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The Federal Eye: February, 2013

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Senate rejects last expected bills for avoiding sequester

Democrats and Republicans proposed legislation to avoid the deep cuts, but neither bill was expected to pass.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:40 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/28/2013

IRS will not furlough until after tax filing season

IRS will wait until after tax filing season before furloughing its workers, the agency's acting commissioner told employees Thursday.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester furloughs

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013

White House budget office issues more guidance on sequester

The OMB issued more instructions for handling furloughs, contracts, communications, acquisition and federal assistance.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, sequester guidance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013

How are some agencies avoiding likelihood of sequester furloughs?

Conservatives and unions have said federal agencies should take a harder look at alternative measures, but personnel levels can dictate planning.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Furlough Friday: 10 questions and answers

FEDERAL EYE | Key considerations for federal employees who may get furlough notices as soon as March 1.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 02/27/2013

AP: Homeland Security official resigns

The official who reportedly quit was in charge of the agency's immigration enforcement and removal operations.

By The Associated Press  |  03:54 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 02/27/2013

VA and DoD's reversal on electronic health records criticized

The decision this month by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to scrap plans to create a single electronic health record came under renewed attack Wednesday on Capitol Hill,

By Steve Vogel  |  02:50 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Fact Checker: Will airports see longer lines and more delays under sequester?

Fact Checker columnist Glenn Kessler examines the FAA's claims about how bad could air travel become.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:21 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester fact-check

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Smithsonian would keep regular hours under sequester

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

By Josh Hicks  |  10:49 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 02/27/2013

OMB: Government travel down by $2 billion over 2 years

According to testimony presented to a House subcommittee spending on government travel dropped by $2 billion over two years.

By Joe Davidson  |  08:53 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government travel

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Cut the pork but hold the sequestration, protesters say

Protesters with a giant pink pig want defense cuts without sequestration

By Steve Vogel  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Senate confirms Hagel to lead Pentagon

Only four Senate Republicans voted in favor of confirming the former GOP maverick.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:05 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cabinet picks

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 02/26/2013

GOP lawmakers question necessity of FAA furloughs

Two GOP lawmakers demand that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood give them details of the FAA's plan for budget cuts under sequestration

By Lisa Rein  |  05:57 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Obama administration continues heavy sequester drumbeat

During speeches today, the president, attorney general and Homeland Security secretary all painted an ominous picture of the sequester.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:47 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, sequester warnings

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Many furlough appeals expected, but odds could be long

Large numbers of furloughed federal employees might appeal but the odds of winning would be against them.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  appeal rights, federal employees, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Chuck Hagel clears filibuster hurdle, headed for confirmation vote

The Senate voted 71 to 27 to bring the Cabinet pick's confirmation to a final vote, which is likely to happen Tuesday afternoon

By Josh Hicks  |  03:02 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Guard killed at federal prison in Pennsylvania

Prison officials say the man was stabbed to death late Monday night at a federal penitentiary in Pennsylvania.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal prisons

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Coburn is on a tear criticizing administration's sequester talk

The GOP budget wonk has played a leading role for his party in questioning the Obama administration's doomsday talk.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Federal-worker union begins final stand against sequester

The National Treasury Employees Union expects 350 members to attend its annual legislative conference, which starts Tuesday in the nation's capital.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Is America the 'Fantasy Island' of federal spending?

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

By Josh Hicks  |  03:56 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Welcome to sequester deadline week

FEDERAL EYE | Deep automatic spending cuts will begin on Friday if Congress fails to reach a deal.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Feds vent about budget cuts on new message board

Coalition of federal unions launch online message board about the impact of budget cuts on federal employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  04:54 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Message board

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/22/2013

GSA cancels annual expo and training conference

Federal agencies have shown less interest in attending the event as they prepare for the sequester, the agency said.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 02/22/2013

LaHood talks sequester impacts, urges GOP to make a deal

The current transportation secretary and former Republican lawmaker appeared at a White House media briefing on Friday.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:04 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  department of transportation

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Audit finds problems with census information security

