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GAO: Some Federal Employees On Paid Leave For Up To 3 Years PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 05:25

 

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Federal agencies have discretion to use paid leave as they see fit, but a new report from the GAO has revealed abuses, including leaves of up to three years.
 
The GAO reviewed five agencies for its study: the Departments of Defense (DOD), the Interior, and Veterans Affairs (VA); the General Services Administration; and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
 
According to the GAO report:
 
"After separating federal holidays from the payroll data, OPM-reported data showed that from fiscal year 2011 through 2013, paid administrative leave accounted for less than 1 percent of total paid work days and estimated salary cost. 
 
Over these 3 years, about 97 percent of employees charged 20 days or less (see figure). For the same time period, 263 employees charged between 1 and 3 years of paid administrative leave, with an estimated salary cost of $31 million."
 
The reports says the most common reason for extended paid leave relates to personell issues such as investigations into misconduct.
 
The entire report can be found at GAO.gov.
 
Commerce Secretary Meets With Japanese PM Shinzo Abe During Asia-Pacific Trade Mission PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 October 2014 10:03

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as part of a trade mission she is currently leading to Japan and Korea. She was joined by representatives of 20 U.S. firms, including Humacyte, Inc. of Morrisville. 

 
Secretary Pritzker underscored the Obama Administration's commitment to the Asia-Pacific region and the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Secretary Pritzker noted that the economic and commercial dimension of the Administration's rebalance to Asia is particularly important, which is part of the reason she is leading a delegation of 20 American companies to Japan and Korea, some with longstanding relationships in the region and some who are looking to forge brand new relationships.
 
Secretary Pritzker said that deepening the already-strong economic and commercial ties between the U.S. and Japan is critical to strengthening our overall strategic partnerships across the Asia-Pacific. 
 
Secretary Pritzker commended Prime Minister Abe on his commitment to reform throughout his two years in office, and noted that American businesses are eager to partner with Japan in the country's ongoing efforts to reform and strengthen its health care and energy sectors. 
 
The mission will focus on the health care and energy sectors, promoting U.S. exports to Japan and South Korea by helping American companies launch or increase their business in these key markets. 
 
In addition to Humaycyte, Inc. the firms on the trip are:
 
 
Abbott (Abbott Park, IL) 
AmerisourceBergen (Valley Forge, PA) 
Beautiful Earth Group, LLC (Brooklyn, NY) 
C3 Energy (Redwood City, CA) 
Cargill (Minneapolis, MN) 
Cytori Therapeutics, (San Diego, CA) 
The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, MI) 
Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN) 
HPI, LLC (Houston, TX) 
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) 
Marmon Engineered Wire and Cable (Chicago, IL) 
Medidata Solutions (New York, NY) 
Merck & Co. (Whitehouse Station, NJ) 
Oregon LNG (Vancouver, WA) 
Principle Power Inc. (Seattle, WA) 
Quality Electrodynamics (Mayfield Village, OH) 
Spacelabs Healthcare (Snoqualmie, WA) 
Varian Medical Systems (Palo Alto, CA) 
Zilkha Biomass Fuels (Houston, TX) 
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 10:05
 
U.S. HHS: Nearly 250 Substances Make Official List Of Carcinogens PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 05:36

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The latest report on Carcinogens produced by federal health officials lists 243 items -- four of them new -- that are considered cancer hazards for people in the United States.

 
"Ortho-toluidine, used to make rubber chemicals, pesticides, and dyes, has been reevaluated and is now listed as a known human carcinogen. Three substances have been added as reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens. These include 1-bromopropane, used as a cleaning solvent and spray adhesive; cumene, used to make phenol and acetone, and also found in fuel products and tobacco smoke; and the wood preservative mixture pentachlorophenol," according to the website of the National Institutes of Health.
 
The Report on Carcinogens, 13th Edition, is prepared by the National Toxicology Program (NTP). NTP is a federal, interagency program, headquartered at the NIEHS, whose goal is to safeguard the public by identifying substances in the environment that may affect human health. 
 
To read the full report, visit nih.gov/news/health/oct2014/niehs-02.htm
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 05:37
 
U.S. Commerce Secretary To Lead Trade Mission To Asia PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 October 2014 05:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Nearly two dozen U.S. companies will join U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a Business Development Mission to Japan and South Korea later this month.

 
The mission will focus on the health care and energy sectors, promoting U.S. exports to Japan and South Korea by helping American companies launch or increase their business in these key markets. 
 
Japan is the fourth-largest trading partner. South Korea is the sixth-largest.
 
“One of our key functions at the Department of Commerce is to connect U.S. businesses with new opportunities to sell their goods and services in markets with significant potential,” said Secretary Pritzker in a statement. “All over the world, government and private sector leaders are eager to work with U.S. firms because of the values and expertise they bring to the markets in which they operate."
 
A wide array of firms will make the trip, including Humacyte, Inc. of Morrisville.
 
Abbott (Abbott Park, IL) 
AmerisourceBergen (Valley Forge, PA) 
Beautiful Earth Group, LLC (Brooklyn, NY) 
C3 Energy (Redwood City, CA) 
Cargill (Minneapolis, MN) 
Cytori Therapeutics, (San Diego, CA) 
The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, MI) 
Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN) 
HPI, LLC (Houston, TX) 
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) 
Marmon Engineered Wire and Cable (Chicago, IL) 
Medidata Solutions (New York, NY) 
Merck & Co. (Whitehouse Station, NJ) 
Oregon LNG (Vancouver, WA) 
Principle Power Inc. (Seattle, WA) 
Quality Electrodynamics (Mayfield Village, OH) 
Spacelabs Healthcare (Snoqualmie, WA) 
Varian Medical Systems (Palo Alto, CA) 
Zilkha Biomass Fuels (Houston, TX) 
Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 05:01
 
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