a reduction in retired pay for military retirees under age 62.

Union campaign to emphasize key role of federal employees

The National Treasury Employees Union this week launched a yearlong media campaign to highlight the "direction connection between the work of federal employees and the quality of life in America."

National Guard in place for snow storm

The National Guard said that personnel in multiple states were gearing up for possible duty due to ice and snow storms forecast for across the eastern half of the country.

Bill would let VA secretary fire SES employees

The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs introduced a bill that would give the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs authority to fire or demote the agency's Senior Executive Service employees for poor performance.

House votes to repeal reduction in military retired pay

The House voted Feb 11 to repeal a recently passed reduction in retirement pay for military retirees under the age of 62.

Group: Don't vilify federal contractors

A trade group that represents professional and technical services industries that serve the government cautioned against vilifying contractors amid recent allegations that one investigations firm took shortcuts in conducting thousands of federal security clearances.

Companies commit to hiring 100,000 vets

First Lady Michelle Obama this week said that more than 100 construction industry firms have signed onto a national initiative to hire more than 100,000 military veterans over the next five years.

House approves further suspension of debt limit

The House late on Feb. 11 passed legislation to suspend the federal debt limit for slightly more than one year.

Debt limit clock ticking

As it has done numerous times in recent years, the Treasury Department announced the implementation of "extraordinary measures" to protect the nation's credit until Congress passes legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling.

Early outs and buyouts offered at EPA

Some employees at the Environmental Protection Agency will be notified of their eligibility for an early retirement offer and buyouts.

Labor leader says fight will continue against proposed FECA change

The head of the National Treasury Employees Union said her group would keep on fighting legislative efforts that would result in cuts to federal workers’ compensation insurance payments for some beneficiaries.

Army investigators issue warning about fraudulent website

Army investigators are alerting service members about a web-based scam that offers bogus benefits to falsely obtain access to soldiers' email accounts, online passwords and other information.

AFGE, DCAA sign agency-wide contract

The American Federation of Government Employees this week announced it had signed an agency-wide labor contract with the Defense Contract Audit Agency.