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The Federal Eye: July, 2013

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Health-care issue triggers hold on OPM nominee Katherine Archuleta

A GOP senator says he will delay a vote until getting answers about congressional staffers' health coverage under Affordable Care Act.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:45 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, congressional staff, federal employees, health insurance, obamacare

Posted at 06:28 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Federal-employee union wants broader eligibility for phased-retirement program

The NTEU said the draft guidelines may disqualify employees who worked less than 20 years for the federal government.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:28 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Pentagon says no decision on more furlough reductions

A Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday that "no decisions have been made at this time" about a possible reduction in furloughs for civilian defense workers, despite an AP report that said employees would likely face fewer days of unpaid leave.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:57 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense furloughs

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Federal workers asked to submit cost-saving ideas

The White House is seeking cost-saving suggestions from federal employees for inclusion with the next budget proposal.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:41 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, federal employees, save award, suggestion program, White House

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/30/2013

Dual investigations exacerbate President Obama's problems with political appointees

The probes involve an Obama nominee and one of the administration's interim office-holders, both of whom face accusations of wrongdoing.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 07/29/2013

House Republicans reveal new IRS targeting 'allegations'

The allegations this time involve groups that were already approved for tax-exempt status.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:59 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs targeting

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 07/29/2013

USAID spent $47 million in Afghanistan without meeting key objectives, report says

An inspector general found that USAID spent the funds on training and workshops without issuing a single community grant.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:25 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  usaid

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/29/2013

GOP lawmaker chides FEC for two-year delay in creating enforcement manual

Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) said the lack of clearly stated policies and procedures can lead to abuses and erode Americans' faith in government.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 07/26/2013

House bill would limit bonuses for senior federal executives

The measure would limit bonuses to 5 percent of base salaries and cap the number of top-level employees who can receive them.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:11 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  executive bonuses

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/26/2013

CBO: Stopping sequester would boost economy but hurt longterm output

The CBO estimated that ending the cuts would boost economic growth and create jobs, but additional debt would cause negative impacts in the longterm.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sonoma text

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Congress could fill longstanding IG vacancies under Senate proposal

Lawmakers would be able to appoint IGs if the president does not nominate someone within 210 days of an opening.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:58 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 07/25/2013

GOP boycotts hearing of Homeland Security nominee

Republican lawmakers had asked for the hearing to be delayed because of allegations against the nominee.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:14 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alejandro mayorkas

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 07/25/2013

House appropriations bill would cut defense spending but prohibit 2014 furloughs

The bill includes amendments to prevent sequester furloughs for civilian defense workers.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:24 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense appropriations

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Senate committee to question DHS nominee facing investigation

Alejandros Mayorkas allegedly intervened in the visa process for a politically connected firm.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 07/24/2013

House acts to block DoD furloughs, but not right away

The House late on Tuesday voted to stop furloughs of defense civilian employees but the language wouldn't take effect until October.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:21 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense department, furloughs, sequestration

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Public defenders say sequester is hurting poor clients

Public defenders and their advocates told a Senate panel that sequestration is causing havoc for indigent clients.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Agencies must improve handling of executive pipeline, report says

Group says problem is troubling because of certain challenges and the wave of senior-executive retirements.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:19 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  senior executives

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Senate, House at odds over IRS funding

A Senate panel would boost funding for the IRS, calling the cut sought by the House counterproductive.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:36 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  appropriations, federal employees, federal pay, irs

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Political activities rule changes to be proposed for federal employees

The planned rules would carry out revisions to Hatch Act enacted last year.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:25 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, Hatch Act, political activities

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Fort Belvoir training school blocked access to Washington Post online

The restriction resulted from an article with a slide illustrating how NSA eavesdrops on international communications.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:18 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nsa surveillance

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Senate panel to examine Obama's NLRB replacement picks

Obama replaced two of his NLRB picks as part of a deal to avoid filibusters over other nominees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Domestic workers to demand action from Labor Secretary Tom Perez

The workers are calling on the newly-confirmed labor secretary to extend workplace protections to in-home caregivers.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:53 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  labor issues

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013

TSA opens pre-screening to general public

Expanding the program will allow more passengers to walk through airport security without removing laptops, shoes, belts and light outerwear.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/19/2013

IRS inspector general Russell George was a Democrat

George told a congressional panel that he worked the 1980 Democratic National Convention and helped found the Howard University College Democrats.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, irs

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Seeking unpaid U. S. attorneys

The Federal Diary seeks to interview unpaid U.S. attorneys

By Joe Davidson  |  11:45 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. attorneys

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013

GSA: Federal government could default on rent under House appropriations bill

The measure, which would cut funding for the agency by $476 million, passed through committee on Wednesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/17/2013

IRS chief counsel's office involved in targeting controversy

The new information comes from a congressional interview with an IRS attorney.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs, irs controversy

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 07/17/2013

House Republicans strike bill language to force postal unions to open contracts

Key House committee tackles new proposals for postal reform

By Lisa Rein  |  12:06 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  postal reform

Posted at 06:27 AM ET, 07/17/2013

How Obama's NLRB nominees became central to Senate filibuster deal

Lawmakers agreed to replace some of the president's NLRB nominees as part of the compromise.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:27 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 07/16/2013

IRS cancels one of its furlough days

Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel told employees that the agency eliminated its July 22 furlough day.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:56 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS furloughs

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Black U.S. Capitol Police officers protest alleged discrimination

The protesters allege discrimination and hostile treatment of black officers with the U.S. Capitol Police.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:47 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capitol police

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013

What challenges lie ahead for next OPM director?

