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The Federal Eye: March, 2012

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/01/2012

NTEU launches Web site to counter ‘false statements’ against federal workers

Web site is “dedicated to correcting those who are all too willing to bend the truth when it comes to claims about the federal workforce.”

By Joe Davidson  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Senior Executive Service officials tend to stay put

When the Senior Executive Service (SES) was formed in 1978 it was meant to be a corps of top federal civil servants who rotated among agencies in order to get a broad base of experience.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:25 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Federal budget 2013: Plan calls for increase in federal employee pension contributions

The Obama administration is proposing to increase the contribution of federal employees to their retirement program by 0.4 percent each year over three years.

By Joe Davidson  |  10:04 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama budget, federal budget

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 01/25/2012

House Republicans target their own benefits

It’s not unusual for House Republicans to call for limits on federal retirement benefits, but this time, they are focusing on their own.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:08 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 01/17/2012

OPM sends Congress its plan to fix retirement services

The Office of Personnel Management sent a Strategic Plan for Retirement Services to Congress on Tuesday.

By Joe Davidson  |  05:27 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Top Eleven of 2011: Shut it down!

Hurricanes, layoffs and the always-present threats of a government shutdown topped our list of the most popular stories of the year.

By Ed O'Keefe and Beth Marlowe  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  About the Blog

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011

2011 year in review: Most commented-on items

Take a gander at the items that generated the most conversation among Federal Eye readers in 2011.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, About the Blog

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Some things the government got right in 2011

Despite the dysfunction displayed across Washington, some pockets of the federal government performed admirably this year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011

The biggest government ‘oops’ of 2011

Whether it was a public relations headache, a major management meltdown or disagreements that prompted weeks of uncertainty, federal agencies and top goverment officials provided plenty of fodder this year for their critics — and the news media.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/23/2011

OPM chief’s memo details year’s high points

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry says

By Joe Davidson  |  10:40 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Federal workers: 2012 could be as tough as 2011

An expert on the federal workforce discusses the past year for federal workers and what lies ahead in 2012.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011

TSA bill means military may get faster screening

Congress passes a law forcing the agency to come up with ways to quickly shuttle troops and their families through airport security.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Military

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Treasury Building earns a green honor

The department’s 142-year old building is poised to earn a ‘green’ honor.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Airport screeners take dispute over rights to the media

Union accuses Obama administration of blocking transportation security officers from seeking an independent third party to arbitrate disputes.

By Lisa Rein  |  04:35 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 12/20/2011

‘Flags for Feds’ bill is now law

Agencies will now be able to give a U.S. flag to the family of a federal employee killed in the line of duty due to a crime, terrorist attack or natural disaster.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:28 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011

How many .gov sites exist? Thousands.

FEDERAL EYE | A new report finds that many federal Web sites and addresses are inactive.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Oversight, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/20/2011

A woman is set to lead GPO for the first time

With the top boss on his way out, a woman will lead the Government Printing Office for the first time in its history.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Readers pick the biggest government ‘oops’ of 2011

See what the readers think were the government’s major mistakes. The answers may surprise you!

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Extend payroll tax cut, leave federal pay alone, union says

A federal worker union once again urges lawmakers to leave federal salaries alone as they vote to extend the payroll tax cut.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:08 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Congress grants Postal Service a big extension

USPS now has eight more months to pony up billions of dollars in retirement costs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:16 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service, Congress

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Government Printing Office boss out after Senate fails to vote

William Boarman is looking for work after the Senate fails to vote on his recess appointment.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Revolving Door

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Job cut plan could have less impact than advertised, CBO finds

A bill advancing in Congress to cut federal jobs could have a substantially smaller impact than has been touted by both its sponsors and its critics.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:17 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011

It’s busy season at the Postal Service

How many cards, packages and stamps will be bought and delivered this year? Find out here.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Government shutdown preparations begin... just in case

Agencies are preparing contingency plans if Congress fails to reach a spending deal. What does it mean for you?

By Ed O'Keefe and Eric Yoder  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Groups pans Obama’s plan to scrap $1 coins

Eliminating $1 bills would save taxpayers more money, a coalition of labor and transit groups says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Budget

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Government shutdown preparations begin as funding talks stall

Federal agencies are instructed to update contingency plans in case Congress fails to reach a deal later this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government Shutdown, Budget

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Hearing exposes disarray at nuclear agency

FEDERAL EYE | Four commissioners and the agency chairman air their grievances before a House committee.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Oversight

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Nuclear agency chief slammed in new report

House GOP report claims disagreements between commissioners are having ‘corrosive effect’ on the agency.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Postal Service delays closing post offices

The move is in response to requests from lawmakers trying to save hometown post offices.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:57 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service, Congress

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Veteran hires in federal government hit 20-year high

Veterans represented 28.5 percent of total federal hires in fiscal 2011, but the unemployment rate for recent veterans is still high.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:16 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Production of commemorative coins scrapped to save money

Are you waiting desperately for that dollar coin with the face of Warren G. Harding or Calvin Coolidge? It may now be harder to find.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:34 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget, Administration

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Union: Federal workers deserve higher mileage deductibility rate

