The Federal Eye: Government


Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/04/2014

For federal employees, debt ceiling approach follows familiar path

The looming debt-ceiling fight has the feel of deja vu for fiscal crisis-weary feds.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:56 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, federal employees, G fund, government shutdown, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 11/18/2013

More federal employees tapped retirement savings in shutdown

Drawdown of TSP accounts could impact long-term finances of employees who faced short-term hardships.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:36 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, retirement savings, Thrift Savings Plan, TSP

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013

What ending the shutdown means for federal employees

Answers to questions about the impact of restored funding on pay and benefits of federal workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  back pay, benefits, excepted employees, federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Furloughed employees typically would return on day after shutdown ends

Furloughed federal employees generally would be expected to report for work on their next regular working day but there could be exceptions.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:40 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, return to work

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Coalition of veteran and military groups demanding end to shutdown

Members of a coalition of 33 organizations are to gather at the World War II Memorial to demand an end to the shutdown.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Shutdown leaves federal charity with uncertainties

The charity that relies on contributions from federal employees faces uncertainty because of the shutdown and furloughed workers.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:13 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  combined federal campaign, government shutdown

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Furloughs could shortchange employees of leave benefits

Many federal workers could accrue less leave than usual, at least temporarily.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:54 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furlough, government shutdown, leave, pay

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Back pay bill's effect on furlough uncertain

Bill before Congress would provide needed authority for pay, but separate authority for the programs they work in is another matter.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  back pay, federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Shutdown Q and A: Federal retirement benefits

How the shutdown affects federal retirement benefits, for both active and retired employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:34 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal annuities, federal retirement, government shutdown, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 10/01/2013

OPM says government is 'open' on first day of shutdown

Perhaps they didn't get the news. At 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management Web site said the status of the federal government is "open."

By Joe Davidson  |  09:05 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Government "open"?

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Shutdown consequences set to begin for government contractors

Agencies could cancel or reduce existing contracts as a result of the government shutdown that took effect on Tuesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government contractors

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 09/30/2013

CBO, MSPB Announce Shutdown Plans

Congress's own budget agency and the main appeals agency for federal workers outline plans.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:19 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBO, government shutdown, MSPB

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Ethical limits on federal employees would continue in shutdown

Employees on unpaid leave remain subject to restrictions on outside employment.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conflict of interest, ethics, federal employees, government shutdown, outside employment

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/29/2013

House vote means many federal services could shut down

House vote to link delay in health law to funding government could lead to a shutdown of government services and the furlough of many federal employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Shutdown could carry pay risk even for employees kept on the job

Federal workers kept on the job would lose the guarantee of retroactive pay if they missed work during shutdown.

By Eric Yoder  |  08:43 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  excepted employees, federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, paid leave, sick leave

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013

‘Nonessential’ label is upsetting to federal workers

Funding lapse would trigger stigmatizing distinctions among agency employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Government shutdown? We want to hear from federal workers

Federal workers: We want to hear what you think about a possible government shutdown

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Shutdown threat raises pay, benefits issues for federal employees

Some answers to common questions about the financial impact on the government’s workforce.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  benefits, federal employees, government shutdown, health insurance, pay, retirement

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Unions launch offensive against potential government shutdown

The unions demand back pay for federal employees who would be sent home.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:48 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 09/18/2013

OMB to agencies: Start making shutdown plans

Plans for possible funding lapse are to include review of which employees would stay on the job.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:53 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  agency closings, furloughs, government shutdown

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Short-term House spending measure would avoid shutdown

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee proposed the plan, which would extend current funding levels through mid-December.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:49 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Hearing will examine 'reinventing government'

The hearing will pit leaders from the nation's largest federal-employee union against proponents of smaller government.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:40 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Efficiency

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Obama administration urges Congress to cap contractor pay at president's salary

The White House budget office unveiled a proposal to would limit compensation to the president's salary.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:37 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government contractors

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Nine federal programs make list of top 25 government innovations

The list comes from Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:56 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government innovation

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Federal employees say government innovation is slipping

The government-wide innovation score dropped last year, based on a survey of federal workers.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government innovation

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Pew survey: Public trusts state, local governments over feds by wide margin

