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The Federal Eye: July, 2012

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/31/2012

House targets unpaid taxes, charge card misuse by federal workers

The House is set to vote on bills cracking down on delinquent taxes and misuse of government-issued purchase cards by federal employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 07/30/2012

Park Service launches Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Trail marks the path of British invasion during War of 1812

By Steve Vogel  |  01:30 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/30/2012

Report urges changes to federal charity program

A Combined Federal Campaign panel has issued wide-ranging recommendations, some potentially controversial, designed to strengthen and improve the program

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Public employee union stresses job-to-job comparison in private vs. public pay debate

NTEU chief says other methods of comparing pay are inaccurate.

By Lisa Rein  |  04:30 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  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 06:00 AM ET, 07/26/2012

Panetta says DoD and VA need to cut red tape

Panetta and Shinseki tell House committees of progress and continued problems.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 07/25/2012

Would you be paid more in the private sector? | #FedBuzz

As a result of conflicting research, the GAO is still considering whether federal employees would be paid more doing their job in the private sector.

By  |  07:30 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/25/2012

Defense and VA secretaries to testify about transition efforts for returning troops

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to appear before House committees.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/24/2012

Senate to consider stronger cybersecurity measures

A bill up for a Senate vote this week would strengthen training of federal employees in cybersecurity and revamp how the government is structured to meet that threat.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 07/23/2012

No pay comparison method is definitive, GAO says

Comparisons of federal pay vs. private sector pay have used widely varying approaches, and no one method is definitive, a GAO report says.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:10 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Federal employee family benefits guide issued

Many of the family-related benefits for federal employees apply to employees with adopted or foster children as well as with biological children, according to a new benefits guide.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:47 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 07/23/2012

Postal worker leaves significant art collection

Postal worker leaves significant modern art collection to National Gallery of Art.

By Joe Davidson  |  08:52 AM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/23/2012

Union says contract with TSA is near

The union representing about 45,000 transportation security officers says it is on the verge of finalizing a contract with the Transportation Security Administration.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 07/20/2012

Defense bill includes additional eye-research funding for military

The Defense appropriations bill includes additional eye research funding for the military

By Timothy R. Smith  |  09:04 AM ET, 07/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 07/19/2012

GSA spent more than $268,000 to entertain employees who got performance awards

Four weeks after its $823,000 conference at a lavish Las Vegas hotel, the General Services Administration paid more than $268,732 on a ceremony to reward good performers.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:30 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Plain writing report card says VA flunks

Veterans Affairs gets double Fs on plain writing report card. The Agriculture Department is the star pupil, with a grade of A/B.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:10 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Expansion of several federal employee benefits to same-sex partners planned

Same-sex domestic partners would become eligible for several types of benefits for family members of federal employees under rules set for publication Friday.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:32 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Commerce Building evacuated by false alarm

Renovation work has resulted in four evacuations at the Commerce Building in 11 days.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:00 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 07/18/2012

STOCK Act: How much info should feds have to give? | #FedBuzz

Groups that represent federal employees have voiced concerns in recent weeks over requirments in the Stock Act.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:06 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 07/18/2012

VA cites progress in fixing disability claims process

Despite a growing backlog of cases, the VA says training and digital initiatives are working

By Steve Vogel  |  02:20 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/18/2012

Oversight hearing on VA claims backlog

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will join the fray over the Department of Veterans Affairs’ growing backlog of disability claims at a hearing Wednesday.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Federal firefighters now can get health insurance

Firefighters who serve as temporary federal employees to fight wildfires are now eligible for federal health insurance coverage, following a campaign that produced quick results.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:28 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/17/2012

GSA chief reins in bonuses and freezes new hiring

The decision, announced by the acting chief of the General Services Administration, comes after a spending scandal that prompted a major shake-up at the agency.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/17/2012

Former postal worker pleads guilty to embezzling money

Virgil Ball intercepted more than $43,000 in bank deposits.

By Lisa Rein  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/17/2012

For federal employees, budget options range from bad to worse

For federal employees, the political debate over whether to prevent or to allow automatic cuts may boil down to a pick-your-poison choice.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Governor’s says sorry, but not to feds

Maine’s governor

By Joe Davidson  |  03:00 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 07/16/2012

U.S. Postal Service sets record for preorders with baseball stamps

FEDERAL EYE | An online baseball race leads to 1.5 million preorders.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  08:50 AM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  USPS

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012

Out of Stock: Foreign Service members want out of Stock Act

Add the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) to the federal employee organizations that want out of the Stock Act.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/13/2012

White House launches 2012 competition to cut waste

SAVE award will honor federal worker who comes up with best cost-cutting idea

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 07/12/2012

Dems back health coverage for feds’ gay spouses

More than130 House Democrats have filed a legal brief saying employer-sponsored health benefits should be allowed to cover same-sex spouses of federal employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:48 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 07/12/2012

Congress approves faster job licensing for veterans

Congress has sent to the White House a bill to promote faster hiring of veterans by generally crediting relevant military training toward occupational licenses issued by the federal government.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:22 AM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/12/2012

Social Security Administration did not properly record 1.2 million deaths, auditors find

According to a new report, it is likely the families of the deceased wrongly received benefits.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Data Act proposal: Companies suggest ways government data could be more transparent and better analyzed

The vendors showed the types of data that they said could be mined from accurate and comprehensive records if the Senate passes the measure.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  05:07 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DATA Act

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Telework: Is it working for you yet? | #FedBuzz

The recent storms in Washington again highlighted difficulties in implementing a federal telework policy.

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:41 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Buzz

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/10/2012

Veterans job qualifications bill advances

Veterans would be able to apply their military training more readily toward the federally issued licenses needed in certain civilian jobs under a bill the House passed Monday.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Federal scientist group protests wider access to financial disclosure reports

The group wants Congress to delay or repeal a requirement creating easier access to financial disclosure reports filed by some federal employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:37 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/09/2012

Telework report shows mixed results

The Obama administration’s “first comprehensive view of telework practices across the entire federal government since the enactment of the Telework Enhancement Act” presents a mixed bag.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Federal workers reporting to work as normal Friday

For feds, first day without optional leave or teleworking since storm

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

VA halts employee downgrades

Department of Veterans Affairs orders a temporary stop to employee downgrades, admitting errors.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 07/03/2012

U.S. Patent Office to open branches in Denver, Dallas and Silicon Valley, following new Detroit site

The offices will be based in Denver, Dallas and Silicon Valley

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:08 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  USPTO

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 07/03/2012

George W. Bush Presidential Library unveils newly-designed Web site

The Web page offers renderings of the forthcoming library and document sneak peaks

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:16 AM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 07/03/2012

General Services Administration offers employees early retirement buyout package

Employees have until July 20 to accept the offer.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  08:45 AM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GSA

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/02/2012

DOT announces grants to improve transportation for veterans

Department of Transportation awards grants connecting vets to rides

By Steve Vogel  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 07/02/2012

Military gay rights groups OutServe, SLDN, merging

OutServe, SLDN joining forces.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:38 AM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Federal workers can take unscheduled leave, telework days, OPM says

OPM says federal workers may take unscheduled leave or work from home in wake of storm.

By Emily Heil  |  07:09 PM ET, 07/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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