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The Federal Eye: March, 2013

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Capitol police close entrances due to sequester cuts

U.S. Capitol Police closed some entrances vehicular-access points for congressional offices to absorb its share of the government-wide spending cuts

By Josh Hicks  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Postal Service to close more than 50 mail-processing centers

The Postal Service said it will shutter more than 50 processing centers as part of an accelerated plan to consolidate facilities.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Justice Department to delay furlough decisions

Attorney General Eric Holder said the department needs more time to determine whether it can avoid furloughs.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furlough news

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Report: ICE investigators cooperated with 'Fast and Furious'

An inspector general's report said Homeland Security played a minimal role in Fast and Furious, but agency investigators cooperated with the operation and failed to report problems.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:49 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fast and furious

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 03/28/2013

STOCK law's online requirement should be suspended, report says

Congress should "indefinitely suspend" requirements for the online posting of personal financial information of high-ranking federal employees, says a report by the National Academy of Public Administration.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:08 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Defense Department reduces furlough days to 14

Pentagon officials have decided to reduce planned civilian furlough days to 14 from 22.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:34 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013

GRAPHIC | Tracking sequester impacts

Comparing the projected sequester impacts with the quantifiable impacts that have occurred to date.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 03/27/2013

How many federal workers identify as LGBT?

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey asked government workers about their sexual orientation for the first time in 2012.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:43 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT feds

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Bill signing locks in sequester, freezes federal pay rates

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By Josh Hicks  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 03/27/2013

HUD to close agency during furlough days

The Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to close down the agency during seven furlough days for employees.

By Lisa Rein  |  07:01 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Federal benefits at stake in Supreme Court same-sex marriage cases

A number of federal workers have won cases against the Defense of Marriage Act, arguing that their same-sex spouses have a right to federal benefits.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Secret Service can't afford shape-shifter agents

The National Security Council responded questions about a conspiracy video that suggests the Secret Service might have used a shape shifter, alien or robot to guard the president.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:40 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  secret service

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Federal workers turn to union leaders as furloughs loom

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By Josh Hicks  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Sequester hits NASA's outreach and educational programs

The nation's space program is starting to implement cost-saving measures as part of the government-wide spending cuts that took effect earlier this month.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 03/25/2013

Federal prison staffers avoid furloughs

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a memo that Bureau of Prison employees would avoid furloughs after the Justice Department shifted $150 million within accounts.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:24 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/25/2013

National Guard withdraws furlough notices sent early by mail

Some states sent furlough notices to National Guard employees last week even though the Defense Department had delayed the notices until April.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 03/22/2013

FAA to close 149 contract towers due to sequester

The Federal Aviation Administration said it decided to close the towers beginning on April 7.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:47 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air traffic control, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Air Force sets policy for expected furloughs

Air Force policy on the expected furloughs of civilian employees allows for some discretion over who would be affected, but such exceptions would be rare and would have to be approved at high levels.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air force, federal employees, furloughs, overtime, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Days of sequester: A week-three round-up

Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep the government running and provide some financial relief to agencies facing sequester furloughs. But the measure denies a pay raise for federal workers.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Saturday mail still in question under Congress's funding plan

Lawmakers disagree about whether the short-term funding plan Congress approved Thursday will require the Postal Service to continue Saturday mail delivery.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  saturday mail

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Army would allow few exceptions to furloughs

The Army plans to allow only narrow exceptions to furloughs of its civilian employees and would not put them on overtime nor shift work to contractors to make up for the lost work time.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:16 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Army, civilian employees, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Defense Department to delay furlough notices

Defense Department tells about 800,000 civilian employees it will delay decision on furloughs for two weeks.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Drug costs remain a concern in employee health program

The health insurance program covering federal employees in 2014 will continue to emphasize cost controls for prescription drugs.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:32 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  call letter, federal employees, federal employees health benefits, FEHBP

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Long customs lines deterring international travelers from U.S., group says

A report from the U.S. Travel Association says furloughs for Customs and Border Protection will only make things worse.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:02 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission faces furloughs if sequester continues

The nation's largest federal worker union says continuing the cuts would increase the agency's backlog of workplace-discrimination cases.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Senate passes funding bill that denies federal pay raises

The Senate approved a short-term funding measure that would deny the 0.5 pay increase scheduled to take effect for federal workers this year.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:19 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  continuing resolution

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 03/20/2013

What's the deal with the Elijah Cummings furlough announcement?