Many of the weaknesses relate to Census Bureau controls that regulate who and what can access the agency's systems, according to an audit by the Government Accountability Office.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Cantor calls for increasing federal employee retirement contributions

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Thursday again called for replacing sequestration with changes including revisions to the federal employee retirement program.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:46 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, retirement contributions, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Don't blame the messenger: Planning for the sequester

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

By Josh Hicks  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/21/2013

OPM simplifies special hiring authority for disabled applicants

Persons with certain disabilities no longer will have to meet one of the current requirements under a special authority for hiring them into federal jobs.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disabilities, federal employees, federal hiring, federal jobs, schedule a, targeted disabilties

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Sequester means up to 14 furlough days for Customs and Border Protection

The agency notified union leaders of its plans for making $754 million in spending reductions if the sequester takes effect starting March 1.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 02/21/2013

New details emerge of potential sequester cuts to national parks

New details emerge of cuts to visitor services at national parks across the country if automatic budget cuts take effect on March 1.

By Lisa Rein  |  07:15 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Democrats want Congress to end break and stop sequester

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

By Josh Hicks  |  03:13 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Prepare to be furloughed, Panetta tells Defense Department workers

The Defense Department on Wednesday told its nearly 800,000 civilian federal employees that should sequestration occur it will be forced to place the vast majority of them on unpaid furloughs.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:06 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense department, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Navy releases guidance on potential furloughs for civilian employees

The Department of the Navy is taking steps to prepare civilian defense employees for the possibility of furloughs if the sequester happens.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 02/19/2013

New Simpson-Bowles plan could revive earlier proposals on fed worker benefits

The new Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction initiative could revive several proposals of the original plan that would have a significant impact on federal employee benefits.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:50 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, FEHBP voucher plan, retirement contributions, simpson-bowles

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Postal Service to launch new clothing line in 2014

The Postal Service plans to make its new product line available in 2014, with clothing that includes "smart apparel" that allows integration of modern technology devices.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:27 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Postal Service

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Some technology wasted on IRS employees, audit finds

Some technology is provided to IRS employees without a documented need and is underused or not used at all, an audit has found.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air cards, BlackBerrys, government waste, information technology, irs

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/19/2013

VA's Shinseki and Mikulski pledge improvements for troubled Baltimore office

Teams of claims handlers are being deployed to help the troubled Baltimore Veterans Affairs office, where veterans face some of the longest waits in the country to have their cases handled, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced Tuesday.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  VA disability claims, veterans disability claims

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 02/19/2013

How would the sequester affect national parks?

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

By Josh Hicks  |  08:39 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Obama to urge sequester fix as deadline nears

The president will make his case during an appearance at the White House Tuesday morning.

By wpadmin  |  07:48 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Paid time for federal-union activities grew in 2011

The Office of Personnel management released its annual report on "official time" Friday, revealing that paid time for official union activities rose in 2011.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Sequester could put employee TSP savings on furlough, too

Federal employees who lose income by being furloughed could end up with smaller retirement savings accounts.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, sequester, sequestration, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 02/15/2013

House votes to block federal pay raise

Federal employees would not receive the 0.5 percent pay raise scheduled to be paid in April, under a bill passed by the House Friday that faces iffy prospects in the Senate.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:48 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal pay, federal pay freeze, pay raise

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Furloughs wouldn't happen until April under sequester

Union bargaining and a requirement for 30 days notice would prevent unpaid leave from taking place any sooner after the March 1 sequester deadline.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:17 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Kerry says State Department cuts under sequester would impair vital foreign missions

Secretary of State John Kerry, in memo to Congress, says the effects of sequestration in two weeks would impair the U.S. mission abroad.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Senate Democrats propose plan to avoid sequester

The savings would come from Pentagon cuts after 2015, trimming direct payments to farmers and raising taxes on millionaires.

