Archive for July, 2011

APWU President: ‘We Will Take Every Step Necessary To Ensure Retirement Benefits Are Protected’

SOURCE: The American Postal Workers Union is working fervently to make certain that the Postal Service’ s decision t o suspend employer contributions to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) does not negatively affect the nat i on’ s postal employees, President Cl i f f Guffey- said on June 22. ” We will take every step […]

Statement by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

SOURCE: Today, I join my fellow Americans in celebrating the anniversary of the passage of a great civil rights achievement, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As we look back at the progress we’ve made in the last 21 years, we must also look forward and recommit ourselves to achieving the law’s goals of […]

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Urges Swift Action by Congress on FAA Bill

SOURCE: WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt called on Congress today to pass a clean extension of the FAA’s authorization in order to avoid airport project construction delays and employee furloughs. The current FAA reauthorization expires at midnight this Friday, July 22, 2011. LaHood and Babbitt said […]

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis releases guide for providing women veterans experiencing homelessness with trauma-informed care

SOURCE: WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today released a new online publication, “Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers.” Available on the website of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau at, the guide explains the unique experiences and needs of women veterans, and provides organizational […]

Court grants permanent injunction against CAM Mining LLC following attempt by US Department of Labor’s MSHA to inspect mine

SOURCE: Kentucky mine operator prohibited from interfering with federal inspectors ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a permanent injunction in U.S. district court against CAM Mining LLC of Pike County, Ky., prohibiting advance communication of any federal mine inspection. On July 15, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern […]

NARFE: Preserve Retirement COLAs for Federal Employees

SOURCE: WASHINGTON, DC – Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), released the following statement today in response to news that a new formula is being suggested that will lower cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for Social Security: “As part of a grand budget agreement, leaders in Washington are […]

Mikulski Urges Panetta Not To Institute Arbitrary Headcount On Federal Employees

SOURCE: DOD Plan Would Cap Number Of Federal Employees, Not Contractors WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) has sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging him to manage the federal workforce based on cost and workload, not arbitrary head counts. She was joined in the letter by her Senate colleagues Tom […]

HHS and states move to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges, give Americans the same insurance choices as members of Congress

SOURCE: Proposed rules offer states flexibility, choices, competition and clout for consumers and small businesses Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a framework to assist states in building Affordable Insurance Exchanges, state-based competitive marketplaces where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase affordable private health insurance and […]

US Department of Labor extends and aligns applicability dates for retirement plan fee disclosure rules

SOURCE: Effective date of service provider fee disclosure now April 1, 2012 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has issued a final regulation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to extend and align the applicability dates for its retirement plan fee disclosure rules. The department published an interim […]

US Labor Department assistant secretary testifies before Senate HELP committee on improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities

SOURCE: WASHINGTON — Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, today testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to discuss the U.S. Department of Labor’s public and private partnership initiatives designed to connect people with disabilities and employment opportunities. “The ultimate goal is […]