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The Federal Eye: December, 2012

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Obama says fiscal cliff deal 'within sight'

President Obama held a press conference Monday to update the nation on last-minute fiscal cliff talks.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Long-term paid limbo for some federal workers accused of breaking rules

EYE CATCHERS | The Federal Eye's recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Sequestration could mean 800,000 furloughs for Defense Department's civilian workers

Defense Department officials are contemplating what steps the Pentagon will take if lawmakers and the White House once again fail to reach a debt-reduction deal.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Unions will be consulted on possible federal furloughs, Kelley says

Colleen M. Kelley, who heads one of the largest unions for federal employees, said Friday she had been briefed on sequestration preprations by OMB and OPM.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:38 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 12/27/2012

OPM posts guidance for federal furloughs

With talks on averting the "fiscal cliff" apparently stalled, the White House today posted new guidance to federal workers for administrative furloughs.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:41 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff furloughs

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 12/21/2012

President gives federal workers day off work for Christmas Eve

President gives federal workers day off work for Christmas Eve

By Josh Hicks  |  01:46 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 12/21/2012

House has passed bill to require higher retirement contributions from fed workers

The Spending Reduction Act of 2012 would require federal employees to contribute more toward their retirement plans, but the Senate is unlikely to approve the measure.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:42 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/21/2012

President Obama has nominated John Kerry for secretary of state

Kerry was considered to be the president's top choice since U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice removed herself from consideration.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:04 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012

Congress approves bill to name EPA headquarters after President Clinton

FEDERAL EYE | Both chambers passed legislation to rename the EPA’s Federal Triangle headquarters.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 12/20/2012

'Plan B' would raise amount federal workers contribute toward retirement

One aspect of the GOP's "Plan B" proposal that is up for a vote today has been the party's Plan A for awhile.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:55 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/20/2012

A new normal for Cabinet nominations

EYE CATCHERS | The Federal Eye's recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Furloughs could result from sequestration as last resort, administration says

The Obama administration plans to inform federal employees that furloughs could result as a last resort if the White House and Congress don't reach a fiscal-cliff agreement.

By Joe Davidson  |  10:49 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/20/2012

House backs unpaid leave for federal executives under investigation

The House approved a bill to let federal agencies place senior executives on unpaid leave while they are under investigation for serious wrongdoing.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government accountability

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Congress sends Hatch Act reform bill to President Obama

With approval from the House, the Hatch Act Modernization Act now moves to the president.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:19 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Inspector general's audit finds U.S. marshals deviated from procurement rules

A report from the Justice Department's inspector general faults the U.S. Marshals Service for lax oversight of procurement activities.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:48 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Sanders and vet groups warn against cuts to disability benefits

The incoming chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, joined by the leaders of a number of veteran groups, attacked proposals that would cut disability benefits for veterans as part of a budget deal.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  COLA for veterans, fiscal cliff

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Benghazi review faults State Department

EYE CATCHERS | The Federal Eye's recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Conferees accept DoD job cut plan

Civilian federal employment at the Defense Department would be cut along with the planned reductions in military personnel in coming years under a House-Senate agreement announced Tuesday evening.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:04 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  civilian defense jobs, defense budget, defense contractors, defense department jobs, federal employees

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 12/19/2012

White House opens voting for its SAVE Award final four

The White House announced the finalists for its SAVE Award competition, which solicits ideas for workplace efficiency from federal employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:02 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Fiscal Cliff Q&A: How cuts have hit, and may hit, federal workers

FEDERAL EYE | A look at what's been happening with federal benefits and the potential changes.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Congress passes bill to rename U.S. courthouse after Bush presidents

Both chambers of Congress have now passed a bill to rename a U.S. courthouse in Midland, Texas, after the father-son presidents.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:03 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  the bush family

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Federal groups oppose shrinking benefits through 'chained CPI'

FEDERAL EYE | Active and retired federal worker story has joined the chorus railing against the change.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:22 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 12/18/2012

How many nukes does it take?

EYE CATCHERS | The Federal Eye's recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web

By Josh Hicks  |  12:03 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Postal workers stage second hunger strike as House-Senate talks on legislation continue

As negotiations continue on Capitol Hill on legislation to help the financially struggling postal service, a band of activists launches its second hunger strike in six months.

By Lisa Rein  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Postal Service

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/18/2012

House sets votes on Hatch Act reform, disciplinary standards

The House has scheduled votes today on two federal employment-related bills, one that would allow lesser disciplinary actions in cases involving banned political activities, and another calling for stiffer actions against top employees in misconduct and similar cases.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Sen. Daniel Inouye dies at age 88

FEDERAL EYE | The nation's longest-serving senator died Monday evening of respiratory complications. y

By Josh Hicks  |  06:31 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Benefits.gov debuts on YouTube

FEDERAL EYE | The main portal for information about government-provided benefits launches channel.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:47 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  benefits.gov, Government benefits, youtube

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Federal unions join forces for 'Day of Action' opposing further cuts

FEDERAL EYE | Members of 20 federal unions plan to blitz lawmakers with communications asking to preclude federal workers from further cuts to pay and benefits in fiscal-cliff negotiations.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:02 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Flex schedules for feds? Think again.

