The Federal Eye: eye opener


Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Federal workers talk financial concerns

Federal employees share their strategies for dealing with time off and financial uncertainty during the shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Will contractors receive back pay for the government shutdown?

Government contractors will not be paid for furlough time during the shutdown, unlike federal employees under a House bill supported by the White House and many Senate lawmakers.

By Josh Hicks and Marjorie Censer  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Federal workers to rally against shutdown on Capitol Hill

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union will take part in the demonstration on Friday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Shutdown casts doubt on release of monthly jobs report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics had scheduled the release for Friday, but the agency is down to just three employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Day One of the government shutdown: Now what?

What can federal workers and the rest of the nation expect now that the shutdown is in effect?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Feds make their pitches for ‘essential’ and ‘nonessential’

Readers from the federal workforce answered a survey asking why they are “essential” or “nonessential” during a shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013

What happens with congressional employees if the government shuts down?

The House Administration Committee released shutdown guidance on Tuesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Lawmakers to seek answers on security screening in wake of Navy Yard shooting

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs has said it will hold a hearing to examine the issue at a date yet to be determined.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013

CBO: Federal debt could match GDP in 25 years

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released that estimate as part of its long-term budget outlook for the federal government.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/18/2013

FBI hinting at 10-day shutdown if sequester continues

FBI officials have indicated the agency is considering a plan to furlough nearly all employees on the same dates.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 09/17/2013

One man’s close call at the Navy Yard

A simple change of routine may have spared Brendan Kittredge from encountering the shooter in Monday’s deadly rampage.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Republicans say IRS e-mails from Lois Lerner show ‘abuse of power’

Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right instead of testifying before Congress about the IRS’s inappropriate behavior.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013

A profile of the federal new hires, class of 2012

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/09/2013

VA committee to examine preventable deaths and bonuses

The hearing will take place in Pittsburgh, where an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at VA medical centers claimed five lives.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013

Largest USDA overpayments go toward farm subsidies, report says

The report came out as Congress prepares to resume talks over a farm bill for 2014.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Texas National Guard denies benefits for same-sex spouses

The agency said Texas's constitution conflicts with Pentagon policy of providing benefits for gay spouses.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/03/2013

GSA increases travel-reimbursement rates for feds

Standard lodging rates will rise slightly, but the but the agency has not increased the allowance for food and other expenses.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Obamacare affects executive and legislative employees differently

The law pushes members of Congress and the staffers onto healthcare exchanges, but executive-branch employees can keep their existing plans.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Janet Napolitano bids farewell to Department of Homeland Security

The outgoing Homeland Security secretary chided Congress for inaction on immigration reform and claimed credit for a more flexible agency.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Bill would end federal funding for lawmakers' health coverage

The measure would leave lawmakers fending for themselves on the new insurance exchanges forming under Obamacare.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/26/2013

Review of DOD furlough appeals to resume after Labor Day

The Merit System Protection Board put the appeals on hold this month due to an avalanche of claims.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/23/2013

The federal buildings of film and television

The GSA this week highlighted some of the starring properties.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Inspector general begins probe of Postal Service conferences

The probe is supposed to determine whether the agency has misused funds for its employee events.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013

Court limits appeal rights for 'sensitive' federal jobs

Critics say the ruling could allow supervisors to punish employees with impunity by classifying their positions as "noncritical sensitive."

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/19/2013

Are Washington's policies causing a retirement 'brain drain' at federal agencies?

A new online ticker claims to show the hours of institutional knowledge lost through federal-worker retirements this year.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/16/2013

Who would the public blame for a government shutdown?

Recent polling provides useful clues to help answer that question.

By Josh Hicks and Scott Clement  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Review board halts processing of DOD furlough appeals

The Merit Systems Protection Board said a large volume of appeals from the civilian defense employees led to the delay.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/14/2013

IRS drumbeat continues with Congress on break

House Republicans have demanded work-related e-mails from the personal account of IRS official Lois Lerner.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Obama says VA has reduced backlog of disability claims

The president said during a speech to disabled veterans: "We are not where we need to be, but we're making progress."

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/09/2013

What's the situation with federal furlough appeals?

