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Pay stubs for some federal workers going electronic

By Ed O'Keefe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The federal government will start transmitting pay information for executive branch employees electronically, the Office of Management and Budget announced Monday.

The New Orleans-based National Finance Center, which processes payroll statements for more than 140 offices across the three branches of government, plans to start sending leave and earnings statements to workers electronically, although workers can choose to still receive paper versions, OMB said. The change will save taxpayers about $4 million annually. Workers at the Department of Homeland Security will be the first to see the changes in the coming weeks, followed later by employees at other executive branch departments, including Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs.

The move stems from an OMB contest last fall that sought cost-cutting ideas from federal workers. "This is a small change, but a powerful example of how federal employees can use their experience and unique knowledge to streamline what works in the federal government and end what doesn't -- saving taxpayer dollars and improving performance," OMB Director Peter R. Orszag wrote on his blog Monday in announcing the decision.

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