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The Federal Eye: November, 2012

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Explosion at Arizona Social Security office no injuries

CBS reports an explosion occurred at the back of a Social Security Administration office.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:45 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 11/30/2012

SEA asks Obama to avoid deep cuts to federal workforce

FEDERAL EYE | The Senior Executives Association sent a letter to the president expressing its thoughts on fiscal cliff negotiations.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:18 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 11/30/2012

National Archives posts unsealed Watergate records online

National Archives released Watergate documents online Friday at noon.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:38 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 11/30/2012

TSA to sign first-ever collective bargaining agreement today

FEDERAL EYE | A contract to be signed today will give TSA workers their first collective-bargaining agreement.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:48 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 11/29/2012

White House not on board with cuts to defense contractors and civilian employees

FEDERAL EYE | The administration warned against requiring a 5 percent cut.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:49 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Senate approves amendment to expand military mental health care

Murray amendment would require DoD to create standardized suicide prevention program.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:21 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Sen. Cardin amendment would nix specified defense cuts to civilians and contractors

FEDERAL EYE | The Maryland Democrat floated an amendment to the proposed Defense Authorization Act.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:10 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Federal Diary marks 80th anniversary

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Washington Post column covering news for government workers.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Union slams proposed cuts to federal workforce from GOP’s Sen. Bob Corker

FEDERAL EYE | Head of a federal workers union lashed out against an editorial from Sen. Bob Corker.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:45 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 11/28/2012

VA and House Committee spar over Facebook photos

FEDERAL EYE | The photos from an official VA Facebook page looked suspiciously like a junket.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:52 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/28/2012

House backs giving clothing abandoned at airports to homeless veterans

Clothing left behind at airport security checkpoints would be turned over for distribution to homeless veterans under a bill the House passed Tuesday.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abandoned clothing, homeless veterans, transportation security administration

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/28/2012

FDA uses new authority to shut down peanut butter plant linked to outbreak

FEDERAL EYE | Agency halted operations on the nation’s largest organic peanut butter processor.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

House Veterans committee seeks information on VA conference spending

Hearing follows IG report critical of VA spending at Orlando conferences in 2011

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

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Boehner agrees with Pelosi: Name federal building after ‘Tip’ O’Neill

Congress will consider naming a federal office complex after the longest-serving House Speaker.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:43 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Benefits expansion for domestic partners would have small impact on costs, CBO says

Extending federal employee health insurance and retirement survivor benefits to same-sex domestic partners would have a relatively small impact on the number of people covered and the cost of those programs, according to an analysis done for Congress.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:50 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  domestic partners, federal employees, federal employment benefits, federal health insurance, federal retirement

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Federal workers: Is your agency planning for massive, automatic spending cuts?

What happens on Jan. 2, if the $600 billion in tax hikes and civilian and defense spending cuts take effect?

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Federal workers: Is your agency planning for massive, automatic spending cuts?

FEDERAL EYE | We want to hear what you and your managers are doing to plan for sequestration.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 11/26/2012

OPM updates bad-weather policy for federal workforce

Agency adds new options for delayed start times, building on an overhaul after “Snowmageddon.”

By Josh Hicks  |  08:15 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Unions press Congress to avoid cuts to federal pay and benefits

The unions are looking to Democratic allies on Capitol Hill to shield federal workers from cuts.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:30 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Unions press Congress to avoid cuts to federal pay and benefits

A coalition of nearly two dozen federal and postal unions is urging Congress to exclude federal pay and benefits from cuts.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:30 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012

Army launches campaign to dispel myths about vets with PTSD and TBI

Data shows employers need more information about hiring veterans

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 11/19/2012

White-collar federal worker pay nearly 35 percent behind private sector, advisory group says

An advisory council has reported that pay of white-collar federal employees is nearly 35 percent behind the private sector on average, moving the controversy over pay comparisons along for higher-level consideration.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:15 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal pay, federal salaries, federal salary council, pay gap, sequestration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2012

New report finds old problem: DHS has morale issues

A GAO report says the Department of Homeland Security has morale problems.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Senate passes COLA bill for veterans at deadline

Bill to provide cost of living adjustment for disabled vets and survivors stalled in September

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Congress approves stronger whistleblower protections

Congress gives final approval to legislation strengthening protections for federal whistleblowers.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:26 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 11/13/2012

Congress approves stronger whistleblower protections

The legislation is designed to protect employees who expose government wrongdoing from retaliation by supervisors.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:26 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 11/12/2012

On Veterans Day, recognition for service

Veterans face lengthy wait for disability claims

By Steve Vogel  |  01:40 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Sandy triggers new policies on health insurance, leave-sharing

The government is continuing to expand benefits policies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, clearing the way for certain emergency relief employees to be eligible for federal health insurance coverage and soliciting donations of leave for affected federal workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:54 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  emergency workers, federal employees, health insurance coverage, hurricane sandy, leave sharing

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Federal employee bills on plate of lame duck Congress

Congress has important pieces of federal employee related legislation on the plate of the lame duck session.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/09/2012

TSA screeners ratify contract

Airport security screeners have ratified the first contract with the Transportation Security Administration, a pact that among other things overhauls their pay for performance system to emphasize actual on the job performance over certification tests.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport screeners, american federation of government employees, screener contract, transportation security administration

Posted at 06:08 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Following election, some workplace restrictions loosened

With the election over, federal employees now may freely wear clothing or buttons in the workplace showing the candidates and may display pictures of them, but such items advocating for or against political parties or partisan political groups remain banned.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:08 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Special benefits apply to federal employees hit by Hurricane Sandy

Federal employees and retirees who were victims of Hurricane Sandy are eligible for several special benefits, including additional supplies of medications if needed.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:03 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012

CNAS report warns Obama faces hard choices for veterans in second term

Report from Washington think tank identifies priorities for veteran and military community

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Employee groups happy but say threat of cuts remains

Several organizations representing federal employees say they consider Tuesdays election results to be a rejection of budgetary proposals targeting federal jobs, pay and benefits, but they also say that such threats continue.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election, federal employees, federal pay raise, sequester

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Question of the Week: Election 2012

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:20 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Patent Office cites benefits of telework during storm closing

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, one of the most avid users of telework among federal agencies, says its productivity largely held up when federal agencies in the Washington area were closed for two days last week due to Hurricane Sandy.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, government closings, hurricane sandy, patent and trademark office, telework

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Groups rate legislators on federal employee issues

Scorecards rate how members of Congress voted on bills important to federal employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:00 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Federal workplace collections for Hurricane Sandy victims allowed

Federal agencies have been told they may solicit contributions from federal workers for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:49 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  combined federal campaign, disaster relief, federal employees, hurricane sandy

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Firing every federal employee would save how much?

Firing every federal worker would not save enough money to significantly reduce the national deficit.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012

OPM: Calculating cost of closings isn’t simple

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Agencies told to keep doors open to interns

Federal agencies have been told that they can continue to use interns referred from third parties such as intern placement agencies after a recent overhaul of government intern-type programs.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:19 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  career development, federal hiring, federal jobs, intern

Posted at 02:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012

Report on pay comparison between federal and other workers to be released

The government Friday will release its latest assessment of how federal employee salaries compare with pay for other workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cost of government, federal pay, federal salary council, pay comparisons

 

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