By wpadmin  |  07:08 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  the sequestrater

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/14/2013

A dozen years later, personnel losses are still on GAO's high-risk list

Shortages of employees with certain crucial skills and the pending loss of many experienced workers to retirement remain major management challenges for the government, a report says.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, High-risk list, human capital, retirement wave

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Pew poll: Most Americans approve of plan to halt Saturday mail delivery

A Pew Research poll found that 54 percent of Americans support the five-day delivery plan, while 32 percent disapprove of it.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:32 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  saturday mail

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Climate change makes government vulnerable, report says

The Government Accountability office on Thursday released its biennial report on the most high-risk areas of government, designating the management of climate-change risks as a serious vulnerability.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:20 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  high-risk report

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 02/14/2013

House to vote this week on denying federal employees pay raise

Over the objections of the White House and unions, the House plans to vote on a bill to deny federal employees a 0.5 percent pay raise.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:54 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal pay, pay raise, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Sequester warnings are piling up

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano became the latest high-level official to caution against the automatic cuts on Wednesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Many federal workers facing furloughs are veterans

If the federal government is forced to furlough civilian employees in the event of sequestration, the burden will fall heavily on a population that Congress and the White House have vowed to support: veterans.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:59 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 02/13/2013

New warnings sounded on sequestration's impact

The automatic budget cutting set for March 1 would hamper the government's ability to protect the public in a range of areas, according to several warnings that were sounded Wednesday.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:53 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  department of homeland security, federal employees, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Postmaster general defends five-day delivery at Senate hearing

Postmaster general makes case for five-day mail delivery and postal reform legislation to deal with Postal Service's financial problems in Senate hearing Wednesday.

By Joe Davidson  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/13/2013

State of the Union: What Obama did and didn't say about the federal workforce

President Obama covered some of the most pressing issues of the day during his State of the Union speech. What did he say about sequestration and the federal workforce?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Public sector union members protest potential budget cuts

Members of public sector unions protested federal budget cuts at rally across from the Capitol.

By Joe Davidson  |  04:17 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Protesting budget cuts

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 02/12/2013

#Fedbuzz | What should Obama's federal workforce priorities include?

Sound off on the Federal Eye's Question of the Week.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:58 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Senior military leaders warn cuts are dire threat to defense at dangerous time

Senior Defense officials warned Congress Tuesday that the looming sequestration cuts represents a dire and unprecedented threat to the U.S. military, harming everything from combat readiness to aircraft maintenance to efforts to reduce military suicide.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:42 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Employee groups urge House to allow federal pay raises

A coalition of unions and other organizations representing federal employees is asking Congress to allow a 0.5 percent federal employee raise set for April to take effect.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:41 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, pay freeze, pay raise

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Fun facts about State of the Union addresses

Things you may not have known about the annual State of the Union address. Plus an explainer from Ed O'Keefe and a video history of the event.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 02/11/2013

New policies ordered on federal workplace violence

Federal agencies have been told to produce within four months more comprehensive policies for addressing domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in their workplaces.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:22 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  domestic violence, federal employees, workplace violence

Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Sen. Cardin tells federal workers to "put a face" on sequestration

The Maryland Democrat fielded questions on Friday from researchers during a town hall meeting at the National Institutes of Health.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:16 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Federal employees to rally on Capitol Hill against cuts

The American Federation of Government Employees expects more than 1,000 supporters to rally Tuesday against cuts that would affect the federal workforce.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 02/10/2013

White House warns of 'hundreds of thousands' furloughs

White House officials expect "hundreds of thousands" of federal employees to be furloughed unless Congress acts to avert across-the-board budget cuts.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:17 PM ET, 02/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Budget cut furloughs

Posted at 09:10 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Mandate pushed Postal Service into the red for first quarter

The Postal Service posted a $1.3 billion loss for the first quarter, hampered by a Congressional requirement to pre-fund retirement benefits.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:10 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Postal Service

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees

Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees

By Joe Davidson  |  05:04 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Retreat by VA and DoD on electronic health records criticized

A decision this week by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to scrap an ambitious effort to create a single shared electronic health records system for servicemembers and veterans is drawing sharp criticism on Capitol Hill.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/07/2013

On furloughs, the details are negotiable

Details of furloughs for federal employees would be subject to bargaining with unions, and one leading union is preparing to do just that.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, sequestration

