Government

  • Jobless Benefits Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

    Jobless Benefits Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

    Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly clear an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt. Continue Reading

  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Ran Agency Like A Female 'Frat House,' Suit Charges

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Ran Agency Like A Female 'Frat House,' Suit Charges

    There's been no shortage of government workers alleged to have engaged in bad behavior in recent years. The revelation last spring that the General Services Administration blew nearly $800,000 on an extravagant conference for its staff in Las Vegas is just one such example. But allegations that the nation's... Continue Reading

  • Federal Workers Received Whopping $439 Million In Bonuses Last Year

    Federal Workers Received Whopping $439 Million In Bonuses Last Year

    Nearly a quarter of a million dollars. That's how much a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee was paid last year under a presidential program that recognizes exceptional performance on the job. The government worker, a veterinarian, was paid $179,700 in base salary and given a $62,895 "service bonus" for... Continue Reading

  • Chinese Leaders Promise Pay Hikes, More Jobs

    Chinese Leaders Promise Pay Hikes, More Jobs

    By Joe McDonald BEIJING (AP) -- China's government promised Wednesday to raise minimum wages by 13 percent a year through 2015 and to launch measures to generate 45 million new jobs. Communist leaders face pressure to spread China's prosperity more widely and narrow a yawning gap between a wealthy elite... Continue Reading

  • Dozens Of D.C. Workers May Lose Jobs Over Alleged Unemployment Fraud

    Dozens Of D.C. Workers May Lose Jobs Over Alleged Unemployment Fraud

    Dozens of city workers in the nation's capital have been suspended, and face possible dismissal and prosecution for allegedly drawing unemployment benefits while still working. Nearly 90 Washington, D.C., employees were suspended Monday while the investigation proceeds, The Washington Post reports, citing... Continue Reading

  • Avoid These 11 Mistakes During Your Federal Job Search

    Avoid These 11 Mistakes During Your Federal Job Search

    By Lori Michelle Ryan, JIST Publishing Federal job seekers are often frustrated with, overwhelmed by or puzzled over the complex federal hiring process. In their new book, "Find Your Federal Job Fit," authors Janet Ruck and Karol Taylor explain that the "federal application process, which is unlike any... Continue Reading

  • Young People Love Big Business More Than Their Parents Do

    Young People Love Big Business More Than Their Parents Do

    Six in 10 Americans have a favorable view of major companies, according to a new survey. Despite the anti-corporate fervor of the young people spearheading the Occupy Wall Street protests, a whopping 71 percent of "Gen Y" (ages 18-34) expressed a favorable opinion of our country's greatest bastions of... Continue Reading

  • Unjustified? $16 Muffins Lead To Review Of Meeting Expenses at Justice Dept.

    Unjustified? $16 Muffins Lead To Review Of Meeting Expenses at Justice Dept.

    By JoAnne Allen President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered federal agencies to review expenses for conferences after an embarrassing report revealed that the Justice Department served $16 muffins at a 2009 gathering. Office of Management and Budget chief Jack Lew directed agency heads to conduct a... Continue Reading

  • The 10 Industries Americans Dislike Most

    The 10 Industries Americans Dislike Most

    Who knew the federal government was so unpopular. As was widely noted during the summer's showdown over the debt limit, the most important outcome was not partisan in nature. The true loser was any elected official of the federal government who, whether they were an active participant or not, became tied to a... Continue Reading

  • Government Asks Employees To Pay Back $3 Million In Benefits

    Government Asks Employees To Pay Back $3 Million In Benefits

    Benefits blunders cost taxpayers millions every year. New York, for example, paid out an extra $140 million in Medicaid benefits thanks to a computer glitch. But now there's been a mistake so egregious that some of those who were overpaid will have to pay it back on an installment plan. Continue Reading

  • Unemployment In July Rose In 28 States, Fell In 9

    Unemployment In July Rose In 28 States, Fell In 9

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates rose in July in more than half the states for the second straight month, evidence that job growth remains weak nationwide. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment increased in 28 states, fell in nine and remained unchanged in 13.... Continue Reading

