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Civil Service Retirement Bills in the 106th Congress

Description: Among the civil service retirement issues addressed in bills introduced thus far in the 106th Congress are the correction of retirement coverage errors for federal employees assigned to the wrong retirement system; immediate eligibility for federal employees to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP); improved portability of pension benefits; and repeal of the temporary increase in employee retirement contributions that was mandated by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Other bills would expand TSP eligibility to include members of the armed services; improve pension coverage for temporary and part-time federal employees; and designate several categories of federal employees as law enforcement officers for purposes of determining their retirement benefits.
Date: June 28, 2000
Creator: Purcell, Patrick J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP): Available Health Insurance Options

Description: This report discusses the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), a program administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is statutorily given the authority to contract with qualified carriers offering plans and to prescribe regulations necessary to carry out the statute, among other duties.
Date: February 13, 2013
Creator: Mach, Annie L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP): Available Health Insurance Options

Description: This report discusses the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), a program administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is statutorily given the authority to contract with qualified carriers offering plans and to prescribe regulations necessary to carry out the statute, among other duties.
Date: November 13, 2013
Creator: Mach, Annie L. & Cornell, Ada S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Definitions of "Inherently Governmental Function" in Federal Procurement Law and Guidance

Description: This report surveys the definitions of inherently governmental function given in Policy Letter 11- 01, the FAIR Act, and other sources. It also notes specific functions that have been designated as inherently governmental or commercial by statute, regulation, policy, or Government Accountability Office (GAO) or judicial decision. Its primary focus is upon government-wide statutes, regulations, and policy documents, not agency-specific ones.
Date: December 23, 2014
Creator: Manuel, Kate M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Conversion from the National Security Personnel System to Other Pay Schedules: Issues for Congress

Description: This report focuses on the transition of employees from National Security Personnel System (NSPS) to non-NSPS pay systems. It does not address the operation of NSPS or other pay schedules. The report discusses how the transition is scheduled to occur and analyzes congressional options for oversight or legislative action.
Date: July 15, 2010
Creator: Ginsberg, Wendy R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Acquisition Services Reorganization at the General Services Administration

Description: This report discusses the reorganization of the General Services Administration (GSA) after the GSA's Inspector General discovered that funds were acquired in a manner not consistent with congressionally authorized procedures. Congressional approval was required for this reorganization due to the replacement of the congressionally authorized fund with a new one.
Date: December 4, 2007
Creator: Smith, Stephanie
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Architect of the Capitol: Appointment Process and Current Legislation

Description: This report discusses the history of the selection of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) and recent legislation. An Appendix provides websites for brief biographical information about each of the 10 individuals who have served as Architect of the Capitol.
Date: February 16, 2010
Creator: Brudnick, Ida A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Pay-for-Performance: Lessons from the National Security Personnel System

Description: This report reviews the creation of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), examines how NSPS operates, discusses litigation against it, and analyzes lessons that can be learned from NSPS as Congress decides whether to maintain the GS, create a new federal pay system, or modify existing ones.
Date: December 18, 2009
Creator: Ginsberg, Wendy R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Ministerial Exception of the First Amendment: Employment Discrimination and Religious Organizations

Description: This report analyzes the history and constitutional bases for the ministerial exception and examines selected statutory provisions reflecting its protections under federal employment laws. The report examines the distinction between the constitutional and statutory protections for religious organizations and addresses critical questions involved in judicial consideration of the ministerial exception. It analyzes which employees may qualify as ministerial, the extent to which courts may defer to religious entities claiming the exception, and whether the exception may apply to any claim brought against a religious entity.
Date: December 10, 2014
Creator: Brown, Cynthia
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Federal Personnel: Conversion of Employees from Appointed (Noncareer) Positions to Career Positions in the Executive Branch

Description: This report discusses the conversion of employees from appointed (noncareer) positions to career positions in the executive branch. This practice, commonly referred to as "burrowing in," is permissible when laws and regulations governing career appointments are followed.
Date: October 14, 2008
Creator: Schwemle, Barbara L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Federal Workforce: Characteristics and Trends

Description: This report discusses the federal workforce, which is also expected by some to reflect the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity of the country as a whole. In addition, understanding recent changes in the overall size and composition of the federal workforce can indicate what changes may lie in the future.
Date: September 30, 2008
Creator: Copeland, Curtis W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Proposals for a New Foreign Service Compensation System in the 110th Congress

Description: This report discusses (1) the legislative background leading to a proposal to change the compensation system, (2) the current Foreign Service personnel system and why the Foreign Service views it as already performance-based, (3) an examination of why the Foreign Service and the Administration are both requesting that Congress change the compensation system, (4) an examination of H.R. 3202 and S. 3426, the "Foreign Service Overseas Pay Equity Act of 2008," and (5) some issues that Congress might be asked to consider.
Date: September 24, 2008
Creator: Nakamura, Kennon H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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