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  • European Court: Male civil servants discriminated against in France

    07/24/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 24/07/2014 - 08:45 | Cécile Barbière
    The European Court of Justice has pointed the finger at unequal retirement plans between men and women in the French civil service. EurActiv France reports. According to a judgment by the ECJ (17 July), the French retirement system for civil servants is discriminating against men. “French rules on certain pension-related advantages granted to civil servants give rise to indirect discrimination on grounds of sex,” the court decided. […] French law states that if a civil servant has raised at least three children, he or she can benefit from early retirement. It also outlines “service credit advantages” to parents working in...
  • Exclusive: J. Christian Adams' explosive new claims

    12/07/2013 5:50:27 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-6-13 | The Kelly File
    How new information could impact Homeland Security
  • Greece starts firing civil servants for first time in a century

    04/27/2013 4:18:29 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 34 replies
    Christian Science monitor ^ | April 26, 2013 | Nikolia Apostolou
    The Greek government began its first mass-firing of public-sector workers in more than 100 years this week, part of an effort to lay off 180,000 by 2015 under Europe-imposed austerity. Pushed by its European creditors amid its crippling economic crisis, Greece began this week to do something it hasn't done in more than 100 years: fire public-sector workers en masse. Following weeks of tough negotiations with its lenders – the "troika" of the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the European Central Bank – the Greek government started laying off public-sector workers in an effort to implement the austerity...
  • It’s come to this: Some California civil servants making close to $1 million per year

    07/20/2010 9:14:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 07/20/2010 | Allahpundit
    Welcome to the city of Bell. Average income: $24,800, $8,000 less than the national average. Public debt per capita: $1,972, up from $599 six years ago. Average wage for the city’s leaders?Well, that’s where things get nuanced. An overflow crowd packed a City Council meeting in Bell, a mostly Hispanic city of 38,000 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, to call for the resignation of Mayor Oscar Hernandez and other city officials. Residents left standing outside the chamber banged on the doors and shouted “fuera,” or “get out” in Spanish.It was the first council meeting since the...
  • ABCNEWS: While Oil Slick Spread, Interior Dept Chief of Staff Rafted with Wife

    Though his agency was charged with coordinating the federal response to the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland was in the Grand Canyon with his wife last week participating in activities that included white-water rafting, ABC News has learned. Other leaders of the Interior Department were focused on the Gulf, joined by other agencies and literally thousands of other employees. But Strickland’s participation in a trip that administration officials insisted was “work-focused” raised eyebrows among other Obama administration officials and even within even his own department, sources told ABC...
  • Boredom could be shaving years off your life, scientists have found.

    02/10/2010 8:19:26 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies · 290+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Feb 7, 2010 | Jonathan Petre
    You really can be bored to death, scientists discover Tedium: People with dull jobs must find outside interests, experts warn Boredom could be shaving years off your life, scientists have found. Researchers say that people who complain of boredom are more likely to die young, and that those who experienced 'high levels' of tedium are more than two-and-a-half times as likely to die from heart disease or stroke than those satisfied with their lot. More than 7,000 civil servants were studied over 25 years - and those who said they were bored were nearly 40 per cent more likely to...
  • Public Service is Profitable Service?

    05/28/2009 11:34:26 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 5 replies · 377+ views
    Entitlement Syndrome ^ | May 28, 2009 | Admin
    These days, the media seems awash in reports of various elected officials and civil servants who are either in the business of raking in as much money as they can on the public dime, trying to score a vacated Senate seat (President Barack Obama’s, which was filled by one Roland Burris…read and listen to the transcript of his groveling and scheming to get the Senate seat HERE) or of municipal and state employees who are making obscene amounts of pay relative to their counterparts in the private sector (check out this chart of 2007 San Francisco city employee pay HERE).
  • Gates Discusses Tough Decisions, Congressional Oversight

    04/17/2009 1:24:07 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 320+ views
    AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | April 16, 2009 | Jim Garamone
    Note: The following text is a quote: Gates Discusses Tough Decisions, Congressional Oversight By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa., April 16, 2009 – In his two-and-a-half years as Defense secretary, Robert M. Gates has had many hard decisions to make. But none, he said here today, compare to the difficulty of his part in sending men and women into combat. “The rest of it all pales by comparison,” Gates told students at the Army War College here. “Knowing what I have to do, but knowing the consequences.” Approving combat deployments, Gates said, is not an ethical...
  • FDIC Chief Raps Rescue for Helping Banks Over Homeowners

