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The Federal Eye: July, 2012

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

Congress acts on federal employee bills

Just before getting out of town for the Fourth of July holiday, both chambers of Congress and a Senate committee approved separate pieces of legislation that would affect federal employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 06/29/2012

National Weather Service employees won’t face furloughs after lawmakers agree to funding switch

With the sign[-off of a key lawmaker in Congress, the National Weather Service will avoid furloughs of up to 5,000 employees this summer.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/28/2012

Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor Act

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a federal law that made it a crime to lie about having received military medals.

By Steve Vogel  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness report calls for removing barriers to mental health care for vets

National Alliance on Mental Illness issues report on mental health needs of military personnel and veterans.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Postal workers target Washington Post in protests

A four-day hunger strike by 10 postal employees and supporters targeted The Washington Post on Wednesday, as protesters picketed to criticize editorials on the U.S. Postal Service.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:33 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  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 01:30 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Veterans Support Fund is launched

Fundraising initiative for veterans seeks to raise money from non-military families and businesses

By Steve Vogel  |  01:30 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

National PTSD Awareness Day to be marked Wednesday on Capitol Hill

“Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds” event to promote awareness of PTSD

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 06/26/2012

After ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ repeal, a gay pride celebration

A standing-room-only crowd of 400 uniformed and civilian employees and their supporters filled a Pentagon auditorium Tuesday as the military celebrated gay pride month for the first time.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:04 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 06/26/2012

IG will review Commerce virus attack and response

The Commerce inspector general will examine the causes and response to a computer virus that affected the computer network of the Economic Development Administration

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:01 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  EDA, Commerce

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Rep. James Moran to propose SES reform

The bill, co-sponsored by Gerry Connolly, would fix pay compression.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:31 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SES

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Hurricane guidance issued to federal workers, agencies

The Office of Personnel Management has told agencies and individual federal employees to prepare for the hurricane season.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:52 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Federal workforce reflects broader changes

The makeup of the federal workforce has been changing along with that of the American workforce over the last decade, but some differences have remained fairly constant.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Postal Service federal pension contributions 105 percent overfunded

USPS inspector general reports $13 billion in overfunded retirement contributions.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  05:41 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  USPS

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Still no sign stolen data was misused, TSP says

Investors remain concerned about hacking of federal employee retirement savings program.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:07 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Federal workers’ summer reading list | #FedBuzz

Many government workers will be shipping out during the hot summer months and will take along their their favorite professional development book or novel.

By Corey McCarren for GovLoop  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/25/2012

Postal workers plan hunger strike to protest mail service’s financial problems

A small group will travel to Washington today to protest the service’s financial situation.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Panetta calls rise in military suicide ‘troubling and tragic’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed annual DoD/VA suicide prevention conference

By Steve Vogel  |  12:45 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 06/22/2012

Government streamlines background checks of employees with security clearances

The government is conducting its security background checks at its fastest rate since 2005.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:22 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OPM

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

Panetta and Sebelius to address military suicide prevention conference

Annual DoD/VA suicide prevention conference hears from family members and cabinet secretaries

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Obama administration warns federal agencies that monitoring employees’ e-mail could violate law

Warning refers to retaliation against whistleblowers.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:49 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Dover mortuary whistleblowers to be honored

Office of Special Counsel plans June 28 ceremony honoring three citizens of the year.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 06/20/2012

What’s on your summer reading list? | #FedBuzz

It’s the first day of summer, so time to get started on that reading list — or at least make one.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:30 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Labor awards grants for training homeless vets

Labor Department announces $15 million in grants to give job training to homeless veterans.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Bronze Star for four generations of Zumwalt family

Following in his family’s footsteps, grandson of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt is awarded a Bronze Star.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:00 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Disclosure requirement called risk to federal employees

A new requirement for easier public access to financial disclosure forms will have “unintended consequences,” a federal employees association says

By Eric Yoder  |  12:27 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Spending bills silent on federal raise

A key spending bill advancing in Congress shows no movement, at least for now, toward granting a federal employee pay raise in 2013.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/18/2012

TSA tentatively okays private screeners in Orlando

TSA preliminary approves plan allowing private screeners at Orlando Sanford International Airport.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 06/18/2012

U.S., Britain and Canada mark start of War of 1812

The 200th anniversary of declaration of war is marked at Fort McHenry ceremony with taped remarks from Obama.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:00 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Post office closures: A primer

The Congressional Research Service weighs in

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Pentagon to observe gay pride month for first time

Celebration follows the repeal last fall of the government’s “don’t ask don’t tell” military policy.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:45 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Should federal employees under investigation receive bonuses?

