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The Federal Eye: April, 2013

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Smithsonian to close small exhibits due to sequester

The Smithsonian Institution plans to close certain small exhibits in four of its museums as part of the government-wide spending cuts.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:08 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Federal employees say government innovation is slipping

The government-wide innovation score dropped last year, based on a survey of federal workers.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government innovation

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Dempsey says DoD still uncertain about furloughs

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters Tuesday that Pentagon officials are "doing our best to avoid" furloughs of the Department of Defense's 800,000 civilian employees.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:07 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 04/30/2013

OPM cuts overtime and call-center hours for pension claims

OPM cuts overtime and call-center hours

By Josh Hicks  |  02:05 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, sequester cuts

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Bill would force federal employees onto insurance exchanges

The proposal followed rumors that Democrats were trying to exempt members of Congress and their staffs from a requirement to enroll in the exchanges established under ObamaCare.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:48 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obamacare

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

USDA expands SNAP access at farmers markets

The Department of Agriculture will provide $4 million in grants to connect more farmers markets with the federal food-credit program.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Bill Gates joins administration in promoting open agricultural data

Bill Gates and the Department of Agriculture launched a two-day conference on Monday promoting open agricultural data.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:05 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  open data

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Senators urge Obama to help resolve veterans claims backlog

A letter signed by a bipartisan group of 67 senators was sent to the White House Monday urging President Obama to take direct action to help solve the backlog of veterans disability claims.

By Steve Vogel  |  11:18 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Obama, VA disability claims; veterans paperless claims; subcommittee on disability assistance and memorial affairs

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013

First lady Michelle Obama to unveil vets program

First lady Michelle Obama on Monday will announce the launch of a credentialing program that the White House says will help members of the armed forces leaving military service earn the certification needed for many high-tech jobs in the private sector.

By Steve Vogel  |  08:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Bill would require secondary cockpit barriers to prevent hijackings

Rep. Michael Fitzpatzrick (R-Pa.) is scheduled to introduce the bill on Monday at the Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial in Pennsylvania.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Budget cuts will force closure of flood-warning gauges, officials say

Closures will affect the government's ability to warn of potential flooding and lack of needed water, officials told the AP.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:12 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Geological Survey

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Sequester could hurt federal tax collections, IRS says

IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller told a House panel that the Treasurycould miss out on money taxpayers owe.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester impacts

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Senators call for investigation of TSA knife policy

Lisa Murkowski and Charles Schumer called on the Homeland Security inspector general to examine potential consequences of the TSA proposal.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Should Congress lift abortion ban for Peace Corps volunteers?

Lisa Rein's article in the Washington Post explains how advocates are pushing to lift the ban on abortions for Peace Corps rape victims.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:03 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  peace corps

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/25/2013

House Democrats announce package of bills aimed at VA backlog

House Democrats said Thursday they plan to introduce legislation that they say will help the Department of Veterans Affairs deal with its backlog of disability claims.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans, Veterans Benefits

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Threat of sequester furloughs diminishing or gone for some agencies

The spending bill Congress approved last month has allowed some agencies to eliminate or reduce the number of days they expect to furlough employees under the sequester.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:31 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furlough days, furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Senators propose bipartisan bill to end FAA's controller furloughs

The legislation would allow the FAA to shift funds between accounts to end the furloughs that started Monday for air-traffic controllers.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 12:11 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Holder says no furloughs at Justice Department this fiscal year

Attorney general sent word Wednesday night that efforts to cut costs will avoid furloughs through the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.

