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The Federal Eye: May, 2012

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Senate panel approves benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees

A Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday allowing same-sex partners of federal employees to get employment benefits.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:22 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/12/2012

EEOC commissioner resigns seat

EEOC Commissioner Stuart Ishimaru, who previously served as acting chairman, has announced that he will leave the commission this month. His second term expires July 1.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:52 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Congress members call for White House action against discrimination

72 members of Congress urge President Obama to issue an executive order against discrimination by federal contractors

By Joe Davidson  |  02:43 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Viewpoint: NOAA budget cuts cost too much

A viewpoint about the cost of President Obama’s proposed budget cuts to NOAA.

By Steve Tracton  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, The Federal Eye, Budget

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Costs rising for background investigations of federal employees

Government spending on background investigations and security-clearance checks ballooned to almost $1.1 billion in the last fiscal last year, a jump of almost 79 percent over six years, congressional auditors said this week.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012

What happened to postal reform?

This was supposed to be the week that Congress started fixing the Postal Service. It wasn’t.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/29/2012

House backs federal job cuts, extended pay freeze

The House has endorsed several provisions targeting federal employee pay, retirement benefits and job levels.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:43 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Senate hearing examines contractor costs

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is concerned about the rising costs of employing non-federal contractors in the government workplace.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Senator proposes reforms for Senior Executive Service

Bill would make certain reforms in how government executives are paid and rated.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Federal employee health program FEHBP to stress drug cost control, wellness

Insurance companies in the FEHBP have been told to continue to try to hold down premium costs through wellness initiatives and controls on prescription drug spending.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Berry calls for ‘zero tolerance’ for federal USERRA violations

White House personnel chief John Berry says federal government must stop violating USERRA law.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Lawmakers challenge limit on Defense employment

A group of House lawmakers says that limiting federal jobs in the Defense Department could lead to wasteful spending on contractors.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 03/28/2012

NASA wins Twitter award for space information

The space agency is honored as best government Twitter feed.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:15 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012

New GOP budget proposal would change federal retirement, health contributions

A proposal by the Republican Study Committee would save more than $140 billion over 10 years by making changes to federal retirement and health contributions.

By Eric Yoder and Timothy R. Smith  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:03 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Audit questions charity’s expenses

More than $1 million in charges related to a federal charity drive have been questioned by the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general

By Joe Davidson  |  08:03 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Homeless veterans bill advances to Senate

The House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would create a new position to oversee housing issues for homeless veterans.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  05:53 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Federal workers: How would 10 percent staff reduction affect you?

A measure approved by the House Budget Committee would reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent by 2015. What would such a reduction mean for your agency?

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:09 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal budget

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Romney says federal workers ‘look for places they can interfere’

Public employee union fights back at comments Romney made Monday in San Diego.

By Lisa Rein  |  01:42 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

House plan envisions partial federal hiring freeze

Only one replacement would be hired for every three federal employees who leave.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:29 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Obama administration allows health coverage for same-sex spouse

The Obama administration has directed a health insurance company to provide coverage for the same-sex spouse of a federal employee.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:29 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Tricare decision protested

Defense’s decision to change a longtime contractor poses a risk to military health care, the losing bidder charged Monday.

By Steve Vogel  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Pentagon at risk of buying counterfeit parts, say congressional auditors

Auditors created fictitious Internet company to buy parts that turned out to be fake.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Active week on Capitol Hill for federal workers

This will be a very active week on Capitol Hill for federal workers.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/23/2012

GSA looking for bidders for energy retrofits

The General Services Administration, the federal government’s landlord, this week began soliciting bids for energy retrofits for 30 buildings.

By Lisa Rein  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  General Services Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Postal Service closing plans panned by lawmakers

Partial feasibility study finds USPS could lose billions after it closes 200 mail processing facilities.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Postal Service

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 03/22/2012

What would federal workers do with a 0.5 percent pay increase?