OPM pilot program to let people work whenever and wherever they want was a flop, report says

By Lisa Rein  |  04:55 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Scammers of veterans' benefits facing penalties

Two men face prison time and fines after scheming for VA benefits they didn't deserve.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Veterans Benefits

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Introducing 'Washington in Transition'

EYE CATCHERS | Federal Eye readers shouldn't miss these stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:34 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers, washingtonintransition

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Study: Budget uncertainty has a cost -- more spending

According to a new report by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, a Washington think tank, every day Congress misses deadlines to pass budgets takes a financial toll on taxpayers.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Federal unions: Sacrifices for deficit reduction took toll in 'Best Places' survey

Federal employee union leaders explain reasons for low morale among workers surveyed for the annual "Best Places to Work in Government" survey .

By Lisa Rein  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 12/14/2012

The Federal Diary in the 2000s: Calling attention to issues

Speaking about the Washington Post's Federal Diary column as it celebrated its 80th year of covering federal workers, Post Company Chairman Don Graham noted in Joe Davidson's column, The Diary celebrates the best work of those people, but it's been unafraid to call attention to problems and issues."

By Sara Carothers  |  06:30 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Understanding the 'Best Places to Work' scores

EYE OPENER | NASA ranks as one of the best places to work and the Department of Homeland Security ranks as one of the worst. But how does the scores work?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Slaves quarried sandstone used to build Smithsonian castle

An anthropologist discovers that slave labor was used to quarry the sandstone used to build the Smithsonian Castle

By Lisa Rein  |  05:32 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SMITHSONIAN

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Susan Rice withdraws from list of candidates for secretary of state

Susan Rice withdrew her candidacy for secretary of state today in a letter to President Obama.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:50 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Washington's most influential, in their own words

EYE CATCHERS | Stories the Federal Eye's readers shouldn't miss from The Washington Post and across the Web

By Josh Hicks  |  03:47 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Local House members oppose potential DoD job cuts

Washington-area members of the House will ask their colleagues to reject a Senate plan that could result in about a 5 percent loss of Defense Department civilian positions, along with a similar cut in contractor jobs.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:59 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  civilian defense jobs, defense budget, defense contractors, defense department, federal employees, federal jobs

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 12/13/2012

The Federal Diary in the 1990 s: A familiar buyout offer

In today's reprinted Federal Diary column from 1993, columnist Mike Causey writes about a plan to offer $25,000 buyouts to some government employees -- the same amount given today.

By Sara Carothers  |  06:30 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Everything you need to know about the 'Best Places to Work' report

EYE OPENER | The Post provides a host of features on Thursday examining the results from the "Best Places to Work" rankings, including a noon chat with readers who have questions.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 12/12/2012

'Fiscal cliff' talks: Rep. Van Hollen says federal workers have already sacrificed

The Democratic congressman from Maryland said federal workers have already contributed $103 billion toward deficit reduction as he supported call for higher tax rates.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:34 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 12/12/2012

D.C. holds top spot as home to most Peace Corps volunteers per capita

D.C. held onto the top spot for Peace Corps volunteers per capita in 2012, the agency will announce today.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:50 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

NOAA administrator leaving in February

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang reports that Jane Lubchenco, the head of NOAA, is leaving the agency at the end of February.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 12/12/2012

The Federal Diary in the 1980s: Tax-free retirement payouts

FEDERAL EYE | Our series on the 80-year history of the Federal Diary looks at a controversial reform bill.

By Sara Carothers  |  06:30 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal diary anniversary

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

Federal worker Q&A guide to the fiscal cliff: Ten answers on jobs, cuts and more

FEDERAL EYE | Employees have a major stake in the fiscal debate. We look at ten key questions.

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

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

Rob Nabors: President Obama's guy in the wonky weeds

EYE CATCHERS | A few stories the federal workforce shouldn't miss.

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

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Postal employees accept early buyout offer

About 25,500 front-office clerks, mail handlers, drivers and other employees have accepted an early-retirement offerfrom the U.S. Postal Service, among the money-losing agency’s largest efforts in recent years to shed employees.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Supreme Court unanimous: Process for discrimination claims was too complicated

FEDERAL EYE | The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that federal district courts are the appropriate forum for federal employees to appeal decisions involving "mixed cases" involving discrimination claims.

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

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

The Federal Diary in the 1970s: Retiree COLA rises 50 percent

When federal worker retirees first began to receive annual cost of living adjustments tied to an inflation measurement formula, some reacted by asking the Post to hush up about it.