By Lisa Rein  |  12:11 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 04/24/2013

EPA employees hit with up to 10 furlough days; less than anticipated

Acting EPA chief tells employees they will have to take about 10 furlough days before Sept. 30, fewer than anticipated.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:04 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 04/24/2013

Burwell confirmed as next OMB director

The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:01 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OMB

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Department of Interior going hybrid

The Department of the Interior plans to replace 300 of its gas and alternative-fuel vehicles with hybrids as part of a federal initiative to make government auto fleets more environmentally friendly.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:14 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  interior department

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/24/2013

IRS issued billions in improper refunds, report says

The IRS estimates that at least 21 percent of its Earned Income Tax Credit payments were faulty in 2012.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Congressional leaders press for end to furloughs

Congressional leaders are pressing the FAA to find money in its budget to stop furloughs of air-traffic controllers

By Lisa Rein  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Michelle Obama thanks Interior employees, welcomes Sally Jewell

First lady Michelle Obama visited the Department of Interior headquarters on Tuesday, thanking employees for their service and welcoming the new interior secretary.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:13 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  interior department

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Discussion of federal furloughs

Here's a link to a radio discussion with Julie Mason, host of The Press Pool on SiriusXM, about my article Monday concerning federal furloughs.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:20 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Federal employees encouraged to participate in prescription drug take-back day

The government is encouraging its employees to participate in an annual collection of expired and unwanted prescription medications.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:20 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, prescription drugs, take back day

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Senators propose Intelligence Professionals Day

A bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed designating July 26 to honor the intelligence community that President Harry S. Truman created nearly 66 years ago on the same date.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  intelligence community

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Giving to federal charity drive continues to decline

Both the number of donors and the amount contributed to the Combined Federal Campaign decreased again in 2012.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:36 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  charity, combined federal campaign, federal employees, office of personnel management

Posted at 06:12 AM ET, 04/23/2013

TSA delays knife policy set to begin Thursday

TSA had announced last month that it would allow passengers to carry small knives on board aircraft beginning on April 25.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:12 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport security

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Furloughed Files | Share your furlough stories

The first major round of federal furloughs began this week, and we want your stories about life on unpaid leave.

By Marcia Davis  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Job Corps ends enrollment freeze

Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) announced the decision on Monday afternoon, following months of pressure and questioning as head of the Senate committee that oversees the program.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:47 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  job corps

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Flights delayed as sequester furloughs begin

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By Josh Hicks  |  02:45 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Labor spokesman 'Communicator of the Year'

Labor Department spokesman named National Association of Government Communicators Communicator of the Year.

By Joe Davidson  |  08:47 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Communicator of the Year'

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Park Police furloughs begin as agency steps up visibility

Furloughs for U.S. Park Police employees began Sunday. The agency increased its presence at parks in response to the Boston Marathon bombings last week.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 04/19/2013

House oversight committee requests study of federal pay scale

Democratic and Republican lawmakers asked the congressional watchdog agency to review the "appropriateness" of current pay rates.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:14 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal pay

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/19/2013

IRS sets five specific furlough dates

The agency's acting commissioner sent a memo informing employees of five dates for sequester furloughs.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 04/19/2013

DHS plan for customs pre-clearance in Abu Dhabi raises concerns

Lawmakers and a coalition of aviation-industry groups have written to the Department of Homeland Security about its plan to establish a pre-clearance facility in United Arab Emirates.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:16 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  homeland security

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013

House approves controversial cybersecurity bill

The vote came despite a veto threat from the White House and opposition from civil liberties groups and privacy advocates.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/18/2013

How would 'Chained CPI' affect your benefits?

Calculate how the inflation measure would affect your Social Security benefits

By Josh Hicks  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  chained cpi

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Feds arrest suspect in suspicious mailings, Obama declares emergency

Wednesday's developments illustrated the federal response to this week's Boston Marathon bombing and mailing of ricin-laced letters to prominent officials.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boston marathon, bostonmarathon, eye opener, ricin

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 04/17/2013

USPS losing $25 million daily with 'broken business model'

Postal Service says it could become "a significant burden to the taxpayer" if it does not get needed flexibility to change its business operations.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:01 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Postal Service

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 04/17/2013

NOAA plans to pair furloughs with federal holidays for extended weekends

NOAA joins a growing list of agencies planning some of their sequester furloughs around federal holidays.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:33 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester furloughs

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013

EXCLUSIVE | Judiciary underestimated costs for building plans, report says

The federal court system failed the transparency test and underestimated projected costs with its five-year capital-projects plan, report finds.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Exceptions from furloughs proposed

A Senate bill would exempt from furloughs federal employees in public safety-related jobs.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:24 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  essential jobs, federal employees, furloughs, sequestration

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 04/16/2013

How are feds responding to the Boston Marathon bombing?