  • Oregon City Dumps Mayor For Not Showing Up For Work

    Oregon City Dumps Mayor For Not Showing Up For Work

    SODAVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- A small city in Oregon has kicked out its mayor for not showing up to work. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that Sodaville replaced 35-year-old Brady Harrington with the city council's president. The newspaper says Harrington missed council meetings in June and July, along with... Continue Reading

  • Postal Service Considers Cutting 120,000 Jobs

    Postal Service Considers Cutting 120,000 Jobs

    By Randolph E. Schmid WASHINGTON -- The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is considering cutting as many as 120,000 jobs. Facing a second year of losses totaling $8 billion or more, the agency also wants to pull its workers out of the retirement and health benefits plans covering federal workers... Continue Reading

  • Planned Layoffs At U.S. Firms Surges To Sixteen-Month High In July

    Planned Layoffs At U.S. Firms Surges To Sixteen-Month High In July

    NEW YORK - The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms rose to a 16-month high in July as sectors which had been seeing fairly few layoffs unexpectedly bled jobs, a report on Wednesday showed. Employers announced 66,414 planned job cuts last month, up 60.3 percent from 41,432 in June, according to a report... Continue Reading

  • Computer Hackers Wanted By Government -- To Hire!

    Computer Hackers Wanted By Government -- To Hire!

    By Tabassum Zakaria (Reuters) - The National Security Agency has a challenge for hackers who think they're hot stuff: prove it by working on the "hardest problems on Earth." Computer hacker skills are in great demand in the U.S. government to fight the cyber wars that pose a growing national security... Continue Reading

  • How States Fared on Unemployment Benefits

    How States Fared on Unemployment Benefits

    The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign the job market may be healing after a recent slump. Below are the states with the biggest changes in weekly applications for benefits. The state data is for the week ending July 16, which is one... Continue Reading

  • Post Office Closures Could Stamp Out Up to 5,000 Jobs

    Post Office Closures Could Stamp Out Up to 5,000 Jobs

    As many as 5,000 postal employees will lose their jobs as the U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with plans to close nearly 3,700 post offices across the country. The list of closings, which Postmaster General Patrick Donohue released Tuesday, are part of an effort by the Postal Service "to be more efficient... Continue Reading

  • Uncle Sam Wants Psychologists and Social Workers

    Uncle Sam Wants Psychologists and Social Workers

    Attention psychologists and social workers: Uncle Sam wants you! The U.S. Army is making a concerted effort to take care of the psychological and emotional needs of its personnel, and it's staging a major recruiting campaign to attract specialists in the field. Continue Reading

  • Houston Public School Employee Needs Time Out After Prank on Co-Worker

    Houston Public School Employee Needs Time Out After Prank on Co-Worker

    A procurement manager in the Houston public school system is under fire after two internal investigations showed that he solicited a mail-order bride for a co-worker and performed another office prank while hundreds of thousands of dollars of supplies sat idle in warehouses. The Houston Chronicle reports... Continue Reading

  • Discriminating Job Ad Rejected - For Seeking

    Discriminating Job Ad Rejected - For Seeking "Reliable Workers"

    Apparently asking for "reliable workers" might be just a bit too discriminating in today's uber-sensitive society. At least that's one recruiter's experience after a government-run employment office refused to run her ad seeking a housekeeper because it might be found offensive by some. See average salaries for... Continue Reading

  • Designer Duds on a Government Dime?

    Designer Duds on a Government Dime?

    If you think applying for a government job means you'll have to resign yourself to short-sleeve white shirts, pocket protectors and/or polyester stretch pants, think again. The numbers have just come out on what state and local governments are spending on employees, and it ain't peanuts. Employer costs for state... Continue Reading

  • Three Industries, Thousands of Jobs

    Three Industries, Thousands of Jobs

    Unemployment in the U.S. took a turn for the worse in October, jumping above the 10% mark for the first time since 1983. While that is sure to send shivers down your job-searching spine, there is a bright side - employers hired 34,000 temporary workers in October and manufacturing overtime was up. Some sectors... Continue Reading

  • Attention Job Seekers: Uncle Sam Wants You

    Attention Job Seekers: Uncle Sam Wants You

    Corporate America's recent tumble took jobs and confidence away from millions. New opportunities, job security, and benefits may seem scarce, but experts say you can find them all right now by working for the government. Caroline King found work in late May as a veteran service representative for the Department... Continue Reading