Postal Service offers early retirements ahead of RIFs

A few items that caught our attention on Tuesday:

Postal Service offers early retirements ahead of RIFs: The Postal Service is offering buyouts and early retirement options to more than 3,000 postmasters before it begins planning a reduction-in-force (RIF) in early 2015. Documents e-mailed to employees said that postmasters will receive $10,000 if they resign or take an early- or optional-retirement option, according to a Federal Times report.


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Obama order will protect feds from gender-identity bias: Discriminating based on sexual orientation is already prohibited within the federal workforce, but President Obama announced Monday at a Pride Month Celebration in the White House that he would sign an executive order protecting federal employees from bias based on gender identity, according to a Washington Post report.

Move over, Bowe Bergdahl — The desertion case against a Marine: Learn more about the case of U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who disappeared in Iraq, then reappeared in Lebanon, and then disappeared again, only to be picked up by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, according to a Checkpoint article.

A call for more seasoned military officers to take part in Iraq effort: U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R.-Calif.) issued a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday saying he should re-assign a number of top officers who played key roles in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 to help with the so-far limited U.S. efforts to help restore stability to that country, according to a Checkpoint report.

White House tells nominees to “hang in there” as they await confirmation: The White House’s director of presidential personnel sent an e-mail to the 210 nominees caught up in Congress’ confirmation gridlock, telling them to “hang in there,” according to an In the Loop article.

New NSA chief says Snowden damage is manageable: Adm. Michael Rogers, the newly installed director of the National Security Agency, said some terrorist groups have changed their communications to avoid U.S. surveillance techniques revealed by Edward Snowden, but he concluded that there is no reason to believe “the sky is falling,” according to a New York Times article.

Treasury shows proof that Obama kept promise to give up 5 percent of his salary: President Obama pledged in April 2013 to give 5 percent of his salary back to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers subjected to unpaid furloughs as a result of the government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester. The Treasury Department confirmed last week that Obama, showing the checks on the “Treasury Notes” blog, according to a Government Executive article.

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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