    10/15/2008 9:00:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies · 385+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/16/08 | Damian Paletta
    WASHINGTON -- Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair on Wednesday criticized the federal government for failing to take more aggressive steps to prevent Americans from losing their homes, highlighting a rift between her and other senior U.S. officials over terms of the $700 billion rescue package. The government plan will help stabilize financial markets but it doesn't do enough to address home foreclosures, the root of the crisis, she said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "Why there's been such a political focus on making sure we're not unduly helping borrowers but then we're providing all this...
  • House promotes telecommuting for civil servants ("A happy workforce is a productive workforce,")

    06/03/2008 8:16:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 195+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/3/08 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON - Congress thinks the federal government would work better if more civil servants just stayed home. The House, on a voice vote Tuesday, approved legislation requiring the head of each federal agency to set policies allowing qualified workers to telework, or work from home or a convenient location. The bill specifies that eligible employees should be permitted to telework at least 20 percent of the hours worked in a two-week period, generally the equivalent of two work days. "A happy workforce is a productive workforce," said Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., the bill's sponsor. He said giving more federal workers...
  • Presidential candidate would freeze government hiring (Fred Thompson)

    01/10/2008 12:24:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 151+ views
    Federal Computer Worker ^ | January 10, 2008 | Wade-Hahn Chan
    Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson wants to curb government spending by halting federal hiring. If elected, Thompson said, he would stop government agencies from acquiring new personnel for one year and his administration would perform senior-level assessments of agency priorities. “This will give a new administration time to assess its personnel requirements in order to ‘right size’ the federal workforce,” according to a statement posted earlier this week on Thompson’s campaign Web site. Two other candidates have promised to reshape the federal workforce. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he would not rehire half the positions that will...
  • US drops plan to force diplomats to Iraq

    11/15/2007 3:44:32 PM PST · by BGHater · 21 replies · 23+ views
    AP ^ | 15 Nov 2007 | Matthew Lee
    The State Department is backing down for now from forcing diplomats to serve in Iraq this summer because enough have volunteered to work in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and in outlying provinces, officials said Thursday. Three foreign service officers who signed up for the last of the 48 vacancies have won tentative approval. Once personnel panels give a formal OK, the department will announce it will not need to enforce a plan for the forced assignments, the officials said Thursday. That word could come as early as Friday, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because...
  • Diplomats Duke It Out Over Forced Assignments in Iraq

    11/06/2007 7:09:47 PM PST · by RDTF · 17 replies · 132+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Nov 6, 2007 | AP
    A bitter dispute over forced assignments to Iraq has erupted inside the State Department with diplomats taking decidedly undiplomatic potshots at one another. The latest public salvo came Tuesday with a harshly critical post on the department's official blog in which a foreign service officer in Iraq skewered those who spoke out against the prospect of ordered tours of duty at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and outlying provinces. The message, titled "A Letter From Iraq to My Overwrought Colleagues," accused opponents of being spoiled elitists whose revolt against so-called "directed assignments" is embarrassing. "To my vexed and overwrought colleagues,...
  • MPD officers won’t(be allowed to) enforce immigration laws; (ICE can't handle it)

    10/22/2007 4:53:04 AM PDT · by raybbr · 27 replies · 163+ views
    The Citizen Tribune ^ | N/A | ROBERT MOORE
    Immigration officials refuse to grant Morristown police officers expanded powers to enforce laws against illegal aliens, in part, because the anticipated caseload increase could choke the system, police say. Morristown City Council member Mel Tucker, who pushed the initiative, is steamed and adds he’s not taking "no" for an answer. The Morristown Police Department approached the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency about having two MPD officers trained to perform certain duties of a federal immigration agent. The so-called 287(g) program would have expanded police powers in two ways, according to Lt. Chris Wisecarver, MPD training officer who was assigned...
  • U.S. attorney details "breathtaking" corruption charges against 5 Pleasantville officials

    09/06/2007 2:44:22 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies · 610+ views
    AP via Atlantic City Press ^ | 09/06/07 | staff
    Eleven public officials from across New Jersey, including 5 Pleasantville officials, were arrested Thursday in a federal corruption probe, the U.S. Attorney's office said. --snip-- More than 100 public officials in the state have been convicted on federal corruption charges in the last five years. Two other Democratic state senators, Wayne Bryant of Lawnside and Sharpe James of Newark, are among others facing pending corruption charges.
  • IRS employees like bad e-mail jokes and porn

    08/10/2006 12:46:29 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 24 replies · 858+ views
    News.com ^ | 10 August 2006
    Question: What do IRS employees do when April 15 is nowhere on the horizon? Well, even when they aren't chasing down people who've listed dogs, deceased relatives or garden gnomes as dependents, it looks like their days are well spent. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has found inappropriate e-mail--chain letters, jokes, and yes, porn--on a whopping 74 percent of IRS employees' computers. The summary of the findings were detailed in a report titled "Inappropriate Use of E-mail and System Configuration Management Weaknesses Are Creating Security Risks." Guess it just goes to show that the tax guys really...
  • Can N.J. afford the rising cost of teachers and cops?

