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The Federal Eye: May, 2012

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 05/17/2012

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By Lisa Rein  |  01:20 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/15/2012

New website shows Postal Service losing money by the minute

Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat who is among those pressing for legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service’s finances, has launched a website with an eye-catching ticker aimed at pressuring House Republicans to act: It tracks the agency’s losses to the dollar.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/10/2012

By Lisa Rein  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/02/2012

IRS warns of new tax scam

The agency warned taxpayers about an emerging tax scam that tempts people into filing fraudulent tax returns that claim bogus refunds

By Lisa Rein  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Economic development agency still out of network

Employees at a small job-development agency in the Commerce Department have now been without computers or Internet access for six weeks

By Lisa Rein  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Consumer groups protest approval of medical device

The groups urged the FDA to require more rigorous medical testing before putting a device for aneurysm treatments on the market.

By Lisa Rein  |  01:46 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/28/2012

USDA, American Legion sign deal on jobs, assistance for veterans

The USDA and the American Legion signed a memorandum creating a partnership to get information about jobs, training and medical care to veterans who live in rural communities.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 02/28/2012

GAO: Overlapping government programs cost billions

FEDERAL EYE | Report cites dozens of examples of federal overlap, duplication and mismanagement that could easily be fixed.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:04 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Budget, Congress, Oversight

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 02/27/2012

TSP outlines Roth rollout plans

The Thrift Savings Plan is preparing a series of educational materials about potentially complex investment choices for federal employees related to its upcoming launch of a Roth alternative.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:16 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Federal contracting spending holds steady

For the first time in almost two decades, federal agencies spent the same amount as the year before, officials say.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting, Administration, Budget

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Postal regulator traveling again despite Senate probe

Ruth Goldway is on a two-week trip to Switzerland despite a Senate inquiry into her travel.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service, Oversight

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 02/27/2012

In op-ed, federal worker says, ‘I’m fed up’

A career Foreign Service officer uses a Washington Post op-ed to express what he thinks are the opinions of many of his rank-and-file colleagues.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:30 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 02/27/2012

GAO: Military too slow to aid whistleblowers

Whistleblowers in the military aren’t getting enough protection against reprisals, which hurts the nation’s armed services, a GAO report says.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:15 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Military, Eye Opener, Oversight

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Some news of our own

The Federal Eye reports on the ebb and flow of the federal government and on the public officials moving up or moving on. Today we have news of our own.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  About the Blog, Eye Opener

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Federal retirement contributions: Questions and answers

A summary of issues surrounding the new law requiring higher contributions by federal employees who will be hired starting next year.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:08 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal retirement system

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

How safe is the mail?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

U.S. Postal Service plans to close, consolidate 223 processing centers

FEDERAL EYE | Postal workers should know by day’s end whether they work at one of the processing facilities slated to close soon.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Darrell Issa assesses his first year as chairman

The California Republican has held hundreds of hearings and made hundreds of requests for information from the White House and agencies.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress

Posted at 11:11 PM ET, 02/21/2012

How can federal workers change Capitol Hill’s perception of them? | Federal Buzz

Government workers are among the most frequent targets for lawmakers looking to trim the federal budget. But should they be?

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:11 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Harry Reid: Obama should issue recess appointments if Senate confirmation logjam persists

Senate majority leader says he may tell Obama to issue recess appointments if a stalemate doesn’t break soon.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:46 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Confirmation Hearings, Revolving Door

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Obama’s 2013 Budget: Federal workers react

FEDERAL BUZZ | The Federal Eye and partners at GovLoop asked federal workers for feedback on which agency cuts go too far or not far enough.

By Ryan Kellett and Dorothy Ramienski Amatucci  |  02:10 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 02/16/2012

How Benjamin Cardin got the federal pension deal

The Maryland senator says that after these changes to federal compensation, “this is it.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:19 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Targeting only federal workers is unfair, Steny Hoyer says

The Republican majority in the House views the federal workforce as “almost a sole payer for things they want to do,” according to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

By Joe Davidson  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Payroll tax deal forces new federal employees to pay more for retirement benefits

Future federal employees would have to pay more for their retirement as part of a deal struck early Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe and Ben Pershing  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012

How much do federal employees earn?

FEDERAL EYE | As Congress debates pay freezes and pensions, we take a look at how much federal employees make on average.

By Ed O'Keefe and Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Inquiry widens into FDA’s monitoring of whistleblowers’ e-mail

By Lisa Rein  |  04:26 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Miller accuses Obama administration of leaving veterans ‘twisting in the wind’

The House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman says Obama should declare VA exempt from automatic cuts to reduce the deficit.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:10 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Payroll tax deal may include federal pension changes

Federal worker unions strongly opposed to plans to pay for payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits with federal worker compensation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:16 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Democratic senators want ‘improvements’ to Postal Service bill

Most Senate Democrats want changes made to a U.S. Postal Service bill before it comes up for a full vote in the coming weeks.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:15 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Postal Service

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Where do government employees live and work?

Contrary to what some may think, most don’t live in the Washington area.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Obama’s 2013 budget backs ending Saturday mail, boosting stamp prices

The White House plan would permit an end to Saturday mail and give USPS more time to fund worker health benefits.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service, Budget

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Ex-Federal Diary columnist Stephen Barr joins Labor Department

Former Federal Diary columnist joins federal agency as a top spokesman.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:20 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Revolving Door

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Federal budget 2013: Obama’s budget boosts pay, size of federal workforce remains relatively flat

But the proposed pay raises differ and are likely to spark criticism.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:57 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget, Workplace Issues

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Federal Budget 2013: How Obama’s budget plan affects each agency

Here is an agency-by-agency breakdown of Obama’s 2013 budget proposal.

