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The Federal Eye: June, 2013

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Senate confirms Dan Tangherlini to head GSA

President Obama tapped Tangherlini to head the agency after an inspector general's report prompted a shake-up.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:52 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obama nominees

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 06/28/2013

House committee votes that Lois Lerner waived Fifth Amendment privilege

The resolution deals with IRS official Lois Lerner declaring herself innocent before invoking her Fifth Amendment right.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:54 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs, lois lerner

Posted at 06:21 AM ET, 06/28/2013

What happens with farmers, food stamps and the USDA with no farm bill?

The latest proposal went down to defeat in the House. So what happens if lawmakers don't find a replacement?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:21 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

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

Hearing will examine IRS's internal review of screening practices

President Obama ordered the review after an IG report faulted the IRS for inappropriate behavior toward tax-exemption applicants.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, irs

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Same-sex spouses of federal employees could benefit under high court ruling

Supreme Court decision in Defense of Marriage Act case could open door to expanding health, survivor annuity benefits, but some questions remain.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:06 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CSRS, defense of marriage act, Federal benefits, FEHBP, FERS

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Taxpayer Advocate Service says real IRS crisis is financial one

The group made a series of recommendations for improving the IRS in its mid-year report to Congress.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:14 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs, taxpayer advocate

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

Was the IRS report 'flawed in a fundamental way'?

Senate Democrats revealed that the term "progressive" was among the IRS's search criteria in the agency's controversial targeting effort.

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

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Senate confirms Penny Pritzker to head Commerce Department

The Senate voted 97-1 to confirm billionaire hotel and real-estate magnate.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:00 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OBAMA CABINET

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Obama's pick to head GSA passes first confirmation hurdle

A Senate committee voted for moving to the next step in the confirmation process for acting GSA administrator Dan Tangherlini.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:36 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obama nominees

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Group claims wage theft by food vendors in Reagan Building

Good Jobs Nation filed a complaint with the Labor Department on Monday.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  labor issues

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Key federal employee benefits at stake in DOMA case

Most of public supports extending benefits to same-sex marriages but Supreme Court ruling will set the course.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense of marriage act, doma, Federal benefits, same sex marriage

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Overhaul of federal blue-collar pay system sought

A House proposal generally would benefit federal blue-collar employees working outside core city areas.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:23 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal pay, federal wage system, locality pay

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Grassley: IRS paid $42,000 in bonuses to Lois Lerner

Lerner, an IRS officials who oversaw the agency's tax-exemption operations, refused to testify before Congress and is on leave.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:20 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs, irs controversy

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Supreme Court to hear case on Obama's NLRB appointments

A lower court determined the president exceeded his authority with appointments while the Senate was on break.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:51 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nlrb

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Bill would require agencies to fire feds who invoke Fifth Amendment

Republican lawmaker proposed legislation that would require federal agencies to fire employees who refuse to answer questions from Congress.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, irs

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Obama to nominate two FEC commissioners

The FEC is currently down one member and operating with five commissioners serving expired terms.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:23 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fec nominees

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Federal employee dental and vision insurance program to expand

More plans will participate in 2014 in a dental and vision insurance program open to federal employees and retirees.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:49 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dental insurance, Federal benefits, federal employees, fedvip, vision insurance

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Contractor that screened Edward Snowden was under investigation before NSA leak

OPM's inspector general confirmed the probe during a Senate hearing on Thursday.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:29 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nsa

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/21/2013

Labor groups back bills to cap contractor pay at vice president's salary

The Senate approved an amendment that would affect just border-security contractors, but two other bills would extend the cap across government.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Government lacks uniform security-clearance guidelines, official says

Congress's watchdog agency found that the national intelligence director has not provided clearly defined policies and procedures.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:01 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  national security, nsa

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Federal workers largely unsatisfied with performance rewards and promotions

Survey: Only 43 percent of feds think employers will provide performance awards or better job opportunities.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:55 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  job satisfaction

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/20/2013

How much money did Customs and Border Protection need to avoid furloughs?