What do federal workers think about this proposition? Is something better than nothing, or is the increase so small that it isn’t worth it? Government workers’ responses from Twitter, GovLoop and our Federal Eye post ranged from sarcasm to deep concern.

By Allison Primack, GovLoop and Natalie Jennings  |  04:54 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal buzz

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 03/22/2012

More employee disclosure forms to go public

The financial disclosure forms of hundreds of thousands of federal employees would become public under the STOCK Act passed Thursday.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:02 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Low morale at Homeland Security is focus of congressional hearing

Morale at the Department of Homeland Security is so low that it was the subject of a congressional hearing today.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:16 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal employees

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/22/2012

BRAC 2013 may be DOA

Obama administration’s proposal for new base closings is blocked by key senator

By Steve Vogel  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BRAC, Base Real, ignment and Closure Commission

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 03/22/2012

EEOC report shows little change in federal workforce

An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s report shows a small increase in the percentage of Latinos in the federal workforce and people of color in senior-level positions.

By Joe Davidson  |  10:31 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Excess federal building hearing to be held inside one

A congressional committee will hold a hearing on selling the federal government’s excess buildings inside one of them — a vacant property in Southwest Washington.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Some State Department offices reopen

After Tuesday’s fire, the complex where it happened will return to some level of normalcy.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  09:25 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Fire continues to affect State Department annex staff

The fire occurred before working hours Tuesday morning.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Idled nuclear driver for government still collecting paycheck

Stephen Patrick, a nuclear courier who has collected a federal paycheck but not worked for much of the last 4.5 years, is still idle, five months after the Post reported on his fight for his job.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 03/21/2012

NRC seeks public comment on proposed order

The nuclear industry watchdog is seeking public comment on an order that would require plants to maintain function during a station blackout.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  08:53 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Health benefits for military work dogs

Military work dogs would receive life-time health benefits under identical proposals in the House and Senate.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Military dogs, Military benefits

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 03/20/2012

House approves federal property bill

The bill passed unanimously and advances to the Senate.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  04:48 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 03/20/2012

After space shuttle, FAA agency lays out future of space flight

A small FAA agency that regulates commercial space flight is expecting an increase in work this year.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  04:21 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Morning Joe plugs column on Ted Stevens

Thanks to Joe Scarborough, who plugged the Federal Diary column about the prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens on his “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/20/2012

How would you use a 0.5 percent pay increase? | Federal Buzz

For this week’s federal worker question of the week, we want to know what the difference between a little something and nothing would be for your family.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 03/20/2012

GOP budget plan would extend federal pay freeze

The plan unveiled by the House Budget Committee would continue the federal pay freeze for three more years and cut federal jobs by 10 percent through attrition.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:19 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Unemployment rose for post-9/11 vets in 2011, BLS reports

Unemployment among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans stood at 12.1 percent in 2011, a slight increase over the previous year, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Sen. Susan Collins blasts postal reform proposals

Measures proposed by the postmaster general would exacerbate the agency’s demise, says Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:55 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Pilot program would expedite auction of federal buildings

The House will consider another proposal to remove some of the 14,000 unused buildings on the government roster.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  08:48 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012

IRS employee-screening records found lacking

IRS employment offices often lack proof that background checks on job applicants were completed.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Proposal would protect custody rights during deployments

A new proposal in the House would prohibit judges from using military deployments in child custody decisions.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:17 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Judge approves trial in homeless suit against VA

A federal judge in California has agreed to a trial in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Department of Veterans Affairs’ policies leave veterans suffering from mental disorders at risk of homelessness.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:06 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Work increases and staff shrinks at MSPB

The Merit Systems Protection Board , an agency that plays an important role in the lives of federal civil servants, is facing a tough challenge getting its job done with shrinking resources

By Joe Davidson  |  06:06 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Obama administration launches ad campaign pointing to horrors of smoking

Ad campaign will feature tips from former smokers.