By Sara Carothers  |  10:41 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal diary anniversary

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Census Bureau considers cost-saving measures

The Census Bureau is considering options for a more cost-effective survey in 2020.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:25 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2020 Census

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Veterans homelessness down 7 percent

The number of homeless veterans in the United States on a single night in 2012 declined 7 percent from the previous year, according to figures released on Monday.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:52 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans homelessness

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 12/07/2012

President signs bill to extend deadline for online financial disclosures

The president on Friday signed off on extending the deadline for senior-level employees of the executive and legislative branches to file financial disclosures online as required by the Stock Act.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:32 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  financial disclosure

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Defense Department's top lawyer resigns

The Pentagon's top lawyer, who deal with a host of controversial issues during the president's first term, will step down at the end of the year.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:01 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  comings and goings

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

Congress approves third delay in financial disclosure requirement

EYE OPENER | The original deadline was in September, but it was pushed to October and then Dec. 8.

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

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

The Federal Diary in the 1960s: A focus on the Great Society

In high demand in the 1960s: "computer employees" and the Great Society programs.

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

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Federal employee union will push for more autism coverage

The largest federal employee union lauded OPM for allowing coverage of an autism treatment but said the benefit should be mandatory.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  worker benefits

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Panetta and Shinseki warn of sequestration impact on returning troops

FEDERAL EYE | Panetta, Shinseki say cuts could hurt programs meant to aid return to civilian life. 

By Steve Vogel  |  02:35 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense fiscal cliff; sequestration;

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 12/06/2012

'Procrastinator's guide' to going over fiscal cliff

An AP report provides examples of how the president and lawmakers could postpone action on the fiscal cliff until early March without severe impacts.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:28 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Fiscal cliff plans, in charts

Atlantic magazine has created useful charts to show how various fiscal cliff proposals would reduce the deficit to avoid the fiscal cliff.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:13 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

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

From the Federal Diary archives: Pay raise plans in the 1950s

FEDERAL EYE | A look into the Federal Diary archives shows a time when pay fights went a different way.

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

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 12/05/2012

House backs another delay in online posting of financial disclosures

FEDERAL EYE | The House wants to delay a requirement that financial disclosure forms be posted online.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:54 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, financial disclosures, stock act

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Defense forum: Steep cuts likely, regardless of fiscal cliff

The Defense Department faces steep cuts in the next decade regardless of whether the government goes off the fiscal cliff, speakers at a defense forum in Washington said.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense budget; sequestration and defense budget; defense forum on fiscal cliff

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Former postal employees guilty of stealing U.S. Treasury checks

Two postal workers stole millions of dollars worth of U.S. Treasury checks.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:06 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Federal workers petition White House for Christmas Eve off

A petition on the white House's"We the People" website asks the president for a day off work on Christmas Eve.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:03 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal holidays

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 12/05/2012

State Dept. considering new rules on employee censorship

the State Department is rewriting its rules on public communications by employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:52 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012

The Federal Diary in the 1940s: Post-war agency shakeups

Today's installment looking into the archives of the Federal Diary column dives into the 1940's.

By Sara Carothers  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Concerns raised over VA's readiness for paperless transition

The transformation is key to the VA’s efforts to combat a backlog of disability claimsfiled by veterans that has reached over 900,000.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Senate rejects amendment to prevent specified cuts to defense contractors, civilians

The amendment would have stopped 5 percent cuts to spending on Defense contractors.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:17 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense Cuts

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

Pentagon denies therapy to Navy captain's special-needs daughter

An article in Atlantic explains how the federal government denied coverage of hippotherapy for a Navy captain's special-needs daughter.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:02 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/04/2012

VA trademarks GI Bill 1

FEDERAL EYE | The VA registered the GI Bill as a trademark and obtained the rights to GIBill.com.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:34 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Veterans Benefits

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Report: Most federal agencies not following FOIA requirements

An audit of federal agencies found that most have not updated their FOIA regulations since the attorney general urged greater ease of access to government records.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:29 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Government

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 12/04/2012

The Federal Diary, 1930 s edition: A crackdown on 'primping'

The Federal Eye is reprinting one column from each decade of the Federal Diary's 80-year existence. In 1939, some employees were chastised for powdering their noses before work officially ended.

By Sara Carothers  |  08:17 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal diary anniversary, gao

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Some health exchange plans to mirror FEHBP

Health-care offerings to be available in multiple states through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchange system would parallel those of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program in many ways, although the two programs would not directly affect each other, under a proposal to be released on Wednesday.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Dollar bills or dollar coins?

Link to wonkblog post on dollar bills and dollar coins

By Michelle Gaps  |  05:32 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dollar bills, dollar coins, dollars

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Watchdog wins reprieve for Commerce Department agents under gag agreement

FEDERAL EYE | A hearing panel granted a stay for Commerce Office of Inspector General employees who agreed not to disparage their agency after leaving.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:01 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Whistleblowers

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/03/2012

New report warns of high lead risk for military firing range workers

New report warns of high lead risk for military firing range workers

By Steve Vogel  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  lead levels in blood, military ranges, National research council report into lead exposure

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/03/2012

GPO releases Plum Book,' now available as a searchable app

Now available in searchable app format, the book lists openings within the executive and legislative branches.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Senate approves Hatch Act changes

The Senate approves Hatch Act changes to provide a greater range of penalties for federal employees.

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

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

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

The House on Wednesday will consider a proposal to name a Capitol Hill office building after the late Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill.

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

 

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