A Q&A with the chairwoman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, which has received 26,000 furlough appeals.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/08/2013

FEC chair requests probe of agency's ties with IRS

The review will examine whether the FEC coordinated with the IRS in targeting groups based on their political beliefs.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/07/2013

NOAA denies application to import beluga whales for display

PETA and actress Kim Basinger pressed NOAA to deny the request from a marine-mammal park.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/06/2013

Senate finds bipartisan postal bill where House did not

The measure represents a middle ground between the proposals by House Republicans and Democrats.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/05/2013

Federal-employee groups want to tweak phased-retirement rules

Phased retirement will allow feds to work part-time after the age of retirement while receiving partial annuities and paying toward benefits.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Furlough appeals keep coming

The small Merit Systems Protection Board has put a hold on processing furlough appeals because of the high volume

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Senate panel to discuss 'regulatory paralysis'

The Senate Judiciary's new oversight subcommittee will examine the impacts of delays in the regulation-review process.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:28 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Federal-employee union wants broader eligibility for phased-retirement program

The NTEU said the draft guidelines may disqualify employees who worked less than 20 years for the federal government.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:28 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/30/2013

Dual investigations exacerbate President Obama's problems with political appointees

The probes involve an Obama nominee and one of the administration's interim office-holders, both of whom face accusations of wrongdoing.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/29/2013

GOP lawmaker chides FEC for two-year delay in creating enforcement manual

Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) said the lack of clearly stated policies and procedures can lead to abuses and erode Americans' faith in government.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Senate committee to question DHS nominee facing investigation

Alejandros Mayorkas allegedly intervened in the visa process for a politically connected firm.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Senate panel to examine Obama's NLRB replacement picks

Obama replaced two of his NLRB picks as part of a deal to avoid filibusters over other nominees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013

TSA opens pre-screening to general public

Expanding the program will allow more passengers to walk through airport security without removing laptops, shoes, belts and light outerwear.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/19/2013

IRS inspector general Russell George was a Democrat

George told a congressional panel that he worked the 1980 Democratic National Convention and helped found the Howard University College Democrats.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013

GSA: Federal government could default on rent under House appropriations bill

The measure, which would cut funding for the agency by $476 million, passed through committee on Wednesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:27 AM ET, 07/17/2013

How Obama's NLRB nominees became central to Senate filibuster deal

Lawmakers agreed to replace some of the president's NLRB nominees as part of the compromise.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:27 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013

What challenges lie ahead for next OPM director?

Issues of budgets, benefits and more pending as Katherine Archuleta gets confirmation hearing.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013

Who will replace Janet Napolitano as head of Homeland Security?

Here are some logical choices to replace the departing homeland security secretary.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Low-wage workers strike at Smithsonian museums

Good Jobs nation has held three other demonstrations since May as part of its campaign for a "living wage" for workers at federal buildings.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/10/2013

Defense employees try to keep spirits up with furlough run

The event on Monday marked the start of furloughs for hundreds of thousands of Defense Department employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Federal workers: How are you dealing with the sequester?

The sequester has reached a new height, with the largest round of furloughs starting on Monday. Share your furlough stories with the Washington Post.

By Josh Hicks and Marcia Davis  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/03/2013

IRS BOLOs: What's the problem?

IRS documents released last week show the agency has screened both progressive and conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:21 AM ET, 06/28/2013

What happens with farmers, food stamps and the USDA with no farm bill?

The latest proposal went down to defeat in the House. So what happens if lawmakers don't find a replacement?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:21 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Hearing will examine IRS's internal review of screening practices

President Obama ordered the review after an IG report faulted the IRS for inappropriate behavior toward tax-exemption applicants.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Was the IRS report 'flawed in a fundamental way'?

Senate Democrats revealed that the term "progressive" was among the IRS's search criteria in the agency's controversial targeting effort.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Bill would require agencies to fire feds who invoke Fifth Amendment

Republican lawmaker proposed legislation that would require federal agencies to fire employees who refuse to answer questions from Congress.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/21/2013

Labor groups back bills to cap contractor pay at vice president's salary

The Senate approved an amendment that would affect just border-security contractors, but two other bills would extend the cap across government.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/20/2013

How much money did Customs and Border Protection need to avoid furloughs?

Janet Napolitano told CBP employees that Congress approved a plan to help mitigate sequester impacts for the agency.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/19/2013

Senate hearing will examine security clearance in wake of NSA leaks

More than 3.5M federal employees, 1M contractors hold security clearances, according to a report.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:16 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Why did FEMA deny new funding after Texas fertilizer plant explosion?