Issues of budgets, benefits and more pending as Katherine Archuleta gets confirmation hearing.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doma, eye opener, federal employees, furloughs, OPM

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 07/15/2013

Official: More furloughed feds requesting aid

EYE CATCHERS | Our recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:04 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013

Who will replace Janet Napolitano as head of Homeland Security?

Here are some logical choices to replace the departing homeland security secretary.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 07/12/2013

EEOC cancel further furloughs after employees take five unpaid days

EEOC cancels additional employee furloughs to meet budget cuts

By Lisa Rein  |  04:38 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 07/12/2013

FDA to set new limits on arsenic in apple juice

FDA to set new limits on arsenic in apple juice and other eye-catchers

By Lisa Rein  |  04:10 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Report: Women less empowered in federal jobs

Female federal employees feel less empowered and say they are treated less fairly on the job, according to a new report.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:33 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 07/12/2013

DHS chief to step down

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to leave Obama administration

By Lisa Rein  |  11:10 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Democrats offer new evidence that IRS targeted progressive groups

Congressional investigators have discovered IRS training materials that prove the agency didn't just screen for tea party organizations.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye openers, irs

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Lawmaker proposes bill to exempt Defense civilians from furloughs

Barrow hopes to end furloughs that will result in a 20 percent pay cut for the military's civilian employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:32 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense furloughs

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 07/11/2013

IRS chief moves to stop agency bonuses

Werfel said stopping the performance awards could help the IRS cancel its last two furlough days.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:37 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs bonuses

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Low-wage workers strike at Smithsonian museums

Good Jobs nation has held three other demonstrations since May as part of its campaign for a "living wage" for workers at federal buildings.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 07/10/2013

House Oversight schedules another IRS hearing

Congressional investigators have spent the past several months interviewing employees from the IRS offices in both regions.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:28 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs, irs controversy

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 07/10/2013

House subcommittee approves GOP plan to slash IRS budget by 24 percent

The House Appropriations measure would give the IRS $9 billion for 2014, representing the lowest level for the agency since 2001.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:26 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs budget

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 07/10/2013

House panel to discuss changes for federal workforce's declining charity drive

Contributions to the Combined Federal Campaign have dropped by 8 percent since 2009.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:32 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  charitable donations

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/10/2013

Defense employees try to keep spirits up with furlough run

The event on Monday marked the start of furloughs for hundreds of thousands of Defense Department employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 07/09/2013

GOP bill would allow leave without pay for officials under investigation

The proposal comes as part of a series of bills that House Republicans plan to advance later this month.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:31 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs issues

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Senate panel shows little resistance to Census Bureau nominee

John H. Thompson fielded only a limited number of tough questions while testifying before a Senate committee.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:25 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obama nominees

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Federal workers: How are you dealing with the sequester?

The sequester has reached a new height, with the largest round of furloughs starting on Monday. Share your furlough stories with the Washington Post.

By Josh Hicks and Marcia Davis  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Report: IRS mistakenly exposed thousands of Social Security numbers

EYE CATCHERS | Our recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:35 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Furlough run marks start of sequester leave for Defense employees

The unofficial run, organized by affected employees, will stretch from the Pentagon to the Capitol.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:03 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense furloughs

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/08/2013

DoD civilian furloughs set to begin Monday

The move amounts to a 20 percent cut in pay for hundreds of thousands of defense workers over the next three months.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense budget, defense furloughs

Posted at 01:42 AM ET, 07/08/2013

Federal benefits won't extend to domestic partners under DOMA ruling

The federal government will treat civil unions differently than legal same-sex marriage.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:42 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doma ruling

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 07/03/2013

IG report: State Department spent $630,000 to increase Facebook 'likes'

The effort involved advertising initiatives between 2011 and March 2013, aimed at increasing engagement with foreign audiences.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:54 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  state department

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/03/2013

IRS BOLOs: What's the problem?

IRS documents released last week show the agency has screened both progressive and conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, irs

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Senate panel investigating inspector general of Homeland Security

Whistleblowers have alleged nepotism, abuse of power and cover-ups by the deputy inspector general for Homeland Security.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:50 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  whistleblower complaints

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Workers to protest low pay and alleged wage theft at federal buildings

The demonstrations will start with a mock trial in an intersection near the Ronald Reagan Building.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  labor issues

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 07/01/2013

The real burning of Washington

Taking aim at five myths about the burning of Washington

By Steve Vogel  |  01:25 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House Down

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Federal worker unions make push to stop Defense furloughs

A coalition of 20 labor unions plans to mobilize its members for the effort, which will involve outreach to members of Congress.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:46 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense furloughs

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Obama administration extends federal-employee benefits to same-sex couples

The Office of Personnel Management said on Friday that it would extend benefits to federal employees in legal same-sex marriages.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:51 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doma

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013

TSP reviewing spousal rights in light of DOMA ruling

The 401(k)-style program for federal employees is one among many potentially affected by the Supreme Court’s decision last week.

By Eric Yoder  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense of marriage act, Federal benefits, federal employees, spouses, Thrift Savings Plan

 

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