By Lisa Rein  |  11:56 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Medicare bill would hike costs to federal workers

Under a measure introduced by four Republican senators, federal employees would pay higher health care premiums.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:12 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Growth in federal retiree numbers, cost projected

The number of federal retirees and the cost of their benefits will grow over the next decade, but growth in Social Security will be even greater, government projections show.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 03/15/2012

FAA, controllers extend contract for 4 years

The government and the union representing federal air traffic controllers have agreed to a four-year extension of their contract.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:51 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Key nuclear plant safety order likely to be delayed, NRC tells Senate

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued three new orders to U.S. power plants, with a fourth on the way. But a fifth may not meet the agency’s schedule.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Postal union blasts closings plan in new ads

Coming to a TV near you: Ads blasting plans to shutter hundreds of mail-processing facilities.

By Ed O’Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Agencies poorly track FOIA requests, report says

A new House Republican report timed for Sunshine Weeks says many agencies poorly track information requests.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Senate backs return of higher transit subsidy

The Senate has approved language to nearly double the maximum that employers, including the federal government, can pay for their workers to use public transit in their commuting.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:08 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/14/2012

State Dept. moves to fire Peter Van Buren, author of book critical of Iraq reconstruction effort

FEDERAL EYE | Peter Van Buren wrote critical book about Iraq reconstruction; the agency says he violated numerous rules.

By Lisa Rein  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Safety of female homeless veterans examined at hearing

By Steve Vogel  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Cyber-blackout at Commerce Dept: Tell us your stories

The Economic Development Administration, a small agency in the Commerce Department, has been without working computers for eight weeks.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012

A few items on government issues discussed at SXSW

What some of the leading techies said about government and technology at SXSW.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Would you mentor a younger worker? | Federal Buzz

Congress is considering allowing federal employees to phase into retirement by drawing a partial annuity while working part time and using some of that time to mentor young employees.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:57 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal buzz

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 03/13/2012

How Senate vote affects prospects for pay raise

Questions and answers about Senate’s rejection of language to extend the federal pay freeze.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:55 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal pay freeze

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Senate rejects plan to extend federal pay freeze

Measure would have extended the freeze through 2013 to pay for tax breaks and energy projects.

By Ed O'Keefe and Eric Yoder  |  02:57 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/13/2012

FEMA Corps forms for disaster response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will partner with the Corporation for National and Community Service to form the group.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 03/13/2012

GAO offers new app through iTunes

The new Government Accountability Office app offers full reports, podcasts and video.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:51 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Energy Dept. oversight on loans is inadequate, GAO says

The Energy Department is mismanaging oversight of $34-billion in taxpayer-backed loans for green-energy and other projects, congressional auditors said Monday in a new report.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:01 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Energy Dept. oversight on loans is inadequate, GAO says

The Energy Department oversight of loan program is inadequate, congressional auditors said Monday in a new report.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:01 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

OPM director calls for training feds, diversity

The federal government works better with a diverse group of employees who are well trained and have workplace flexibility, says the top government personnel manager.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Sunshine Week renews debate on Obama and FOIA

How is the Obama White House doing in granting public information requests? Depends on who you ask.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Settlement reached in veterans mortgage fraud suit

By Steve Vogel  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Federal pay raise questions and answers

With the Senate set to consider extending the federal pay freeze by another year, we address some common questions regarding how federal pay is set.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:17 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Federal unions blast effort to extend pay freeze

Federal employee unions are vigorously protesting another move to extend the current two-year freeze on federal pay.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Agencies told to submit diversity plans

OPM director John Berry has told agency leaders to submit strategies for increasing workplace diversity by Friday.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Todd Park to serve as new federal chief technology officer

Todd Park previously served as architect of tech initiatives at the Department of Health and Human Services.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:18 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Senate backs phased retirement for federal employees

Federal employees could phase into retirement by switching to part-time work while collecting a partial annuity, under language approved by the Senate.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Telework week: Why managers balk at authorizing telework

A guest post for telework week.