FEDERAL EYE | The agency this month denied an appeal for millions of dollars in additional aid to help West, Tex., recover from an April 17 fertilizer-plant explosion that killed 15 people and decimated some 37 blocks of homes, schools and businesses.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:16 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/17/2013

Cummings challenges Issa on IRS transcripts

The top Democrat and Republican from the House oversight committee have sparred over the release of transcripts from a congressional investigation of the IRS targeting controversy.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/14/2013

How did postal reform fail last year?

Examining the sticking points from last year's postal reform talks.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Former Justice attorney seeks $23 billion in damages for NSA surveillance programs

A former Reagan-era Justice Department prosecutor is suing the federal government over its electronic-surveillance programs.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Republicans insist IRS case is not solved

Key Republicans on the House oversight committee criticized the panel's top Democrat for suggesting lawmakers should move on.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Understanding whistleblower protections and the NSA surveillance leaks

The Federal Eye examines whistleblower protections for the intelligence community and how they relate to the recent disclosures.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Cincinnati IRS employees say their actions started the targeting efforts

An IRS manager in Cincinnati elevated the first tea party case that prompted the targeting of conservative groups, and another employee from that Ohio office developed the initial search criteria, according to the House oversight committee's top Democrat.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:26 AM ET, 06/07/2013

Plastic squirting fish and other IRS conference goodies

What gifts did the IRS buy for events, and how much did they cost?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:26 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Clarifying common misconceptions about the IRS targeting campaign

The Federal Eye sheds light on tenuous claims relating to the IRS targeting campaign.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:34 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Five and counting: Yet another IRS hearing

Tuesday's congressional hearing will feature testimony from groups the IRS targeted for special scrutiny.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:01 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013

Previewing the fourth IRS hearing

Treasury inspector general J. Russell George and new acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel will testify at the hearing.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/31/2013

FEMA insights from a departing chief of staff

FEDERAL EYE | FEMA chief of staff Jason McNamara, helped the agency deal with disasters including the tornado in Oklahoma, the BP oil spill and hurricane Sandy. McNamara, who is leaving to work in the private sector as a consultant, shared some of his insights.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/30/2013

Mitch McConnell discusses IRS controversy, Obamacare and 2014

FEDERAL EYE | The Senate minority leader shared his thoughts about hot-button issues including the IRS controversy. McConnell said the IRS controversy is just one more reason to do away with the health-care law, but not the only one.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Sequester's toll on summer tourism

A Post graphic focuses on cuts at large national parks, as well as D.C. monuments and museums.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/24/2013

Post-ABC poll: Most Americans still disapprove of sequester

Polling data shows that 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the government-wide spending cuts.

By Josh Hicks and Scott Clement  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Senate committee approves Obama's NLRB nominees despite GOP opposition

The vote split along party lines but moved the confirmation process to the full Senate.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/22/2013

President to nominate acting chief Dan Tangherlini to lead GSA

President Obama will nominate Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini to the full position Wednesday

By Lisa Rein  |  06:03 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013

What's the appropriate level of White House involvement with IG findings?

How much should the White House know about IG audits before the results become public?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Proposed farm bills would cut billions from current spending levels

The Senate will debate its version of the five-year farm bill beginning Monday. The agriculture committees from both chambers of Congress approved their measures last week.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Perez confirmation saga continues with upcoming committee vote

A Senate committee will vote Thursday on whether to move forward with confirmation proceedings for Thomas Perez, the president's pick for labor secretary.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013

IRS released confidential info on conservative groups to ProPublica

The IRS provided the documents to the investigative-reporting organization, potentially violating federal guidelines.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Lingering questions about the IRS targeting of conservative groups

Leaked details from an upcoming inspector general's report provide some details of what happened, but important questions remain.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/10/2013

House bill would extend terrorism insurance program in wake of Boston bombing

Rep. Bennie Thompson, ranking member of the House homeland security committee, introduced the bill on Thursday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Top Chef star urges Congress to support anti-hunger programs

Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio visited the capital in advance of Congress beginning work on a new farm bill next week.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/07/2013

IRS employees to protest furloughs in New York

The IRS will close on several days while budget cuts for employees to take furloughs.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Public Service Recognition Week highlights work of government employees

Government leaders and public-service advocates are expected to issue proclamations, host award ceremonies and deliver messages about the value of civil service.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Furlough Days: Where do things stand?