Janet Napolitano told CBP employees that Congress approved a plan to help mitigate sequester impacts for the agency.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Sequester furloughs avoided for Customs and Border Protection

The reprogramming plan also allows CBP to continue paying unexpected overtime cost for Border Patrol agents.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester furloughs, sequester; localsequester

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 06/19/2013

Grassley: IRS about to pay $70 million in bonuses

Chuck Grassley’s office says IRS is executing an agreement with the employees' union to pay the bonuses.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:08 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

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

Senate hearing will examine security clearance in wake of NSA leaks

More than 3.5M federal employees, 1M contractors hold security clearances, according to a report.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, nsa

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 06/18/2013

GSA nominee Dan Tangherlini testifies before Senate committee

President Obama's choice to lead the agency testified Tuesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:49 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Rep. Elijah Cummings releases a full IRS interview transcript

The Democratic congressman said the interview "debunks conspiracy theories" about the IRS targeting controversy.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:11 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Hearing will examine 'reinventing government'

The hearing will pit leaders from the nation's largest federal-employee union against proponents of smaller government.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:40 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Efficiency

Posted at 06:16 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Why did FEMA deny new funding after Texas fertilizer plant explosion?

FEDERAL EYE | The agency this month denied an appeal for millions of dollars in additional aid to help West, Tex., recover from an April 17 fertilizer-plant explosion that killed 15 people and decimated some 37 blocks of homes, schools and businesses.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:16 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 06/17/2013

ICE director John Morton stepping down in July

ICE director John Morton has headed ICE for more than four years.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:57 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  leadership changes

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Threats and attacks against public lands employees rise

Increase in danger partly attributed to use of lands for purposes related to illegal drugs.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:28 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  attacks, federal employees, public lands, threats

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/17/2013

Army exempts some training from hiring freeze

Employees who leave their jobs for developmental programs can be rehired.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, sequestration

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/17/2013

Cummings challenges Issa on IRS transcripts

The top Democrat and Republican from the House oversight committee have sparred over the release of transcripts from a congressional investigation of the IRS targeting controversy.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/14/2013

How did postal reform fail last year?

Examining the sticking points from last year's postal reform talks.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Issa proposes new legislation to restructure Postal Service

The chief House architect of a bill that failed to gain traction in the last Congress has drafted new legislation

By Lisa Rein  |  12:59 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Postal Service

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Second IRS closing day coming tomorrow

Most services will be unavailable as tax agency carries out second sequestration-caused furlough day.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:24 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  closing, furlough, irs, sequester

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

Former Justice attorney seeks $23 billion in damages for NSA surveillance programs

A former Reagan-era Justice Department prosecutor is suing the federal government over its electronic-surveillance programs.

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

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Sales of Orwell's '1984 spike after NSA surveillance revelations

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By Josh Hicks  |  05:40 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Obama administration to stop bonus program for federal managers in 2013

The Obama administration is suspending the prestigious Presidential Rank Awards this year, another sign of budget austerity.

By Lisa Rein  |  04:50 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal budget

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/12/2013

IRS targeting didn't start in Ohio, Ways and Means chairman says

The Republican congressman said Wednesday that talks with IRS employees showed the effort "didn't originate in Cincinnati."

By Josh Hicks  |  04:01 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs, irs controversy

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 06/12/2013

VA says it has reached 'tipping point' in backlog struggle

The Department of Veterans Affairs official has reached a "tipping point" in its struggle to get a grip on the massive backlog, a senior department official told a Senate committee Wednesday.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:37 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Disability backlog

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

Republicans insist IRS case is not solved

Key Republicans on the House oversight committee criticized the panel's top Democrat for suggesting lawmakers should move on.

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

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 06/11/2013

SEC settles whistleblower case with $580k payment to assistant IG

Assistant SEC inspector general David Weber accused the agency of firing him for exposing misconduct.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:40 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  whistleblower settlement

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 06/11/2013

VIDEO | Dire time in Washington during War of 1812

The Fold Monday evening featured an interview about "Through the Perilous Fight" and the burning of Washington in 1814.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:33 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Fold

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Senate finally considers ATF nominee; Americans waffling on surveillance; how TSA lost knife fight

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By Josh Hicks  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Understanding whistleblower protections and the NSA surveillance leaks

The Federal Eye examines whistleblower protections for the intelligence community and how they relate to the recent disclosures.

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

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 06/10/2013

NSA leaks raise question: Should contractors do sensitive government work?

Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson explores the issue of whether contractors should have access to top-secret information.

By Joe Davidson  |  04:19 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nsa, nsa surveillance

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Report: Nepotism 'open and widely accepted' at Energy Department

An inspector general's review found that the official secured intern appointments for his children.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:38 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Energy Department

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/10/2013

IRS replaces another official after targeting revelations

The agency announced the move in an internal memo on Monday.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:58 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs, irs controversy

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

Cincinnati IRS employees say their actions started the targeting efforts

An IRS manager in Cincinnati elevated the first tea party case that prompted the targeting of conservative groups, and another employee from that Ohio office developed the initial search criteria, according to the House oversight committee's top Democrat.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, irs

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 06/07/2013

EPA awarded ethics certificate to Lisa Jackson alias 'Richard Windsor'

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By Josh Hicks  |  01:16 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 06/07/2013

OPM offering 300 buyouts

The agency's 2014 budget plan calls for a $2.2-million reduction in salaries and expenses.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:59 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  opm buyouts

Posted at 06:26 AM ET, 06/07/2013

Plastic squirting fish and other IRS conference goodies

What gifts did the IRS buy for events, and how much did they cost?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:26 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Former worker wins big DOL settlement

A former Labor Department employee has accepted a $820,000 payment to end his fight against the agency's decision to fire him.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:51 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Labor Department settlement

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Clarifying common misconceptions about the IRS targeting campaign

The Federal Eye sheds light on tenuous claims relating to the IRS targeting campaign.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:34 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, irs

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Lawmakers criticize 'shocking abuse of authority' in GSA contracting

The issue came to light in an inspector general's report that detailed how officials intervened in contracts.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:22 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  contracting scandal

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Two IRS officials put on administrative leave for accepting gifts at Calif. conference

IRS chief says he has placed two managers on administrative leave for taking free gifts in violation of government ethics rules

By Lisa Rein  |  04:24 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Sens. Coburn and Portman question VA 'official time' for union activities

The GOP senators questioned the practice on Wednesday in a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:37 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  labor issues

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Report finds excessive overtime in Marshals Service

Report finds U.S. Marshals Service needs better control over employee overtime in D.C. court.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Marshal Service

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

Park Service unveiling new healthy food standards at Mall event

The National Park Service is introducing new food standards Wednesday that will eventually require parks around the country to offer healthy food options to their millions of annual visitors.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Park Service

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 06/04/2013

IRS conference in Anaheim featured gifts, other excesses approved by top officials, report says

Inspector General releases new report detailing questionable spending at California conference

By Lisa Rein  |  12:25 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 06/04/2013

'Phased retirement' policy for federal workers unveiled

Retirement-eligible federal workers could switch to a hybrid of work and retirement under proposed rules.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:59 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, phased retirement

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Federal agencies, employees told to prepare for storm season

OPM highlights telework and other special policies for severe weather emergencies.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:55 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disaster preparedness, federal employees, hurricanes, oklahoma tornadoes, storm season

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 06/04/2013

White House again calls for federal employee raise

The Obama administration is urging Congress to back its recommendation to boost salaries by 1 percent.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:21 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal pay, federal raise, federal salaries, pay raise

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Five and counting: Yet another IRS hearing

Tuesday's congressional hearing will feature testimony from groups the IRS targeted for special scrutiny.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:01 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, irs

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

Army cautions about outside employment during furloughs

Obtaining or even seeking outside employment while furloughed could trigger ethical considerations, guidance says.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  army civilians, federal employees, furloughs, outside employment

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 06/03/2013

Federal law prevails in employee life insurance dispute

Beneficiary choices in program for federal employees override state laws that would cause payments to be made differently, Supreme Court rules.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:05 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  beneficiaries, Federal benefits, federal employees, federal life insurance, fegli

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/03/2013

No furloughs for National Weather Service and rest of NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has cancelled plans to furlough its employees

By Steve Vogel  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester furloughs; tornadoes

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 06/03/2013

IRS faces new scrutiny for conference spending

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By Josh Hicks  |  12:21 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Previewing the fourth IRS hearing

Treasury inspector general J. Russell George and new acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel will testify at the hearing.

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

 

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