    07/16/2006 7:31:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 37 replies · 3,046+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 07.16.06 | BOB IVRY
    We're grateful to our police officers. We count on them. We're proud of them.  Our state is going broke paying for them.  Same goes for teachers. We wish we could afford them, but we're having trouble.  We're having trouble paying for New Jersey's nearly 500,000 public employees. Especially at their current salaries and fringe benefits. Especially with New Jersey's property taxes among the steepest in the nation and rising.  Especially now that state officials have closed a $4.5 billion budget gap by raising taxes and cutting services while sidestepping the subject of how we compensate unionized public workers.  This isn't...
  • Civil servants 'jumped naked off filing cabinets'

    07/04/2006 3:43:44 PM PDT · by managusta · 46 replies · 1,067+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 13/06/2006 | Paul Stokes
    Staff at a government agency office have been reported leaping naked from filing cabinets and carrying out stomach-churning pranks. Civil servants are said to have had sex in the lavatories, taken drugs, used foul language, brawled in the reception area and held break-dancing contests in working hours. Some of the goings-on at the Rural Payments Agency, a branch of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in Lancaster House, Newcastle upon Tyne, are believed to have been captured on CCTV. One person has already been dismissed and disciplinary proceedings against others are under way. An investigation was begun after...
  • CUPE's disgrace (anti-Israel social fascist left struts its stuff !!!)

    06/07/2006 7:23:49 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 7 replies · 303+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Wednesday, June 07, 2006 | Martin Peretz and David Sax
    CUPE's disgraceHow does bashing the Jewish state help Canadian public workers? Martin Peretz and David Sax National Post Wednesday, June 07, 2006 Disbelief seemed the most natural reaction following the anti-Israel resolution passed by the Ontario convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) -- the largest provincial block of the largest union in the country -- on May 27. It came on a Saturday, during a sweltering summer weekend, when attentions were focused on baseball games and cottages, and Jewish union members were noticeably absent, celebrating the Sabbath. CUPE's decision, to boycott Israel and implement a divestment...
  • Audit Found UW System Employed 40 Felons (WI)

    03/01/2006 6:01:57 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 319+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | March 1, 2006 | Ryan Foley
    MADISON, WI (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin System was unaware it employed a total of 40 felons this fall, including two who committed homicides in the 1970s and four child sex offenders, according to an audit released Tuesday.UW System President Kevin Reilly promised a review of all 40 cases cited by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau to determine whether the crimes were related to their employment and the system should dismiss the employees. He said 12 of the employees no longer work for the system and 25 committed the crimes before they were hired. State law prohibits job discrimination...
  • PM Instructs Tightening of Discipline Among Public Employees

    08/05/2005 6:51:37 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 8 replies · 241+ views
    Nhan Dan ^ | 5 August 2005 | Staff
    08/05/2005 -- 18:12(GMT+7) Ha Noi, Aug. 5 (VNA) - Prime Minister Phan Van Khai has directed the State administrative sector to tighten discipline and order and said that fighting bureaucracy, corruption and wastefulness is an urgent task at present. The PM made the instruction at a ceremony held in Ha Noi on August 5 by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to receive the Order of Golden Star and celebrate the State administrative sector's 60th foundation day (August 28). At the presentation ceremony, PM Khai said the ministry should focus its efforts on improving the quality of public employees, and speed...
  • Staff exodus pinches counties

    02/07/2005 7:38:31 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 269+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/7/5 | Peter Felsenfeld
    Posted on Mon, Feb. 07, 2005 Staff exodus pinches countiesBy Peter FelsenfeldCONTRA COSTA TIMES A wave of retirements sweeping through California counties has administrators statewide scrambling to replace highly experienced top managers.The departures involve a concentration of employees who entered the public-sector work force en masse during rapid government expansion in the early 1970s.Those workers are now in their mid- to late 50s and often occupy leadership positions. Many have accumulated enough years of service to take advantage of enhanced pension benefits that allow public employees to retire at ever-younger ages.Add everything together and the results aren't hard to...
  • MAYOR TRIED TO BUY ME OFF, SAYS GOP CHALLENGER (NYC)