Which agencies have placed employees on unpaid leave? How many reduced their furlough days?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Postal temps to gain health insurance under ObamaCare

The Affordable Care Act requires employers with more than 50 employees to offer coverage next year for workers averaging at least 30 hours per week.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Former commerce agents plead guilty to fraud against inspector general's office

The agents sought payments for time they didn't work and more than $36,000 apiece in false relocation expenses, according to the Justice Department.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013

USDA expands SNAP access at farmers markets

The Department of Agriculture will provide $4 million in grants to connect more farmers markets with the federal food-credit program.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Bill would require secondary cockpit barriers to prevent hijackings

Rep. Michael Fitzpatzrick (R-Pa.) is scheduled to introduce the bill on Monday at the Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial in Pennsylvania.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Senators call for investigation of TSA knife policy

Lisa Murkowski and Charles Schumer called on the Homeland Security inspector general to examine potential consequences of the TSA proposal.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Senators propose bipartisan bill to end FAA's controller furloughs

The legislation would allow the FAA to shift funds between accounts to end the furloughs that started Monday for air-traffic controllers.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/24/2013

IRS issued billions in improper refunds, report says

The IRS estimates that at least 21 percent of its Earned Income Tax Credit payments were faulty in 2012.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Furloughed Files | Share your furlough stories

The first major round of federal furloughs began this week, and we want your stories about life on unpaid leave.

By Marcia Davis  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Park Police furloughs begin as agency steps up visibility

Furloughs for U.S. Park Police employees began Sunday. The agency increased its presence at parks in response to the Boston Marathon bombings last week.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013

House approves controversial cybersecurity bill

The vote came despite a veto threat from the White House and opposition from civil liberties groups and privacy advocates.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Feds arrest suspect in suspicious mailings, Obama declares emergency

Wednesday's developments illustrated the federal response to this week's Boston Marathon bombing and mailing of ricin-laced letters to prominent officials.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013

EXCLUSIVE | Judiciary underestimated costs for building plans, report says

The federal court system failed the transparency test and underestimated projected costs with its five-year capital-projects plan, report finds.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013

House votes to crack down on tax-delinquent contractors but not individuals

The House approved a measure to prevent federal funding for contractors that fall behind in taxes but rejected a bill that would have required federal agencies to fire tax-delinquent workers.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013

House bill would fire tax-delinquent federal workers

About 3.6 percent of civilian federal workers owe a combined $1 billion in back taxes, according to the IRS.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013

VA addressing gravesite issues that haunted national cemetery system

The National Cemetery Administration continues to struggle with identifying problems with gravesight accuracy, according to an inspector general's report.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:43 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Insurance providers will debate who should provide health benefits to federal employees

Insurance providers are expected to present competing ideas before the House subcommittee that oversees federal-worker programs.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:43 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/10/2013

What's the score on White House budget day?

The White House will release a budget request on Wednesday that begins the next phase of talks over the nation's fiscal strategy.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Duplicative programs wasting government funds, report says

Congress's auditing agency issues report saying government could save tens of billions each year by trimming duplicative and inefficient programs.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/08/2013

A budget primer for White House budget week

What you need to know ahead of the White House’s release of its 2014 budget proposal.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/04/2013

AmeriCorps expects fewer volunteers under sequester

The national service program expects 15,000 fewer paid and unpaid members under the government-wide austerity plan known as the sequester.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013

What will the military's aerial-demonstration teams do with air shows cancelled?

What do the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds and Golden Knights do when the sequester halts their aerial demonstrations?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Pentagon favors reductions in force if sequester continues next year

Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale said the Defense Department should look at alternatives to furloughs if the sequester continues in 2014.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Postal Service to close more than 50 mail-processing centers

The Postal Service said it will shutter more than 50 processing centers as part of an accelerated plan to consolidate facilities.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013

GRAPHIC | Tracking sequester impacts

Comparing the projected sequester impacts with the quantifiable impacts that have occurred to date.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:17 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Airline-safety concerns grow louder in Washington

Lawmakers last week introduced two pieces of legislation, a flight attendants union rallied on Capitol Hill and the widow of a 9-11 pilot visited Washington to raise concerns.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:17 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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