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Medicare/Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner Resigns, Will Leave Post At End Of February PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 05:56

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The agency head who oversaw the rollout of the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- has announced she will leave her position next month. Marilyn Tavenner has been the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since 2010.

"It goes without saying that Marilyn will be remembered for her leadership in opening the Health Insurance Marketplace," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell in a statement.

Tavenner will be replaced by Principal Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt, who will serve as the acting administrator.

Obamacare has been the source of constant criticism from Republicans -- and some Democrats -- over the dysfunction of the website and problems in multiple states with the program.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 05:58
 
Presidential Memorandum Mandates Six Weeks Of Paid Newborn Sick Leave PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 January 2015 07:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - His belief that moms and dads are entitled to advanced sick leave when a new child is born has led President Barack Obama to mandate that federal agencies provide the paid leave.

The president signed the Presidential Memorandum Thursday.

 "Offering family leave and other workplace flexibilities to parents can help achieve the goals of recruiting and retaining talent, lowering costly worker turnover, increasing employee engagement, boosting employee morale, and ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce," the memorandum said.

Those who are in the process of adopting or fostering are also eligible for the leave, as are those caring for sick family members.

 
Banner Year For Hiring At HUD: 1,000 New Employees In 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 January 2015 05:50

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - There's a hiring binge at Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With six out of 10 HUD employees eligible to retire, the agency has hired roughly 1,000 new employees over the past year.

HUD officials tell Federal News Radio the influx of new people is ushering in a "mindset change" that's part of an effort to improve the workplace environment. Employee surveys have rated HUD not the best place to work. In fact, the agency came in dead last -- 25th out of 25 -- for mid-size agencies in the Best Places to Work annual survey.

Among the issues uncovered in the survey results are employees not feeling empowered and perceptions of management.

HUD received 121,000 applications for the 1,000 positions hired, according to Federal News Radio. Of those, 8,000 were submitted by disabled people and 75,000 were submitted by minorities.

Read the full story at federalnewsradio.com.

 
Postal Union Files Complaint With NLRB Over Hacking Of Employee Medical Information PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 06:08

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The hacking of 485,000 Postal Service employees' personal information has led a key union to file a complaint against agency with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Federal News Radio reports the National Association of Letter Carriers alleges the United States Postal Service didn't alert employees to the breach until November even though the incident occurred in September.

Medical information appears to have been accessed by the hackers, affecting current and former workers with injury incidents between 1980 and 2012.

Affected people have been offered a free year of credit monitoring.

Read the full story at federalnewsradio.com.

 
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