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Survey: Federal Employee Morale Plummets PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 07:57

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Federal employee work satisfaction has hit an 11-year low according to a newly released survey of the 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government released by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte.

On a 100-point scale of employee satisfaction, the data came in at 56.9.

Federal News Radio reports that surveyers point to a number of reasons for the drop, but topping the list is a lack of faith in leadership.

Other data about employee views rates NASA as the best place to work among large agencies, wktih the Federal Deposit Insurance Corportation taking the top spot for mid-size agencies.

The entire story, and survey links, can be found at federalnewsradio.com.

 
Presidential Executive Order Gives Federal Workers 4-Day Christmas Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 08 December 2014 05:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Christmas came early for federal employees. President Obama has ordered all executive and agency offices to close their doors on Friday, December 26.

The decree came via Executive Order.

The gift means a four-day weekend for many federal workers.

The full Executive Order can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/06/executive-order-closing-executive-departments-and-agencies-federal-gover

 
GAO: Improvements Needed To Manage Higher-Than-Expected Demand For VA Family Caregiver Program PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 06:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - VA medical centers are having trouble keeping up with demand for services offered by the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Program). As a result, according to a new GAO report, some VA medical centers had difficulties managing the larger-than-expected workload, and some caregivers experienced delays in approval determinations and in receiving program benefits.

Officials originally estimated that about 4,000 caregivers would be approved for the program by September 30. However, by May, about 15,600 caregivers had been approved--more than triple the original estimate.

The full report can be found at gao.gov.

The GAO website summary of the report continues:

"The program's staffing was based on VA's initial assumptions about the potential size of the program and consisted of placing a single caregiver support coordinator at each VAMC to administer the program. In addition, each VAMC was to provide clinical staff to carry out essential functions of the program, such as conducting medical assessments for eligibility and making home visits. This led to implementation problems at busy VAMCs that did not have sufficient staff to conduct these program functions in addition to their other duties.

As a result, timelines for key program functions, such as those for completing applications within 45 days and making quarterly home visits to caregivers, are not being met. VHA has taken some steps to address staffing shortages; however, some VAMCs have not been able to overcome their workload problems because the program continues to grow at a steady rate--about 500 approved caregivers are being added to the program each month. Federal internal control standards emphasize the need for effective and efficient operations, including the use of agency resources."

 
Cong.-Elect David Rouzer Selected For Transportation & Infrastructure and Agriculture Committees PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:42

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - He will be a freshman in the new 114th U.S. Congress but David Rouzer has already snagged plum assignments on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and the Committee on Agriculture.

“It will be an honor to serve on these two committees, which are vitally important to North Carolina," Rouzer said in a statement.

Rouzer, a Republican, will serve North Carolina's 7th Congressional District, a seat held for decades by Democrat Mike McIntyre. He defeated his Democratic challenger by more than 20 points following a razor-thin loss to McIntyre in 2012.

"If we are going to get our economy humming again and create high paying jobs, we must find long-term solutions for building and repairing our roadways and bridges, for the dredging of our waterways and inlets, and for our beach nourishment and re-nourishment needs.  As a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I will be a strong advocate for improving and modernizing our highways and ports and protecting our beautiful coastal communities," he said.

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