The Maryland Democrat has refused to elaborate since announcing on Tuesday that he told his employees they would be furloughed.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:46 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/20/2013

House panel moves to fire tax delinquent feds

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved legislation that could result in the firing of some federal employees who owe taxes.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:37 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Sequester, meet Oversight

The House oversight committee examined the government's latest cost-saving practices during a pair of hearings Tuesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Federal downsizing can degrade services, workers coalition says

Shrinking the federal workforce does not necessarily save money but it can degrade government services to the public, a report says.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  attrition, federal employees, government reinvention, hiring freeze, sequestration

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 03/19/2013

House committee questions Defense and Homeland Security officials about costs

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee examined how Defense and Homeland Security could trim spending by following inspector general recommendations.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:29 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  house oversight

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Pay raise on way out, furloughs on way in

Congress is poised to close the door on the possibility of a federal employee pay raise while allowing furloughs to proceed.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:49 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furlough, pay raise, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/19/2013

House hearing will examine decisions behind sequester cuts

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has called on three agency leaders to testify about decisions and impacts on Tuesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Lawmakers slam Postal Service for silence on five-day delivery

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) released a joint statement on Monday chiding the postmaster general for not answering their questions after six weeks.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:24 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  saturday mail

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Federal-worker union plans Wednesday rally in D.C. to protest sequester

The Washington demonstration is part of 100 rallies the group plans to stage nationwide on March 20.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:42 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  day of protest, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Sequester cuts rekindle border security debate

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By Josh Hicks  |  02:26 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 03/18/2013

GSA cuts last of its national conferences scheduled for this year

The cancellations mark the second time in less than a month that the General Services Administration has called off major events due to a lack of demand under budget constraints.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:17 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gsa conferences

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Report cites 'many obstacles' for black federal employees

There are "many obstacles to achieving equality for African Americans in the federal workforce," according to a new study issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

By Joe Davidson  |  10:24 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees

Posted at 11:17 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Airline-safety concerns grow louder in Washington

Lawmakers last week introduced two pieces of legislation, a flight attendants union rallied on Capitol Hill and the widow of a 9-11 pilot visited Washington to raise concerns.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:17 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Days of sequester: The week-two roundup

Federal workers held yet another rally on the Hill as lawmakers contemplated short- and long-term spending legislation.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Senate rejects federal hiring freeze proposal

The Senate on Thursday rejected a proposal to bar the government from filling vacant positions not deemed essential.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal jobs, furloughs, hiring freeze, sequester, sequestration

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

Free workouts for furloughed feds

A fitness club in Virginia is offering free workouts for federal employees and contractors who show furlough papers and government IDs.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:23 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Board orders GSA to reinstate fired executive

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By Josh Hicks  |  01:57 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Sunshine Week: Watchdog groups check administration's transparency

Two reports this week looked at the administration's compliance with open-government laws, and pair of congressmen from both parties pitched a FOIA reform bill.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:02 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Government

Posted at 09:36 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Furloughs and federal pay at stake in dueling budget plans

Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a budget plan that does not target federal employee compensation but does seek to replace spending cuts with unpaid furloughs.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:36 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, federal employees, furloughs, pay freeze, sequestration

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Researcher alleges VA covered up adverse consequences to toxic exposures

A senior epidemiologist for the VA is telling a congressional committee that the agency has covered up data showing adverse consequences for veterans who were exposed to toxic materials from burn pits and other environmental hazards in Iraq, Afghanistan and the first Gulf War

By Steve Vogel  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Congress takes up federal employee pay, retirement proposals

Both sides of the Capitol on Wednesday took up budget measures with provisions of direct importance to federal employee pocketbooks.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, federal employees, pay freeze, retirement contributions, sequestration

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/13/2013

White House may allow limited tours despite sequester

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By Josh Hicks  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/13/2013

White House budget office puts a number on its furloughs

An administration official reportedly put the number at 480 employees. The Office of Management and Budget sent furlough notices to its workers last week.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013

NLRB will petition Supreme Court over Obama's recess appointments

The labor board said it plans to appeal a lower-court decision that invalidated three recess appointments from January 2012 and called into question all the NLRB's decisions since then.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/12/2013

National Archives to reduce hours to cover sequester cuts

The National Archives announced this week that effective Friday, its record rooms for researchers and exhibits of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and other famous documents will be open fewer hours to the public.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Ryan budget seeks higher retirement contributions by federal employees

The federal workforce would be reduced by attrition and employees would pay more toward their retirement benefits under the budget plan unveiled Tuesday by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis).

By Eric Yoder  |  12:04 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, hiring freeze, retirement contributions, ryan budget

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 03/12/2013

An unofficial furlough anthem

Customs and Border Protection employees, and perhaps other members of the federal workforce, have played this song to make light of sequester furloughs.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:52 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furlough anthem

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Senate measure would keep federal pay rates frozen

Federal employee salary rates would remain frozen through the remainder of 2013, under a budget measure introduced in the Senate late Monday.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, CR, federal employees, federal pay

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Senate panel to examine Job Corps enrollment freeze on Tuesday

The Job Corps program halted new enrollments in January due to an estimated $60 million in cost overruns. A Senate subcommittee will seek answers on Tuesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Lawmakers urge TSA to reinstate knife ban

A bipartisan trio has urged the TSA to continue its ban on carrying small knives on board planes. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:55 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport security

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 03/11/2013

TSP warns participants against free iPhone app from Apple store

The Thrift Savings Plan has warned its participants against using a free iPhone app being offered through the Apple store.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:37 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, iphone app, Thrift Savings Plan, TSP