The FBI will lead the investigation in coordination with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes a long list of federal, state and local authorities.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:45 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boston bombing

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013

House votes to crack down on tax-delinquent contractors but not individuals

The House approved a measure to prevent federal funding for contractors that fall behind in taxes but rejected a bill that would have required federal agencies to fire tax-delinquent workers.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 04/15/2013

National Weather Service and NOAA propose furloughs

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday proposed furloughing employees across the agency for four days.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:34 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Federal employee financial disclosures to remain offline

President Obama has signed into law a bill reversing a requirement enacted in April 2012, but never carried out, that federal agencies post online the financial disclosure forms of some 28,000 of their employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:16 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conflicts of interest, federal employees, financial disclosure, stock act

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Pew survey: Public trusts state, local governments over feds by wide margin

When it comes to public opinion about government, local is better, according to a Pew Research survey released Monday.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:42 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government popularity

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013

House bill would fire tax-delinquent federal workers

About 3.6 percent of civilian federal workers owe a combined $1 billion in back taxes, according to the IRS.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Bill to prevent online posting of disclosure forms passes Congress

Congress has indefinitely delayed, and effectively repealed, a requirement that financial disclosure forms of senior career federal employees be posted online.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:41 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, financial disclosures, stock act

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/12/2013

John Berry defends public servants

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By Josh Hicks  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Congress considers repeal of disclosure form posting requirement

Congress could repeal as early as today a requirement that financial disclosure forms filed by many senior career federal employees be posted online.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conflicts of interest, ethics, federal employees, financial disclosures, stock act

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Pentagon officials consider trimming sequester furloughs

Pentagon officials are trying to eliminate some or all furloughs that the Defense Department initially expected as a result of recent government-wide spending cuts, the AP reports.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:49 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013

VA addressing gravesite issues that haunted national cemetery system

The National Cemetery Administration continues to struggle with identifying problems with gravesight accuracy, according to an inspector general's report.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 04/11/2013

IG report: Federal personnel officials steered contracts to favored company

Top officials at the Office of Personnel Management steered contracts to a favored company, a new report from the agency's inspector general says.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:21 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OPM

Posted at 01:43 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Insurance providers will debate who should provide health benefits to federal employees

Insurance providers are expected to present competing ideas before the House subcommittee that oversees federal-worker programs.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:43 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 09:16 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Editor's note

This post was inadvertantly published.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:16 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Berry leaves OPM

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Senate confirms Sally Jewell to lead Interior

The Senate voted 87-11 to confirm REI CEO Sally Jewell as head of the Department of the Interior, which oversees conservation, recreation, oil-and-gas drilling and federal lands.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:13 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cabinet picks

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/10/2013

How would the White House budget affect small businesses?

A comprehensive analysis of the impacts that the White House budget request would have on small businesses.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, small business

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 04/10/2013

White House budget could impact NASA's Mars rover program

Funding for NASA's Planetary Science program would drop by $300 million under the president's budget proposal.

By Joel Achenbach  |  05:09 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Department of Interior would see gains under Obama's budget

President Obama wants to increase funding for the Interior Department, according to the White House budget request for 2014.

By Darryl Fears  |  03:32 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, interior department

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 04/10/2013

EPA would get funding increase under president's proposal

The White House budget request would reduce funding for the agency by 3.5 percent compared to 2012.

By Lenny Bernstein  |  03:19 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, EPA funding

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 04/10/2013

HUD budget 'keeps residents in their homes,' Donovan says

The Department of Housing and Urban Development would receive $47.6 billion in the proposed 2014 budget.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:13 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, HUD

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Obama's budget calls for more Justice Department spending

The president's 2014 budget request asks for additional funding for Justice Department programs that combat gun violence and foster firearm safety.

By Peter Finn  |  03:07 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Justice spending

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 04/10/2013

White House budget would trim NASA funding slightly

The president's proposal would trim NASA funding by $50 million compared to 2012.