Sen. Claire McCaskill disclosed last week that 84 GSA employees under investigation by the inspector general received $1 million in bonuses.

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:13 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Senate bill would boost funds for IRS, other agencies

Funding increases are targeted toward more enforcement of tax laws and Wall Street reforms.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:00 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Commerce Secretary John Bryson’s memo to employees explaining his medical leave of absence

He explains why he’s taking a medical leave of absence.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:20 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 06/12/2012

TSP Roth choice to become more broadly available

More than 1 million federal employees will have the option to make Roth-style investments in their retirement savings program starting July 1.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:51 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Sen. Charles Grassley says he is getting no answers from FDA on staff monitoring

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) wants to know why the Food and Drug Administration spied on whistleblowers.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Senate gets its turn on federal pay

A Senate panel is set to vote today on its version of a bill that typically determines the following year’s federal employee pay raise.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 06/11/2012

How government agencies deal with underperformers | #FedBuzz

By Allison Primack for GovLoop  |  01:50 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Federal agencies warned against ‘burrowing in’

In an election year reminder, federal agencies have been told to make sure that hiring decisions into career federal positions are based on merit, not political influence.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:43 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Busy hump day coming for federal employees

Hump day this week will be a full day of diverse activities for federal employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 06/08/2012

U.S. increases food assistance to Africa’s Sahel region

The U.S. Agency for International Development will provide $81 million in additional humanitarian assistance in nations south of the Sahara desert.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:11 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  USAID

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Overhaul of federal employee appeals policies planned

The agency that hears challenges to job decisions affecting federal employees is planning the broadest overhaul of its policies in more than three decades.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:39 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Weather Service says furloughs possible for up to 5,000 to close budget gap

The National Weather Service notified its union on Thursday that it may have to furlough up to 5,000 employees for 13 days this summer to cover its budget deficit.

By Lisa Rein and Jason Samenow  |  06:36 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 06/07/2012

For FAA, it’s not just planes in the cloud

The government agency is the latest to shift its e-mail systems to the cloud.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:02 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FAA

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 06/07/2012

GSA announces changes to its government-wide contracting catalog

The agency’s administrator and head of acquisitions will jettison obsolete contracts.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:57 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GSA

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/07/2012

DHS chooses paper over computers when delivering documents to Congress

Even though a presidential executive order asks federal agencies to communicate electronically whenever possible, the Department of Homeland Security still prefers paper, at least when responding to document requests from Congress.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 06/06/2012

More federal pay freeze plans pushed in House

Federal pay rates would be frozen for the third straight year in 2013 under several plans that advanced in the House on Wednesday.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:21 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

FedRAMP will standardize security requirements for cloud computing contracts

FedRAMP will streamline the ability to obtain government cloud-computing contracts.

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

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

McCaskill: Labor Department figures on veteran hiring by government contractors not reliable

Labor Dept. statistics on the hiring of veterans by federal contractors are unreliable, senator says

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

Posted at 07:44 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Gage will not seek reelection as AFGE president

John Gage will not seek reelection as president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the nation’s largest federal labor organization.

By Joe Davidson  |  07:44 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Federal workers: Does your office tolerate slackers? | #FedBuzz

How managers handle underperforming employees can determine whether one bad apple affects the culture of a workplace.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:13 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal buzz

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

Gender pay gap narrower in government

A pending Senate bill targeting gender-based pay discrimination would apply to the federal workplace along with the private sector.

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

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 06/04/2012

Senator details $1.1 million in bonuses over four years

The General Services Administration gave more than $1 million in bonuses to 84 employees under investigation by the agency’s inspector general, Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office says.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  05:46 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GSA

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Government workers keep on working after hours | #FedBuzz

The Federal Eye and GovLoop set out to see how many government workers work well beyond their normal eight-hour day.

By Stephen Cottle for GovLoop  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Members of Congress push for TSA contract

Two key members of Congress have told the head of the Transportation Security Administration and the president of its employee union to hurry up and negotiate a contract for transportation security officers.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 06/01/2012

‘Virtual’ GSA employees spent $750,000 on travel over nine months

Charges prompt concern in Congress.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/01/2012

GOP: Raise retirement costs to pay for student loans

By Eric Yoder  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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