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Local residents react to Postal Service decision

Comments from around the D.C. region about the Postal Service plan to cut Saturday delivery starting in August.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

10 questions and answers during the sequestration waiting period

Questions linger, with the threat of automatic spending cuts leaving federal employees and contractors in hurry-up-and-wait mode.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Carney jabs House GOP on Postal Service decision

White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday that the president prefers a comprehensive package of reforms for the Postal Service.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:28 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  saturday mail

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Postal union wants postmaster general Patrick Donahoe ousted

Postal union wants the postmaster general dismissed after he moves to implement five-day mail delivery.

By Joe Davidson  |  01:46 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Postal Service

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 02/06/2013

What does polling say about ending Saturday mail delivery?

Polling in recent years has shown that the American public generally supports the idea of ending Saturday mail.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:55 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  saturday mail

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Obama to nominate REI's CEO to head Interior Department

President Obama is expected to nominate Sally Jewell, CEO of outdoors equipment company Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), to replace Ken Salazar as secretary of the Interior.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery by August

For the first time, Americans will receive mail only five days a week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:05 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Did the sequestration picture change with the latest developments?

Do federal employees have any cause for optimism after the president called on Congress to delay the sequestration deadline again? The administration issued a memo Tuesday preparing them for the worst.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Video | Obama calls for another sequester delay

President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to find budget cuts and tax changes to delay the sequester for a few more months until Congress finds a smarter solution.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:36 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 02/05/2013

FCC botched cyber-security planning after breach, report says

The Government Accountability Office said sensitive FCC information remains at risk of misuse, improper disclosure and destruction despite the agency's actions after a 2011 breach.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:37 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cyber security

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama administration prepares federal workers for possible furloughs

The Obama administration is warning federal workers they might be placed on temporary unpaid leave if the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration are implemented.

By Joe Davidson  |  01:25 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal furloughs

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/05/2013

President Obama to propose plan for delaying sequester again

The president is expected to make an announcement Tuesday afternoon proposing tax changes and spending cuts that would delay the automatic reductions once again.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Another look at what Simpson-Bowles would mean for federal workers

A proposal up for a House vote could set the stage for using the Simpson-Bowles Commission's budget-balancing recommendations.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, sequester, simpson-bowles

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Postal Service claiming immunity from traffic laws; Cyber attack hits Energy Department

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

By Josh Hicks  |  11:11 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Little change in priorities for House Oversight Committee

The familiar subjects of the size of the federal workforce and the compensation for its employees are on a key House committee's oversight plan for the next two years.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Postal Service issues Rosa Parks stamp

The Postal Service marked what would have been the civil rights activist's 100th birthday by unveiling a stamp in her honor.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Veterans facing extreme delays with disability claims

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013

One decade after mad cow case, Japan relaxes restrictions on U.S. beef imports

The relaxed regulations give the Obama administration a major victory in its initiative to double overall U.S. exports by 2014.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Secret Service chief Mark Sullivan to retire after 30 years with agency

A Secret Service spokesman says Mark Sullivan will retire later this month. His replacement hasn't been announced.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 02/01/2013

National Weather Service fires official four days after Washington Post quoted him

The National Weather Service fired a top official four days after The Washington Post quoted him in a front-page story about the impacts of budget cuts and the threat of sequestration.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:49 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Many Marines say they'd quit Corps over women in combat

A Marine Corps survey released to the AP found that 17 percent of male Marines said they would quit if women enter combat roles.

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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Video | Secretary Clinton bids farewell to State Department

Video of Hilllary Clinton's farewell address to the State Department on her last day as secretary.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:51 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 02/01/2013

HUD secretary hits streets for homeless count

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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 02/01/2013

USDA proposes new standards for school snacks

The guidelines would apply to vending machines and snack bars, but not to treats for birthday parties or holidays, and not to foods sold at after-school sporting events.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:19 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/01/2013

IRS has improved hiring times, report says

Long hiring processes make government jobs less attractive for highly qualified candidates, according to a report from the agency's inspector general.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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