By Joel Achenbach  |  02:36 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NASA funding

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Obama proposes 1 percent raise for federal employees

President Obama proposed a 1 percent raise for federal employees in 2014, as part of his budget proposal released Wednesday.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:22 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, federal employees

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Labor Department funding would increase under president's plan

The Department of Labor would receive $12.1 billion in discretionary funding in the proposed 2014 budget, an increase of $100 million from 2013, money the White House said will help unemployed workers gain skills to find new jobs

By Steve Vogel  |  01:34 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Labor Department

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Budget would provide more money for VA mental health care

The president's proposed $152.7 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs represents a 10.2 percent increase from the previous year.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:20 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, veterans

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/10/2013

President's plan would trim defense spending

The White House budget calls for a small reduction in defense spending, including cuts to the military's health-care system and costly weapons programs.

By ernesto londono  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, defense spending

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Budget would boost education funding

The president's budget would increase discretionary spending for the Department of Education by nearly 5 percent.

By Lyndsey Layton  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education funding, Budget

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Budget generous toward National Science Foundation

The White House budget would increase funding for the National Science Foundation by more than 8 percent.

By Joel Achenbach  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, science funding, Budget

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 04/10/2013

White House budget: Health impacts

Impacts of the White House budget on everything from Medicare and the Affordable Care Act to funding for the Department of Health and Human Services

By N.C. Aizenman  |  12:44 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, health, Budget

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/10/2013

White House budget: State Department impacts

The administration wants to reduce spending to promote economic and political reforms in the Middle East and North Africa by $220 million compared to the previous fiscal year.

By Douglas Frantz  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, state department

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Ag spending would remain steady under president's plan

The president's budget would essentially maintain spending levels for the Department of Agriculture, although it would implement some cost-saving measures.

By Brady Dennis  |  12:26 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, USDA

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Impacts of the White House budget

A look at how the president's 2014 budget request would impact various government programs and agencies.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:59 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Budget

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Postal Service withdraws plan to end Saturday mail delivery

The U.S. Postal Service says the stopgap budget passed by Congress would prohibit the move.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:29 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  saturday mail

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/10/2013

DOCUMENT | The White House budget

Full text of the full White House budget request for 2014.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:17 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/10/2013

What's the score on White House budget day?

The White House will release a budget request on Wednesday that begins the next phase of talks over the nation's fiscal strategy.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, Budget

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Ethics office endorses suspending requirement on posting of financial disclosure reports

The Office of Government Ethics agrees with a report finding unnecessary risks in putting federal employee financial forms online.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:07 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, financial disclosure, stock act

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Obama nominates new NLRB members as House threatens to halt board actions

The bill would stop the NLRB from issuing decisions until the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of President Obama's recess appointments or the Senate confirms all members.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:04 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  labor relations

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Despite salary rate freeze, average federal salary rises

The figure commonly used as the "average" federal employee salary is up to almost $78,500.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  average federal salary, federal employee pay, federal employee salaries, federal pay

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 04/09/2013

White House budget would eliminate duplicative catfish inspections

The White House budget, due to come out on Wednesday, will address some of the costly and duplicative programs mentioned in a recent report by the Government Accountability Office.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:19 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Duplicative programs wasting government funds, report says

Congress's auditing agency issues report saying government could save tens of billions each year by trimming duplicative and inefficient programs.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Navy furloughs would hit 94 percent of workforce

The Navy will allow only limited exceptions from expected furloughs of civilian employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, Navy, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Sequester means 11 percent cut in unemployment benefits

The sequester's effect on unemployment insurance is highlighted in a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:09 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/08/2013

Clapper: Intelligence cuts could be 'insidious'

Intelligence director says budget cuts could undermine national security in ways that won't be noticed until it's too late.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/08/2013

A budget primer for White House budget week

What you need to know ahead of the White House’s release of its 2014 budget proposal.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 04/05/2013

White House proposing large increase in VA funding to cut backlog

White House proposes large increase in funding for VA

By Steve Vogel  |  03:23 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 04/05/2013