When it comes to public opinion about government, local is better, according to a Pew Research survey released Monday.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:42 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government popularity

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Federal downsizing can degrade services, workers coalition says

Shrinking the federal workforce does not necessarily save money but it can degrade government services to the public, a report says.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  attrition, federal employees, government reinvention, hiring freeze, sequestration

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Sunshine Week: Watchdog groups check administration's transparency

Two reports this week looked at the administration's compliance with open-government laws, and pair of congressmen from both parties pitched a FOIA reform bill.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:02 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Government

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Cut wasteful and ineffective programs first, Issa tells agencies

A key House committee chairman says agencies should cut wasteful and duplicative programs before targeting other spending in sequestration.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:01 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government waste, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 02/27/2013

OMB: Government travel down by $2 billion over 2 years

According to testimony presented to a House subcommittee spending on government travel dropped by $2 billion over two years.

By Joe Davidson  |  08:53 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government travel

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Some technology wasted on IRS employees, audit finds

Some technology is provided to IRS employees without a documented need and is underused or not used at all, an audit has found.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air cards, BlackBerrys, government waste, information technology, irs

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 01/28/2013

White House: Automatic cuts 'not supported by virtually anyone in Washington'

White House press secretary reiterates that automatic spending cuts known as a sequester were never designed to take effect.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:36 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense budget, defense contractors, federal budget, federal emloyees, federal employees, fiscal cliff, Government Efficiency, sequestration

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 01/23/2013

10 questions and answers on budgetary threats to federal employees

How the triple threats of the debt limit, sequestration and a government shutdown could affect federal employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:55 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, sequestration

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Ethics restrictions for federal workers apply to inaugural activities

Federal employees generally may participate in the upcoming Inaugural activities but they should be careful not to violate certain ethical restrictions, the guidance says.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal ethics policies, Hatch Act, Inauguration, office of government ethics

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/20/2012

House backs unpaid leave for federal executives under investigation

The House approved a bill to let federal agencies place senior executives on unpaid leave while they are under investigation for serious wrongdoing.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government accountability

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Benefits.gov debuts on YouTube

FEDERAL EYE | The main portal for information about government-provided benefits launches channel.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:47 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  benefits.gov, Government benefits, youtube

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Report: Most federal agencies not following FOIA requirements

An audit of federal agencies found that most have not updated their FOIA regulations since the attorney general urged greater ease of access to government records.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:29 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Government

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/09/2012

TSA screeners ratify contract

Airport security screeners have ratified the first contract with the Transportation Security Administration, a pact that among other things overhauls their pay for performance system to emphasize actual on the job performance over certification tests.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport screeners, american federation of government employees, screener contract, transportation security administration

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Patent Office cites benefits of telework during storm closing

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, one of the most avid users of telework among federal agencies, says its productivity largely held up when federal agencies in the Washington area were closed for two days last week due to Hurricane Sandy.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, government closings, hurricane sandy, patent and trademark office, telework

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Federal offices open Thursday under normal policies

Federal offices in the Washington area will be open under regular operating procedures Thursday, the Office of Personnel Management announced late Wednesday afternoon.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:07 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal agency operating status, government operating status

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 10/29/2012

For employees, agency closing can mean many things

While a federal government closing announcement means a day off without having to take vacation time for many affected employees, that’s not the case for all of them, and other special policies can kick in as well.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:46 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  emergency closing, federal workers, government closing, hurricane closing

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Revamping government called possible but not easy

There are opportunities to consolidate government programs but the job won't be easy, quick or cheap, according to a newly released study.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:45 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  duplicative programs, Government Efficiency, government reorganization, government waste, national academy of public administration

Posted at 02:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012

Report on pay comparison between federal and other workers to be released

The government Friday will release its latest assessment of how federal employee salaries compare with pay for other workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cost of government, federal pay, federal salary council, pay comparisons

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Senators introduce excess federal buildings bill

The measure would require agencies to hire a property manager to help get rid of extra space.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Budget | Tags:  Federal government

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Approaches vary on selling excess U.S. property

Several approaches are under consideration in Congress for selling off excess buildings and other properties owned by the federal government, the nation’s largest property owner.

By Eric Yoder  |  08:54 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Eye, U.S. government