Leaders say federal workers deserve to have a deductibility rate on par with national standard.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Lieberman: Federal workers should prepare for longer pay freeze

The senator said it’s an unfortunate necessity due to tighter budgets.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

White House: $5.6 billion in fraud recovered

More than $5.6 billion in fraud against the government recovered this year, officials say.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Budget, Administration

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Dispute between Nuclear Regulatory Commission members about ‘organizational issues,’ White House says

Obama administration declines to send witnesses to a House hearing on tensions at the nuclear safety agency.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Congress, Oversight

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 12/12/2011

‘If you see something, say something’ going bilingual

It’s the Spanish version of the “If you see something, say something” campaign.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:45 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 12/12/2011

What the Republican payroll tax plan would mean for federal workers

It would force most employees to recalculate earnings and potential retirement savings.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:04 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Budget

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Stimulus watchdog Earl Devaney tried to stay out of politics

What Earl Devaney thinks went well and not so well as he oversaw the economic stimulus program.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:16 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Tracking the Stimulus

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Federal unions oppose House GOP payroll tax plan

They’re livid over plans to raise federal worker benefits to pay for the tax cut.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:15 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Congress approves flag honors for federal employees

The Senate has joined the House in authorizing the presentation of American flags to the survivors of federal employees killed in the line of duty.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Do public servants feel a ‘calling’? | #FedBuzz

By Alicia Mazzara and GovLoop  |  12:26 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Army slashing 8,700 jobs as budget cuts begin

Buyouts and attrition will help meet the reductions by next September.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:15 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Military, Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Keep federal pay freeze out of payroll tax extension, senators say

Lawmakers call on leaders to reject plans to pay for payroll tax cut with third year of federal pay freeze.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:03 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Budget, Congress

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Federal workers enjoy a free lunch (video)

Some took time out of their schedules to head out in the cold and get a free lunch — yes, a legitimate free lunch.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, Video Report

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 12/08/2011

NOAA satellite system funded, but at what cost?

Plans to help weather satellites come at the expense of other agency projects, our colleagues report.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:40 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Will commuter benefits for federal workers expire?

Union warns that federal workers will have to shell out more starting next year unless Congress acts.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Congress

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Postal Service and unions extend contract talks

Negotiations will continue into next week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:01 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Vote for the biggest government ‘oops’ of 2011

Here’s your chance to weigh in on what was the government’s biggest scandal or mistake of the year.

By Ed O’Keefe  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Miscellaneous

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Postal workers behaving badly

Some postal workers steal mail, burn it, hoard it or claim thousands of dollars in fraudulent workers compensation claims, according to a new watchdog report.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011

FAA’s Randy Babbitt resigns after drunk driving arrest

He says he doesn’t want his drunk driving arrest to be a distraction for the agency.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Bonuses for senior federal workers dropped in 2010

Latest figures suggest the rank-and-file’s top senior managers took home less extra pay in fiscal 2010.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:06 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Obama administration targeting food stamp fraud as program reaches record highs

The new tactics come as more Americans than ever are using federal money to buy food.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Sheila Bair on body image (video)

The former FDIC chairwoman recalls being told her photo wouldn’t appear in a certain magazine.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:30 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Postal Service cuts will slow mail delivery

Officials Monday unveiled proposed changes to close hundreds of mail processing facilities and cutting tens of thousands of jobs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:12 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011

What was the biggest government ‘oops’ of 2011?

As the year nears its end, we’re compiling a list of its biggest “oops” moments across government.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Postal Service Mulls eMailbox Option | Federal Buzz

The U.S. Postal Service is thinking about going to the cloud. The cash-strapped agency recently proposed a new online mailbox system that could receive and store official documents like bills, legal correspondence, and health records.

By Alicia Mazzara and GovLoop  |  01:22 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Darrell Issa on Rick Perry’s ‘God awful’ threat to federal workers

The GOP chairman overseeing federal workers says the Texas governor’s comments are more about politics than reality.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:40 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Bureau of Labor Statistics site crashes as new unemployment figures are released

The Bureau of Labor Statistics acknowledges that its Web site crashed again this morning with the release of monthly employment data.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:10 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Fed up federal workers to feast on free food

Fans of public servants plan to hand out a free lunch next week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 12/01/2011

New snow policy ‘may create an embarrassment,’ but safety comes first, OPM chief says

Agency chief Berry says dismissal policy could cause embarrassment, but safety comes first for federal workers.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:20 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Billy Graham, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama under consideration for first ‘living persons or recently deceased’ postage stamp

Billy Graham, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama under consideration for first-ever “living persons or recently deceased” postage stamp.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Unions blast GOP plan to extend federal pay freeze

Federal employee unions are blasting a Senate Republican plan that would take money from government workers to cover the cost of extending the payroll tax cut.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:05 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Stimulus watchdog Earl Devaney stepping down

One of the nation’s most seasoned federal watchdogs plans to leave government work after more than 40 years.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Revolving Door, Tracking the Stimulus

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Rick Perry: Disagreeable federal workers would be reassigned to ‘some really God-awful place’ (video)

The Texas governor explains how, if elected president, he’d handle career government workers who disagree with his policies.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:30 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

 

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