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The Federal Eye: July, 2012

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Gaps persist in midlevel Foreign Service positions

Report says despite a 17 percent increase in State Department hiring, the department “faces persistent experience gaps in overseas Foreign Service positions.”

By Joe Davidson  |  01:31 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 07/09/2012

Homeland Security Department under congressional scrutiny

Department of Homeland Security officials are again being called to Capitol Hill for hearings this week.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:00 AM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 07/05/2012

Federal offices open Thursday; unscheduled telework and leave allowed

Federal offices are open Thursday, but because of continuing difficulties following Friday’s storm, federal workers in the Washington, D.C. area may use unscheduled telework or unscheduled leave.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:02 AM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 07/02/2012

Federal offices open Tuesday

The Office of Personnel Management forecast for Tuesday’s workday in federal offices is the same as Monday’s.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:14 PM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 PM ET, 07/01/2012

Federal offices open Monday

The severe storm in the Washington area on Friday was not strong enough to close the federal government on Monday.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:27 PM ET, 07/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Appeals court strikes down DOMA in federal employee case

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a law denying employment benefits to the same-sex spouse of a federal employee is unconstitutional.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:53 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/31/2012

Two military personnel bills advance to Senate

The two laws would change provisions for military re-employment at TSA and how family law courts determine child custody.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  06:03 AM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TSA

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Federal workers: How much overtime do you work? | #Fedbuzz

Do you step away from your work outside the 9-5, or do you find yourself staying as long as it takes to get the job done?

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:09 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/30/2012

More details of TSP data security breach sought

A senator has asked Thrift Savings Plan for details on the data breach that resulted in the disclosure of Social Security numbers and other data of more than 123,000 account holders.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Helping veterans find work in a tight job market

Communication is key in helping veterans find work

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/30/2012

More funding sought to combat veterans’ homelessness

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan address National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Survey of senior executives shows mixed level of satisfaction

Elite corps of government managers like their jobs but believe the government will have trouble attracting top talent.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:43 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  postal service buyouts, postal service finances, us postal service finances, USPS buyouts, postal service congress, postal service needs money

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 05/29/2012

OPM polls agencies on domestic violence policies

OPM has asked agencies to send in their policies regarding domestic violence and the federal workplace, in preparation for writing new government-wide guidance.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:26 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Is government work a dream job? Public sector employees respond

GovLoop and the Federal Eye asked how readers came to their current job, and what drives them to do the work they do

By Samuel Lovett for GovLoop  |  11:58 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/29/2012

IRS to close 43 small offices

The IRS says plans to close 43 of its smaller offices will have minimal impact on taxpayers and employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/28/2012

Federal agencies told to begin awarding flags for fallen employees

Federal agencies have been told that they can begin presenting flags to honor federal employees who are killed in the line of duty.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Jeffrey Neely’s GSA departure package criticized by House committee chair John Mica

Rep. John Mica will introduce legislation penalizing senior federal employees who decline to assist a congressional investigation.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:52 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GSA

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Postal Service offers buyouts to mail handlers

Move comes as agency moves ahead with closures of mail processing hubs

By Lisa Rein  |  03:20 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  postal service buyouts, postal service finances, us postal service finances, USPS buyouts, postal service congress, postal service needs money

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 05/25/2012

TSP discloses hacking of accounts

Social Security numbers, other key personal information of more than 120,000 participants in the Thrift Savings Plan were accessed.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:53 AM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Jeffrey Neely, GSA official who organized Las Vegas conference, leaves the agency

Jeffrey E. Neely, the regional GSA commissioner who organized a notorious $823,000 Las Vegas employee conference, was on administrative leave.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  05:49 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Supreme Court makes Web site more mobile-friendly

By Robert Barnes  |  04:59 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/24/2012

John Huston’s ‘Let there be light’ documentary available online through August

John Huston’s documentary on combat stress in World War II has been restored and put on the web.

