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Office of Personnel Management Recommends Federal Workers Avoid D.C. Offices During Pope's Visit PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 05:17

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Thousands of people, thousands of vehicles, media everywhere. That's the expectation when Pope Francis visits Washington D.C. September 22 through 24. And things could be so dicey that the Office of Personnel Management has issued a memo recommending federal workers take the days off or work from home.

Pope Francis will speak before Congress and meet with President Obama during the visit. Worldwide media are expected to be along for the trip.

The memo from Acting Director Beth Cobert can be found at https://www.chcoc.gov/content/impact-2015-visit-his-holiness-pope-francis-washington-dc-commuters

 
Letter From President To Congress About Pay Hikes For Federal Civilian Employees PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 05:42

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - This week President Obama asked Congress to raise the pay of federal civilian employees. In a letter to Congress, the president made his case.

The text of the letter, as released by the White House, is below.

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Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President):

I am transmitting an alternative plan for pay increases for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems in January 2016.

Title 5, United States Code, authorizes me to implement alternative pay plans for pay increases for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems if, because of "national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare," I view the adjustments that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate.

Accordingly, I have determined that it is appropriate to exercise my statutory alternative plan authority under 5 U.S.C. 5303(b) and 5304a to set alternative January 2016 across-the-board and locality pay adjustments. Specifically, I have determined that for 2016, across-the-board pay increases will be 1.0 percent. Also, I will make a decision by November 30, 2015, regarding an alternative plan for locality payments under 5 U.S.C. 5304a. The alternative plan for locality payments will be limited so that the total combined cost of the 1.0 percent across-the-board base pay increase and the varying locality pay increases will be 1.3 percent of basic payroll, consistent with the assumption in my 2016 Budget. These decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well-qualified Federal workforce.

The adjustments described above shall take effect on the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2016.

Sincerely,

BARACK OBAMA

 
GAO WatchBlog: Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 31 August 2015 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - As the nation pauses to recall the devastation of the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) posted a blog summarizing some of its work to explore the federal disaster recovery efforts.

The blog covers health care, education, help for survivors, transit, and FEMA's nationwide emergency public alert system.

The blog and links to GAO work on each area can be found at http://blog.gao.gov/2015/08/27/hurricane-katrina-10-years-after-the-storm/

 
President Obama Heads To New Orleans To Commemorate 10th Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 28 August 2015 05:32

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is President Obama's public schedule for Friday, August 28, 2015, as released by the White House.

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In the morning, the President will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana. The President’s departure from the South Lawn is open press, and the arrival at Louis Armstrong International Airport is open to pre-credentialed media.

While in New Orleans, the President will meet with residents and youth who have rebuilt their lives over the past 10 years since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This will be covered by the travel pool.

In the afternoon, the President will participate in a resilience roundtable on Hurricane Katrina including local officials and led by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to highlight advancements in national preparedness, showcase Gulf Coast resiliency, mark the achievements of the New Orleans community over the past 10 years and discuss opportunities to build future resilience. There will be a travel pool spray at the bottom of the roundtable at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center.

Afterward, the President will deliver remarks on the region’s rebirth and what’s possible when citizens, city and corporate leaders all work together to lift up their communities and build back in ways that make them more innovative and positioned for economic growth. The President’s remarks at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center are open to pre-credentialed media.

In the afternoon, the President will depart Louisiana en route Washington, DC. The departure from Louis Armstrong International Airport is open to pre-credentialed media, and the arrival on the South Lawn is open press.
All times ET     

10:45 AM
    

The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

South Lawn Open Press Final Gather 10:25PM - North Doors of the Palm Room

11:00 AM
    

The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route New Orleans, Louisiana

Travel Pool Coverage Call Time 9:30AM – Virginia Gate, Joint Base Andrews

1:20 PM
    

The President arrives New Orleans, Louisiana

Louis Armstrong International Airport Open to pre-credentialed media

1:45 PM
    

The President meets with residents and youth

New Orleans Travel Pool Coverage

3:55 PM
    

The President participates in a resilience roundtable

Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center, New Orleans Travel Pool Spray

4:55 PM
    

The President delivers remarks

Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center, New Orleans Open to pre-credentialed media

6:00 PM
    

The President departs New Orleans en route Washington, DC

Louis Armstrong International Airport Open to pre-credentialed media

8:15 PM
    

The President arrives Joint Base Andrews

Travel Pool Coverage

8:30 PM
    

The President arrives at the White House

South Lawn Open Press Final Gather 8:10PM – North Doors of the Palm Room

 
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