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Congressional Black Caucus questions Obama's Cabinet diversity

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By Josh Hicks  |  05:13 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/11/2013

McCaskill wants update on Energy Department's grant management

The Missouri Democrat said she is concerned about improper billing and potential fraud relating to the Energy Department's clean-energy grants.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:31 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  clean energy

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/11/2013

Federal workers to rally again on Capitol Hill

Federal employees will gather at the Capitol for the third time this year to oppose spending cuts affecting the federal workforce and government services.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Budget pain reaches government's number crunchers

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By Josh Hicks  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Army orders reforms for mental health care treatment

The Army has ordered comprehensive reforms in how it diagnoses and treats post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues

By Steve Vogel  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PTSD

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Days of sequester: The week-one round-up

FEDERAL EYE | From furloughs to canceled White House tours, budget slashing is starting to show.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/07/2013

FAA tells employees to expect 11 furlough days

The Federal Aviation Administration has told employees that they face 11 furlough days due to sequestration.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:43 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air traffic controllers, FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 03/07/2013

How is the sequester affecting you?

The Washington Post is providing a forum for readers to share their experiences with the government-wide spending cuts.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:13 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Coburn questions continued hiring with furloughs pending

A key senator is questioning why federal agencies are continuing to hire when existing employees are facing unpaid furloughs.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, hiring, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2013

House funding bill would require Saturday Postal Service delivery

The legislation would require six-day mail delivery in addition to funding the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 03/06/2013

How does the government make its snow-day decisions?

Office of Personnel Management director John Berry made the decision at about 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:51 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  snowquester

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Customs and Border Protection to issue furlough notices Thursday

The agency plans to furlough all employees for up to 14 days, according to internal communications.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal furloughs, furloughs, sequester

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Hoyer doubtful of salary increase for federal workers

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday that he doesn't expect federal-employee salary rates to increase this year despite the president's order for a .5 percent rise.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal pay

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Army clarifies exceptions to hiring freeze

Job changes by current employees and hiring under placement programs still are allowed in some circumstances.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Army, federal employees, hiring freeze, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 04:13 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Federal offices closed for Wednesday in DC area

A snowstorm has caused the Office of Personnel Management to close federal offices in the DC area for Wednesday. Forecasters have predicted between 3-12 inches of snow for the region.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:13 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 03/05/2013

EPA warns employees of up to 13 furlough days

The agency will carry out the furlough in two phases, with employees required to take 32 unpaid hours in the first phase through June.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:28 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  environmental protection agency, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 03/05/2013

What happens when the sequester meets a snowstorm?

Agencies don't expect the cuts to affect weather forecasting and disaster response in the near-term. The long run could be another story.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:24 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, snowquester

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Furlough-caused financial problems could affect security clearances

Federal employees should take steps to protect their security clearances if furloughs cause them financial hardship, two defense agencies have said.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:31 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, security clearances, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Marylanders support ending Saturday mail, but racial and regional divisions lurk

A Washington Post poll shows than more than two-thirds of Maryland residents support the move.

By Scott Clement  |  08:01 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Too many IG recommendations not implemented, report says

Federal agencies are leaving "billions of taxpayer dollars on the table" by not carrying out recommendations of in-house watchdogs, according to a report.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/04/2013

GOP spending plan would blunt some sequester impacts

Republicans have proposed legislation to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year and mitigate some impacts of the sequester.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:57 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  continuing resolution

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Navy orders savings affecting employees, ships and more

The Navy has announced cutbacks that will affect its civilian employees and the deployment of ships, among other responses to sequestration.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:27 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furlough, hiring freeze, Navy, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 03/04/2013

State Department's no furloughs for now policy adds a variant on sequester's impact

The State Department has told its employees that it doesn't expect furloughs--at least not yet.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:31 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, sequester, sequestration, state department

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Budget battles don't end with sequester in effect

With the cuts now in effect, Congress still has to adopt a new budget and deal with the debt ceiling.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Cut wasteful and ineffective programs first, Issa tells agencies

A key House committee chairman says agencies should cut wasteful and duplicative programs before targeting other spending in sequestration.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:01 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government waste, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Alternatives to sequester could hit federal employees in other ways

While sequestration threatens widespread furloughs of federal employees, enactment of an alternative could amount to a case of pick your poison.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, retirement contributions, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Two agencies send early-bird furlough notices

Two federal agencies that formally notified their employees of possible furloughs even in advance of sequestration taking effect have warned of the potential for 14 and 22 unpaid days off.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs, justice department, national labor relations board, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Sequester-deadline day: What's next?

A look at post-sequester issues and upcoming deadlines. How does this thing unfold?

By Josh Hicks  |  12:14 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, sequester day

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Furloughs could lower leave benefits but probably not retirement

A furlough generally wouldn't affect a federal employee's eventual retirement benefits but it could affect their leave benefits.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2013

'It could be a crazy day, or it could be a wait-and-see day,' federal manager says

Manager of the federal WIC program for Marylanders faces uncertainty over the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration when she goes to work Friday.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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