By Washington Post Staff  |  11:40 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Federal budget 2013: Which cuts go too far? Should there be others? | #keeporcut

What insight do you have into the federal budget? First, delve into the federal budget document. Then share your thoughts.

By Ryan Kellett  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Plan to close USDA day-care center upsets parents

Facility at USDA headquarters must close for safety concerns; parents say they didn’t have enough warning.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Should recent graduates consider a career in the federal government?

The 2011 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey shows that only 2.3 percent of more than 35,000 college students said they plan to work in the federal government.

By Ryan Kellett and Allison Primack  |  05:12 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Federal workers’ union targets GOP in new ad

The ad, set to start airing this weekend, blasts Republicans for their plans to cut federal workers’ benefits.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Congressional inquiry widens into FDA e-mail monitoring of whistleblowers

A House lawmaker demanded that the Food and Drug Administration explain the legal basis for targeting employees who were raising concerns about unsafe medical devices.

By Ellen Nakashima and Lisa Rein  |  05:03 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Cummings says federal employees have sacrificed enough

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is in the difficult position of protecting federal employees from a flow of proposals pushed by the majority Republicans that would limit pay and benefits.

By Joe Davidson  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Investment of leave payments considered

Federal employees could invest in their retirement savings program the value of unused annual leave to their credit when they separate from employment, under a bill that could reach a House floor vote next week.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:41 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Postal Service loses $3.3 billion in first quarter

The holiday mail season wasn’t very good to the U.S. Postal Service last year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012

2013 federal budget: What do you know?

We need you — our loyal, well-connected readers — to start spilling the beans on your agency’s budget plans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Budget

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Senator to probe Postal Regulatory Commission travel schedule

A leading Democratic senator asks for more details on the travel of the nation’s top postal regulator, following a Washington Post investigation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Oversight, Postal Service

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Federal employees allowed to leave early due to snow

With up to 3 inches of the white stuff expected later today, OPM says employees may leave early or telework.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:40 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Where are all the watchdogs?

A new database is tracking the vacant inspector general positions across the government — with some vacant for more than 1,000 days.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:15 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Oversight, Revolving Door

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012

GAO scales back to fewer than 3,000

Head of top watchdog agency says he’s cutting back to staffing levels not seen in more than 75 years.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Budget, Eye Opener

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Bill to sell underused federal buildings advances

The bill still requires Senate approval and differs from a White House proposal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:15 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Question of the week: Should recent grads consider a career in public service? | #Fedbuzz

A nationwide survey of 35,000 college students revealed that only 2.3 percent of those polled plan to work in government.

By Ryan Kellett  |  01:03 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/07/2012

TSP outlines new investment option

Proposed rules lay the groundwork for a major change in the investment options available to federal employees through the Thrift Savings Plan.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Republicans keep focus on federal pay

FEDERAL EYE | Less than a week after House Republicans voted to freeze pay increases for federal employees, a bill forcing the rank and file to pay more for retirement benefits is up next.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Workplace Issues, Congress

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Where do federal employees work? (In one chart!)

This chart demonstrates the great divide between federal employees who work for the Defense Department and those that don’t.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Postal Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Ruth Goldway defends travel schedule

Ruth Y. Goldway says traveling overseas several times a year is part of the job.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Pay freeze bill gets the cold shoulder | Federal Buzz

The House passed a bill Wednesday which, if passed in the Senate, will freeze federal pay for an additional year, through 2013.

By Corey McCarren and GovLoop  |  05:25 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Union leader blasts CBO federal pay study

Federal employees do not “get rich off their pensions,” she says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Workplace Issues, From The Pages of The Post

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

OMB personnel changes are on the way

Some changes are in the works as the budget-writing agency as top bosses get White House promotions.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Revolving Door, Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

The $1 billion program is part of a series of initiatives meant to reach out to the growing military veterans community.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Military

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 02/02/2012

How a pay freeze affects federal workers | Federal Buzz

The House voted Wednesday night to freeze the pay and salaries of congressional staffers and civilian federal employees. Federal workers weigh in.

By Ryan Kellett  |  06:26 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Commerce Department agency’s network may have been hacked

A virus has infected the network of a job-development agency in the Commerce Department for almost two weeks, forcing it to block employees from the Internet.

By Lisa Rein  |  04:06 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Which lawmakers are friendliest to federal workers?

A new report card ranks which lawmakers vote most often in the interest of federal employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 02/01/2012

House votes to freeze congressional, federal pay

The vote is a symbolic victory for the GOP, which has cast government pay as an example of excessive federal spending.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:12 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Grassley investigates FDA monitoring of whistleblowers

A senior Senate Republican has launched an investigation of the Food and Drug Administration’s secret e-mail monitoring of scientists who warned that unsafe medical devices were approved over their objections.

By Lisa Rein and Ellen Nakashima  |  02:19 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Obama’s recess appointments will create uncertainty, GOP critics say

Several GOP witnesses slated to appear before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House committee today think so.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Congress, Confirmation Hearings | Tags:  US House, recess appointments

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Federal pay freeze: How would it affect you? | Federal Buzz

Congressional Republicans are planning to vote Wednesday on a bill that would freeze federal employee and congressional pay for an additional year.

By Natalie Jennings  |  04:47 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

 

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