By Andrew Krzmarzick  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guest post, Federal Buzz

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Easier access to disclosure forms planned

A federal agency moves to make financial disclosures filed by political appointees more readily available.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Cuts needed with or without BRAC, Pentagon says

The House Armed Services Committee’s readiness subcommittee holds a hearing Thursday morning on the request for a Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:22 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Former federal union lawyer joins firm

Mark Roth, former general counsel to AFGE, is coming out of retirement to serve as a union development specialist and senior counsel for the law firm of Tully Rinckey.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 10:00 AM ET, 03/08/2012

White House to launch new Web site, ethics.gov

Site aggregates data on other sites into one format intended to be more user-friendly

By Lisa Rein  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 03/07/2012

What’s the fate of old equipment in your office? | Federal Buzz

What is the life cycle of electronic equipment in your office? That’s this week’s Federal Buzz question of the week.

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:10 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Postal Service to suspend closures during election season

USPS agrees to suspend closing post offices and postal facilities in order to avoid problems with mail-in ballots.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Postal Service

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Legislators seek Hatch Act reforms

Bill seeks Hatch Act reforms for state and local government workers and milder punishments for federal employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:54 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Rep. Issa says Obama administration produces too much paper

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the Capitol Hill Republican with a voluminous appetite for investigating the Obama administration, has told the Energy Department it is wasting thousands of pages of paper responding to his document requests.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Rep. Donald Payne praised by federal unions

Federal union officials were saddened by the death Tuesday of Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.).

By Joe Davidson  |  02:44 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Military failing on diversity, harassment, lawmakers say

Lawmakers on Tuesday complained that the military has not done enough to improve diversity in leadership or to put a stop to racial harassment and abuse of minorities.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:09 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Issa, Grassley ask Obama administration to release policies on e-mail surveillance

Two top Republicans on Capitol Hill are asking the Obama administration to provide a “complete assessment” of government policy on e-mail surveillance at every federal agency.

By Lisa Rein  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Higher contributions part of a trend

The federal government has plenty of company among state governments in moving to increase employee contributions toward its retirement program, at least in a limited way.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 03/05/2012

GSA issues order to keep used government electronics out of the trash

The government wants to make sure that its excess electronics, including the 10,000 computers it retires each week, are not simply hauled off to the dump.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:18 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Whistleblower files suit against IRS, says agency owes him a reward

Joseph A. Insinga says he gave information to the IRS on company tax cheats.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 03/05/2012

FEMA prepares to provide tornado relief

The emergency agency has roughly $3.7 billion to begin distributing aid to victims of last week’s devastating storms.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:43 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/05/2012

The battle for Star-Spangled coins

The U.S. Mint released commemorative Star-Spangled Banner coins Monday at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, part of an effort to raise funds for the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

By Steve Vogel  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Presidential Management Fellowship Program examined

House Republicans call on the Obama administration to explain recent mishaps with a prestigious program designed to attract future government leaders.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Summit examines diversity in federal workplace

The National Coalition for Equity in Public Service will hold a federal diversity summit next month.

By Joe Davidson  |  05:41 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Employees

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

AFGE, SSA reach ‘conceptual’ contract

After negotiating since December 2007, union reaches “conceptual” agreement

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Countdown begins on feds ending paper benefit checks

The government on Thursday started a one-year countdown toward converting to electronic-only payments in many of the largest federal benefit programs.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012

VA underfunding needed construction, Murray says

Despite a 2013 budget that includes a 4.5 percent increase in discretionary spending for the VA, the request for major construction is $532 million, down from $1.074 billion in 2011 and $590 million in 2012.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Telework: Is it working in the federal government? | Federal Buzz

Are telecommuting initiatives by federal agencies having any impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal workforce?

By Natalie Jennings  |  04:26 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

 

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