By Steve Vogel  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/24/2012

ACLU throws support behind State Department whistleblower

Peter Van Buren, a foreign service officer who wrote an unflattering book about his year leading reconstruction teams in Iraq, has received the support of the American Civil Liberties Union in his effort to keep his job

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State Department Iraq, state department diplomat iraq, state department peter van buren, iraq reconstruction peter van buren

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 05/23/2012

John F. Sopko, veteran investigator, nominated to fill Afghanistan special inspector general post

Post has been vacant since 2011 and is once of 10 such vacancies to be criticized by Congress.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  06:08 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 05/23/2012

CBO: Phased retirement for federal employees a cost-saver

The analysis encourages allowing federal employees to ease into the ends of their careers.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:10 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Government focusing on mobile

President Obama lays out a digital initiative to make more information compatible with mobile platforms.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:27 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Wounded servicemembers waiting longer for disability evaluation, GAO says

Injured servicemembers wait on average over a year to receive an official government disability evaluation, and the wait time increased significantly in 2011 for the third consecutive year, according to testimony to be released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Secret Service director plans to defend agency and outline code of conduct

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan plans to present a strong defense of his staff at a Senate hearing Wednesday while outlining steps to prevent a recurrence of the agency's prostitution scandal in April.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:10 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Federal workers: Is your job what you envisioned when you left school? | #FedBuzz

Are you doing the job you dreamed of having when you were fresh out of school? If you’re not in your dream job, then what’s the plan to get it?

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:07 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Government wants you to run lighthouses

The General Services Administration proposes allowing nonprofits or local governments to maintain a dozen navigation beacons.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Personnel chief tells U-Md. graduates to ‘heal the nation’

Berry is speaking at college commencements across the country

By Lisa Rein  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Secret Service director to testify about scandal

This week, a Senate panel will examine two developments: the Secret Service scandal and the government shortage of foreign-language speakers.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Tension is common in federal employee-contractor relationships | #FedBuzz

For the Federal Buzz question of the week, The Federal Eye and GovLoop asked government workers and contractors about their relationships.

By Corey McCarren for GovLoop  |  04:29 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 05/18/2012

House passes foreclosure protections for vets

The Defense budget bill includes an amendment that would expand foreclosure protections for veterans and family members.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:48 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Phased retirement plan falls out of defense bill

Amendment falls away defense bill but efforts continue on other fronts

By Eric Yoder  |  01:36 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 05/17/2012

State Department restores Foreign Service spouse’s blog to its Web site after pulling it

Jennifer Dinoia wrote graphically about breast cancer surgery.

By Lisa Rein  |  07:25 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 05/17/2012

House probes corruption in DHS agencies

Among the reports are allegations of TSA agents stealing passengers’ belongings.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:34 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Postal Service moving ahead with closing mail sorting hubs, though closures will move slowly

The Postal Service, facing mounting losses, said it cannot wait for Congress to pass legislation to help it out of its financial hole.

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

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 05/17/2012

House vote sought on phased retirement plan

Efforts to bring to a House vote a plan to allow federal employees to phase into retirement has suffered a setback but there’s still a chance the proposal will come to a vote, potentially as soon as today.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:24 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Senate panel to vote on extending benefits to same-sex partners of LGBT federal workers

A Senate committee is moving ahead with legislation that would give partners of gay federal workers benefits, a week after President Obama endorsed marriage for same-sex couples.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Federal workers and government contractors: A good team? | #FedBuzz

Is there tension between the government employees and the federal contract workers in your office?

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:24 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

U.S. Postal Service losses shown by the hour on Sen. Tom Carper’s Web site

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is among those pressing for legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service’s finances.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Postal Service, Sen. Tom Carper, U.S. Congress

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Automatic TSP investments increase proposed

A new Senate bill would increase the level of retirement savings made by default in order to capture the maximum government contribution.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 05/15/2012

USDA marking its 150th anniversary with live webcast

The department’s creation by Abraham Lincoln is celebrated by Chuck Leavell, Art Monk and Morning Joe crew.

By Steve Vogel  |  10:15 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Risk of violence in federal workplace examined

All federal government organizations are potentially at risk for workplace violence, according to an agency studying the issue.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Obama administration issues new travel and conference rules

In the wake of the General Services Administration (GSA) scandal over an excessive Las Vegas conference, the Obama administration has placed new restrictions on federal travel and meetings.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 05/11/2012

#FedBuzz: How government workers marked Public Service Recognition Week

The week is supposed to be filled with events acknowledging feds. It’s exciting stuff, right? Well, according to some federal workers, not so much.