FAA to delay closure of airport towers due to legal challenges

FAA says it will delay planned closures of 149 air control towers

By Lisa Rein  |  02:42 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/05/2013

Overhaul of federal charity drive proposed

The government plans to overhaul its annual internal charity drive, affecting policies ranging from how charities are admitted to the program to how and when employees may make contributions.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  charity drive, combined federal campaign, federal employees, office of personnel management

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 04/05/2013

OMB clamps down on federal employee awards

The White House has limited the payment of monetary awards and incentives to federal workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:20 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  employee awards, employee incentives, federal employees, furlough, OMB, sequestration

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 04/05/2013

Obama to propose $35 billion in federal retirement program savings

In a briefing with White House reporters, a senior administration official indicated the budget savings would come through increased charges to federal employees for their retirement benefits.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:16 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/05/2013

OPM wants to relax campaign restrictions on D.C. federal workers

A rule change proposed by the Office of Personnel Management would allow public employees living in D.C. to accept campaign contributions and run for office as partisan candidates.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

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

Kerry and Napolitano join officials taking voluntary pay cuts

Voluntary pay cuts have become a trend as politicians and high-ranking agency officials demonstrate solidarity with federal employees facing sequester furloughs.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:17 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pay cuts

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 04/04/2013

Eric Holder to take voluntary pay cut in solidarity with federal workers

The attorney general joins a growing list of politicians and high-ranking officials who will sacrifice pay even though their salaries are exempt from sequester cuts.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:36 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pay cuts

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 04/04/2013

IRS may close around holidays to fulfill sequester furloughs

Union officials say the IRS may shut down entirely on certain days and pair its furloughs with federal holidays to create four-day weekends for affected employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:56 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS furloughs, localsequester, sequester

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

AmeriCorps expects fewer volunteers under sequester

The national service program expects 15,000 fewer paid and unpaid members under the government-wide austerity plan known as the sequester.

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

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 04/03/2013

First phase of EPA furloughs begins April 21

The EPA sent notices to employees that the agency would begin its first phase of unpaid leave in less than three weeks.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:27 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 04/03/2013

HUD officials, others follow President Obama in giving up portion of salaries

HUD officials, others follow President Obama in giving up portion of salaries

By Lisa Rein  |  04:42 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Federal worker employs Peeps to portray upcoming furloughs

An EPA employee designed a button featuring Peeps, the marshmallow confection, to show furloughs' at his agency.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:19 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2013

More conferences fall victim to tight budgets

Two annual conferences on federal employee benefits have been canceled due to expected low attendance.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  benefits conference, federal employee benefits, federal employees, OPM, training

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 04/03/2013

OPM chief Berry expected to leave when term expires this month

John Berry has reportedly indicated that he will not return to head the Office of Personnel Management once his first term expires next week.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:40 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OPM News

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013

What will the military's aerial-demonstration teams do with air shows cancelled?

What do the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds and Golden Knights do when the sequester halts their aerial demonstrations?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Federal employees warned to watch out for emoluments

Federal employees can be trapped by a little-known restriction against accepting pay or items of value from foreign nations.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:06 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ethics, federal employees, gifts

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

Pentagon favors reductions in force if sequester continues next year

Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale said the Defense Department should look at alternatives to furloughs if the sequester continues in 2014.

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

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Sequester hits baseball Opening Day festivities

The military canceled at least three flyovers for Opening Day festivities at ballparks across the country.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  opening day, sequester

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 04/01/2013

House budget targets student-loan repayment perk for federal workers

A report on the House-passed budget reveals that the plan seeks to end the student loan reimbursement program for federal workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:12 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, House budget, student loans

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Outside-employment restrictions will still apply to furloughed federal workers

Furloughed federal employees will remain subject to restrictions on outside employment and other ethics policies.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ethics, federal employees, furloughs, outside employment, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 04/01/2013

CBP rethinks furloughs, overtime cuts

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has delayed implementation of plans to furlough its employees and cut their overtime, according to an agency memo to CBP employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:59 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, federal employees, Federal furloughs, furlough, furloughs

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Airports plan to sue FAA over tower closures

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By Josh Hicks  |  11:06 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

 

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