    01/25/2005 3:32:54 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 427+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 25, 2005 | David Seifman
    January 25, 2005 -- A former Republican legislator who's looking to challenge Mayor Bloomberg claims Hizzoner's aides tried to buy him off with a six-figure job. "There's no question in my mind the offer was made so I wouldn't run," said Tom Ognibene, a former Queens city councilman who's threatening to enter a Republican primary against Bloomberg. Bill Cunningham, the mayor's communication director, said a meeting this month between Ognibene and two Bloomberg aides was routine and scheduled before Ognibene hinted he might run.
  • School of the Arts Audit Detailed [NC - Public College Administrators' wanton embezzelment]

    11/16/2004 3:13:44 PM PST · by TaxRelief · 8 replies · 560+ views
    Carolina Journal Exclusive ^ | November 16, 2004 | By Jon Sanders
    Carolina Journal Exclusives School of the Arts Audit Detailed Investigation finds "wilful, deliberate, and intentional" violations of state law RALEIGH - High-level administrators at the North Carolina School of the Arts engaged in "willful, deliberate, and intentional" violations of state law in what State Auditor Ralph Campbell described as "similar to the debacle at Enron." Campbell said the findings at the NCSA were as serious as any his office had uncovered previously. Among the findings of the State Auditor's Investigative Audit Division were: state and NCSA-affiliated foundation funds used to make car lease payments and country club dues for NCSA...
  • Bush Holds Federal Pay Raise to 2% in 2004

    08/28/2003 11:41:52 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Washington ComPost ^ | Thursday, August 28, 2003 | Christopher Lee
    President Bush exercised an escape clause in federal pay law yesterday that allows him to stick to his proposed 2 percent pay raise for civilian employees next year rather than agree to a formula that would trigger an increase of about 15 percent. In a letter to congressional leaders, Bush said the larger increase "would threaten our efforts against terrorism or force deep cuts in discretionary spending or federal employment to stay within budget." Presidents have routinely used a loophole in the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act, which was designed to close a "pay gap" between federal and private...
  • Divided Loyalties

    08/12/2003 12:56:39 AM PDT · by KMAJ2 · 5 replies · 123+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
    A curious thing happens when conservatives are elected president of the United States — particularly if they have the temerity to govern as conservatives: Non-trivial numbers of federal civil servants oppose the president's agenda and work to scupper it through quiet obstructionism, anonymous but highly critical press leaks and, on occasion, public disagreements over policy and programs.
  • Bush on verge of abolishing all bureaucrats' tax-leeching sinecures (my title)

    10/08/2002 11:00:31 AM PDT · by End The Hypocrisy · 63 replies · 277+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 8th, 2002 | Dana Milbank
    "[President] Bush is demanding -- and the House has approved -- powers to rearrange the federal bureaucracy in ways not seen since Congress passed the Pendleton Act in 1883...If Senate Democrats go along, Bush could get rid of the 15-grade structure of the federal personnel system, in which promotions are based more on seniority than performance. Light suspects Bush would use a merit-based system. Once that was implemented at the Homeland Security Department, a domino effect that could release all 1.8 million federal workers from [the cumbersome and self-perpetuating bureaucracy of] government personnel rules."
  • Suggestion Box For Regaining Control of Government

    06/10/2002 10:45:40 AM PDT · by Asmodeus · 98 replies · 411+ views
    Asmodeus | 10 June 2002 | Asmodeus
    To start the ball rolling: 1. Allow politicans running for office to promise whatever they think will help get them elected but require that if elected or re-elected any vote contrary to their campaign promises constitute their automatic resignation effective immediately and permanently. Examples: Campaign promises not to vote to raise taxes, not to vote for gun control laws, not to vote for any restrictions of freedom of speech or other civil liberties, not to vote for _________________. 2. Make it a felony with forfeiture of all pay and benefits otherwise due, for all government employees, past or present, from...
  • Navy draws criticism over beating deaths of deer on base

    04/18/2002 4:40:48 AM PDT · by csvset · 26 replies · 200+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 18 April 2001 | SCOTT HARPER
    Navy draws criticism over beating deaths of deer on baseBy SCOTT HARPER, The Virginian-Pilot© April 18, 2002 VIRGINIA BEACH -- Animal-rights activists and wildlife rescuers are criticizing the Navy over an incident this month at Oceana Naval Air Station, where staff destroyed two badly injured deer by beating them with a shovel and cutting their throats. The Navy is defending the actions of two base workers, saying they used ``the best available, immediate means to end these animals' suffering at that particular time and place,'' Capt. C.A. Silvers, Oceana's commanding officer, said in a letter to one animal group. ``While...