By Corey McCarren for GovLoop  |  02:31 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 05/10/2012

House backs higher federal worker pension contributions

The House has backed increasing the percentage of salary that federal employees must pay toward their retirement benefits. But the plan not go any farther.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:09 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Postal Service posts new round of financial losses

Declining mail volume continues to dog agency.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:30 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 05/10/2012

House committee examines inspector general vacancies

Some members ask whether there can be a vehicle to circumvent the president’s appointment authority if vacancies last too long.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:30 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Office of Personnel Management establishes new intern guidelines

Three new programs will clearly define interns and recent college graduates in developmental training.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:27 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OPM

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Facebook hosting online forum for military families

Facebook is launching a crisis service to assist military families.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 05/09/2012

‘Sammies’ finalists publicly honored

The 33 finalists were honored at a breakfast banquet at the Ronald Reagan building.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:45 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Postal Service abandons plans to close thousands of post offices

But 13,000 rural locations may see reduced hours of operation.

By Lisa Rein  |  01:00 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Federal union urges House to vote against sequestration measure

Under a Republican plan, federal employees would have to contribute more to their retirement plans.

By Timothy R. Smith and Eric Yoder  |  12:22 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FERS, CSRS

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Postal Service to announce plans to keep rural post offices afloat

Pushback from Congress prompts new downsizing strategy.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 05/08/2012

How is your agency marking Public Service Recognition Week? | #FedBuzz

Tell us how your workplace is commemorating the event for this week’s Federal Buzz Question of the Week

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:09 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Kennedy Center reauthorization bill approved by House

Bill authorizes the center to explore installing classrooms.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:42 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kennedy Center

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Shinseki: VA may need more mental health workers

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki tells a House panel that the VA may need to hire even more mental health workers.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:19 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/08/2012

King George County added to Hatch Act exempt list

Federal workers in the Virginia county will be able to run as independents in county elections.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hatch Act

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Health care for Congress examined

Members of Congress receive the same basic health insurance coverage as rank-and-file federal employees, although legislators also have access to other services not available generally.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Public Service Recognition Week May 6 - 12

Public Service Recognition Week launches in support of nation’s civil servants.

By Marcia Davis  |  03:25 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Workplace Issues

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Postal Board of Governors knocks Senate legislation

Senate-approved bill designed to deal with the critical financial situation of the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t get the job done, according to the chairman of the USPS Board of Governors.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:13 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Federal workers say vendors make budgeting for events difficult | #FedBuzz

Sometimes the fleecing of taxpayers is an outside job.

By Corey McCarren and GovLoop  |  02:34 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz, GSA

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Increasing required contributions would squeeze some feds | #FedBuzz

We asked if raising the required retirement contributions for federal workers would mean they would cut back on voluntary saving in their Thrift Savings Plans.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal buzz, federal employees

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Roth TSP investing now available, for some

The long-awaited Roth feature of the Thrift Savings Plan launches today, although in practice most TSP investors will have to wait still longer.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Thrift Savings Plan, Federal Employees

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 05/03/2012

NOAA pulls ad for magician in wake of Las Vegas spending scandal

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday pulled a $5,000 solicitation for a magician for a leadership training event, weeks after a mindreader hired by the General Services Administration became an embarrassing symbol of a Las Vegas spending scandal.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:15 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Does transcendental meditation to help veterans with PTSD?

Two pilot studies of Iraq and Afghanistan vets showed a 50 percent reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress after eight weeks, says the sponsor of a summit on the issue.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:45 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Interior Department moving to the cloud

The Interior Department is moving its e-mail network to the cloud.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  04:13 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Personnel chief John Berry on the commencement circuit

He will address graduating students at the University of Maryland on May 20.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:17 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Would higher retirement contributions limit your savings? | #FedBuzz

How would higher contributions affect federal workers?

By Ryan Kellett  |  01:01 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal workers

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/01/2012

TSP is well liked but not fully understood, survey finds

Federal employees overall are satisfied with their 401(k)-style retirement savings plan, but many don’t understand its key features.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Higher contributions could limit savings

If federal employees are forced to contribute more toward their civil service retirement benefits many might have to cut back on their retirement savings, unions warned Monday.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:33 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/15/2012

A lively debate on hiring Latinos in the federal government

Should the federal government focus on hiring more Hispanics?

By Joe Davidson  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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